The Musée d’Orsay Held An Immersive Van Gogh Show

The Musée d'Orsay Organized An Immersive Van Gogh Show Which Broke Attendance Records With New V.R. Experiences.

Feb 10, 2024By Angela Davic, News, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and Analysis
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The museum in question. Via Romain Plagnol


The Musée d’Orsay recently organized an immersive Van Gogh show, called “Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise“. The showcase surpassed all prior records for audience size, attracting 793,556 visits overall, or 7,181 on average, every day. Although the press mostly mocked the show’s artificial intelligence and realistic virtual reality experiences, they were convincing to new viewers.


A.I. Reproduction of Van Gogh

A woman takes photos of “The Self-Portrait” at the exhibition Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, the Final Monthsat. Photo: Gao Jing/Xinhua via Getty Images.


The exhibition ended last Sunday. Also, it assembled canvases painted by the Post-Impressionist artist in the last two months of his life. Van Gogh resided at Auvers-sur-Oise, a tiny town outside of Paris, during this brief but productive time in the middle of 1890. He also created 74 artworks. In the history of the Musée d’Orsay, this exhibition had the most visitors.


It exceeded with ease the 724,414 visitors to “Edvard Munch: A Poem of Life, Love, and Death” in 2022. The third-most-visited exhibition at the Paris museum in 2018 was “Picasso: Blue and Pink”. This exhibit drew in 670,667 enthusiastic art tourists. An exhibition honouring one of the most popular artists in existence at a renowned art centre possesses all the elements of a smash hit.


Still from Le Palette de Van Gogh. Image: © Lucid Realities – TSVP – Musée d’Orsay – VIVE Arts.


But, the institution astonished visitors with a few brand-new, cutting-edge features. A.I. reproduction of Van Gogh developed on the artist’s writings was one of them. “The truth of my motivation remains a mystery even to me. Thank you for understanding my mental health struggles”, Van Gogh reportedly revealed his suicide note to a museum visitor who requested it. In case you were wondering, he is Dutch by birth, but he speaks with a rough English accent.

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The Musée d’Orsay Holds Another Exhibition for Fans of V.R.

Four Sunflowers Gone to Seed by Vincent Van Gogh, 1887. Source: Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo


“I saw no other way to find peace”, he admitted to another reporter for The New York Times. It was an astonishingly personal admission from a man who did not speak publicly in more than a century. Additionally, the museum featured a VR experience. It employs the last palette that Van Gogh used as a doorway to immerse viewers in his landscape paintings. Marguerite Gachet told the story of the voyage. She was the physician’s daughter, whom Van Gogh painted twice in 1890.


VR enthusiasts who were not able to participate in the immersive Van Gogh exhibition last autumn will have another opportunity to don a headset. There is forthcoming “Paris 1874: Inventing Impressionism“, show, which opens in March. This time, guests will be given the opportunity to spend a night in Paris among some of their most beloved Impressionist painters.


Six Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh, 1888, (destroyed 1945). Source: BBC


The filing for bankruptcy of a well-known producer last year seems to have dampened the public’s fervent excitement for immersive art experiences. Following its appearance in Netflix’s Emily in Paris, the digital format went on to become an enormous hit throughout the pandemic. There were about 50 different Van Gogh experiences available across the United States in 2021, demonstrating how passionate audiences were about anything Van Gogh.

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By Angela DavicNews, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and AnalysisAngela is a journalism student at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade and received a scholarship for continued education in Prague. She completed her internship at the daily newspaper DANAS and worked as an executive editor at Talas.