Compelling Van Gogh exhibit that was supposed to open this week in NJ is abruptly postponed

An immersive art experience featuring more than 300 works by post-impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh that was set to open Thursday at mega-mall American Dream has been abruptly pushed back to March, according to an update from Beyond Van Gogh New Jersey.

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is one of the most popular traveling exhibitions, with more than 4 million tickets sold worldwide. It appeared in Atlantic City this summer and was scheduled to run December 1 through January 29 in American Dream.

However, due to “unforeseen circumstances and production delays,” the exhibition will now open on March 3, 2023, Beyond Van Gogh informed ticket holders in an email sent Monday.

“As these changes to our opening dates will affect your tickets, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” the announcement read.

An American Dream spokeswoman referred all questions to Beyond Van Gogh New Jersey, which referred NJ Advance Media to the aforementioned email sent to ticket holders.

Ticket holders can rebook tickets online for a new available date and time. All rescheduling fees for affected patrons will be waived until the end of the day on February 3rd.

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience allows guests to interact with iconic masterpieces, such as “The Starry Night,” “Sunflowers,” and “Café Terrace at Night,” as well as revealing self-portraits projected onto the walls and floor in a space of 30,000 square feet.

The display is divided into three rooms: the Education Room, which leads to the Waterfall Room which flows into the Immersive Experience Room. In addition to the visuals, guests will hear the artist’s own dreams, thoughts, and words set to a symphonic score in a narrative experience.

“This distinctive and unique artistic multimedia adventure resonates deeply with audiences and includes a refreshing new twist unlike anything art lovers have seen before,” said Justin Paquin, producer, Paquin Entertainment Group. “Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience gives a new appreciation for the stunning work of this haunted artist. It is not surprising that millions of people around the world credit Van Gogh for improving their relationship with art. Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will only strengthen that connection.”

The exhibition will be displayed in the Garden Court on the third floor of the East Rutherford shopping, dining and entertainment complex. Tickets are on sale now and start at $49.99 for adults and $28.99 for children (ages 5-15), plus ticket costs.

The new duration of the exhibition is from March 3 to April 30.

American Dream is no stranger to delays. When the highly anticipated mall finally opened to the public in 2019 after 17 years of stopping and starting, it was already behind schedule.

Many shops and restaurants did not open in the mall until 2020. Major attractions, including the DreamWorks Water Park, the Sea Life Aquarium and the Legoland Discovery Center, opened with delays.

More than three years after a groundbreaking ceremony, the New Jersey Hall of Fame at American Dream has yet to open. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the hall of fame center was set to open in 2020.

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Jackie Roman can be reached at jroman@njaadvancemedia.com.

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