Van Gogh Alive | Illuminate Adelaide | 1 Jul – 12 Sep 2021

Van Gogh Alive in Adelaide – Season Extended

As part of Illuminate Adelaide, a new annual winter event, Van Gogh Alive is a multi-sensory experience to entertain the whole family. 

Van Gogh’s works have been displayed and enjoyed around the world for over a century – but never like this. For a limited time only, audiences will have the unique opportunity to fully experience Van Gogh’s artistry, and truly immerse themselves in his world.


Van Gogh Alive will transform the former Le Cornu site on O’Connell St with a spectacular purpose-built digital gallery, The Grand Pavilion, which will be exclusively unveiled in Adelaide alongside other features that will premiere in South Australia. Taking six weeks to construct, the 20,000 square foot gallery will house the immersive experience. 


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Make no mistake – this is no ordinary art exhibition. Created by Grande Experiences, Van Gogh Alive sets aside traditions of tiptoeing through silent galleries and viewing paintings from afar in quiet contemplation as visitors find themselves interacting with art in ways they never imagined. From start to finish, visitors are surrounded by a vibrant symphony of light, colour, sound and fragrance that has been called an ‘unforgettable’ multi-sensory experience.

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Van Gogh’s masterpieces come to life, giving the sensation of walking right into his paintings, a feeling that is simultaneously enchanting, entertaining and educational. Adults and children delight in the super-scale show, viewing artworks from new angles and discovering unique perspectives, all contact-free and naturally socially distanced.

But for many, the greatest pleasure lies in simply standing still, indulging the senses as waves of sights and sounds, intense and beautiful, wash over them. 

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The Grand Pavilion will not only house Van Gogh Alive, but will feature four additional immersive spaces:

  • Van Gogh’s bedroom
  • Van Gogh’s Cafe at Arles at Night where you can sit and enjoy a glass of Taittinger champagne
  • The infinity Sunflower Room where you can stand in a never ending field of sunflowers
  • The spectacular Starry Night Room which allows visitors to walk on air through Van Gogh’s famous painting ‘Starry Night’

Other features include:

  • A visually stunning wraparound floral exterior
  • The Taittinger Champagne Bar
  • The Asahi Bar
  • The Van Gogh Alive Merchandise Shop (with 75 Van Gogh items for sale)

Opening Hours:

The exhibition will be on until Sunday 12 September 2021 at The Grand Pavilion – 88 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide. 

  • Monday 10am – 9pm
  • Tuesday 10am – 9pm
  • Wednesday 10am – 9pm
  • Thursday 10am – 9pm
  • Friday 10am – 10pm
  • Saturday 9am – 10pm
  • Sunday 9am – 6pm

During Illuminate Adelaide, Fridays and Saturdays (16-17 July, 23-24 July, 30-31 July) will run through to midnight – last session ticketed will be 11pm to finish at 12am



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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Van Gogh Alive website.

What:   Van Gogh Alive 

When:    1 July – 12 September 2021 (see opening times above) 

Where:  The Grand Pavilion | 88 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide

Who:   Everyone 

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Van Gogh Alive Ticketek, Van Gogh Alive Sydney Facebook page and Grande Exhibitions


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