River City Bangkok presents the multimedia exhibition about one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art – Vincent Van Gogh: “Van Gogh. Life and Art” at the Museum of Digital Art Bangkok (MODA)
Vincent Van Gogh was the Dutch post-impressionist painter who lived and worked at the end of the 19th century. In just 10 years, he created 930 paintings, 1,100 drawings and sketches. During his lifetime, Van Gogh’s work never gained recognition. He sold only a few paintings and died in poverty and obscurity. Today Van Gogh is one of the most famous and recognizable artists in the world. Even those people who know nothing about fine arts can identify his works. Van Gogh’s paintings are traditionally the most expensive and coveted lots at any auction.
Van Gogh sought to render his emotional and spiritual condition in each of his works. His entire life was full of suffering. His deep melancholy and mental instability became a full-flowing source that filled each of his paintings with a profound psychological content. Every picture is a straightforward representation of how the artist saw each scene, interpreting it with his eyes, mind and heart. Van Gogh’s explosive temper became synonymous with a romantic image of an unappreciated genius.
The artist’s innovation was not only in that boundless mental nakedness rendered through paintings, it was also in the new artistic interpretation of the form, color symbolism, brushstroke expression, which were all used to define personal emotions. Though Van Gogh expressed his own inner life, his emotions and impressions survived through generations and became sort of universal symbols of deep feeling, which is still recognized even by people of the 21st century.
Van Gogh’s paintings can be found in numerous galleries and private collections all over the world, including the Netherlands, France, America, and Russia. To show them in one place at one time would be an impossible challenge. Only a digital multimedia exhibition is capable of this. The immersive exhibition, “Van Gogh. Life and Art” invites the visitor to become acquainted with the story of this master’s life through an almost exhaustive presentation of his paintings. From his first naive charcoal sketches to his very last oil masterpiece.
Huge screens draw in the visitor into each of his paintings, enabling us to appreciate the dramatic strokes for which Van Gogh is famous in great details. The exhibition also contains Van Gogh epistolary oeuvre (letters from the artist): quotes about his life and paintings from letters to his brother Theo. These letters help us understand the world in which Van Gogh found himself.
“Van Gogh. Life and Art” has been shown in eight cities, including Berlin, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and city in Saudi Arabia. Millions of people have immersed themselves in the combined beauty of Van Gogh’s masterpieces and some of the great musical compositions of our time.
For the first time in Bangkok, “Van Gogh. Life and Art” featuring more than 300 paintings within 40 minutes opens 4 June until 31 December at MODA Gallery, 2nd floor River City Bangkok.
A maximum of occupancy inside the exhibition is limited to 80 visitors at one time.
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