Gogh to the DIA

The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is open in Detroit, but not for much longer.

After the long-awaited Vincent Van Gogh experience finally makes its way through the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), the immersive experience is slowly coming to a close.

“I went right before the exhibit closed for good, and I’m really glad I did. I would honestly recommend it for anyone interested, it was a really cool experience,” senior Samantha Conkey said.

Opening on Oct 2, 2022, the exhibit was originally set to run through the first week of January, but to accommodate for visitor demand, was extended to be seen until Jan. 22.

““It was really cool to see the progression of his artwork over his career,” senior Caitlin Ivey said. “Seeing one of the original starry nights in person had to have been my favorite part. It was so much cooler than I ever imagined.”

The exhibit features over 500,000 cubic feet of projectors displaying 74 authentic pieces of Van Gogh’s artwork, walking guests through Gogh’s history and his introduction to artwork. Illustrated catalogs with essays, written by the exhibition creator, are available to read alongside the Van Gogh scholars who accompany the exhibition.

“The whole experience was really interesting, they had these phones that would explain each piece of artwork as you walked by,” Ivey said.

The exhibit also brings on a new pop-up restaurant, “Vincet”. It has been creatively decorated to represent some of Gogh’s iconic paintings through color, style, food, and even beverage. The menu consists of a variety of soups, pastries, sandwiches, cheeses and sweet treats. Many reviews speak highly of the dessert menu, which consists of authentic appeltaart, stroopwafels, Dutch chocolate pot de creme, and madeleine cookies.

“The little cafe inside the DIA was gorgeous, its atmosphere [was my favorite part] for sure, there were vines around the building and a beautiful stained-glass ceiling,” she said.

Depending on the type of ticket, costs to visit this attraction can vary from 39.99 to 54.99. Tickets are in high demand, so it is better to purchase them now rather than later. Weekday hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekend hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, the closing weekend is open between 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

“The whole experience was definitely memorable,” Ivey said. “I would recommend everybody check it out if they could while it’s still around.”