Imagine: Van Gogh – February 1, 2020 @ Arsenal

A way to warm yourself up this winter is to take in the sunflowers, hay fields and cherry blossoms which make up part of the large body of work by Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh. One of the most recognized and recognizable bodies of work by a painter in the world, Van Gogh is absolutely the perfect artist to find themselves the subject of an exhibition of this sorts.

We have all gone to a museum at one time or another. We have all seen paintings on a wall. To change things up a little, Paul Dupont-Hébert and Tandem present Imagine: Van Gogh until March 1, 2020 in a building which used to be a former shipyard, Arsenal Contemporary Art.

Once you are let in at the appointed time of your purchased ticket, the first room features large hanging boards which give you a resume of the background of Vincent van Gogh. A little thing about that part is that the boards can be hard to read for two reasons – they are hung a little too low so people get in the way and the font is not exactly user friendly.

In case you didn’t know, he was born in March 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands. Part of an uper middle class family, he was a serious and quiet young boy. Before he really became serious about painting he worked as an art dealer and after a depression switched it up to become a Protestant missionary. Never fully healthy – mentally or physically – after that he began to paint in 1881 once he moved back home with his parents.

From then until his premature death in 1890, he painted like a man possessed. Working continuously and churning out a lot. All this while achieving no fame, respect or money. He was supported financially by his brother, Theo. While living, for the most part, around France, he became a member of the post impressionist group of painters. Thoughout most of his adult life he suffered from mental health issues which were not really addressed.

It was only after his suicide that his talent was recognized. During his life he only sold one painting. In the early 20th century is when his work began to be fully appreciated by critics and art collectors alike. Now his paintings are amongst the most expensive sold.

The next room is where the magic is. Here, the images of van Gogh’s paintings and drawings along with photographs of the time are projected onto immense screens when make up all the walls and a couple in the center of the large room. The effect is amazing. You feel like you are within the paintings.

Different paintings/drawings appear in different locations around the room. Because of the clarity and size of the projections you can really see all the individual brush strokes. Gives you, even if you have already seen the paintings, a different understanding of what the artist was hoping to achieve.

There are over 200 works by van Gogh to be seen here. From beginning to end it takes about one hour to see them all. You can stand anywhere in the room to get different perspectives, sit on the floor or even walk up close and touch them. You have total freedom to look/observe however you want to.


From February 4 to March 1, 2020:
Tuesday, Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., closing at 8 p.m.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., closing at 8 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., closing at 8 p.m.

Consult the ticket office for the detailed timetable.


Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal

> Easy access via Notre-Dame Street West <

2020 rue William
Montréal QC
H3J 1R8

Ticket Prices:


Regular (18+): $26 + tax
Child, under 5: FREE (no ticket needed)
Child, 5-17: $16 + tax
Student (with card): $21 + tax
Privilege Access* (Flexible arrival and visiting times on a specific day): $36 + tax
Visitors with restricted physical ability (Privilege access * at regular price and free for accompanying person with an official card): $26+ tx

* Privilege Access: Visit the exhibition on a specific day, at the time of your choice.

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.

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