The Van Gogh “Experience” is amazing and I highly recommend a visit. Honestly, I would go again! That said I may be a little biased. I own prints of Starry Night and Cafe Terrace at Night. I attended a school for the arts and I’ve been obsessed Van Gogh’s work most of my life.
I attended the show in Los Angeles with the VIP package so I started with a drink in the VIP lounge.
While I’ve seen Van Gogh’s art displayed in museums I experienced it in a completely different way in this immersive world. It provides a fresh perspective to his work. The affect on me was unexpected.
You are encouraged to view the exhibit from various perspectives from standing in front of the stunning 16’ X 16’ hand-carved self-portrait of Van Gogh, to sitting in front of his Sunflowers to gazing up from the floor at his Starry Night.
I focused on his paintings in my studies and was unaware until this exhibit that many of the letters he wrote during his lifetime were saved and still exist today. You can read them in the collection Vincent Van Gogh The Letters.
At the Van Gogh Experience you can interact with an AI tool that invites visitors to write him and then receive a personalized letter in the sprit of Van Gogh.
It should come as no surprise that they have a gift shop and I found the perfect souvenir! A beautiful addition to my tea cup collection.
In true LA fashion you can participate in yoga classes at the Van Gogh Experience. They also have date night packages. If you really want to nerd out there’s a free app that you can download and pre-show audio can be downloaded to provide you with background on the show. As of October 2021 the Van Gogh Experience – Los Angeles has been extended to January 2nd. If you’re not planning to be in California anytime soon there are shows in other cities. Find one near you. It’s worth the trip!