Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Experienced Beyond Van Gogh St Louis: The Immersive Experience


Let me first preface this by saying I'm not much into art.  I don't study the difference between abstract, contemporary, chalk drawings, whatever.  I know very little about famous artists, including Van Gogh.  Before going to this exhibit, the only thing I recall about him is that he's the artist known for "Starry Night".  

If I'm being honest, I only went to the Beyond Van Gogh exhibit because my niece wanted someone to go with and my husband was busy at home preparing for a sermon, so I thought it best that I leave him to some peace and quiet.  

Beyond Van Gogh St Louis: The Immersive Experience is open in St. Louis until May 30, 2022.  Other cities also have their own Beyond Van Gogh tour dates going on now.  There are different price points for ticket purchases.  I spent a total of $69 on the Premium Flex Ticket but that's so I could get in at the same time as Ashley and Faythe.  They had already purchased Basic tickets a few days before and that particular time was sold out when I went to purchase my ticket.  So, I went for a higher priced one in order to get in as the same time as them.

Occupying over 30,000 square feet, Beyond Van Gogh is the largest immersive experience in the country and features over 300 of Van Gogh's artworks.  The entire experience lasts about an hour.

Beyond Van Gogh in St. Louis is set outside the St. Louis Galleria in a large tent.  Attendees go through three separate rooms.  I could've done without the first two rooms, but the third one was off the charts!

As you walk through the first room, there are several pieces hanging from the ceiling that detail Van Gogh's life story.  I only read bits and pieces of them.  It was interesting to read that "Starry Night" was painted while Van Gogh was in an insane asylum.  And, if you didn't already know, Van Gogh cut off his own ear!

The second room was a projection of a colored waterfall immersed all over the walls and floor.  It was quite cool, but I lost interest after about 5 minutes.  

The third room is where the experience was noteworthy.  It was a 35-minute loop of Van Gogh paintings that covered the ceiling, walls, and floor.  The way that the art was displayed was breathtaking.  I laid on the floor most of the time, taking it all in.  I could've spent several hours in that spot.

Ashley and Faythe

In the end, it was an interesting exhibit and I'd recommend it.  I think ticket prices are somewhat high, considering it only lasts and hour.  But, I can say I'm glad I went and experienced "The Immersive Experience".

Do you consider yourself a fan of art, notably Van Gogh? 

Have you been to the Van Gogh exhibit?  


Sparkles and Lattes said...

I want to go to the one that we have in August. Yours looked like a lot of fun and has me excited to go.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Glad you enjoyed yourself. My daughter went when she was touring Colorado last October and was less than impressed. She said it was almost like walking through rooms with the art on television screens. She would have rather spent her $75 on local cuisine LOL.

mail4rosey said...

I have seen some of his work in Paris museums. I did know he cut of his ear, but I didn't realize he painted Starry Night while in an asylum for doing so. That's wild and sad.

Jenny Evans said...

I keep seeing ads for this exhibit!

jjmon2012 said...

Sounds like you had a great time and maybe even learned a lot. I am not a big art fan because a lot of them that I saw were weird. I have saw a lot of different on the internet and it was something I enjoyed.

Helga said...

I love Van Gogh so I would really enjoy this exhibit.

Heather! said...

Glad you enjoyed it! We went to the one in Cleveland a few months ago. It was good, but it sounds like yours was better. Ours was really only the immersive part, and then the gift shop. My husband and I sat through the projected immersive part three times! LOL Oh, and we had the VIP Flex tickets, too, but ours cost more than $100! What the...? Wonder why there's such a big difference in price?

I heard they're working on a similar Frida Kahlo Immersive Experience. She's one of my favorites, so I'll definitely go see it...but I might make a trip to St. Louis for that one! ;)

An Apel a Day said...

So jealous! I'd love to see that. It's on my to do list. I haven't heard of the exhibit being close to me.

bookworm said...

There's one of these about three hours from me open until the third week of April. I haven't been yet. I understand there are two different experiences - the other one will be in a different city, also three hours from me, starting, I think, in June. April is difficult for me but I have been planning to attend one of them. Alana

Forgetfulone said...

I haven't been, but we had (or maybe still have?) one in Houston, and there's one in Dallas. Thanks for stopping by recently!