Swimming in Color

Currently on at antrepo 3 in Karaköy, Van Gogh Alive is extraordinary even by the standards of the hybrid art styles and exhibition techniques we have come to expect today.

Van Gogh Alive is not exactly an exhibition, but neither is it an installation. The best description of Van Gogh Alive is that it’s a fun show with music and technology based on the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh.

The effect of Van Gogh Alive is created by many things, not least of which is the projection onto giant screens of the artist’s unusual use of colors using high resolution projectors. The music too has been chosen to reflect Van Gogh’s manic-depressive personality as manifested in his turbulent life and malaise. As the music morphs from a mournful cello passage by John Zorn to classical Japanese koto music, you leave the stillness of Van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles and lose yourself in the ebullience of his Cherry Blossoms.

Maybe it’s not like seeing a real Van Gogh painting, but Van Gogh Alive is definitely going to give you an in-depth look into the life of this great Dutch painter. Through May 15.