“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” –Vincent Van Gogh
In a very original presentation, the Grand Hall of La Villette opens its doors to Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) with a musical immersive exhibition. This not-to-miss event plunges the viewer into 2000m2 of prolific projections of the artist’s paintings and letters with dizzying dimensions. A massive installation of projectors and speakers creates a phenomenal audio-visual journey made possible by cutting-edge technological equipment.
This incredible exhibition/show/scenography is the creation of Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron who have collaborated in the creation of “Cathedral of Images” in Les Baux de Provence since 2001. Their approach? Putting technology at the service of art by immersing the viewer into the heart of the work so he taps in to feel the creative emotions of the artist. This show has appeal for every age group because “the viewer is encouraged to make his own way around the installations – imagine his Van Gogh.” Each installation is beautifully matched – by Mauger and Baron – to music by Saint-Saëns, Mozart, Bach, Delibes and Satie.
Don’t miss this emotional journey to contemplate and better understand what all naturalist painters seek to grasp when portraying real life. Get to know Vincent from early morning until the Starry, Starry Night, the Irises and the Sunflowers – it’s an emotional journey from Provence via Auvers-sur-Oise. Walk by Van Gogh’s side for the 27 minute loop and take in about 280-300 of his works. You’ll view his art with a different eye – in the words of Annabelle and Julien – “you’ll tap into Van Gogh’s brushes.”
What brings a lump to the throat is the fact that Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime – Red Vineyard at Arles – for 400 francs (equal to about $1,000-1,050 today). The painting is now exhibited at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. The rest of Van Gogh’s more than 900 paintings were not sold or made famous until after his death aged just 37!
Not only have Van Gogh’s artworks come to define post-Impressionism and provided endless inspiration for artists, but his tragic life story has also captured the hearts of countless musicians, writers and filmmakers too. Don McLean’s 1971 hit song “Vincent” is inspired by Van Gogh’s unique perspective on the world. He sings, “They did not listen, they did not know how… perhaps they’ll listen now.”
IMAGINE VAN GOGH, until 10 September 2017, Grande Hall de la Villette, 211 avenue Jean Jaures, 19th. Metro: Porte de Pantin (Line 5). Tramway Line 3b. Tarif: 14.90€. Children 12.90€. Website: www.imagine-vangogh.com