What is the difference between the Van Gogh immersive exhibitions in Arlington and Dallas?


You’ve probably heard of the immersive Van Gogh exhibit currently on display in Dallas. Billboards, advertisements and social media posts about the event assaulted Dallas residents for months. But did you know that there were two competing exhibitions with almost identical names? Competing exhibits have confused ticket buyers for months.

Van Gogh The Dallas Immersive Experience
is actually in Arlington, at Choctaw Stadium, formerly Globe Life Park (1000 Ball Park Way), while The immersive Van Gogh Dallas exhibition is indeed in Dallas proper, housed in the former Dallas Masonic Temple (at 507 S. Harwood St.) in the downtown east end. For clarity, we’ll call them Arlington Van Gogh and Dallas Van Gogh.

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A room in Arlington Van Gogh.

Paige Tisserand

We attended both exhibitions so you don’t have to, hoping your decision to visit a little easier … assuming you don’t confuse them and buy tickets for each other.

Outdoor signage in Arlington Van Gogh is rare. Entrance is at the Diamond Club entrance to the stadium, with only a window hanging from the door and two panels surrounding it.

Click to enlarge The immersive Van Gogh exhibit in Arlington.  - PAIGE WEAVER

The immersive Van Gogh exhibit in Arlington.

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The Dallas Van Gogh exhibit has a much better appeal. The building itself is impressive and the signage is eye-catching – vinyl hangs on the stairs, there are huge banners on the building, and huge vases of sunflowers. You can not miss it.

Arlington Van Gogh begins as a sort of museum gallery, with reproductions of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings and educational panels that cover important moments in the artist’s life, some of which are touched upon during the immersive part. . There is also a life-size recreation of Van Gogh’s bedroom, based on his three paintings of the Arles bedroom.

Instead, Dallas Van Gogh begins with a bar, offering drinks, alcohol, and snacks, which you can take to the immersive exhibit. Arlington Van Gogh does not allow food or drink.

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Arlington’s Van Gogh Star Room.

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Dallas Van Gogh does not include any kind of museum or historical context. After passing through the lobby with the bar, visitors are directly introduced to the immersive experience. The immersive Dallas Van Gogh experience includes three rooms that you can wander around at your leisure. The projection is the same in the three rooms.

The smaller room opens onto a large, spacious two-story room. Circles are projected onto the floor of the larger room, signaling social distancing. In this larger room you can sit on the floor or go up to a balcony on the second floor. From the large room you enter another smaller room, this one with translucent pyramids in the center, which project an abstract projection.

Click to enlarge The Dallas Van Gogh Crystal Room.  - PAIGE WEAVER

The Dallas Van Gogh Crystal Room.

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Arlington Van Gogh features a single rectangular shaped room for its immersive experience. You enter and exit through a single entrance and are free to move around the room as you wish.

Dallas Van Gogh has chairs and stools and you can stand or sit directly on the floor. If you have purchased a Premium Flex or VIP Flex ticket, they will offer you a personal cushion before entering the exhibition.

Arlington Van Gogh offers a variety of seating options: benches, ottomans, rugs. You can also stand or sit on the floor.

Click to enlarge Visitors can stay socially distant at the Van Gogh Exhibition in Dallas.  - PAIGE WEAVER

Visitors can stay socially distant at the Van Gogh Exhibition in Dallas.

Paige Tisserand

Arlington Van Gogh’s immersive experience follows a loose narrative, grounded in a setting of medieval stone arches that are incorporated into most segments. It begins with a gallery of pieces by Van Gogh in this medieval setting. Elements of his works begin to move, to move and to escape the confines of their frames.

There are then various segments, generally following the timeline of Van Gogh’s life, focusing on his interpretation of Japanese art, cherry blossoms, sunflowers, “Starry Night” and more. Each segment animates elements of Van Gogh’s original works: sunflowers falling from the ceiling, boats floating on gently flowing water, spirals of stars somersaults across the room.

Van Gogh’s quotes are projected onto the wall and spoken aloud by a narrator as the immersive Arlington experience moves from segment to segment.

Arlington Van Gogh’s immersive experience shifts from these anthropomorphic works of art to a final segment that mimics the chaotic end of Van Gogh’s life, plagued by mental and physical illness. You feel lost in the medieval setting, with self-portraits of Van Gogh sparkling in and out of medieval arches and columns crumbling before your eyes.

The Immersive Dallas Van Gogh Experience is a series of Van Gogh paintings “come to life” with elements swirling, plunging, dancing, melting, transforming before your eyes. The experience of looking at these animated paintings is very similar to that of Arlington Van Gogh. The main difference between the two screenings themselves is that Dallas Van Gogh doesn’t have a narrative structure and the only way to know you’ve come to the end of the screening is the credits after the final artwork.

Dallas and Arlington Van Goghs both have floor projections, although Arlington Van Gogh’s are more complex and function as unique elements of the wall projections, while Dallas Van Gogh’s are only an extension. wall projections.

Dallas and Arlington Van Goghs both have classical music soundtracks.

The projection quality of Dallas Van Gogh is superior. The rooms are darker than Arlington, which makes the images more vivid.

Both exhibitions offer a wide range of ticket prices, which vary depending on the day of the week and the time of day.

For Dallas Van Gogh, the cheapest single ticket is $ 39.99, all Monday and Wednesday tickets are at that price. You can find a Friday noon ticket for $ 39.99, but Friday night prices jump to $ 54.99. On Saturdays, tickets cost $ 54.99 or $ 64.99, depending on the time you choose. And that’s just for a basic ticket, which has a fixed time entry.

Premium Flex and VIP Flex tickets offer the option to arrive within 2 hours of entering your ticket, along with cushion rental, priority access, and a limited edition poster, depending on the option you choose. The cheapest Premium Flex tickets are at $ 49.99 and the most expensive at $ 79.99. The cheapest VIP Flex tickets are at $ 79.99 and the most expensive at $ 109.99. Children’s tickets range from $ 29.99 to $ 39.99.

At Arlington Van Gogh, regular adult tickets range from $ 34.50 on weekdays to $ 44.90 on weekend nights. VIP tickets range from $ 54.50 to $ 64.90 and include the ability to skip the line, access to the virtual reality experience, and a poster. Children’s tickets range from $ 19.90 to $ 22.90.

You can purchase tickets for Arlington and Dallas Van Gogh until November 28.

Arlington Van Gogh asks visitors to park in Parking Lot E for $ 10, but during our visit on a Thursday night, we found an open lot nearby that didn’t charge. There is no official parking for Dallas Van Gogh, but the website recommends a number of nearby parking lots. We easily found street parking.

Overall, there are positives and negatives for both exhibits. The setup and quality of Dallas Van Gogh’s immersive experience exceeds that of Arlington, and you can bring food and drink. But the tickets are more expensive. Arlington Van Gogh provides more historical context, and the screening follows a loose narrative. But there is only one screening room in Arlington versus three in Dallas, and the quality of the screening is inferior.

If you can keep both rights and be successful in purchasing tickets to the exhibition of your choice, there is a lot going on to delight spectators at both exhibitions.

Click to enlarge Dallas' Van Gogh exhibit is hard to miss from the street.  - PAIGE WEAVER

Dallas’ Van Gogh exhibit is hard to miss from the street.

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