Columbus Museum of Art, Polaris Lighthouse


The creator of “The starry Night, “Sunflowers, “IrisAnd many more paintings will take center stage this fall at two very different art exhibitions in Columbus.

Vincent Van Gogh, the brilliant but tortured post-impressionist painter, will be celebrated with his contemporary artists in “Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and his Sources, an exhibition of more than 150 works inaugurated on November 12 at Columbus Art Museum.

Prior to that, October 28, “Immersive Van GoghVan Gogh’s popular traveling exhibition of projected images, will begin a two-month run at the Lighthouse ArtSpace on Polaris Parkway.

The creators and promoters of both exhibitions see them as unique and complementary – a testament to the enduring global popularity of an artist who has sold only one painting in his lifetime.

‘Immersive Van Gogh’ at Lighthouse ArtSpace

Many of van Gogh’s most famous paintings – including “The Starry Night”, “The Potato Eaters”, “Sunflowers” and “The Room” – are projected onto 500,000 cubic feet of wall and floor area. sol, inviting spectators through the hour-long experience presented as “Immersive Van Gogh”.

The North American tour of the show, created by the Italian Massimiliano Siccardi, started in Toronto and has been shown in 12 cities. Columbus is number 13.

The show will run through January 2 at Lighthouse ArtSpace, 940 Polaris Parkway, a location that has been kept under wraps until the opening date.

Customers appreciate the "Immersive Van Gogh" exhibit in New York.  Each exhibition will be slightly different depending on the layout of the place, according to the organizers.

“Turning over a building large enough for this show but not usually a public gathering building is not easy,†said Corey Ross, the North American producer of the tour. “There is always the possibility that we have to give up the original space and move elsewhere. And then we realized that people were intrigued by the secret location, so that was good publicity. “

Ross described the show as an “audiovisual narrative and emotional experience” based on the life and work of van Gogh – a “combination of an artistic biography and a psychological leap in his mind.” He said the exhibit was made up of 400 images of van Gogh’s art, now in the public domain and licensed to museums around the world. (“Museums have the best photos,†Ross said.)

Immersive exhibition “like a musical DJ”

“They were the raw material of Massimiliano… It’s like a musical DJ who is going to take a sample of one song and a sample of another song and create a new piece of music. It is an omnibus exhibition.

Ross said the show is “technically an animated film. It’s experiential. The audience chooses where to stand and how long to stay in one place.

“Immersive Van Gogh†opened earlier this year in Atlanta, and that’s where Amy Kavanaugh, an art teacher at college in Newnan, Ga., Saw it.

“It was amazing to see van Gogh’s larger-than-life works set in motion… I felt like I was actually in his work of art,†Kavanaugh said.

The downside to the exhibition, she said, was what she saw as too much emphasis on van Gogh’s mental health issues and substandard reproductions of some paintings consistently.

Due to the public domain nature of van Gogh’s works and the popularity of Massimiliano Siccardi’s show, Ross said, a number of other immersive van Gogh shows are presented around the world.

The creators of this “immersive Van Gogh†plan to apply the format to more artists and not just in the visual art genre – and to bring more shows to the United States.

Meanwhile, “Immersive Van Gogh†has sold more than 3.5 million tickets in the United States, Ross said.

Ross believes that van Gogh is so popular now for a variety of reasons, including how avant-garde he was in his time in the art world and suffered from mental illness and isolation, which many can believe. to identify in these times of pandemic.

And yes, Ross is aware of the opening of the van Gogh exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art during the duration of his exhibition.

“I love it. We don’t compete with anyone in the fine art world,†he said.

"Les Vessenots in Auvers" by Vincent van Gogh

“Through the eyes of Vincent: Van Gogh and his sources” at the CMA

Everyone knows about severe depression, severed ears, suicide.

But did you know that Vincent Willem van Gogh was a fan of the literature of his time and, because he was multilingual, read “Les Misérables†and the novels of Charles Dickens in their original languages? Did you know that he admired and was friends with his contemporary artists, hanging reproductions of their works on his walls?

How van Gogh absorbed and appreciated the art world around him and enabled him to impact and influence his own work is the theme of “Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and his Sourcesâ€, Opening on November 12 and continuing for four months at Columbus Art Museum.

“Van Gogh’s emotional and mental challenges are a perfectly fine lens through which to look at his work, but this exhibit shows how great he was in his day,” said David Stark, the museum’s chief curator emeritus and co-curator of the exhibition.

“A wide range of artists have inspired him… With this exhibition we get a well rounded picture of him and his time.

"diligence of Tarascon" by Vincent van Gogh

The exhibition will include 17 works by van Gogh on loan, among others, by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Art Gallery, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and, from Ohio, the Cleveland Art Museum, the Cincinnati Museum of Art and the Toledo art museum. Among the works: still life â€Roses“(1890), the landscape”Les Vessenots in Auvers“(1890) and”diligence of Tarasconâ€(1888), inspired by the 1872 novel by Alphonse Daudet.

A particularly interesting work is that of van Gogh “Poppy vaseâ€(1886), which appears to have a self-portrait of the artist under the surface layer of paint, discovered through digital x-ray analysis.

Who are the artists who inspired the genius of Van Gogh?

Beyond the works of van Gogh, the exhibition includes over 140 works by artists who inspired and influenced van Gogh: Honoré Daumier, Edgar Degas, Eugène Delacroix, Paul Gauguin, Utagawa Hiroshige, Edouard Manet, Jean-Francois Millet, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Henri from Toulouse-Lautrec and Katsushika Hokusai, whose woodcuts were collected by van Gogh.

“Through the eyes of Vincent” was organized by the museum with the Santa Barbara Art Museum, the second and final stage of the exhibition.

“It’s a challenge for two medium-sized museums to do an exhibition like this, and it’s not easy to get van Gogh paintings on loan,†said Nannette V. Maciejunes, Executive Director and CEO of the Columbus Museum.

Joining Stark as co-curator of the Columbus exhibit is Steven Naifeh, who, along with her late husband, Columbus native Gregory White Smith, wrote the 2011 bestselling biography.Van Gogh: life. “

"The wheat field" by Vincent van Gogh

At the Columbus Museum, the exhibit will occupy the ground floor of the Walter Wing and will hang on themes related to van Gogh, including rustic life, religion, impressionism, post-impressionism, portraiture, Paris and literature. A number of old editions of 19th century books will be included in the exhibition.

“One of the reasons we know which artists inspired van Gogh and which authors he loved was his extensive correspondence with his brother (the art dealer) Theo (van Gogh),†Stark said.

Maciejunes said that the museum’s van Gogh exhibit has been in the works for several years, and that she, Stark and museum staff only recently found out that the “Immersive Van Gogh†exhibit would run for most of the time. the same period.

“We are optimistic that people who experience the van Gogh light show will be inspired to come and see the real thing,†Stark said.

“It’s a special thing to be in a room with real van Goghs and we’ll have 17 great works that have been touched by the artist’s hand,†Maciejunes said.

The two agreed that van Gogh has the kind of lasting popularity bestowed on only a handful of artists.

“There are just artists and works of art that endlessly fascinate people,” Stark said, noting that a new book on Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, wife of Théo and sister-in-law of Vincent, will be released in Dutch. After the brothers ‘deaths, Johanna translated the brothers’ letters and became a key figure in promoting Vincent’s paintings and his growing fame as an artist.

Ironically, the only painting Vincent van Gogh sold during his lifetime was purchased by a woman whose portrait is included in the exhibition. “Anna bochâ€(1889) by painter Theo van Rysselberghe on loan to the museum from the Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, Massachusetts.

And if the exhibition and its many works are not enough to give a broader vision of the intelligence, the varied interests and the appreciation of the artists around van Gogh, the exhibition is accompanied by two new books: the catalog of the exhibition “Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and his Sources” and “Van Gogh and the artists he loved»Co-written by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.

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Painting by Vincent Van Gogh titled "Self-portrait as an artist"

Who was Vincent van Gogh?

Born into a wealthy family in 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands, Vincent Willem van Gogh worked as an art dealer and missionary before becoming a painter. In ten years, he produced some 2,000 works including more than 800 oil paintings, working in the Netherlands, in Paris and finally in Arles in the south of France. His little brother, Theo, supported him financially and maintained a vigorous correspondence with him.

Throughout his short life, van Gogh suffered from depression and psychotic episodes, severing part of his left ear and shooting himself on July 27, 1890. He died two days later at the age of 37 years.

Without success during his lifetime, van Gogh is today considered one of the most critical and successful artists of all time. His portrait of Paul Gachet, the doctor who cared for van Gogh during his later years, was bought at an auction in 1990 for $ 75 million, the most expensive van Gogh painting ever sold.

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam holds the largest collection of his paintings and drawings.

In one look

• “Immersive Van GoghWill take place from October 28 to January 2 at the Lighthouse ArtSpace, 940 Polaris Parkway. Timed tickets will be sold and pandemic safety precautions will follow City of Columbus guidelines. Ticket prices start at $ 39.99. Go to

• “Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and his Sources»Will take place from 12 November to 6 February at Columbus Art Museum, 480 E. Broad St. Timed tickets cost $ 10 plus regular admission $ 18 for adults, or $ 9 for seniors, students and ages 4 to 17, free for members and children of 3 years old and under. Reduced entry tickets are available Thursday evenings and Sundays. Parking costs $ 5. Go to


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