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Something Wonderful: “Van Gogh, Starry Night”

We taste… the afterimage of events. The afterimage … a shadow left on the inside of the eye following a burst of light. Seen in negative and transposed to positive by our yearning for an epoch in which great art and great ideas were offered to the world without excuse or explanation.

Atelier des Lumières – “Van Gogh, Starry Night” from 22 February to 31 December 2019.
Located between Bastille and Nation, in a former foundry in the eleventh arrondissement of Paris, the Atelier des Lumières holds monumental immersive exhibitions.

Using 140 video projectors and a spatialized sound system, the highly unique multimedia equipment covers a total surface area of 3,300 m², extending from the floors to the ceilings and over walls up to 10 m high.


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  • John Venlet November 29, 2020, 4:28 AM

    Interesting that this post, and the one immediately preceding this, should reflect on how I spent yesterday evening with two of my granddaughters. We had a crisp, crystal clear evening, so we hauled out the refractor telescope and pointed it at the heavens. We had a look at Saturn and its rings, Jupiter and four of its moons, and then we pointed the telescope at the moon, which, being near full, filled our peering eyes with light so bright it caused us to squint when we initially put our eye to the eyepiece. A magical two hours in the backyard, on a crystal clear and starry night, peering at the stars.

  • Jeff Brokaw November 29, 2020, 7:09 AM

    Incredible. Walking through that would have been an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience filled with wonder and awe.

    Vincent Van Gogh is my favorite artist, by a wide margin. Thank you!

  • Kristin November 29, 2020, 7:57 AM

    So beautiful. Beautifully done. Thank you.

  • Anne November 29, 2020, 9:13 AM

    In 2002, my DD treated me to another adventure in France. I am familiar with Provence, but never visited the areas around it. We visited the care center (hospital) where he spent his last days and saw the bedroom. It is still furnished as it was when he died. The center was not designed to keep patients inside the property. He was free to come and go as he pleased. We were there when the fields of sun flowers were in bloom. Until that visit I had not understood either the work, nor cared about the man–I do now.

  • Jeff Brokaw November 29, 2020, 9:48 AM

    Well lookie here, my Instagram informs me this show is coming to Chicago soon http://www.vangoghchicago.com/

  • Jack November 29, 2020, 9:52 AM

    Excellent, loved it.

  • Casey Klahn November 29, 2020, 3:09 PM

    On a poster I read the following:
    Every time van Gogh went for a walk
    in Arles
    the local teens threw cabbages
    (yes, cabbages)
    at his head
    it was not his grimy smock
    his cheap straw hat
    his stench of coffee, cognac and turpentine
    his lack of teeth
    it was the way he would sometimes drop to his knees and stare into the heart of a wildflower
    with sudden monstrous awe

  • TC November 29, 2020, 3:30 PM

    Daughter and I saw the Van Gogh exhibit at the London Tate last year.


  • Auntie Analogue November 29, 2020, 4:52 PM

    Can’t stop to look over this post. Too busy eating potatoes.

    Don’t worry, they’re well-seasoned and quite Tanguy!