In case one Van Gogh immersive experience wasn’t enough for art aficionados, the Denver area gets a second courtesy of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, as part of its Off-Center programming. Van Gogh Alive, a large-scale, multi-sensory experience will run from July 9 to September 26 in The Hangar at Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace.
Make no mistake — this is no ordinary art exhibition. Van Gogh’s works have been exhibited and admired for over a century – but never like this.
Traditions of tiptoeing through silent galleries and viewing paintings from afar in quiet contemplation are forgotten as visitors find themselves interacting with art in ways they never imagined.
From start to finish, visitors are surrounded by a vibrant symphony of light, colour, sound and fragrance that has been called an “unforgettable” multi-sensory experience.
Van Gogh’s masterpieces come to life, giving visitors the sensation of walking right into his paintings, a feeling that is simultaneously enchanting, entertaining and educational.
Adults and children delight in the super-scale show, viewing artworks from new angles and discovering unique perspectives.
Visitors also have the chance to examine Van Gogh’s sources of inspiration via photographs and video displayed alongside his works.
Here’s a short preview of what the show will look like.
Grande Experiences’ state-of-the-art SENSORY4 immersive gallery combines with a tailored exhibition space to allow projection of enormous crystal-clear images.
Set to an evocative classical score, a thrilling display of over 3,000 inspirational images transforms the world around you.
Audiences will truly lose themselves in the vibrant colors and vivid details of Van Gogh’s work.
Adults and children alike will forge their own paths and find their own meaning as they wander through the galleries, exploring hidden nooks, viewing artworks from new angles and discovering unique perspectives.
Visitors have the chance to examine Van Gogh’s sources of inspiration via photographs and video displayed alongside his works.
But for many, the greatest pleasure lies in simply standing still, indulging the senses as waves of sights and sounds, intense and beautiful, wash over them.
Beyond the SENSORY4 Immersive Gallery, Van Gogh Alive will also feature an interpretive area where visitors can learn more about Van Gogh’s life and works as well as interactive art stations where they can create their own art with the help of expert video tutorials.
Visitors can also create their own souvenirs within a life-sized walk-in representation of Van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles” painting and the iconic “Sunflower selfie room” – a 360° mirrored room complete with hundreds of sunflowers.
Finally, The Hangar will feature a bar within the experience, plus participants may visit the many dining options at Stanley Marketplace.
Van Gogh Alive will be open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Final entry is one hour before the experience closes.
Tickets start at $35 and go on sale Tuesday, April 20 at 10 a.m. Tickets may only be purchased online at denvercenter.org. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is the only official ticketing provider of Van Gogh Alive.
How to get discounts on Van Gogh Alive tickets
Ticket prices vary based on date and availability. Here’s how to save a few bucks:
- Visit the first weekend (July 9 to 11) when tickets are $35 to $40.
- Early bird and Sunday night pricing. Tickets are $35 at 10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. every Tuesday through Friday and 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Sunday night.
- Choose a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for more affordable options. Use the ticketing calendar to find the day, time, and price that work for you.
- Free for kids age 4 and under. Everyone needs a ticket, but children 4 and younger get in free and can be booked online.
- Youth ages 5 to 18 and students with a student ID receive $25 tickets.
- Active and retired military personnel and their immediate families save 10%. Use code BLUESTAR to purchase.
The first ever Van Gogh experience to tour globally, Van Gogh Alive has visited more than 65 cities on six continents, entertaining more than 7 million visitors in the process.
When it arrives in Colorado, this immersive experience will also be showing in London, Beijing, Mexico City, Vienna and Melbourne.
FYI: The show’s producers are the same folks who brought “Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius Exhibition” to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in December 2019.