Van Gogh Alive exhibit, Queensland: The multi-sensory experience you cannot miss

The last weekend of European Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art at QAGOMA in Brisbane in October generated queues around the block, similar to crowds attracted to the Met in New York.

Audiences waited patiently to say goodbye to this one-time-only extravaganza, recognizing the rare privilege of having such major artworks in Australia.

One of the highlights was Vincent van Gogh’s The Flowering Orchard (1888), a beautiful painting of spring blossoms falling in a meadow.

If you, too, we’re sad to say goodbye to such art, I have the perfect cure! Van Gogh Alive has just arrived in Brisbane, at Northshore, and it offers the opportunity to see the Dutch artist like never before. This isn’t a conventional museum show – rather it is a large-scale multi-sensory “experience”. The Grand Pavilion houses what is called the Sensory4 immersive gallery, where more than 3000 images are brought together on a grand scale to create the sense of walking into a van Gogh painting.

Four additional breakout spaces offer immersive opportunities themed around some of the artist’s best-loved and iconic paintings. You can lounge in van Gogh’s famous bedroom, or sit on van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night and enjoy a glass of champagne (real, not virtual), wander through his exquisite Starry Night, and because it’s van Gogh there’s a never-ending field of sunflowers.

Van Gogh Alive exhibit in Milan.
Van Gogh Alive exhibit in Milan.

It is all highly Instagrammable and, dare I say it, fun! It offers an extra dimension to a familiar artist, and it will charm everyone, including children. It’s ticketed so head online to book.

And then if you want to expand the kids’ immersive experience, head to Imaginaria (until November 30) at South Bank, Brisbane (next to the Queensland Maritime Museum, which is also definitely worth a visit).

This fun play experience – also in Melbourne until January 30 – blends technology and imagination via a series of installations that you journey through. It’s a full touchy-feely, listening thing, with optical illusions, and mirrored reflections, but best of all it’s fun.

This article originally appeared on Escape

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