So since Van Gogh is all people are talking on social media these days, I figured I would add my two cents.
My partner and I took a trip to Charlotte NC to experience the new immersive exhibit on the world renowned painter. I absolutely adore his work and many other impressionists but unfortunately the exhibit itself left me wanting me more.
See below for where I stand on this 2021 Van Gogh take over…..
- It would have been more interesting to have different room experiences instead of one large one. Although the collective room was cool – I have seen shows like this where each room has a different theme and I think that encouraged more lingering and reflection.
- I wanted to learn more about Van Gogh – the plus of the way it is designed now is that you have to hypothesize on the meaning of each part of movie, but I would have appreciated a couple subtitles with little known facts. I am Perpetual Beta after all…..
- The music was choreographed perfectly – really loved the Edith Piaf segment which played on life and death themes…
- If you are on a budget, avoid the gift shop. They capitalized on Van Gogh’s work too well!
One of the most important aspects of Van Gogh and his life for me as ever-learning person is the fact he was considered a madman and lunatic his whole life. He was not commercially successful until after his suicide at age 37. Then his works began to be incorporated in large schools of art.
If we think of ourselves as limited to only this lifetime, perhaps we are cutting ourselves short? The bravest things we can do are to question ourselves and our understanding, refine what we think we know, and believe in ourselves no matter what the naysayers say. His quote sums this up perfectly:
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?