Dive into the heart of Van Gogh’s paintings at the Museum of Civilization’s IMAX® Theatre!

May 22, 2012


Gatineau, Quebec, May 14, 2012 — The Museum of Civilization’s IMAX® Theatre invites you to dive into the breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary colours of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous works, presented on a giant-screen, Van Gogh: Brush with Genius, opening Friday, May 18, 2012.

Told through the eyes of Van Gogh and based on more than 900 personal letters, the film transforms the work of the world’s most popular artist into a completely new entertainment experience. Van Gogh: Brush with Genius traces the artist’s remarkable journey from the time of his first canvasses at the age of 27 to the masterpieces he produced before his tragic death at age 37, on July 29, 1890.

Told from the perspectives of three main characters—Ellen, a museum researcher, Peter, a film director, and Vincent van Gogh himself — the movie leads viewers on a journey through the surprisingly short 10-year period of the artist’s career during which he painted more than 700 paintings. From the Netherlands to         Auvers-sur-Oise through Arles, Saint-Rémy and Paris, Van Gogh: Brush with Genius follows step-by-step this extraordinary adventure where artistic practice has often been unknown to the general public due to the tragic death of the painter. From the dazzling yellow of the artist’s famous cornfields to the deep blue of his famous night sky, audiences will rediscover the source of some of the most important works in art history.

Van Gogh: Brush with Genius is directed by Peter Knapp and François Bertrand in partnership with the Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam), the Musée d’Orsay (Paris), the Rodin Museum (Paris) and the Kröller-Müller Museum (Otterlo). These Museums consented to the filming of over 40 of the finest of Van Gogh’s paintings and many drawings and letters kept in their vaults.

To complement your experience, the Museum’s IMAX Theatre invites you to visit the exhibition Van Gogh: Up Close, presented at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa starting on May 25, 2012.

Bring your Van Gogh: Brush with Genius film ticket to the Box Office at the National Gallery to visit this blockbuster exhibition and receive a $2 rebate on an adult admission. Some conditions apply.

For film schedules, please visit our website at www.historymuseum.ca/imax or call 819-776-7010.

Tickets are now on sale at the Museum Box Office.

Individual prices—$11 adults; $9 seniors and students (with valid ID); $7 children 3 to 12; $35 families, plus applicable taxes.

Members of the IMAX® Club enjoy unlimited access for one year: $35 to $45