If you’re ever around Manila this time of the year, then I’m telling you now that the Van Gogh Alive experience is one you wouldn’t want to miss out on. In case you haven’t heard of the said immersive exhibit (in which case I don’t know why), fret not because I got it all covered in this post! Now, now, where do I even begin? Other than the fact that the experience was exceptional…
Today, my bestfriend Honey and I, together with her mom, got to see the Van Gogh Alive exhibit at BGC. Just a little fun fact, Honey and I have already been talking about this way before the show even launched in Manila. And we were both so glad that it did and we thought we just couldn’t miss it!
Upon entering the venue, an installation art of the popular Van Gogh painting The Bedroom will be greeting you welcome. History says this depicts Van Gogh’s bedroom in Arles where he was known to have executed 300 paintings and drawings. Moving past along this you’ll be able to read up and catch some information about some of Van Gogh’s notable paintings which you will then see in the exhibit. You’ll be surprised at the amount of history and backstory his paintings contain—both disturbing and eye-opening.
Finally, for the main event—the Van Gogh Alive experience itself. Basically, the live exhibit displays the story of Van Gogh and his gradual descent to mental illness through his prominent paintings. Which leads me to this—just a little bit of disclaimer that it could somehow be triggering to those with mental illness/es themselves because really, that sense of disturbance radiates off several of his paintings. It’s like seeing the world through his mind via his works, so it can be a little mind-boggling if you’re sensitively empathic.
Now, I am writing this post obviously because I loved the Van Gogh “experience” and enjoyed every bit of it. The flow of the exhibit was smartly executed first featuring Van Gogh’s earlier works and eventually of those which showed signs of his slow descent to mental illness.
I really appreciated the immersive 360-exhibit as well as the wonderful variations of classical music that played along in the background as the show went on. And because I loved it so much, I immediately turned to Spotify to find the playlist! Here it is.
If you haven’t seen it yet—hurry up! Van Gogh Alive in Manila will only run until December 8. The exhibit is located at 4th Floor, One Bonifacio High Street, 28th Street cor. 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For information on the availability of tickets and where to get them, you may check out their website for details!