Immersive art experience is on the rise these days. For those who might not know, an immersive art experience is basically an interactive and experiential way of being exposed to art more than merely viewing the piece from a distance - think of it as transforming art to life! This contemporary approach utilizes virtual reality (VR), holography, and digital projection to create a seemingly “new universe” that enables visitors to enter the artwork’s world and engage all their senses at once. One of the most famous examples of this, if not the most, is Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience. Good news to Southeast Asian art aficionados, this 360-degree digital art exhibition has finally opened its doors in Singapore. Here is everything you need to know about The Van Gogh Immersive Experience 2023 In Singapore.
Book your ticket through Fever
You can purchase your tickets exclusively on the Fever App, available on Google Play and Apple Store, or the Fever website. The tickets for the VR experience are available on-site for all visitors!
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience in Singapore
Now, let us get straight to the exciting part! After generating a massive buzz in America and Europe, H&B and Exhibition Hub worked hand in hand to bring the Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience to Southeast Asia, in Singapore particularly.
This 360-degree digital exhibition invites you to completely immerse yourself into the creative world of Van Gogh in pragmatic proximity to gain a better understanding and appreciation of his artworks. This exhibition fuses art and storytelling, augmented by technology, for an immersive experience like no other.
The Immersive Room
One of the main highlights of this exhibition is the immersive room, which depicts a 40-minute digital projection mapping showcase of Van Gogh’s most famous artworks, accompanied by a sound and light show that runs on a loop and digital projection mapping showcasing his most famous artworks.
Visitors are more than welcome to recline and relax in the mesmerizing experience while enveloped in the stunning light and audio show accompanying the projections.
Sketch & Post
Although the exhibition centers mainly on Van Gogh’s life and works, there is something you can do other than just marvel at the art. You can unleash your artistic prowess with “Sketch & Post” and get the chance to have your work featured on a live screen. Grab a sheet and get sketching!
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Try the 10-minute VR journey called “A Day in the Life of the Artist in Arles” to explore Van Gogh’s life and works on a more in-depth and personal level.
Upon entering the VR room, you’ll be assisted by their friendly staff who’ll first check if you’re pregnant or if you have motion sickness, in which case this activity is not advisable. They’ll also help to strap on the gear and are around if you want out mid-way.
The Sunflower Room
Van Gogh was known for his evolving interpretations of sunflowers, which is a subject matter he was known to continuously return to. And the Sunflower Room - a sunflower-themed space that also doubles up as an Instagram-worthy backdrop - is a homage to this.
Thematic cafe and souvenir shop by Janice Wong
Additionally, the venue includes a thematic café and a merchandise booth to let you dine and purchase souvenirs and memorabilia to commemorate such a meaningful encounter.
What else can you expect?
Other than these main highlights, there’s definitely more that you can expect! As soon as you arrive, you will be welcomed by a larger-than-life gateway, meticulously patterned from the two notable artworks of Van Gogh: The Starry Night and Sunflowers, combined into one exquisite design.
Needless to say, the grand entrance is just the beginning of all the wonderful things you will encounter as you traverse the interactive areas and thematic zones spread out within the exhibition venue. You will come across over 300 artwork displays, interactive installations, monographic, and multidimensional spaces that primarily focus on the life and works of Van Gogh.
There’s also the About the Artist segment. This space offers an in-depth look into his life’s story, such as his siblings, some of his art pieces, and detailed stories about the artist.
The exhibition will shine a spotlight on the influences and inspirations that played a key role in what would eventually become part of Van Gogh’s signature art style - namely the Japonisme movement in Europe in the late 1800s. Introduced to the audience for the very first time at its debut in Singapore, the exhibition pays homage to Asian cultural practices within this zone. The room also adds two novel introductions to the exhibition’s offerings, featuring traditional Japanese art style woodblocking and printing in an eye-catching digital display, as well as a matcha tea demonstration.
Important information you need to know before visiting
We did the legwork for you and compiled a list of questions you might have. Here are some of the important information you need to know before visiting:
How long is the duration of the digital art exhibition in Singapore?
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience has been finally launched on the first of March this year in Singapore. This digital art exhibition is set to run from March 1 until October 1, 2023. The immersive experience lasts for about 60-70 minutes.
Is it accessible to everyone?
The immersive experience is open to all ages and accessible to wheelchairs. Diaper-changing facilities are present at the venue for your convenience.
Is it allowed to take photos?
Taking photos is allowed, but flash photography is strictly prohibited. Professional equipment and tripods are also not permitted inside.
Are there restrooms and parking on-site?
Restrooms are available free of charge, while parking is available for a surcharge.
If you still have queries that are not answered in this article, you can refer to the official website of the Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience.
You can purchase your tickets exclusively on the Fever App, available on Google Play and Apple Store, or the Fever website. The tickets for the VR experience are available on-site for all visitors.
Address: Resorts World Sentosa - B1 Forum, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore
Website: Buy your tickets
Opening hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 11 am - 8 pm; Fridays and Saturdays: 10 am - 9 pm; Sundays: 10 am - 7 pm (Note: Timeslots are available every half hour)
Price: From 15 SGD (11.38 USD) for children and 24 SGD (18.21 USD) for adults
The artist and his works
Here are some interesting facts about the man himself and his stunning artwork.
The life Van Gogh has lived
Vincent van Gogh is almost a household name and is known as an acclaimed and venerable painter. Many know of his name and his works but only a few know about his life story. So, let’s delve a little deeper into the life he has lived.
Van Gogh was the eldest of six children and was raised in a small town in the Netherlands. He grew up appreciating the scenes of nature in the countryside, which later became one of his favorite art subjects as a young artist. Before he became a great painter, he first mastered figure drawing.
After working on several jobs lost and found, his inclination and interest towards art substantially developed upon constant exposure to an immensely artistic environment in Paris. With years of practice, he consistently learned, self-taught, and mastered the technicalities of painting for 10 years. His artistic career thrived, albeit briefly, until he met his tragic demise in 1890.
The stories behind Van Gogh's most notable artworks
Vincent van Gogh is a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter, famed for his signature expressive technique using bold brushstrokes and striking colors in most of his artworks. With his distinct style and emotive approach, he has earned the title as one of the greatest painters of all time. Here are some stories about his most notable artworks you should know about:
The Starry Night
Arguably the most famous among all his paintings, The Starry Night is an oil-on-canvas painting that depicts his view of the clear night skies above a quaint village, almost ethereal and magical, when every celestial body seems to align perfectly. Contrary to its peaceful and dreamy first impression, the piece was crafted by Van Gogh during his stay in an asylum where he battled against occasional relapses due to epileptic fits.
This is a series of still-life paintings that mainly symbolize gratitude. He used vibrant colors in this work. A heartwarming story about this would be his friends bringing sunflowers during his funeral as though it has become a reminder of him.
Van Gogh has painted over 35 portraits of himself, and the one that probably left the most impact was his last self-portrait, titled Self-portrait Without Beard, which he gifted to his mother on her birthday. He used himself as a subject not because of vanity but to save costs from paying models. Thanks to this, we now have a clear image of what the prominent painter looked like.
His other notable works include Irises, Café Terrace at Night, The Potato Eaters, and Almond Blossoms, among many others.
Slip into the universe of Vincent van Gogh
Have you ever wondered how it feels to step into the artistic world of the renowned Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh? It was almost like a castle in the air before. However, what could have been just a pipe dream is already made feasible in this age, thanks to the groundbreaking immersive art experience that gradually enhances how we perceive art in ways we would not have thought possible.
By visiting this digital exhibition, you will not only acquire a one-of-a-kind and rewarding experience, but you also get to make a difference. This event supports local by partnering with local brands and artists, so by and large, you get to play a big part in your little way!
So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to slip into the universe of Van Gogh’s masterpieces by booking a ticket to The Van Gogh Immersive Experience 2023 In Singapore.
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