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An immersive multi-sensory Van Gogh exhibition is now open in Rome

A stunning immersive exhibition on Vincent Van Gogh has opened in Rome this week, allowing visitors to journey through the life and art of the troubled genius in a symphony of light, sound and vision.

The exhibition is a multi-sensory experience for visitors.
The stunning exhibition offers a multi-sensory experience for visitors. Image by Alberto Pizzolo/Getty Images
Van Gogh Alive - The Experience charts the artist's life from 1880 to 1890.
Van Gogh Alive – The Experience charts the artist’s life from 1880 to 1890. Image by Alberto Pizzolo/Getty Images

The exhibit is called Van Gogh Alive – The Experience and focuses on the period of the artist’s life from 1880 to 1890, sharing history and art through a series of photographs and videos showcased via a system that incorporates over 50 high-definition projectors and graphics. The exhibition also features multi-channel surround sound and a series of screens which aim to create an immersive sensory experience.

A series of high-definition projections bring the art and history of Van Gogh to life.
A series of high-definition projections bring the art and history of Van Gogh to life. Image by Alberto Pizzolo/Getty Images
The exhibition will visit 23 cities and 12 countries in total.
The exhibition will visit 23 cities and 12 countries in total. Image by Alberto Pizzolo/Getty Images

The exhibition is currently on a world tour, visiting 23 cities in 12 countries and drawing an estimated 1.2 million visitors in total. It is currently on display at the Palazzo degli Esami in Rome, running until the new year. So far it has been showcased in Berlin, Milan, Florence, Shanghai, St. Petersburg, Seoul, Singapore, Warsaw and Krakow.

Art enthusiasts can take in over 50 high-definition images projected in different areas.
Art enthusiasts can take in over 50 high-definition images projected in different areas. Image by Alberto Pizzolo/Getty Images
Visitors take in the art at the interactive exhibition.
Visitors take in the art at the interactive exhibition. Image by Alberto Pizzolo/Getty Images

The display aims to change how the public engages with art by vitalising the senses and delivering a unique way to experience the exhibition as they learn about Van Gogh’s time in Arles, Saint Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise, the locations where he created many of his famous masterpieces. Visitors will be able to view over 3000 images in hyper-fine detail with special attention paid to the distinct and bold brushstrokes that defined Van Gogh’s style. The exhibit is synchronised to a classical score with large scale projections that fill giant screens, walls, columns and floors.

Van Gogh Alive - The Experience will run at Palazzo degli Esami in Rome until 2017.
Van Gogh Alive – The Experience will run at Palazzo degli Esami in Rome until 2017. Image by Alberto Pizzolo/Getty Images
The detailed visuals are synced to a classical score that compliments the experience for visitors.
The detailed visuals are synced to a classical score that compliments the experience for visitors. Image by Alberto Pizzolo/Getty Images

The visuals are synchronised to a classical score that complements the large scale projections that fill giant screens, walls, columns and floors.

More information on visiting times and tickets is available at the Van Gogh Alive exhibition website.