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Windsor hosting interactive Van Gogh exhibit this summer

Art lovers in Windsor-Essex will have a chance to literally immerse themselves in the work of Vincent Van Gogh.

Central Park Athletics will be the venue for the interactive exhibit "Imagine Van Gogh, the Original Immersive Exhibition in Image Totale", which will stop in Windsor from July 7 to September 8.

The "immersive exhibition" will consist of 200 of the artist's paintings, presented through high-tech projectors on walls, and floors, creating an illusion for visitors who appear to walk through a constantly-changing experience. The images will be accompanied by a musical soundtrack.

"This exhibit brings Van Gogh’s canvases to life in a vivid, spectacular way, using the concept of Image Totale, conceived by Albert Plécy in 1977 at Cathédrale d’Images in Les Baux-de-Provence, France," read a media release. "The audience enters the artist’s world of dreams. Visitors are invited into a total immersive experience, a journey to the heart of the artist’s work."

Among the works included in the exhibition are Starry Night, Sunflowers, Bedroom in Arles, and Irises. The paintings that will be featured were predominantly created while Van Gogh lived in Arles, in the south of France, during the last two years of his life.

The exhibit is created by Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron, and is presented by Tandem Expositions and Encore Productions. Following its initial presentation in Paris, crowds have enjoyed the exhibition all over the world. A stop in London last year, for example, was extended beyond its planned run.

The Van Gogh exhibition is heading to Windsor just as a traditional exhibition of the artist's work wrapped up at the Detroit Institute of Arts in January.

Tickets are now on sale, starting at $33 plus taxes and fees. Tickets can be purchased online.

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