Starry night - Imagine Van Gogh
Almond blossoms - Imagine Van Gogh
Terrasse de café le soir, Vincent Van Gogh (1888)
© Van Gogh
Champ de blé aux corbeaux, Vincent Van Gogh (1890)
© Musée van Gogh, Amsterdam
Les bateaux de pêcheurs sur la plage des Saintes Maries de la mer, Vincent Van Gogh (1889)
Le Portrait du Docteur Gachet, Vincent Van Gogh (1890)
RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Gérard Blot
“This exhibition is not so much about Van Gogh as it is about the immersive journey embarked upon by each visitor,” explains Annabelle Mauger. Annabelle is the co-curator of Imagine Van Gogh, a cross between an exhibition and a live event, which opened in June and will run until 10 September in the Grande Halle at La Villette in Paris. And what a journey! In total, visitors can discover 2,000 m2 of art, with Van Gogh’s work projected onto screens measuring up to 12 metres tall.
For the first time, the public can fully immerse themselves in the artist’s work. Join Vincent for a stroll through the wheat fields of Auvers-sur-Oise, or for a more intimate moment in his bedroom. Co-curators Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron have created a richly emotional experience. “People are viewing these works in a completely new light,” explains Annabelle. But there is also an educational side to the exhibition. The Starry Night, for example, is magnified in every way. The detail of the movement is accentuated, the stars become more remote, and the work becomes a fully-formed fiction exploding on the screen before us.
The immersion is rendered even more complete by the musical accompaniment! The experience boasts its own soundtrack – featuring music composed by the likes of Saint-Saëns, Mozart, Bach, Delibes and Satie – expertly chosen and choreographed by Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron. The two also collaborated on the creation of art-based multimedia shows in Baux-de-Provence in 2001. “Come and look Van Gogh straight in the eye!