Your guide to van Gogh Alive in Abu Dhabi

Everything you need to know about the exciting new multi-media exhibition

Just how do you attempt to do justice to one of the greatest artists to have ever picked up a paint brush? The magnificent works of the legendary Vincent van Gogh can be studied in textbooks or even viewed with your own eyes at museums and art galleries across the world – including right here at the capital’s Louvre Abu Dhabi.

But this can only provide a mere snapshot of the incredible genius of the iconic Dutch master.

A brand-new exhibition taking pride of place in the emirate, called Van Gogh Alive – The Experience, allows art lovers to immerse themselves in the world and works of one of the art world’s most revered characters.

More than 3,000 images, combined with a specially chosen classical music score, have been woven together to create a stunning multi-media experience to bring the art of van Gogh to life.

A dazzling array of the artist’s masterpieces are on show at Abu Dhabi National Theatre, adorning the walls, ceilings and even the floors of the sprawling art space. A total of 40 high-definition projectors are used in the colourful exhibition to give visitors a chance to view van Gogh in a new light.

Culture vultures will be wowed by a unique symphony of light, colour and sound as eye-catching artworks are put on display either in their entirety, broken down into highlighted sections or even magnified on a massive scale.

The touring exhibition has proven to be a huge success all over the globe, with successful stints in cosmopolitan cities such as Rome, Florence and Athens, so a visit to the UAE’s cultural hub comes as little surprise.

The show centres on the work and life of the artist through the productive period from 1880 up until his death in 1890.

Photographs and video have been augmented with van Gogh’s works to showcase the various sources of his inspiration. Paintings are shown in hyper-fine detail so observers will be given a fresh insight into the colours
and techniques used by the artist.

Visitors will feel as though they are being immersed in van Gogh’s art, as waves of images and sound wash over them and fill the exhibition space, allowing the show to be enjoyed while you walk through the space or simply by standing still and taking in the surroundings.

While Van Gogh Alive is much more than just an exhibition of the post-impressionist painter’s masterful creations, it is a full-sensory experience that is a world away from the more traditional shows you would find in art gallery.

The Dutch master is one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. He may have died at the age of just 37 but he still managed to create a vast collection of 2,000 works of art, including 860 oil paintings, many of which can be now enjoyed in a carnival of vibrant colour at this excellent exhibition.

Dhs65 (kids aged 16 and under, students), Dhs70 (adults). Until Feb 26. Open 9am-10pm. Abu Dhabi National Theatre, Fatima Bint Mubarak Street (02 443 5646). Tickets are available through or at Virgin Megastore outlets.

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