Van Gogh fever is sweeping across the country. As we emerge into a post-pandemic world, a number of companies are hosting competing immersive Van Gogh exhibitions across cities in the US, giving art-lovers the opportunity to effectively step inside the Dutch artist’s paintings with larger-than-life installations.
Despite similar names and subject matter, there are some really cool unique features among the exhibitions, and generally each one has been tailored to suit the individual city that is hosting. If you plan to visit one, here’s our guide to what’s on offer and where and when you can find it.
Van Gogh Alive
Created by Grande Experiences, Van Gogh Alive has gained international notoriety in over 65 countries so far. The visual spectacle uses ceiling digital projection to present more than 3000 Van Gogh images at enormous scale, filling giant screens, walls, columns, ceilings and even the floor. Synchronized to a powerful classical score, it immerses visitors in the vibrant colors and vivid details that constitute the artist’s unique style, while aromas are infused throughout the auditorium so that museum-goers can literally stop and smell the sunflowers.
Visitors can immerse themselves in the multi-sensory experience © Grande Experiences
Immersive Van Gogh
Immersive Van Gogh offers a similar experience. Visitors wander through giant projections that highlight brushstrokes, detail and color from Van Gogh’s sunny landscapes, night scenes, portraits and still life paintings. The team behind the exhibition, filmmaker Massimiliano Siccardi and composer Luca Longobardi, are the same creatives who brought the Van Gogh, Starry Night experience to life at Paris’s L’Atelier des Lumières (which featured in Netflix’s Emily in Paris). Presented in the US by Lighthouse Immersive, some exhibitions will feature set design from Tony-nominated and Emmy-award winning designer David Korins (Hamilton).
Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Created by Mathieu St-Arnaud, the French-Canadian creative director of Montreal-based art studio, Normal Studio, Beyond Van Gogh is a multi-sensory experience that features more than 300 of Van Gogh’s iconic works, brought to life with digital projections and music.
Imagine Van Gogh
Imagine Van Gogh exhibition holds the honor of being what organizers claim is the first. Back in 1977, French photographer Albert Plécy transformed an underground quarry in the south of France into an immersive venue called Carrières de Lumières. In 2001, Annabelle Mauger joined the team and created “the first” Van Gogh immersive exhibition alongside Julien Baron, which toured the world, most notably in Halle de La Villette in Paris. Now it’s heading to the US with 200 of Van Gogh’s paintings presented in multimedia installations that stretch floor-to-ceiling and are accompanied by music from Mozart and Bach. Separate galleries showcase more of the artist’s work.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Like the other exhibitions, Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience features giant digital installations of the artist’s most iconic work, accompanied by powerful soundtracks. What’s more, this exhibition features a virtual reality experience which takes visitors on a journey through “a day in the life of the artist” where they will be immersed in Van Gogh’s work through a virtual reality headset.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is happening at the Pratt-Pullman Yard. Tickets cost from $32.20 and are available here with slots open until September 26.
Beyond Van Gogh will take place at the Starry Night Pavilion at Circuit of The Americas between June 25 and August 8. Tickets are available here from $36.99 per adult and from $23.99 per child.
Boston has two multi-sensory Van Gogh exhibitions coming to town this year: Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will run from September 2 until January 31, 2021 at an unnamed location. Tickets are priced from $36 and are available here, with October and November already sold out.
Imagine Van Gogh will take place at SoWa Power Station in the South End from December 21 through to February 20, 2022. Tickets from $39.99 are available here.
Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is on from August 10 until October 3 at the Eastern Hills Mall. Tickets are available here from $36.99 per adult and from $23.99 per child.
From June 17 until September 12, Immersive Van Gogh will take over the historic Ford building at Camp North End. Tickets are available here and cost from $34.99.
Immersive Van Gogh has opened at the Lighthouse ArtSpace at Germania Club, a historic building in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. Tickets are currently available here for dates through 6 September, costing from from $39.99 during off-peak hours and $49.99 during peak hours.
Columbus will welcome Immersive Van Gogh at a currently unspecified location on October 28. The exhibition will close on January 2, 2022 and a number of weekend tickets are already sold out. You can purchase your one here from $39.99.
Immersive Van Gogh is currently on show at the Lighthouse Dallas, a former Masonic Temple in downtown Dallas, and will run until October 3. Tickets are on sale here from $39.99.
A second exhibition, Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will open on July 21 and will run until December. The location has yet to be revealed but you can get your tickets here from $34.90.
Immersive Van Gogh will open at a secret location on September 30 and will run until February 6, 2022. Tickets are available here, from $39.99.
Before that, you can see the Van Gogh Alive exhibition at The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace. The exhibition will run until September 26; tickets from $35 are on sale here.
From October 21 until February 6, 2022, Immersive Van Gogh will take over a secret location in downtown Detroit. Tickets are already sold out for October, and all weekend in November but more are available here from $39.99.
Before that, you can catch Beyond Van Gogh at the TCF Center from June 25 through to August 15. Tickets are available here from $32.99.
The exhibition is for all ages of art lovers to enjoy © Grande Experiences
Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is heading to the Hawaii Convention Center on July 2 and will remain until August 15. Tickets are available here from $34.99 per adult and from $18.99 per child.
From August 12, Immersive Van Gogh will take over a secret location in downtown Houston until October 10. Tickets are on sale here from $39.99.
You can also witness Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience from August 30 until October 10. This exhibition will also take place at a secret location and tickets are priced from $29.99 and are available here.
Kansas City will be home to two exhibitions. Van Gogh Alive will take place at the Starlight Theater from October 23, through December 31 with tickets from $29.99 on sale here.
While the Immersive Van Gogh exhibition will take place from December 1 until February 6, 2022 at a soon-to-be-announced location, with tickets from $39.99 on sale here.
Taking over a secret location in downtown Vegas from July 1, Immersive Van Gogh will exhibit from July 1 until September 6. Tickets are available here and cost from $59.99.
Immersive Van Gogh is due to open in Los Angeles on July 31 at the former Amoeba Music building on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Tony-nominated and Emmy-award winning set designer David Korins was called in to help the team with the larger-than-life exhibition. Tickets are currently available here, costing from $39.99. ;
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is showing at the Olympia Theater until August 30. Tickets are available here from $34.90.
Beyond Van Gogh is taking place at the Ice Palace Studios until July 11. You can get your tickets here from $36.99 per adult and from $23.99 per child.
The location is yet to be revealed but tickets are already available here, costing from $39.99. Immersive Van Gogh will open on August 2 with an extended run until October 31.
Immersive Van Gogh opened on the waterfront space, Pier 36, in New York City on June 10 and will run until September 6. Similar to the LA exhibition, the exhibition features set design from Emmy-award winning set designer David Korins, utilizing 75,000 square foot of space. Among the unique features of the New York iteration are the giant Van Gogh self-portrait and the sunflower wall in the lobby, and the synesthesia experience; a light and sound show which allows visitors to hear color and see sounds inside specialized boots. Tickets are available here from $39.99.
New Yorkers can also catch Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience at 300 Vesey Street in Lower Manhattan. Tickets are on sale here from $36 with most summer dates already sold out. The exhibition is open now and will run until November 6.
Immersive Van Gogh will arrive in Orlando on October 7 at a location that will be revealed closer to opening date and will stick around until February 6, 2022. Tickets are from $39.99 and are available here.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will land in Philadelphia at a secret location (to be announced soon) on August 13 and will remain until November 28. September is already sold out with limited availability in August and October. Tickets are on sale here from $34.90 per adult and from $19.90 per child.
We don’t know where it will be in Pittsburgh yet but a number of weeks are already completely sold out for this Immersive Van Gogh exhibition. Opening on September 23, it will run until November 28 and the location will be announced closer to opening date. Tickets are available here from $39.99.
Immersive Van Gogh will run from July 29 until November 28, 2021 at an as-yet unnamed location in Phoenix. Tickets are on sale here from $39.99.
Visitors attending the Immersive Van Gogh exhibition in Chicago © Michael Brosilow
San Antonio’s location is yet to be revealed but in the meantime you can get your ticket here for Immersive Van Gogh. Tickets cost from $39.99 and the exhibition will run from November 18 until February 6, 2022.
Beyond Van Gogh will take place at the Wyland Center at Del Mar Fairgrounds from January 17, 2022 until March 6, 2022. Tickets are available here from $39.99 per adult and from $23.99 per child.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is coming to Seattle on September 10 and will remain until January 30, 2022. The location has yet to be revealed but you can get your tickets here from $36.
Imagine Van Gogh will take place slightly further afield in the Tacoma Armory, Tacoma from December 18 until January 30, 2022. Tickets are priced from $38.50 and are available here.
Beyond Van Gogh will take place at the Starry Night Pavilion at Saint Louis Galleria from September 16, through to November 7. Tickets are available here from $36.99.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is coming to DC in July and will run until January 26, 2022. We don’t know where it will be yet but tickets are already on sale here, available from $39.90.
This article was first published on October 7, 2020 and updated on June 14, 2021.