A large, immersive exhibition celebrating artist Vincent van Gogh has leaned on some Broadway expertise for a little bit razzle-dazzle throughout its go to to New York Metropolis.
Producers of “Immersive Van Gogh” have tapped Tony- and Emmy Award-winning set designer David Korins for inventive assist after they secured a jaw-dropping 70,000-square-foot venue for his or her exhibit in decrease Manhattan, simply the largest area the exhibit has landed.
“They wished one thing greater, fancier, deeper,” mentioned Korins, who has designed units for “Hamilton” and “Pricey Evan Hansen” and is a lifelong fan of Van Gogh. “I wished to essentially attempt to discover a approach to assist individuals in 2021 see him extra as a human.”
Korins has added a ceiling set up that makes use of nearly 8,000 paint brushes to thrillingly reproduce “The Starry Evening,” a station that makes use of synthetic intelligence to offer guests an individualized letter from Van Gogh, an opportunity to co-create a piece with him on their telephones, and cubicles that discover the artist’s synesthesia.
Corey Ross, the lead producer of “Immersive Van Gogh,” mentioned the present leans into each place it lands in and New York was the largest problem of any metropolis the present has visited.
“The query was, actually, how will we carry in the essence of New York?” he mentioned. “And naturally, David Korins is somebody whose work I like and he’s the highest man. So he was the primary name.”
Some components of Korins’ work are anticipated to be added to imminent visits to different cities. The exhibition has already been introduced in San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto and Paris and plans are to broaden to greater than a dozen cities throughout North America, together with Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh.
The guts of the present is the identical in every metropolis — a 38-minute digital movie projected throughout the hulking area that dynamically and elegantly weave pictures from Van Gogh’s work on the partitions and floor to a soundtrack of light digital music and ethereal piano. These elements had been designed by Massimiliano Siccardi, with authentic music by Luca Longobardi.
The present’s arrival in New York comes as town emerges from a lockdown that shut down cultural occasions and artwork crowds. “I really feel like this is an enormous, vibrant beacon of hope for arts in New York,” mentioned Korins.
All guests should put on masks and social distancing cues are sprinkled all through the exhibit. Korins made positive nothing wanted to be touched, maybe apart from guests’ cellphones. He mentioned it’s becoming that Van Gogh was typically remoted: “He is an ideal artist and this is an ideal time as a result of we’ve all been wrestling with isolation.”
There has these days been an explosion of renewed curiosity in the Dutch post-Impressionist artist, and “Immersive Van Gogh” is simply considered one of a number of touring reveals that marry his work with know-how. There’s even a rival in New York only a few miles away, “Van Gogh: The Immersive Expertise.”
Producers of “Immersive Van Gogh” in New York had a lot area — the situation on Pier 36 was as soon as residence to 25 basketball courts — that they’ve designed three galleries, every bigger than the following, which viewers can wander about or sit on benches and watch Van Gogh’s work float by.
Korins has added to the galleries a number of massive mirrored sculptures — some curved, some straight — that mirror and refract the digital pictures. Guests are additionally greeted on the entrance by considered one of Van Gogh’s final self-portraits blown as much as understand the nuance and brushstrokes of the grasp.
Korins hopes guests can come away with extra information about Van Gogh than simply that he was the artist who lower off his personal ear and painted “The Starry Evening.” Korins reminds folks that Van Gogh was a pauper who bought just one portray in his lifetime. “He did so many self-portraits as a result of he had no cash to pay for fashions,” Korins mentioned. “He painted sunflowers as a result of they had been free.”
One of many extra outstanding additions tries to place viewers contained in the thoughts of Van Gogh, who had a type of synesthesia referred to as chromesthesia in which he was capable of hear shade and see sound. The viewers walks by way of 10 cubicles primarily based on the colours most frequently used in his work and will get a light-weight and sound expertise that mimics how individuals with chromesthesia react to sure colours.
“That situation now is thought of a present,” mentioned Korins. “However he was fully misunderstood. And so right here’s a approach the place you possibly can type of step into the expertise.”