Beyond Van Gogh arrives at the Halifax Convention Centre February 11.

Two buzzy Van Gogh exhibits coming to Halifax

Two immersive showcases give Haligonians the chance to climb inside "Starry Night" in February and May.

If Vincent Van Gogh was able to visit the future, Christmas Carol-style, he'd surely be unable to believe it: That the Dutch painter—and OG sadboi—could go from scraping by below the poverty line during his lifetime, selling only one painting (to a doctor who likely felt sorry for him) to being one of the biggest cultural touchstones of modern art. It feels like a story so far-fetched even Dickens would scrap it. And yet, it's exactly what happened to Van Gogh, as countless films and books attest.

These days, his origin story teeters into the space between myth and fairytale, for it's hard to imagine a time when "Starry Night" wasn't well-loved to the point of ubiquity.

But our appetite for Van Gogh's contoured forms, bold brushwork and lush colours is in no fear of waining—and now, two new, multimedia exhibits coming to Halifax in 2022 promise to be visual feasts.

The globally trending exhibit Van Gogh 360 lands in HRM at The Halifax Forum on May 27. The exhibit promises an immersive experience of 300 of the painter's most famous canvases, projected in 360 degree panoramas on huge screens. Music and "a mix of different fields of art that only an immersive multimedia format can offer" round out the experience, the exhibit's site adds. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $37.85 for adults and $24.47 for kids five to 15.

click to enlarge Van Gogh 360 arrives at The Forum May 27. - VANGOGH360.CA
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Van Gogh 360 arrives at The Forum May 27.

The second celebration of the father of Expressionism coming to town is an exhibit titled Beyond Van Gogh. Arriving at the Halifax Convention Centre February 11-20, this immersive exhibit of 300 paintings promises "cutting-edge projection technology" and a mind-boggling "over 4 trillion content pixels" alongside an original musical score, delivering a higher-than-high-definition experience. Tickets for Beyond Van Gogh start at $35.99 for adults.

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Morgan Mullin

Morgan is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Coast, where she writes about everything from what to see and do around Halifax to profiles of the city’s creative class to larger cultural pieces. She’s been with The Coast since 2016.

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