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Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience (York)

I decided to attend this exhibition as I have always admired Van Gogh as an artist and have been looking at diverse ways to exhibit work as I will be exhibiting my own work very soon.

Thanks to innovative virtual projection you become a part of the spectacular universe of Vincent Van Gogh. The experience lets you discover the life of the artist in a new way: his time at the convent and in Arles, the secrets from the letters he wrote to his brother and much more. You are in a unique sound and light show that immerses you into the world renowned and familiar images of Vincent Van Gogh. No one will leave untouched.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is a 360-degree experience. It is a travelling exhibition intended for a wide audience including families and visitors of all ages. It is a beautiful exhibition about Van Gogh that combines his life story with an in-depth immersion into the heart of his art. The immersive aspect provides an impressive pathway into the painter's life and his work, while containing a large variety of didactic information.

This awe-inspiring experience has thrilled visitors in Naples, Italy, Brussels, Belgium, and most recently at York St Mary's with it's UK premiere, where I visited.

At the end of the exhibition, the VR Experience, which is not included in the ticket price (£3.00 per person, no reservation necessary), takes you even deeper into the life of the artist in Arles. You will travel through 8 works and their sources of inspiration: Vincent's room, the meadows, the forest, the village and ending with Starry Night over the Rhone River... and makes you feel part of his work and life. There is also an art table for people to colour in the artist most famous pieces, which I found very inclusive for all ages.

The way the work is projected onto St Marys makes an already beautiful building breathtaking with the images moving and shifting around you.

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