Van Gogh Alive Has Arrived In Manila, And It’s Deeply Moving
The world-renowned multi-sensory exhibit of the Dutch master painter’s works is an experience that is not to be missed
On July 29, 1890, Vincent Van Gogh passed away in the arms of his brother, Theo, after a lifelong battle with mental illness. He had been a relatively unknown painter during his lifetime, and it would take years, his death, and the publication of correspondence between him and Theo for him and his work to be appreciated. Today, in 2019, over a century since painting “Wheat Fields with Crows,” his final work, audiences all around the world are still enamored by his command of color (often cobalts and yellows), the flourish of his hand (thick, lush strokes), and the mystique surrounding him (a troubled soul creating immensely beautiful art).
No longer do Manila audiences have to travel to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, or the Museum of Modern Art in New York City just to experience the beauty of his works. Situated in the heart of Taguig is Van Gogh Alive, the world-renowned multi-sensory exhibit featuring the master painter’s most notable and most moving oeuvre, set to swelling classical music by composers of his time: Bach, Vivaldi, Satie, and Schubert among them. The exhibit tells the story of Van Gogh’s life, from his beginnings in the Netherlands until his final days in Auvers.
Van Gogh Alive is a deeply moving and incredibly overwhelming experience that pays homage to the painter, but we’ll let the art (and the actual exhibit) speak for itself. Expect to see his most famous pieces, like “Starry Night,” “Starry Night over the Rhone,” “Cafe Terrace at Night,” and “Blossoming Almond Tree,” among others, while you are serenaded by Gymnopedia No. 1, Gnossienne No. 1, Nuages gris S.199, and more—music carefully selected to tell the painter’s tragic life.
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Van Gogh Alive will run at One Bonifacio High Street until December 8, 2019. Tickets are Php 750 for adults and Php 450 for children and students until college—get yours here.
All photos taken with Fujifilm X-A7