Augusta-area residents can see now see the masterpieces of Vincent Van Gogh through an experiential and modern platform.
Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is showing at James Brown Arena in downtown Augusta through June 25. The exhibit uses hi-tech projectors to create huge, multi-dimensional images of Van Gogh's works across the walls and floors with the artwork brought to life – shimmering swirls dance in "Starry Night" and petals fly across the space for "Almond Blossom."
Art historian Fanny Curtat explained that, while many remember Van Gogh for the more depressing moments of his life, looking at his art tells a whole other story.
"It's filled with color, it's filled with joy, it's the remedies he found for the demons in his life," Curtat said at a media preview day Monday. "In a period of crisis upon crisis upon crisis like we've been going through recently, to have somebody who's known for struggling in his life and was able to transcend all of the darkness into works of life and joy and beauty, there's still something very inspiring about that."
Guests begin their experience in the Introduction Hall, featuring panels of biographical information and explanations of the major elements of the artist's work. Then they step into the "Waterfall Room," which cycles through 35 minutes of looped artwork. Guests can relax on bean bags and benches, just taking in the lights and the colors for as long as they like. It caps off with a gift shop featuring all kinds of Van Gogh-inspired merchandise.
Tickets for the Augusta stop, presented by Paquin Entertainment Group are available online at vangoghaugusta.com with entry times from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guests will have to reserve a check-in time, but can stay as long as they want. The exhibit is open Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission prices start at $21.99 for children and $36.99 for adults with ages 4 and younger admitted free. Premium Flex tickets, which allow entry up to two hours before or after the allotted time, VIP and group ticket options are also available. Final entry is one hour before closing.
This article originally appeared on Augusta Chronicle: Beyond Van Gogh: Immersive Experience open until June 25 in Augusta