5 Things You Should Know About the Upcoming Van Gogh Exhibit in Manila
Vincent Van Gogh is one of the world's most famous and beloved artists. His unique post-impressionist style has been emulated repeatedly and venerated by critics across the globe. Born in 1853, the Dutch painter enjoyed a relatively humdrum life, finding fame only posthumously. Having tried his hand at different occupations and travelling to London and Paris, Van Gogh found his passion for painting late in his life. Still, over only a decade, he produced more than 2,000 works yet sold only one. Because of this, he lived in poverty and was constantly cared for and financially supported by his younger brother, Theo. His death came early at the age of 37.
Today, his works are widely circulated and coveted by collectors and art connoisseurs, often sold for millions at auctions. His stature in the art world undoubtedly inspired younger artists and critics to reframe the role of art in depicting real life. Known for his portraits and depictions of daily minutiae, Van Gogh's paintings are loved by many for their stoic yet reflective character.
Beginning 26 October, art lovers will be able to appreciate Van Gogh's works through an immersive exhibit entitled Van Gogh Alive to be held at Bonifacio High Street. But before you book your tickets, scroll through below to find out more about the man behind the famous Starry Night:
1/5 The exhibit has already travelled the world, most recently in France
Held at L’Atelier des Lumières in Paris, the immersive digital experience was made famous through its homestay at the world's most romantic city. It opened 22 February and is slated to welcome visitors from all-over the world until 31 December. The concept was brought to life by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto, Massimiliano Siccardi with the musical collaboration of Luca Longobardi.
2/5 Van Gogh sold only a single painting in his lifetime
Given his canonical stature in the art world, it might surprise some to know that he sold only a single painting in his lifetime entitled, The Red Vineyard near Arles. It was exhibited for the first time at the annual exhibition of Les XX, 1890 in Brussels, and sold for 400 Francs (equal to about 2,000USD today) to a woman named, Anna Boch. She was a sister of Eugene Boch, a painter who was friends with Van Gogh.
3/5 Most expensive painting by Van Gogh
Entitled, Portrait of Dr. Gachet, this painting by Van Gogh was sold for a whopping 82.5 Million USD in 1990, which would amount to 158 Million USD today. Dr. Paul Gachet was a close confidant of the painter during his stay in Auvers-sur-Oise, a small suburb northwest of Paris, France. The Dutch painter had a relatively solitary life, spending his final days under the care of Dr. Gachet. After a long tortuous battle with mental illness, Van Gogh took his own life.
4/5 Not the first digital interpretation
If you've been privy to the latest trends in social media, you might have encountered the recent debate regards to "gatekeeping" and the value of art in the digital world. However, this is not the first time Van Gogh's art has been translated into digital form. The 2017 film, Loving Vincent was widely applauded and beloved around the word. It may be best described as a moving pastiche of 65,000 paintings across a running time of an hour 34 minutes. It follows Van Gogh during the last days of his life. To know more about it, click here.
5/5 Von Gogh is alive in the Philippines
The Bonifacio Art Foundation and One Bonifacio High Street, together with Globe, bring "Van Gogh Alive" to Metro Manila. Here, visitors will be able to experience an immersive digital art exhibition. With classical musical scoring and large digital superimpositions of the artist's greatest works, Van Gogh Alive is a contemporary way to enjoy the Dutch painter's oeuvre. Visitors can expect a thrilling display of over 3,000 images will will transform every surface – walls, columns, ceilings and even floors.
Van Gogh Alive will welcome guests form October 26 - December 8, 2019. To know more and book tickets to visit, log on to: vangoghalive.ph.