Visitors to Bon Davinci Museum can literally walk through Van Gogh’s masterpieces in digital forms. I didn’t expect it would be such an impressive experience. But, I was wrong.
Van Gogh Village – Exhibition
98, Gijanghaean-ro, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan, South Korea
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (last admission at 7 p.m.)
Adult: 15,000 KRW / Student (High & Middle School): 10,000 KRW / Children (over 36 months): 8,000 KRW
- Bus: No. 100, 181 or 185 at Dangsa Yanggyeong Maeul (당사 양경마을) bus stop
- Parking: available
(Information based on my visit in 2020, January)
*Update: Currently Closed
Van Gogh Village Exhibition at Bon Davinci Museum
If you live in a town where world masterpieces are easily accessible, you should know how lucky you are. If you can experience those artworks in a convergence art style, you are even luckier.
When I first came across the Van Gogh Village exhibition at Bon Davinci Museum, I was not much interested in the event. You may call me old school, but I believe that any copies, duplications, or recreations of masterpieces can’t compete against originals. However, the visit to the exhibition opened a new world of digital art for me.
Vincent van Gogh is one of my favorite artists, and the transition of his masterpieces and the story of his life to the digital format at Bon Davinci Museum is impressive and even romantic.
Artworks of Van Gogh
At the very beginning of the tour, you can see the collage of Van Gogh’s portraits not on the traditional picture frames but on the multi-screens. As you wind through the museum, you meet various artworks of Van Gogh from his early drawings to “Starry Night” in various formats. Sometimes the paintings surround you so you feel literally immersed in Van Gogh’s world.
The background music helps you take in the whole experience in a multi-dimensional way. The exhibition helps the visitors understand the artist’s life by relating the items and Van Gogh’s life events. It was another pleasant discovery and a better way to appreciate his masterpieces. For example, I didn’t know about the unbalanced relationship between Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. You can read Van Gogh’s letters to his brother Theo here as well. (If you are not familiar with Vincent Van Gogh, read this brief introduction.)
I still believe original artworks are the best way to enjoy the beauty of masterpieces. However, the new experience at Bon Davinci Museum has expanded my perspective to appreciate art in diverse ways. And, it helped me gain a deeper understanding of artworks and artists. Besides, it would be impossible to gather all of Van Gogh’s real artworks in one place without the power of digital.
Unfortunately, information about the artworks and the artist is not translated into various languages. However, as someone once said, art has no borders. Languages shouldn’t be a barrier to take in these amazing creations in a convergence art form.
Who is Vincent van Gogh?
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890) is a Post-Impressionist and considered one of the most famous and influential painters of all time. His bold colors and expressive brushwork are his signature style. He created about 2,100 artworks and many of them are world-renowned masterpieces, including Starry Nights, The Bedroom, a series of Sunflowers, and Self Portraits. It was unfortunate that he committed suicide due to his mental illness and poverty. After his death, his art became popular, and nowadays they are one of the most expensive paintings in the world.
In Gijang Osiria Area
Bon Davinci Museum is located in Osiria (오시리아) district of Gijang-gun. Gijang has recently become one of the hottest destinations in Busan. The area offers a full slate of popular restaurants, trendy cafes, and other points of interest such as Yonggungsa temple and Dongbusan Outlets. And, of course, a breathtaking view of the East Sea is the one you can’t miss out.
The exhibition is currently closed. I am not sure if the museum is planning to reopen. However, they are planning more exhibitions in other cities in South Korea. Check their schedule and locations on their website or Instagram.
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