“Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul”
–Vincent by Don McLean
Known to the world as the artist who once cut off his ear, had a fondness for golden sunflowers and poured his entire soul into his works of art, Van Gogh’s remarkable paintings-a testament to his deep emotions- have moved the hearts of people for generations and stood the test of time.
How can a man, trapped in an inescapable depth of sorrow, produce such breathtaking work? A man, who channelled his entire soul onto a blank canvas, never receive the praise he deserved while he was still alive?
From 17th December 2022 to 9th April 2023, the mystery of Van Gogh’s life is unravelled to the public through the Van Gogh Alive Exhibition held in Pavilion Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. Unlike traditional art exhibitions where paintings are hung delicately on walls for people to admire, this modern exhibition, which has toured countries in Europe and Asia, caters to the 21st century. As interactive learning has proven to be an effective method for people nowadays to absorb information easily, the immersive experience provides the opportunity to interact with both his artworks and life. Whether it is Van Gogh’s famous bedroom painting being brought to life with a physical reconstruction, or the elegant classical music that is being played in the background, or the dramatically large, lit up tiles that project his marvellous works in great detail, one is guaranteed to be transported back to the 19th century and view the world through the eyes of this notable artist. Perhaps, it is only through this that we can truly understand the mystery of his life.
By purchasing tickets that cost RM75 (or RM46 for early birds), people can visit the acclaimed exhibition that has garnered attention on social media platforms for its aesthetic designs. If you have so far only viewed snippets of the exhibition through TikTok videos, Instagram stories and posts, we now bring to you an in-depth depiction of the entire exhibition, from beginning till the end. So, immerse yourself in this article where we discuss the myriad of attractions that elevate the Van Gogh Alive Exhibition and bring his works to life!