Imagine Van Gogh is an immersive art exhibition featuring the works of Vincent Van Gogh at the Vancouver Convention Centre from March until August in 2021.
It’s not an exhibition featuring original works of art by the famous Dutch painter. Instead, it’s a modern exposition that showcases over 200 of the artist’s works on giant screens.
If you like art, especially art by Van Gogh, you’ll love this event. And even if you aren’t a huge art fan, you’ll likely still be very impressed.
IS IMAGINE VAN GOGH HAPPENING?
As of early April, 2021, the art exhibition is indeed still happening. In mid-March dates for the 2021 exhibition in Vancouver got extended. It was going to run until sometime in May. Now, however, it goes until August 29th.
As of mid-March, all tickets in March and April were sold out. Tickets were still available, however, for dates in May, June, July and August.
You can still go see Imagine Van Gogh, provided that you can find tickets. If you want to eat out either before or after, however, you’ll need to get takeout or delivery, or find a place with an outdoor patio.
For an in-depth review of the exhibition, see Our Review of Imagine Van Gogh.
Imagine Van Gogh Vancouver 2021
The immersive exhibition called Imagine Van Gogh is a unique tour through the captivating works of Vincent Van Gogh. There are over 200 versions of his art pieces featured at the event, all of which are displayed on massive screens of varying shapes and sizes to create an experience unlike any other.
The Imagine Van Gogh event has already taken place in several locations around the world, including in European cities and other parts of Canada. The exhibition was originally scheduled to be in Vancouver in February of 2021, but it got postponed until March due to COVID-19.
The organizers behind the event are pushing the boundaries of traditional paintings. Rather than being restricted by the small, original canvases that Van Gogh used, the immersive exhibition takes advantage of modern technology that allows visitors to explore the artist’s masterpieces in an up-close and visually staggering manner. Small details are magnified and appreciated like never before in this immersive form.
When and Where
All things going well with respect to COVID-19, Imagine Van Gogh takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre between March 19th and August 29th in 2021. (Note: Exact dates and other details are subject to change.)
As of the early spring, the venue is open Monday to Thursday between 9:00 am and 11:00 pm, from 9:00 am until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and between 9:00 am and 10:00 pm on Sundays. Last entry each day is one hour before closing and it takes about an hour to see everything.
TIP: If you want to combine your visit to the exhibition with a night at a Vancouver hotel, then check out StayVancouverHotels.com. As of the early spring of 2021 the website was offering half price tickets to Imagine Van Gogh as a bonus perk for stays at participating downtown Vancouver hotels between May 24th and August 29th in 2021.
Below are admission prices to the exhibition in 2021. As you’ll see, tickets on weekdays other than Fridays are $5 cheaper.
Mondays to Thursdays
- Adults (ages 16+) – $39.99
- Children (ages 4 to 15) – $34.99
- Little Kids (ages 3 and under) – Free
- VIP Tickets – $99.99
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
- Adults (ages 16+) – $44.99
- Children (ages 4 to 15) – $39.99
- Little Kids (ages 3 and under) – Free
- VIP Tickets – $99.99
Extra Notes About Tickets and Pricing
- Although children under the age of 4 get in for free, they still need to reserve a ticket.
- VIP tickets are the same price for all ages. They include a souvenir program, poster and face mask.
- The above prices do not include an online fee and taxes of about $6 per ticket (or $8.50 for VIP tickets).
- Souvenir face masks cost $22.40 when purchased online. Commemorative programs cost $33.60.
What to Expect at the Exhibition
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event has been taking place around the world in extra-large venues to accommodate for safe social distancing. Guests at recent Imagine Van Gogh events have not been allowed to touch any of the screens or canvases. Venue capacities have been strictly limited as well.
Some famous masterpieces by Van Gogh featured at the Vancouver event are The Starry Night, The Yellow House, Sunflowers, and many more.
Because of COVID-19, visitors must wear face masks at the exhibition and use hand sanitizer at the entrance. Guests also have to keep two metres away from other people.
In case you hadn’t noticed, the above photo can be viewed in 360 degrees (assuming that the device you are looking at it on is compatible with 360-degree technology).
To give you a 360-degree idea of what the gallery at Imagine Van Gogh is like, swipe the above photo to the side to see all around the room. You can even look up and down if you want. Also, for best results, click the (-) icon to zoom out so you can see even more of the area.
Imagine Van Gogh Video
To give you an even better idea of what to expect, check out the following video. It’s from the Vancouver show in the spring of 2021. As you’ll see, the hall where the art is displayed is massive. Because of the wide open space, although an estimated 75 or so people are in the room, it’s not at all crowded.
Who Was Vincent Van Gogh?
Vincent van Gogh was a post-impressionist Dutch painter who lived from 1853 until 1890. He was, and still is, one of the most well-known painters of all time.
Van Gogh was born in the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. He became a preacher and started expressing emotions through painting. After living in the Netherlands for over 30 years, he moved to Paris to live with his brother. In France the artist developed and refined his now famous circular brushstroke style.
After moving in with a different artist, a dispute resulted in Van Gogh cutting off his own ear. He went to an asylum in Provence, where he continued to paint, before eventually going back to Paris to live once again with his brother.
Unfortunately, Van Gogh’s mental health deteriorated more over time and, tragically, he eventually shot himself in the chest and passed away a couple of days later. Over the course of his life the artist created over two thousand works of art that the world still admires to this day.
360-Degree Images of Vincent Van Gogh
The following photo shows another 360-degree view of a scene inside the Imagine Van Gogh exhibition. On the walls of the Vancouver Convention Centre are projected images taken from self-portraits of the famous Dutch artist.
Similar to the other 360-degree photo earlier in this article, assuming your phone or computer device is technologically compatible, if you swipe the photo from side to side with your finger or mouse (depending on the device you are using), you should be able to see all around the scene in the photo. Scroll left, right, up and down to see what the place looks like as if you are really there!
For best results, click the (-) icon to zoom out so you can see even more of the surrounding area in the photo. On desktop devices (but not on most phones), there is also a box-shaped icon near the top right corner of the photo. If you click it you can explore the photo in full screen.
What Kind of Art is Van Gogh’s Art?
Vincent Van Gogh was a Post-Impressionist artist. The style is known for its symbolism, abstract content, vivid colours and the thickness of its paint. Forms are often distorted. Colours appear unrealistic and almost arbitrary. Don’t expect the art to look real or like a photograph.
Impressionism originated in France in the eighteenth century. Famous Impressionist painters include Degas, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir and Sisley. Post-Impressionism, meanwhile, was an art movement that developed in France between the late 1800s and the beginning of the 20th century. Famous Post-Impressionist painters include Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Seurat.
Van Gogh was especially known for his vibrant use of colour and bold, heavy brush strokes. Some of his pieces were influenced by his interest in Japanese prints. His paintings are very popular, although not everyone’s taste and style.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your Van Gogh experience.
TIP 1: Buy your tickets well in advance. With not much else happening in Vancouver because of COVID-19, tickets are selling fast. Chances are you’ll have to book your visit a couple of months in advance. And if you wait too long, you’ll miss out altogether.
TIP 2: Give yourself ample time to get to the Convention Centre. You’re supposed to arrive 15 minutes before the time on your ticket. Traffic can be a challenge sometimes, as can finding a place to park. Except for during rush hour, neither is usually too difficult. On the day we went though, the movie Saudi was being filmed and most on-street parking spots were closed in preparation for car chase scenes!
TIP 3: Because of COVID-19, don’t forget to wear a mask in the venue and to physically distance from other people. Also, only go to the show with people from within your “bubble”.
TIP 4: Imagine Van Gogh is a big and prestigious event. We’re lucky to have it come to Vancouver. If you can go, especially if you like art, go! You won’t regret it! The exhibition is beautiful, mesmerizing, awe-inspiring, educational and entertaining.
TIP 5: If you’re coming from out of town, or perhaps just want a staycation, consider making a holiday out of the event and stay in a downtown hotel for the night (unless government restrictions don’t allow you to do so). If you do plan to stay overnight in downtown Vancouver, be sure to check out StayVancouverHotels.com. If you book your stay through the website you’ll get a competitive rate, plus a bonus perk (like a free gift card) for making your reservation through them.
TIP 6: The exhibits involve bright lights. They’ll look beautiful for most people but might not be good for people susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy. The lights don’t really flash though and are never overly intense (at least not for the average person).
TIP 7: There are no in-and-out privileges. Once you exit the exhibition, you can’t go back inside. For this reason, use the restrooms before going in. There are no washrooms in the exhibit areas.
TIP 8: Read a bit about Van Gogh’s art before you go. At the exhibition you’ll see images of his work and learn about his life, but not so much the names or information about specific paintings.
To learn more about the event see the Imagine Van Gogh website.
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