Vincent Willem Van Gogh was born in 1853, in a small town in the south of the Netherlands. Despite his small town beginnings almost two centuries ago, Van Gogh is today revered as one one of history's most prolific artists and his intense brushstrokes and use of vivid colour are instantly recognisable. Throughout his ten-year career he produced over 2,000 artworks, including Portrait of Doctor Gachet, which sold for US$82.5 million back in 1990 (one of the highest prices ever paid for a painting).
Grande Exhibitions' Van Gogh Alive, which is now open in Sydney, features the artist's immense ouevre of paintings and sketches, from The Starry Night and his self-portraits to excerpts of letters to family and friends. Don't expect to see physical artworks on display though; rather, you'll be stepping into high-definition projections with digital surround sound.
“It’s like stepping inside the greatest artworks in history.” – The Inquirer
The exhibition is truly one-of-a-kind; the multi-sensory show details the colours, sounds and even the smells of Van Gogh's life (we've always wondered what Holland smelt like back in the 1800s). In all seriousness, the ability to gain insight into an artist's life is a unique and spectacular experience – and Van Gogh Alive knocks it out of the park. The multi-screen exhibit immerses you in Van Gogh's world, with every brushstroke dappled across the equivalent of 30 IMAX screens.
“The most anticipated exhibition of the year... venture into a sensory journey like no other of its kind.” – Forbes
This wouldn't be a 2020 writeup without mentioning COVID-19 and the various precautions involved. The folks at Van Gogh Alive have taken great measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all patrons – the exhibition is a safe, contact-free space. There are hand sanitising stations present and the space is frequently cleaned, plus all visitors above the age of 12 are required to wear a mask (BYO is recommended but you can purchase one there if need be). Each session time slot has limited ticket availability to ensure that the mandated ratio of 1 person per 4 square metres is kept.
Best Availability and Pricing
There are multiple sessions available to book each day until the exhibit closes on 20 December. Sessions on Monday through Thursday have the best availability, with $30 tickets for the 9AM sessions and $49 for 10AM onwards. Sessions on Friday through Sunday range from $59 to $64.90. It's definitely worth mentioning that there are Child, Family and Student tickets available (and kids under four go free! – but must still have a ticket). The last session is at 8PM on Monday through Thursday and Sunday, whilst on Friday and Saturday the last session starts at 9PM. and there are plenty of public transport options nearby, meaning you have no excuse to miss out! For those of you who are visual learners, we've put together the calendar below to help you better understand the various price points and availability.
“The Sydney exhibition will be the biggest version of Van Gogh Alive anywhere in the world.” – Sydney Morning Herald
Finish off 2020 with a bit of colour and immerse yourself in the world of one of the greatest artist's of all time. Don't miss your chance to see Van Gogh Alive – get your tickets now!
Enter our ticket giveaway for a chance to win a double pass to a midweek session of your choice – view the details here.