Unique Van Gogh exhibition arrives in Chilean capital

Explore the life and work of the prolific Dutch artist through thousands of images in high definition.

As you enter the room you are immersed in darkness for a few brief seconds before, suddenly, the bold, beautiful colors of Van Gogh’s renowned works — projected in high definition and larger-than-life scale — bathe the exhibition space in Espacio Riesco.

After drawing more than one million visitors in Israel, the United States, Turkey and Singapore, the innovative Van Gogh Alive exhibit is now showing in Santiago until June 30.

Forget the traditional gallery experience of fighting for a glimpse of great works from far away; the use of cutting edge technology to project images on huge screens and columns allows you to enjoy the beauty of these classic paintings up close and in their full glory.

Moving sound and image add a further dimension. The powerful classical music score has been carefully chosen to heighten the emotive nature of the troubled artist’s life and work.

Displayed in Espacio Riesco, in the borough of Huechuraba, this exhibit includes more than 3,000 images of Van Gogh’s life and work, showcasing not only his acclaimed paintings but also sketches and even personal letters written by the renowned artist.

The combined 900 hundred paintings and over 1500 drawings create a total of 2000 sq mt of art, filling every corner of the exhibition space.

Gabriel Agosín, the general producer of the exhibit, says Van Gogh Alive meets the great public demand for art in Chile.

“It is a luxury to have an event of this magnitude and quality in Chile,” said Agosín. Van Gogh Alive follows numerous other highly acclaimed art exhibits that have come to the Andean nation such as the recent New York Times photography retrospective.

Van Gogh Alive is open between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday to Sunday. Tickets — 6,900 Chilean pesos (US$13.75) for adults, 3,000 (US$6) for concessions and free for children under five — are available at the venue or in advance on Puntoticket.

Watch a video preview here.