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Visitors will be able to 'lose' themselves inside Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night' at the new exhibition at the RDS

Visitors will be able to 'lose' themselves inside Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night' at the new exhibition at the RDS

Visitors will be able to 'lose' themselves inside Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night' at the new exhibition at the RDS

Whether they are surrounded by Sunflowers or secluded within The Starry Night, visitors to a new exhibition will experience Vincent Van Gogh’s work like never before.

The immersive experience at Dublin’s RDS plunges the audience into the middle of a kaleidoscope of images drawn from the artist’s vast legacy of work.

Van Gogh’s most famous paintings, as well as less well-known works, are projected on to walls and the floor to create a stunning 360 degrees vista while music and other sound effects complete the experience.

Van Gogh Dublin, which opens at the RDS today and runs until August 4, is a 20,000 sq ft space within the famous Shelbourne Hall, featuring the huge two-storey high projections.

The enormous breadth of the artist’s work is evident within the flow of imagery – ranging from self-portraits to flowers and furniture, fields and cityscapes.

There is also the troubled period of Van Gogh’s life, including his stay in hospital in Arles following the mutilation of his ear.

An AI (artificial intelligence) segment of the show makes use of his entire catalogue of more than 2,000 artworks.

Project director Jillian Wilson said: “Visitors will experience audio-visual storytelling at its best and will be immersed in Van Gogh’s history and artwork, enjoying his masterpieces in an advanced digital format.

“You get to walk through the fascinating and tragic life of Van Gogh, through his carefully curated artworks, chosen to fully absorb you in a multi-sensory experience, with mind-blowing audio-visual effects.”

The spectacle has been masterminded by Dublin-based Theatre of Light as well as creative studio Nohlab.

It also features two other immersive experiences from Nohlab.

Everything blends science, philosophy and metaphysics to question the foundations of existence.

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Journey follows a light particle’s journey into the eye and finally to the brain where impressions of a solid image are formed.

Theatre of Light founder Dan Gleeson experienced similar shows abroad, which inspired him to bring the experience to Dublin.

He said: “When you first arrive you don’t know what to expect.

“Immediately you’re completely taken aback by how beautiful everything is and how impressive the digital artwork is, brought to life all around you.

“You then become completely absorbed by the journey, Van Gogh’s incredible talent and his fascinating life”.

See vangoghdublin.com for more details


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