My review of the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit – Cleveland Ohio
Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets to Immersive Van Gogh. All opinions are my own.
For those who enjoy art and want to experience it in a whole new way, the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit going on in Cleveland uses “state-of-the-art technology, theatrical storytelling, and world-class animation” to bring Dutch Painter Vincent Van Gogh’s most famed masterpieces to life, including Starry Night, The Potato Eaters, Sunflower and more.
Sixty-two projectors are used to project Italian film producer and digital art master, Massimiliano Siccardi’s Immersive Van Gogh experience. With the help of composer Luca Longobardi, the 35- minute illumination of Van Gogh’s artwork can be experienced in a whole new light. Each brushstroke and the blending of colors by the artist take center stage as the artwork fills the room. Exhibit-goers are treated to a full “immersive” experience of Van Gogh’s work.
A fan of the Dutch Artist, the whole experience brought various emotions. Sadness that Van Gogh experienced so much mental illness in his life. So much that he took his own life. Wonder and amazement that during his life he created such beautiful masterpieces for the world to enjoy. A true master of the brush.
Things to know before you go,
Once you have purchased your tickets, you will be given a link to a pre-show audio. You are going to want to listen to the audio before you attend the exhibit. The audio shares pieces of Van Gogh’s life that become part of the experience and help understand the paintings. I enjoyed listening to the audio on my drive to the exhibit.
The exhibit runs on a loop, so depending on when you enter the exhibit will determine what you will experience first. Once you enter you can stay for as long as you wish. I did not catch the beginning of the loop when I arrived, which worked to my benefit. It allowed time for me to get acclimated to the exhibit and find where I wanted to sit to enjoy it in its entirety.
In the exhibit you will find a limited number of benches to sit on. Exhibit goers also have an option to rent one of the Van Gogh cushions and sit in one of the designated circles on the floor. Standing is also permitted. The day I visited I waited for a bench and was able to snag one as exhibitors exited between cycles.
After you have enjoyed the exhibit take time and relax in the Lighthouse Lounge, shop the exhibit store, and/or take a few photos next to one of the photo op stations.
I found a nice selection of holiday gift ideas in the store, including socks, puzzles, mouse pads, notebooks, and more.
MyOhioFun Road Trip Notes:
- Purchase tickets ahead of time.
- The exhibit runs through March 6, 2022.
- The most popular “Premium-Flex” ticket comes with a limited-edition poster, a Van Gogh cushion (rental) and the flexibility to arrive +/- 2 hrs of your time. (Subject to public opening times.)
- Admissions are timed.
- Once in the gallery area you will find a limited number of benches.
- Social distancing circles are on the gallery floors.
- Arrive at least 30 minutes early to secure parking and to get checked-in.
- Parking will cost you $5. You will receive a parking ticket when you enter the parking area. Bring your ticket inside to pay and get validated before leaving.
- Photos are permitted throughout the exhibit.
- Allow 1 1/2 to 2 hours to view the exhibit, read about Van Gogh’s life and the paintings in the exhibit, take photo ops and shop the store. Additional time will be needed if you want to spend time in the lounge.
To purchase tickets, visit Immersive Van Gogh.
VIP Flex, Premium Flex, Basic Timed
Ticket prices range from $39.99 ($29.99 child 6-12 yrs) to $79.99 depending on your desired experience.
Location of exhibit:
Lighthouse Artspace Cleveland
850 E. 72nd Street, Cleveland, OH
Seize the Day!
Before or after your “Immersive” experience, why not take time and explore a few other notable areas of Cleveland, like the Cleveland Museum of Art (always FREE), the Cleveland Botanical Gardens or the Cleveland History Center. Enjoy a Cleveland walking tour with Tours of Cleveland, learn Rock history at the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, or enjoy a sit down dinner in Little Italy, followed by a delicious cannoli. Have you ever explored Lakeview Cemetery? Many famous people are buried there. Playhouse Square is a great place to enjoy live entertainment and shows.
Cleveland History Center – University Circle 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland
Cleveland Museum of Art – University Circle 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland
Cleveland Botanical Gardens– University Circle 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland
Lakeview Cemetery-12316 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Playhouse Square – 1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame – 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland
Tours of Cleveland
Need help deciding? Feel free to reach out. Coming in from out of town? I can send you a local visitor guide for FREE.
I would like to again thank Lighthouse Immersive for allowing me to share my experience with my followers.
To learn more about Van Gogh visit the Van Gogh Museum.
Article and photos, unless noted by: D. Rock, MyOhioFun.com
Diane Rock is the owner and editor of MyOhioFun.com, NorthernOhioTourism.com and the Tea Cup Rescue Society. She is an avid baker, gardener, Little Free Library owner, who loves to read and travel. She spends most of her days sharing her love of things to do in Ohio, as well as creating destinations and itineraries for group tours and individual travelers.
***Disclosure: My Ohio Fun receives compensation from advertising banners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
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