The world premiere of a massive Vincent van Gogh exhibit is opening in Toronto this spring.
According to organizers, Immersive Van Gogh, which is produced by Lighthouse Immersive who brought the sold-out exhibition The Art of Banksy to Toronto in 2018, “evokes the highly emotional and chaotic inner consciousness of one of the greatest artists of all time through an all-encompassing experience of art, light, sound, movement, and imagination.”
The new exhibit opens on May 1, and will be located at 1 Yonge Street.
“Immersive Van Gogh is astonishing in scale, breathtakingly stunning, and induces a completely novel experience to the iconic works of van Gogh,” says co-producer Corey Ross, Lighthouse Immersive. “We’re incredibly excited to be working directly with the masters of the artform of immersive digital art to present the foremost exhibition of this calibre and artistic innovation to Canada.”
Organizers say the exhibition will feature a curated selection of images from van Gogh’s 2000+ lifetime catalogue of masterpieces including the Mangeurs de pommes de terre (The Potato Eaters, 1885) to the Nuit étoilée (Starry Night, 1889), Les Tournesols (Sunflowers, 1888), and La Chambre à coucher (The Bedroom, 1889).
His paintings will be presented as how the artist first saw the scenes they are based on: active life and moving landscapes turned into sharp yet sweeping brushstrokes.
“The exhibition is specifically designed to envelop every square inch of the expansive 600,000 cu. ft. venue to create a seamless transformative experience,” says co-producer Svetlana Dvoretsky, Lighthouse Immersive. “It’s an ambitious undertaking and will be unlike anything North American audiences have ever experienced before.”
Immersive Van Gogh opens on May 1, 2020, at 1 Yonge Street. Tickets for the limited-time engagement go on sale at 10 am ET on Friday, February 7, available online, and start at $39.99.