Step into Van Gogh’s Starry Night with THE LUME experience

Step into Van Gogh’s Starry Night with THE LUME experience

Words by Riya Kiran

It's art like you've never seen before.

Update: Due to the digital nature of the experience and being permanently located at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), South Wharf Source, The Lume has the flexibility to extend Van Gogh so no one misses out because of Melbourne’s extended lockdown.

THE LUME is giving you a once in a lifetime opportunity to time travel to the world of one of the most well-known artists. Vincent Van Gogh’s work is instantly recognisable, whether it’s The Starry Night, Self Portraits or the Sunflowers, you’ve most likely seen them before.

But never like this!

Reimagine the Van Gogh you know, as you watch 3,000 paintings, sketches, letters, and photographs explode into life in this multi-sensory experience.

Originally due to open September 1 but currently postponed because of the Melbourne lockdown, soon the city will open the doors to THE LUME – Australia’s first permanent digital art gallery. The gallery will transform the world’s finest pieces of art into a fully immersive sensory experience and invites you to this unique experience.

Watch large scale versions of Van Gogh’s work projected onto 11-metre-high walls and floors that stretch on for days. View every brushstroke and small details of his vibrant masterpieces from a whole new perspective.

Tour Netherlands and Paris to your delight, as you step inside The Bedroom, bathe in the shimmering glow of The Starry Night, or become absorbed by 19th century France with the Terrace Café 1888. Watch every surface come alive, as bright colours ripple and evocative aromas tingle, taking you on a breathtaking journey of Van Gogh’s life. A classical soundtrack that accurately interprets the thoughts, hardship and emotions of the prolific artist only heightens the experience.

Vincent Willem van Gogh was born in 1853 in Zundert, a small town in the south of the Netherlands. At the age of 27, he decided to become an artist, this decision would not only change his life but the future of art too. His distinctive artistic style has had a considerable impact on modern art and the artists who followed.

Although Van Gogh did not live to see his talent recognised, his revolutionary practices left a profound influence on art forever.  This digital experience perfectly captures the life of Van Gogh, celebrating his iconic art and depicting the impactful life he lived.

With a perfectly curated menu of food and beverages to compliment, this exhibition is the ultimate experience! Get ready to see his captivating world in a whole new light, as an orchestra of colours, sounds, tastes, and aromas captivate all your senses.

Find yourself bewitched by this unique affair, and don’t be surprised if a tear or two slips!

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, found in the heart of Melbourne beside the South Warf precinct will be home to Van Gogh starting once lockdown ends!

Tickets are already on sale and selling out fast, so grab yours quick!