ART ON THE GOGH
A master artist’s works are coming to San Antonio in the form of an immersive digital art experience.
“Immersive Van Gogh” — produced by Lighthouse Immersive, created by Italian artist Massimiliano Siccardi, and billed as the “No. 1 selling show in the world” — will premiere in San Antonio November 18. There’s no word on how long the exhibition will remain in San Antonio, and the venue hosting the event has not yet been named, with organizers teasing it will be at a “secret location” to be determined.
“Immersive Van Gogh” employs 60,600 frames of video, 90,000,000 pixels, and more than 500,000 cubic feet of projections, as well as music from Italian composer Luca Longobardi, and animation, and movement to display in vivid living color the works of the brilliant and troubled Vincent Van Gogh. The nature of the state-of-the-art exhibit essentially allows viewers to step inside the post-Impressionist works.
The critically praised show features a curated selection of Van Gogh images, including well-loved masterpieces like Sunflowers, Starry Night, The Bedroom, and The Potato Eaters. Organizers say the paintings will be presented in a manner that represents how the artist first took in these scenes before turning them into works of art.
“Despite being unknown throughout his life, Van Gogh’s artwork has created a lasting impact through its emotional richness and simple beauty,” designer Siccardi says. “Both myself and Luca Longobardi are very excited to visit San Antonio and once again bring Van Gogh’s legacy to life in a way that embraces this city’s one-of-a-kind energy.”
While “Immersive Van Gogh” has sold out previous shows in Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Denver, it’s not the first Van Gogh immersive art experience to come to Texas. In fact, several similar exhibitions will tour throughout the Lone Star State this summer and fall, including an “Immersive Van Gogh” showing in Dallas that premieres next month.
The hour-long walk-through experience, which includes timed entry and limited capacity, will also implement other safety procedures, including touchless ticket taking, temperature checks, hand sanitizer stations, and social distancing markers. The event requires attendees to wear face coverings at all times.
“Hundreds of thousands of guests have seen ‘Immersive Van Gogh’ in small, socially distanced safe groups,” says producer Corey Ross. “It is an honor to bring the arts back into peoples’ lives during these times.”
Tickets, which start at $39.99, will be available on the event website, and art lovers can sign up now for pre-sale ticket info. The ticket pre-sale runs May 25-26, with tickets going on sale to the public May 27.