For A Limited Time Only in Abu Dhabi – You Must Gogh!

For A Limited Time Only in Abu Dhabi – You Must Gogh!

Van Gogh Alive – The Experience will visit the UAE for a three-month stay this year!

Held under the patronage of the Minister of Culture & Knowledge Development for a limited time only in Abu Dhabi, families in the city will have the unique opportunity to experience (and truly venture into) Van Gogh’s artistic world. This fabulous multi-sensory exhibition – is officially open from today until February 26 and we think you must Gogh!

We were fortunate enough to visit the exhibition this morning on a private tour and can confidently confirm that this is truly no ordinary art exhibition. It is not your traditional museum feel – It was an amazing symphony of light and sound.

We loved walking into Gogh’s landscapes and paintings. It felt like we were transported into his art world zooming into his paintings with a brush’s eye-view.  To put it all simply in six words: “we were moved by this experience!”

Van Gogh Alive combines a specially chosen score of classical music with over 3000 images. Some of the artist’s most famous paintings as well as other inspirational images all displayed on the walls, floor and ceiling of the exhibition space using these ginormous 40 high-definition projectors. The carefully selected soundtrack invites art lovers to immerse themselves in the wonderful detail and vivid colors of Van Gogh’s paintings, uncovering the subtle meanings and ideas behind the artist’s most famous masterpieces.

The experience will take place at the Abu Dhabi National Theatre from January 14th to February 26th before moving on to Dubai where it will be on show at Dubai Design District from March 11th to April 23rd.

During his speech at the press conference, Yasser Al Gergawi, Head of Cultural Events Department at the Ministry of Culture & Knowledge Development, said that art is a universal language that can easily bring people together.

“The exhibition comes within the Ministry’s strategy to promote the UAE’s position as an international culture and art hub, facilitating communication among various cultures. The Ministry is currently also working on the stimulation of artistic awareness and acceptance, as well as preparing experienced and talented young nationals in the fields of art to develop the cultural renaissance within the country.”

Born March 30th 1853, Vincent Willem Van Gogh is one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of western art. He created more than 2,000 works of art, including 860 oil paintings, before his death on July 29th 1890. While Van Gogh’s work has been on display in museums and art galleries around the world for more than 100 years they have never been shown in this manner.

Van Gogh once said, “The emotions are so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech.” ; We totally saw that at the exhibit.


5 Quick tips to enhance your experience:

  1. Research. If you’re new to Vincent Van Gogh art, please take your time to research him prior to visiting the exhibit. If you don’t have time, take the time to read the write-ups found on the walls of the corridors before entering.
  2. Stick Around. To enjoy the full multi-media experience, know that each sequence is 34 minutes long. Therefore, if you stick around to experience two sequences you will optimize your chance to get a glimpse of all of the 3,000 images prepared for you.
  3. Let Them Be Kids! If you are going with your little ones, which we hope you will take them along, please relax! — It is okay to touch walls and floors. Let them dance, roll, lay still, and leap. This is how they’ll experience, interact with and remember this awesome exhibit.
  4. Skip the Lines. Buy your tickets online and avoid the ticket lines. Adult tickets are AED70; Kids 3 to 16 years old  (and students of all ages) are AED65.  Buy your tickets now at Platinum List, Virgin Megastore, or the Dubai Calendar app.
  5. No Expectations. Go with an open mind and heart to get the most out of this experience. If you’re an art-lover you might be overwhelmed by the awesomeness of this experience. If not, you might at least leave the exhibition knowing that it was worth-it.
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