Starry Delights: Inside the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibits

Michael Brosilow

Talk about making a big impression. Several traveling immersive exhibits are giving art lovers a larger-than-life view of some of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous works.

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The Van Gogh, Starry Night show debuted in Paris in 2019 to wide acclaim—even earning a cameo in the Netflix series Emily in Paris.

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Directed by “The Steven Spielberg of Immersive Art,” Massimiliano Siccardi, the show uses 140 video devices to project Van Gogh’s masterpieces over 3,500 square feet.

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The paintings were transformed into medium-length films set to cinema-quality sound, covering the walls and floor of the space as animations brought them to life.

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The show’s popularity has resulted in a half-dozen similar immersive van Gogh shows around the world, from Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi, and even a permanent installation in Indianapolis.


New York City has two competing shows happening at the same time, under similar names, with similar copycat accusations—and both are in lower Manhattan.

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But with everything from selfie-ready walls and rentable cushions to play rooms and absinthe bars, whichever you visit is the perfect place to spend a starry night.

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