Van Gogh Alive is an art exhibition being hosted at the Anchorage Museum through January 10th 2016 by Grande Exhibitions. Though people often think, “Oh no another boring art exhibit like all the rest” Van Gogh Alive is intended to break that stereotype.
Grand Exhibitions’ intent was to display the art in a new and intriguing way, to immerse the viewer into the art and what was going on to the artist at that time through music and display of the art.
The exhibit isn’t just Van Gogh’s paintings displayed on a quiet museum walls, instead his artwork is projected on the surfaces on entire walls and floors, with vibrant colors. The walls, always changing, and zooming in and out of his pieces lets the viewer see his art in ways like never before. Not only that but they have classical music playing trying to immerse viewers even deeper.
When you first exit the elevator, you walk into a dimly lit room with bright colored walls, with quotes of Van Gogh on them, “The sunflower is mine, in a way”. To the left, in the corner, there is a stationary grid of 14 paintings and a written bio about what was going on in Vincent Van Gogh’s life at the time.
Around and to the left, are three screens about 12- 15 feet tall, projecting his artwork, and a fourth screen perpendicular to the other three, black with white quotes of his relating to the painting on the other three. Across from the three big screens are benches to sit and enjoy and the projections changing.
Around the corner of this room, and for the rest of the exhibit, there are multiple walls all projecting the same painting of Van Gogh’s, but zoomed in or out on different areas and in one area even projected on platforms on the floor. The entire exhibit is one loop you walk around, not very long, but with the idea that you stop, maybe sit down, and watch as the projections change.
At the end of the exhibit they have an area with six easels set up with paper, and a video being projected on a loop, teaching viewers how to draw the head of a man or woman from the side.
The exhibit is something people with all artistic backgrounds can enjoy, even people who don’t do any sorts of art themselves. “I’m not a very artistic person…of the paintings themselves I like the history of, or like the why he did the paintings he did.” says Mireya Baez, a casual art fan who happened to stumble upon this exhibit. Even potter Cesar Quiroz says about his favorite parts of the exhibit, “I do like the colors he uses…. the room where there are paintings on the floor…the music they played was more immersive I guess, helped you get into it.”
Though on the down sides he says “ They zoomed in too much on paintings and didn’t let you see the full thing, and they also went by kind of quickly, and too many at the same time so you couldn’t really appreciate all of them.”
This exhibit runs through January and offers a discount for students.