Step into Van Gogh’s Starry Night with THE LUME experience opening in Melbourne next week

Step into Van Gogh’s Starry Night with THE LUME experience opening in Melbourne next week

Words by Riya Kiran

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

Following months and months of waiting, The Lume Melbourne is finally ready to open its doors at The Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, bringing massive-scale works to life from the world’s most renowned artists. The doors open Monday 1 November 2021 with a retrospective of sorts, covering the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh.

Giving you a once in a lifetime opportunity to time travel to the world of one of the most well-known artists, The Lume will finally open its doors on Monday, November 1 2021 with the long-awaited VAN GOGH experience, a retrospective covering the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh.

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For most, 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!

The Lume,  Australia’s first permanent digital art gallery, will transforms the world’s finest art into fully immersive sensory encounters. Imagine the vivid colours and intricate details of world-renowned artworks coming to life all around you while a symphony of light, sounds, aromas and tastes create an awe-inspiring multi-sensory experience.

“The impact of COVID has been felt by all Melbournians and we are so pleased to be  able to celebrate our city’s reopening with a bang. The Vincent van Gogh experience could not be a more iconic way to kick off Melbourne’s beloved art scene,” says  Owner and Founder of Grande Experiences and THE LUME Melbourne, Bruce  Peterson.

Set within a 3,000 square metre, 11-metre high digital art gallery, The Lume transcends space and time as you accompany Van Gogh on a thrilling immersive journey into his world as you watch paintings, sketches, letters, and photographs explode into life in this multi-sensory experience. There are no time limits and no set paths; your journey is entirely up to you. 

Watch large scale versions of Van Gogh’s work projected on 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.

Adding to The Lume’s uniquely immersive experience is the evocatively themed Café Terrace 1888, which can be found right inside the main gallery space. Indulge your senses with small bites, light meals, share plates, children’s dishes, and rich desserts featuring alongside a comprehensive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 

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 from November 1.

THE LUME Melbourne is open seven days a week, 364 days a year. Tickets are already on sale and selling out fast, so grab yours quick!