We went to see the Van Gogh Alive exhibition today. As per usual, directions to get there were lacking. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, HK is not very tourist friendly, and so you’re pretty much on your own in terms of finding venues around the city, and today was no exception. We took Google Maps’ suggestion, which was not the best route 😂 So we had to endure the heat as we walked the lonnng way to the venue – and let’s just say that the weather today could have taken on SG and would’ve put up a good fight 😂
And then when we finally found the venue, the exhibition itself wasn’t all that fantastic. There were effectively four rooms:
– The first room was more the typical art gallery room, where they had descriptions of his life and his paintings;
– The second and third rooms were where they had his paintings projected up on all the surfaces in the room, and added a bit of movement to them, making them a bit more “alive”. So, for example, if he had a windmill in his original paining, they’d have that windmill actually turning in their display, which was a nice effect. They also had classical music playing as they moved through his paintings. I don’t know what the difference was between these two rooms, though. They seemed pretty much the same to me…
– And then the fourth room was just a drawing room where you could follow a looping film showing a 5min drawing workshop on how to draw people. It wasn’t Van Gogh specific, but somewhat related to painting, I suppose 😊 Most of the people using the easels were kids who couldn’t care less about the workshop, so perhaps the organisers could have set up a separate area for them, so the adults could actually have a bit of a go. And an adult would look rather mean kicking off a child who wanted to use an easel, right?! 😂 There weren’t any spare easels available when we got to the room, and we didn’t stick around and wait for one to free up, so it was a bit of a shame that we never got to have a go.
And then at the end, there was the obligatory gift shop and refreshments. We stopped at Artisan Room‘s pop-up store there for afternoon tea, which was really nice! I’m definitely going to go check out their cafe now near HK University 👍
We bought tickets at the door, which cost HK$250 (~A$45) each, which we thought was a bit pricey. I don’t know if it was worth it… I still think I would have preferred to have seen the actual paintings. We went to a Van Gogh exhibition a few years ago now, somewhere in Oz, and I think I still preferred that to this one. There’s something about seeing the real artwork on display. This Alive exhibition was a work in itself, so I guess I should appreciate it for that. But if I had a choice, I think I’d still go for seeing the real paintings, even if they don’t move 😊
And maybe I was also a bit disappointed because we have seen the real works, and this didn’t stand up enough on its own in terms of being its own work of art, if that makes sense. And then also not having much of a distinction between the second and third rooms, as well as not separating the kids’ and adults’ drawing rooms, overall it just didn’t leave me with the best of impressions.
I’d be interested to hear other people’s thoughts on this exhibition! Did anyone actually enjoy it and thought it was good value??