Van Gogh Alive
Brand-new midwinter festival Illuminate Adelaide is coming this July, and along with it comes immersive art experience Van Gogh Alive, a multi-sensory tribute to one of the most famous figures in Western art.
The internationally acclaimed show brings Van Gogh’s post-impressionist masterpieces to life – using light, sound and fragrance – in a specially designed and constructed 25,000-square-foot immersive gallery called The Grand Pavilion.
It takes place on a vacant lot in North Adelaide, featuring a wraparound floral exterior and a recreation of the Dutch artist’s famous painting Cafe Terrace at Night. The Grand Pavilion – created by Australian designer Anna Cordingley – also houses two immersive areas: the Sunflower infinity room, as well as a walk-through recreation of the artist’s iconic painting Starry Night.
The larger-than-life works are accompanied by a musical score and light projections to give you the sense you’re walking into the paintings. As well as cinema-quality surround sound and dazzling lighting, fragrance is piped into the space to further transport you.
Van Gogh Alive has already toured the world, making appearances in Beijing, Athens, Rome, Dubai, Hong Kong and elsewhere. It premiered in Sydney last year, after moving from Melbourne due to the Covid lockdown.
Van Gogh Alive opens as part of Illuminate Adelaide on July 1, running each day until the conclusion of the festival on August 1.