Which Van Gogh Exhibition did I just Book Tickets to?

Planning on seeing the van Gogh exhibition this weekend? Do you realise that there’s two now on in London? Confusingly there is, and confusingly they’re quite similar (and beautiful), but not the same. See one or see both, but don’t rock up to the wrong one…

Photo: Van Gogh Alive

Van Gogh Alive, Kensington Gardens, Kensington

Set up in a purpose built structure right near the garden’s Kensington Road entrance, the pearl of Van Gogh Alive is the huge room with multiple large screens set up on which the troubled artist’s work is projected onto accompanied by a beautiful orchestral soundtrack.

In a kind of kaleidoscopic and dream-like way, the painting order loosely narrates van Gogh’s life, navigating the beauty and darkness in both his life and work.


Van Gogh the Immersive Experience, Spitalfields, Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, Shoreditch

Much like the west-side exhibition, the real gem of this van Gogh fest is the large, cavernous room which has floor to ceiling animations of the artist’s work projected across the walls, and a starry sky projected onto the ceiling.

Again, the projections’ narrative charts van Gogh’s life through his works, but they also go off piste slightly, exploring and interpreting his mental health difficulties and darker times.

Again, projections are accompanied by a beautiful orchestral soundtrack and again, people are welcome to sit – this time on a deck chair – walk around or lie down as the animations wash over them.

There’s also a virtual reality experience that you can choose as an add on that takes you through van Gogh’s world and past key paintings, looking at where he took his inspiration from. If you can stomach it, it’s worth it.


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