Van Gogh visits West Sacramento with an overwhelming experience – Daily Democrat

Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous artists in the world, remembered as such more than 130 years after his death.

Residents of Yolo County now have the opportunity to observe and analyze some of Van Gogh’s most famous works in a traveling museum. “Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” is located at 31 15th Street and will be in West Sacramento through at least April.

“Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” can be viewed at 31 15th Street in West Sacramento through April. (Sean Hulkow/Daily Democrat)

Ticket prices start at $34.90 for adults and $19.90 for children. However, the experience is worth the price, according to West Sacramento Mayor Martha Guerrero.

“It is important to our community that artists be able to share their artwork and we are trying to do more of that in the city,” Guerrero said. “This place opens up an opportunity for our residents to get up close to the experience of an artist who has so much depth and history.”

The exhibition center created the concept in 2015 and premiered it in 2018 abroad in Europe. In 2019, the exhibition center began exploring bringing the concept to the United States the following year. However, these plans have been delayed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The exhibition premiered on the country side in Atlanta, Georgia.

“West Sacramento was one of the areas that we looked really closely at because of its location as the gateway to Northern California, and it’s really the heart of the region,” recalls John Zaler, executive producer at The Showcase Show. “As a city that really loves the arts, we felt the fair would be very well received and it was.”

The museum offers a self-guided tour of Van Gogh’s art. Attendees have the option of reading the text alongside the various pieces of art.

The other available option is to download the “Van Gogh Immersive USA” app on your smartphone. The app gives a narration of all the information provided, allowing attendees to spend more time visually analyzing the artwork and all its various intricacies.

“Van Gogh is one of the rock stars of the art world,” Zaller declared. “He has a story that many of us know well. He has an incredibly unique style that when you see his work, you know his work. He has his own brand as well as a story as someone many of us can relate to. He’s more than just a struggling artist, he’s someone who really put his heart into it.” On his sleeve. He became a very sympathetic figure in the art world. His work at the time was truly revolutionary and that is still the case today.”

Prior to his election as mayor of West Sacramento in 2020, Guerrero worked as a social worker and therapist for more than 20 years. Guerrero’s past experience helped her analyze the mental health struggles that Van Gogh struggled with before he committed suicide in 1890 at the age of 37.

“They understood some of what Van Gogh experienced psychologically and the challenges he faced personally, even in his relationships and solitude,” Guerrero explained. “Just seeing how much he was able to create momentum in his life, a movement that was able to provide that self-expression. For people to see that there were outlets to help them address some of their personal issues.”

An ever-changing bust of famous artist Vincent van Gogh is one of the first things you see when you visit
An ever-changing bust of famous artist Vincent van Gogh is one of the first things you see when you visit “Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” in West Sacramento, which is open through April. (Sean Hulkow/Daily Democrat)

The first half of the experience is what you’d expect to see in most traditional museums, with art on the walls and information alongside for more detail on each piece of art in the gallery section. There are a couple of pieces of artwork in the first half of the museum that differ from the others – but I’ll let you discover that for yourself.

The second half of the experience is what makes it so special and engaging: the immersive.

First, take a step into the sunflower room. You will find yourself surrounded by beautiful sunflowers as far as the eye can see.

Sunflowers were among some of Van Gogh’s most famous works, as he was very passionate about nature. For social media fans, the Sunflower Room provides an eye-catching backdrop for an Instagram boomerang video set to the song “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee.

The next section of the experience is the immersive room. No matter where you’re headed, even if you take a full 360-degree spin, you’re surrounded by Van Gogh’s art. The immersive room is filled with comfortable chairs and benches for those in attendance to enjoy the show and really enjoy the show. Guerrero described the room as “calming and relaxing”.

Famous artist Vincent van Gogh painted many self-portraits during his life, which can be viewed at
Famed artist Vincent van Gogh painted many self-portraits during his lifetime, which can be viewed at “Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” in West Sacramento through April. (Sean Hulkow/Daily Democrat)

The way the different pieces of art are woven together and transitioned from one another is impressive.

“You see his actual paintings, they’re not that big, most of them,” Zaler said. “It’s a standard 2 by 3 painting. The vision he has and the scale he creates within those small paintings is also enough to blow them up to the size of a room. That’s another reason we picked him, his work is so poignant that it could fill an entire room if it covered those walls.”

“That’s exactly what happened in that immersive room. We’ve always tried to create an immersive room that has a lot of height and a lot of volume so you can really step in like you’re off that canvas and it wraps around you.”

The penultimate part of the experience is the art studio. After exiting the gorgeous immersive room, attendees enter what looks like an elementary school classroom. There is a projector in the middle of the room that puts art on display as many colorful moldings hang on the walls.

The studio offers attendees the chance to make their mark and use crayons to create their own interpretation of one of Van Gogh’s most famous pieces of art. When you’re done, you can pin your artwork to the wall and put it up on a projector for those to follow to keep an eye on.

“By making your drawing and visualizing it on the wall, you did what was very cool,” Guerrero recalled. “Something you feel you can contribute yourself to. This hands-on experience for children and adults that I felt was very helpful for people to continue to visualize themselves doing art.”

The final stop on the experiment will cost you some extra dough to share but it’s well worth the $5. The final part of the immersive experience is virtual reality.

Throughout the museum, attendees will see Van Gogh’s most famous works of art. In the immersive room, you are surrounded by the art around you.

Now imagine stepping into some of Van Gogh’s works – something that’s possible with virtual reality. The virtual reality experience gives attendees the chance to tour eight of Van Gogh’s pieces, including Starry Night Over The Rhone and Vincent’s Bedroom at Arles.

A virtual reality experience allows you to view the center of the artwork right in front of you while also providing the ability to look around you at the smallest details of the artwork that you may not have noticed before.

“We’re the only company that offers these VR components because we’ve figured out how to make VR accessible to every guest that comes,” Zaler explained. “It became this wonderful final moment where you got as close to inhabiting the artist as possible. It really creates a whole additional level of appreciation for the work and the artist himself.”

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will not be in West Sacramento permanently. Stop by before the end of April when the show hits another city route across the USA.

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