Tourist Tip #155 / 'Van Gogh Alive'

Anat Rosenberg
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If you're not planning a jaunt to Amsterdam to visit the Van Gogh Museum, you can try the next best thing: Buying a ticket to "Van Gogh Alive," a multimedia, multi-sensory exhibition exploring the life and work of the great Impressionist painter from 1880 to 1890.

The exhibition, which thinks outside the frame, was conceived in Australia and has traveled the world. It opened in Tel Aviv on February 3 for a one-month run.

The show incorporates more than 2,000 of Van Gogh's most famous works and immerses viewers in them using cutting edge-technology, including 40 high-definition projectors, multi-channel motion graphics and cinema-quality surround. The works are projected at enormous scale on giant screens, walls and columns, even spilling onto the space's ceiling and floor.

The vibrant images are accompanied by a classical score that, together, aim to transport viewers to Arles, Saint Remy and Auvers-sur-Oise, where the troubled painter put brush to canvas and honed his trademark technique. Photographs and films of Van Gogh’s works round out the display and shed light on his sources of inspiration.

Until March 3, at the Maxidom Pavilion, Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds.

Tickets cost NIS 99 and must be purchased in advance. Call 03-512-1212 or go to (Hebrew) for more information.

Hours: Fridays, 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.; Saturdays, Sundays – Thursdays, 9 A.M. – 8 P.M.

'Four sunflowers gone to seed,' an 1887 painting by Vincent van Gogh.Credit: AP
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Several of Vincent van Gogh's famous portraits also make an appearance at 'Van Gogh Alive.'Credit: Reuters
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The multimedia exhibition 'Van Gogh Alive' hits the Exhibition Grounds in Tel Aviv.Credit: Reuters
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Sunflowers on view at 'Van Gogh Alive' in Tel Aviv.Credit: Reuters

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