Gift cards can be boring gifts.
But for Van Gogh aficionados, there is now a creative gift card that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. These people have probably already enjoyed the immersive Van Gogh exhibit in Cleveland.
An even more immersive Van Gogh experience is possible at the downtown Kimpton Schofield Hotel, where an entire suite has been transformed into iconic works by the great painter. Those staying in the hotel’s Van Gogh Suite, East Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue, will be surrounded by the artist’s iconic paintings. The hotel partnered with Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Cleveland and worked with Mike Wiertel of Liquid Image Corp. of America to organize the sequel, which is just a 10-minute drive from the blockbuster digital exhibit.
I became a fan of Van Gogh after a visit in September 2019 to the attic attic of the Auberge Ravoux just 30 km from Paris where he spent the last two months of his life. His guest bedroom above a bar in Auvers-sur-Oise has not been rented since his death, but visitors can climb the stairs to his bedroom and have a meal at the restaurant below. This is where his coffin was taken and people came to pay homage to him after the town priest refused to render services because Van Gogh committed suicide. The inn was restored to its appearance in 1890.
I wrote about this experience with Van Gogh and his neighbor Claude Monet.
The city and its surroundings have been depicted in many paintings Van Gogh painted during the 70 days he lived there. The city is an ideal place to visit the houses of the two artists.
The living room walls of Kimpton Schofield’s Van Gogh Suite are enveloped in the artist’s ‘Wheat Fields Near Auvers 1888’ which offers the guest a 360 degree experience of Van Gogh’s fascination with the vast fields of wheat that spread around the city.
In the luxurious bathroom, the wall behind the tub features ‘Almond Blossom’, the special flowering tree for Van Gogh and painted in 1890 when he lived in Auvers. Unlike his earlier works, his designs from this era were light, bright, and filled with hope and color.
The bedroom of the hotel suite dedicated to Van Gogh is enveloped in the “Starry Night”, which has become one of the most recognizable works of art in the world. It was chosen so that the guests can have a peaceful and comfortable sleep.
Kimpton Schofield is at 2000 E. Ninth St. For more information on gift cards and rates, visit theschofieldhotel.com or call 216-357-3250.
The Immersive Van Gogh exhibit has sold over 4 million tickets at shows in Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Get more information at vangoghcleveland.com.