Alongside the alfresco dinners, drive-in cinemas and foodie festivals, this summer is set to see a whole new wave of Vincent Van Gogh inspired pop-ups, experiences and films. 

Confused why? As were we when we heard the rumours but despite not being any anniversary (well, last year marked 130 years since the famed painter’s death so this is likely why we’re seeing several celebrations in 2021), this summer will see Londoners honour his memory and celebrate Van Gogh to the max. 

Here’s how to get your art fix…

Van Gogh Alive: The Experience 

Prepare for the unpredictable as you step inside the fully multi-sensory immersive experience taking place at Kensington Gardens this summer. Dedicated to the notorious artist, Vincent Van Gogh, the experience will see you uncover his timeless masterpieces in a whole new light. 

Hosted inside a 25,000ft purpose-built venue in Kensington Gardens, you’ll uncover over 3,000 images of Van Gogh’s popular works. Delve into the life sized representations of Van Gogh’s bedroom before taking part in immersive video tutorials and the mirrored sunflower room.

For the ‘grammers, head to the mirrored sunflower room. Fully immersive, the room is bursting with sunflowers, nodding to Van Gogh’s popular sunflower paintings.

WHEN: 4TH JUNE – 26TH SEPTEMBER
Where: East Albert Lawn, Kensington Gardens, SW7 2AP
WEBSITE: WWW.VANGOGHALIVEUK.COM

Sunflowers 

This June sees a brand new documentary unveil the mystery behind Van Gogh’s most famed masterwork, his Sunflowers. 

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers are some of the most recognisable paintings in the world, but what you might not know is that there are actually five paintings of sunflowers in vases in five different galleries around the world. Sunflowers, set to be released in UK cinemas from 8th June, will pin these five paintings together on screen in a whole new way.

© Annelies van der Vegt
© David Bickerstaff

Working closely with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Sunflowers goes behind the scenes to reveal the true story behind the series and tries to decipher their meaning. Directed by award-winning director, David Bickerstaff, the film spans the collection in London, Philadelphia, Tokyo, Munich and Amsterdam. 

When: From 8th June
Where: Various UK cinemas
Website: www.exhibitiononscreen.com

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience 

Immerse yourself in the magic of Van Gogh’s world-renowned work at the Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience. 

Through cutting edge technology, the experience will bring to life the famed artist’s work through two-story projections. Guests will be able to wander around the installations, sit and gaze up at the projections around you and become truly engulfed in the world of Van Gogh and his most compelling works.

Sit and gaze up at the projections around you and become truly engulfed in the world of Van Gogh and his most compelling works.

The new exhibition will also feature virtual reality elements, meaning you can be guided through ‘a day in the life of the artist’, walking alongside him and uncovering where he worked and drew inspiration from. The ten minute journey will see you delving into his famous pieces, including Vincent’s Bedroom of Arles, and Starry Night Over The Rhone River.

In line with the current government restrictions, the exhibition has been designed with the socially distant world in mind, providing a digital, hands free layout. 

When: From October 2021
Where: 106 Commercial Street, E1 6LZ
Website: www.vangoghexpo.com

The National Gallery

See Van Gogh’s work come to life in person at The National Gallery. Available to view in Room 43, some of Van Gogh’s most poignant works are available to see by the public. 

With this summer the season of Van Gogh’s work, why not catch his paintings in real life before heading to one of the immersive pop-ups.

A Wheatfield with Cypresses - Vincent Van Gogh, displayed at the national gallery
Two Crabs - Vincent Van Gogh, displayed at the National Gallery

Where: Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
Website: www.nationalgallery.org.uk

At Eternity’s Gate

For those wanting to take part in the Van Gogh festivities but don’t fancy heating out to central, catch At Eternity’s Gate in the comfort of your home via a streaming platform.

Available to purchase from YouTube, Google Play and Amazon Prime, At Eternity’s Gate stars Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh, documenting his final years in Arles, France, working on his most famed works. 

Watch as the biopic unravels Van Gogh’s story in full, from his paintings and style through to his internal struggles. 


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