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Opening date announced for immersive Van Gogh exhibit in Vancouver

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VanGogh immersive experience Vancouver 2020 (LaurenceLabat)
Imagine Van Gogh, an immersive art exhibition, is set to open at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Photo courtesy of Imagine Van Gogh

An immersive Van Gogh art exhibition is set to open doors in Vancouver this winter--but a little bit later than it had planned to. 

While it was originally slated to commence in February, organizers of Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition have changed the opening date to March 19. 

Tickets will go on sale this week, and may only be purchased online. 

In the event of a temporary exhibit closure due to public health orders, all tickets scheduled during the closure will be automatically rescheduled for when the exhibit reopens.

The exhibition originated in Europe and promises over 200 of the Dutch artist’s paintings, displayed in a "grandiose and immersive concept of Total Image," according to a release.

What exactly does that mean? During a visit to Imagine Van Gogh, guests will wander through a series of larger-than-life projections of the artist’s most famed masterpieces, painted between 1888 and 1890. Those projections are accompanied by immersive audio, adding "emotional depth to each image," and allowing visitors "to live and feel the creative energy of the esteemed artist."

The experience was created by French artistic directors Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron. 

"Original canvasses are expanded and fragmented, then projected into unusual shapes to emphasize the mesmerizing exaggerations and distortions of Van Gogh’s work. Visitors experience their energy, emotion, and beauty like never before,” Mauger explained in the release. 

Know Before you "Gogh"

The exhibit lasts approximately one hour, and you must ensure you arrive promptly at the start time as indicated on your ticket. Organizers cannot guarantee entry for guests who arrive late.

Masks are mandatory at all times within the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The exhibition is a contactless and cashless experience, taking place over 25,000 square feet at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Imagine Van Gogh Vancouver will be limited by operating capacity and guests will have to pre-purchase tickets ahead of time to allow for safe physical distance during the event. 

"We ask that guests exercise good hand hygiene and comply with physical distancing measures including waiting in physically distanced queues. At this time, masks will be mandatory inside the Exhibition. These measures have been put in place to minimize risk to all and we respectfully ask for your compliance and patience as we adjust this experience for you and the safety of those attending," explains the exhibit's website. 

Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 15 at 9:00 a.m. 

Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition

When: March 19, 2021
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Pl. 
Cost: Adult (16+): Mon-Thu $39.99, Fri-Sun $44.99; Child (4-15): Mon-Thu $34.99, Fri-Sun $39.99; VIP: $99.99; Children 3 and under admitted free, however, they require a ticket due to capacity restrictions. Please ensure you add a free Child 3 and under ticket to your order.

Find out more information here.

--With files from Megan Lalonde.