Glitzy traveling multi-media show alighting in Israel for a month
Shortly after the exclusive ‘”Becoming Van Gogh” exhibition closed at the Denver Art Museum (I saw it three times during its three-month run) comes word that “Van Gogh Alive!” is coming to the Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center in Tel Aviv for one month (February 3 to March 3). If I had not seen the reverential show with thematic selection of authentic works — mostly Van Gogh’s during an explosive 10-year period — and a few artists who influenced and inspired him, I might be more receptive to the multi-media exhibition produced by an Australian firm called Grande Exhibitions, which also operates several “Da Vinci — The Genius” museums in Italy and has other traveling exhibitions on the road now (among them, “101 Inventions That Changed the World” and “Planet Shark“).
The two Van Gogh shows illustrate the contrast between a carefully museum-curated exhibition like “Becoming Van Gogh” that put a premium on originality, authenticity and art history, and a dazzling commercial sound and light show like “Van Gogh Alive!” The latter, which has previously been on display in Istanbul, Ankara, Phoenix and Singapore, has been viewed by more than 300,000 people and features 360-degree life-like images of the works of Van Gogh projected onto massive HD screens, as well as the ceiling, walls, pillars and floor — all to powerful classical music. Click here for more information on the upcoming Tel Aviv stop of this dazzling, high-tech interpretation of some 3,000 works of a simple, humble man who happened to become one of the late 19th centyury’s greatest artists.