Vincent Van Gogh's legend only grows as time move forward. Now a Moscow art exhibit that became an Internet meme for offer free admission to women who turn up wearing high heels at the Moscow contingent of Van Gogh Alive 2.0, an offshoot of the Van Gogh: 125 Years of Inspiration has now been extended until February 14th by popular demand.
As if Van Gogh were not already famous and often controversial enough, the people at Moscow's Art Play announced earlier this week that it will offer free admission to its multimedia van Gogh exhibition to women wearing high heels, and give half off to any man name Sergei (which is about 10% of Russians). According to Kira Marinina, one of the curators of the event, the current economic hardship in Russia has afforded this opportunity at dry humor, or perhaps typical Russian attitudes on hardship - high heels are a must no matter what kind of money drought the country must endure. As Marinina put it, the organizers wanted to offer and occasion for Moscovites to "laugh at themselves."
Visitors to this new exhibit have the opportunity to study in far more detail their favorite paintings. 400 the most iconic paintings of van Gogh, shown in a fantastic multimedia atmosphere with great classical music, and huge screens, leaves every audience with a lifelong and lasting impression.
One of the most popular artists of all time, Van Gogh's short creative life is catalogued by some 2000 plus works, including 930 paintings, as well as 1,100 drawings and sketches. Today Vincent's works draw more visitors and sell for more record breaking sums, than any art at auction. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is the most visited museum in Netherlands and one of the most popular in the world, with in excess of one and a half million visitors each year.
The show is at the Artplay Design Center, Nizhnyaya Siromyatnicheskaya Street, 10 in Moscow in case you are visiting.