22 Jan 2019


I never thought that one day I would step into a painting and on top the paintings of my favorite painter van Gogh. I became completely immersed in the work before me, making reality around me fade into the new world created by the artist.

Thanks to the most recent virtual projection technology I became a part of the spectacular, incomparable universe of Vincent Van Gogh. I discovered the life of the artist in a new way: his time at the convent and in Arles, the secrets from the letters he wrote to his brother and much more. I was surrounded by a unique sound and light show, that immersed me in the world of to me familiar images of Vincent Van Gogh. 

Together with 4 friends we went to "La Bourse" the ancient stock market building in Brussels, which had been transformed into an Art Exhibition location and where this multimedia exhibition : "Van Gogh - The Immersive Experience" took place. We all were very curious what this title really meant and what we would see !

"La Bourse" the old stock market building

We immediately were in van Gogh's little room in Arles.

Different paintings floated by

On the walls of this old building you could see the different paintings

One of his famous sunflowers was standing there

In the middle of the huge hall, were deckchairs and chairs in no special order. A large carpet lay on the floor in front of one wall, where young people laid down and soaked in the impressions.

For 2 € you could rent a special headset with which you really entered van Gogh's world. I forgot that I sat on a chair, but at the beginning I clinged to my chair, because I thought I would take off ! And then I saw the yellow fields the black birds, the farmers, cows, the sea and everything which he had seen when he lived there. It was just overwhelming ! Two of my friends had to take their headsets off, they felt sick. I forgot everything and dived in van Gogh's world.

After this unique experience we sat for a while on the deckchairs and continued to see the different living paintings on the wall.

His self portraits, except the first which was a photography showed him in different stages of his life.

I was very impressed and it took me a while to come back to the present.

I was happy that I had followed my curiosity.

Just besides "La Bourse" is a typical Brussels Brasserie,The Fallstaff where we had a beer before we returned home.

This exhibition had so much success that it had been prolonged until the end of t
he month !

more participants here


Andrew said...

It sounds like a great experience. I will keep it in mind if I hear about immersive experiences here.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, it is sounds wonderful and a little frightful with the motion feeling.
I am a fan of Van Gogh's art. It would be a great exhibit to see.
Enjoy your day, have a great new week ahead!

Wendy said...

What a great way of enabling people to appreciate his art.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh that is wonderful ! Just amazing. I can imagine the awe through your words and photos. And especially wonderful since he is a favorite artist of yours.... One of our grown grandsons was a test user for an ocular virtual reality machine and got to keep it. Through it, we can fly to places, space travel, ski down slopes etc ....So I know what you mean about hanging on to your chair at first ... and also understand why your friends had to remove theirs. (Of course when we play with his set, we are sitting on a chair in a familiar room, so it isn’t anywhere near as intense as your experience,)

Tamago said...

It looks like such a great exhibit! I like Van Gogh's paintings, too. He sure was an interesting person.

diane b said...

That sounds like a fabulous experience. I would love it. He is my favourite too. I hope it comes to Australia.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Oh my gosh, the exhibit sounds and looks amazing. I wonder if the exhibit will come to the United States, particularly the west coast. Thanks for sharing, Gattina.

peppylady (Dora) said...

I understand he painted or some type of piece everyday of his life.
Coffee is on

Lady Fi said...

Fabulous fun!

Little Wandering Wren said...

Oh, I would so loved this too - I love the immersive experience idea, how clever ! Last time I was in Brussels (when I visited you, so a long time ago!) I went to a really good exhibition at the Bourse it is a great venue!
Wren x

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