While “The Starry Night” is on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, you can also soak up Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous painting in downtown Fresno.
“Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” opened today at the Fresno Convention Center.
The trip 4 trillion pixels, high resolution exposure transforms more than 300 of his works into animations projected on 20-foot walls. Visitors to Thursday’s preview described it as an incredible experience that can be enjoyed by all ages and levels of art appreciation.
“(It) allows the public to literally set foot in their work to be inside of it,” said Fanny Curtat, the exhibition’s art historian and member of the creative team.
“If you know a lot about him, it’s just the fantasy of being in the job you know and love. But if you don’t know anything about him, it’s a great way to develop that connection with him, to learn more and appreciate all that he can still show us.
Watch: Beyond Van Gogh
Beyond Van Gogh’s Details
- When: May 27 to July 17 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays except Memorial Day and July 4)
- Where: Fresno Convention Center (848 M Street, Fresno)
- Tickets: From $39.99 for adults and $23.99 for children (5-15). Group rates and VIP passes are available. Prices are based on the day of the week (weekends and holidays are longer). Tickets are for a specific time of day.
- Duration: One hour is recommended to visit the exhibition.
- Additional information is at this link.
Three bedrooms, flashing portraits
The exhibition is presented in three halls, covering 30,000 square feet. In the introductory room, 21 illuminated panels present a timeline of Van Gogh’s life and quotes from his famous letters to his brother Theo.
Room two is a smaller, more transitional setting. Called the “Waterfall” room, a seven-minute loop projects Van Gogh’s familiar brushstrokes onto a dark room wall. Keep an eye out for the appearance of “ghost” images of Van Gogh.
The final exhibition, the “immersive room”, is the largest and most spectacular. The most famous works of Van Gogh and others are projected onto walls and columns almost 20 feet high. The resolution and enlargement of the works show Van Gogh’s mastery of color and his fine detail brushstrokes.
The 35-minute loop is set to a variety of music, from Miles Davis to a lullaby-like version of The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.”
His self-portraits and portraits of ordinary people line up digitally one by one on the walls. All of them will blink at you at some point.
“Almond Blossom”, painted in 1890 in Arles, France, is more than just a static painting. The petals come to life, moving across the screen.
Six months to plan and design a trade show
The traveling show started last year, created during the pandemic. Curtat said the show took six months to plan and design. It takes about two weeks in each city to set up.
Curtat said that Van Gogh never let his personal desperation seep into his paintings.
“He didn’t show any of that darkness in his work, and it was really about focusing on that, focusing on what his work can bring to people, and really focusing on joy and beauty. and that purpose to share the solutions he found for the darkness,” Curtat said.