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Immersive Van Gogh Descends On Dallas: It’s A World Unto Itself

DALLAS —The familiar paintings twist and turn, the colors swirl, and the senses swoon at what might have been moving through the imagination of Vincent Van Gogh as he crafted the images that unfold in 360 degrees around you at the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit now underway at Lighthouse Dallas.

The experience is actually even more immersive than it’s described, because the sensation of having his work projected above, below and all around you is not like stepping into his work. It’s like stepping into the mind of this star-crossed genius.


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Even those who don’t know high art know his story, because Vincent Van Gogh was almost as well known for his eccentricities as he was for his summer skies, wheat fields, screams in the dark and his starry, starry nights. He was the fellow who cut off an ear, and outdid that cry for attention by committing suicide.

During his life (1853-1890), he was described as dirty and “disagreeable.” But here, you see nothing but the best of his work, which provides such a clear and unique vision that even today, his images have lost none of their potency.

The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit was created by Massimiliano Siccardi, a 30-year pioneer in immersive content. Siccardi’s work has won worldwide acclaim and been seen more than two million people in Paris (and was recently showcased in the Netflix series Emily in Paris). The show has been playing before sold-out audiences in Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.

A visionary in digital and video mapping, Siccardi takes audiences on a visual and auditory journey that explores Van Gogh’s art and life in a stream-of-consciousness narrative. From bright bursts of colors to moments of moodier introspection and everything in between, Immersive Van Gogh Dallas is first and foremost an homage to Van Gogh and the legacy he left behind.

There is biographical information about Van Gogh, his life and work. But this is by and large a theatrical experience of a painter’s work set in motion. In some instances, you’ll have the sense that the artist’s hand is moving invisibly around the rooms.

Be aware that there are COVID-19 safety precautions in place for the exhibition. The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is installed at Lighthouse Dallas at 507 S Harwood Street. For more information, click here.

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