Van Gogh — as never seen before


By Don Fowler

Billed as an “Immersive Experience,” the current exhibition of Van Gogh artworks at the Providence Convention Center is like nothing you have ever seen before.

The multi-media, multi-surface projections of over 300 artworks are displayed floor to ceiling, appearing and disappearing around you.

The colorful display literally immerses you in color and sound, as familiar paintings like “The Starry Night” and “Sunflowers” fade in and out, followed by less familiar works. At one point, all Van Gogh’s self-portraits are shown together.

The display starts with large signage with quotes and historical information about the artist and his work, leading to a room filled with colorful movements that put you in the mood for the main exhibit.

For the next 37 minutes, you are surrounded by still and moving art accompanied by soft symphonic music.

There are a few seats available for those requiring them.

Cameras are welcome and were in most hands, as the opening night crowd took stills and moving shots with everything from cell phones to professional equipment.

The show has a living museum atmosphere, and like all museums, there is a gift shop as you leave filled with everything Van Gogh, from posters to hats.

Tickets are available only online at

Only a certain number are allowed at a time. Information online is constantly updated to show the number of tickets available.

Regular adult tickets are $39.99. Peak times (Friday through Sunday) are $49.99. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through July 8.

Children’s tickets (ages 5-15) at $23.99. Groups of eight or more are $33.99. VIP tickets, good any time, with additional perks, are $73.99.


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