An immersive exhibition

Montreal will host a spectacular and immersive exhibition of the works of Vincent Van Gogh. The exhibition, presented by Paul Dupont-Hébert and Tandem, will be on display in a sprawling former shipyard that has been converted into Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal, located in the heart of Montreal’s Griffintown. It will take viewers on a unique journey inside the artist’s paintings.

Imagine Van Gogh, is an exhibition where one can admire The Starry Night, Irises and Sunflowers, or be drawn into the intimacy of his Bedroom in Arles.

An experience that brings viewers to the heart of its images, Imagine Van Gogh is accompanied by the music of the great composers Saint-Saëns, Mozart, Bach, Delibes and Satie.








Imagine Van Gogh presented in “Image Totale”

The images are projected on “out of the ordinary” 3D shapes, offering different angles from which to discover Van Gogh’s work. Viewers, as creators of their own journey and closer than ever to the paintings, feel the power of the artist’s work within the first few seconds of the experience.

Designed by Annabelle Mauger, this artistic approach uses the concept of “Image Totale”, which situates the spectator right inside the paintings in order to explore their fine detail. More than 200 works of Van Gogh are projected in “Image Totale”. The works leap out of their frames, expanding in a profusion of continuous flow.

Plunged into darkness with only the unique light of the paintings to guide them, each visitor experiences a personal approach to the works’ presentation. Free to choose their own path, the visitor-turned-creator is able to look in many directions without the imposition of time. They venture in complete freedom, penetrating the oeuvre of Van Gogh.

The viewer is guided by their senses rather than knowledge.
They can allow themselves to be completely immersed in the experience without even being aware of the technical and technological performance of an exhibition of this scale.

What is “Image Totale”?

We mainly understand the concept of the image from a conformist and strict perspective, limited by space and volume. This is the classic notion of the image which permeates our screens (television, computer, cinematic or simple projection). In all of these forms the viewer remains passive.

During the 1960s, the filmmaker and photographer Albert Plécy, a friend of the great Jean Lartique and Robert Doisneau (himself founding president of the famous association Les Gens d’images), had the idea of directing his research toward inventing a revolutionary process of projection.

In the mid-1970s, Albert Plécy invested in the gigantic abandoned quarries of Baux-de-Provence to create his Cathédrale d’images and two years later inaugurated his own audiovisual creation in “Image Totale”. The culmination of two years of research, development and installation, Plécy’s “Image Totale”was presented to the public in 1977.

The complete immersion of spectators in the work is reinforced by the synchronized diffusion of an accompanying musical soundtrack. Having selected the zones, angles and sizes of the projected images, as well as pathways for the “integrated and immersed” spectator in the “Image Totale”, Plécy transformed the notion of a passive viewer, seated in an armchair staring at images on a screen, to that of an active spectator, immersed in a universe of images where they are completely free to evolve and explore in their own way.

A Unique Exhibition in an Ideal Setting

Internationally renowned, the cultural dynamism of Montreal forms the identity of our city. Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal is located at the intersection of Notre-Dame and William Streets in Griffintown, a culturally vibrant neighbourhood, perfect for fully appreciating the true value of this experience.

Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal, partner of Imagine Van Gogh

Arsenal Contemporary Art is currently the largest private art center in Canada. Founded in Montreal, Arsenal Contemporary Art is devoted to the support, promotion and development of Canadian contemporary art.

To date, it spans three locations: Montreal, Toronto, and most recently, New York.

The epicenter Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal is housed in a former shipyard on the Lachine Canal in the heart of Montreal’s Griffintown neighbourhood.

Established in the mid 1800s by Charles-Auguste Cantin for Montreal Marine Works, the shipyard was formerly used to build steamboats. In 2011, the restoration of the building was undertaken, unveiling much of the original structure’s beauty.

Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal uses its 80,000 square feet of space to present an important array of contemporary art exhibitions featuring the best Canadian and international artists.

The day of your visit at Imagine Van Gogh, Arsenal Contemporary Arts invites you to explore its spaces and its exhibitions at a special price. Get $3 off your Arsenal Contemporary Art regular admission (general admission $7 instead of $10, student/seniors $5 instead of $ 8) upon presentation of your Imagine Van Gogh exhibition ticket dated the same day.

For more information on Arsenal Contemporary Art current exhibitions https://www.arsenalcontemporary.com/mtl/exhib