It’s week 270 (3/24/2016) here at Travel Photo Thursday. Thanks for being here, and join me on my Seoul tour of Van Gogh without the oil.
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Okay, Van Gogh without the oil is my take on this exhibit. The official name of the exhibit is Van Gogh Inside: Festival of Light and Music. The exhibit at the former Seoul train station, Culture Station Seoul 284, is billed as featuring many of the Van Gogh’s masterpieces, along with other notable impressionist artists of the era.
I was a bit apprehensive about visiting this exhibit on a Sunday. Although I don’t personally feel that the majority of young kids, including babes in arms, would enjoy this type of exhibit for more than about three minutes, it’s common here for the entire family to make it a days outing on a Saturday or Sunday. The crowds can get a wee bit wild and wooly. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case. Although busy, it was manageable. After purchasing my 15,000 Won ticket, I entered the “Nuenen” zone on the first floor, and quickly realized that this wasn’t your typical art exhibit. Instead of original oil painting hanging on the walls, I found myself in an exhibit room with eight large multimedia screens. Here, the letters that Van Gogh had shared with his brother Theo, and his many paintings were shared across the screens.
Next, it was off to the Paris, the lounge area of Seoul’s former train station. The ceiling and the arches are filled with moving pictures of Van Gogh’s life and paintings, literally surrounding visitors with the famous artist.
The exhibition ends on the second floor in the “Auvers-sur-Oise” zone, featuring works painted right before his suicide, set in motion and complete with sounds of birds, wind and lyrical music. The lighting in this room did not make for great photos. I did take a video, which turned out really badly. However, all is not lost! This short clip that I found on Youtube will take you there!
This is the most interactive art exhibit that I have ever experienced. I liked it, and so did the kids, who usually zone out within 3 seconds. Although I do have to say, I kept expecting to turn a corner and find myself lost in Van Gogh’s original oils.
If you’re visiting Seoul, Van Gogh Inside continues until April 17th. Location and hours.
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