Better Business Bureau Offers Warning As Dueling Van Gogh Experiences Create Some Confusion For New Yorkers – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Dueling tributes to one of the most famous artists of all time have created confusion and controversy in the New York area.
The exhibition “Immersive Van Gogh” is impressive and eye-catching. The show, which is coming to New York, allows you to see Vincent Van Gogh’s art on a massive scale and fill the space – similar to the event popularized on the Netflix show “Emily In Paris”.
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Kathleen Schmidt’s 13-year-old daughter saw it.
“She was obsessed with it,” Schmidt told CBS2’s Steve Overmyer.
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Like any mother, Schmidt jumped online to get pre-sale tickets for her daughter, except that she ended up buying tickets for a very similar event called Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience.
“My question is what is the difference between the two. Because the marketing between them is so similar, ”said Schmidt.
The two shows look similar, but they give you a very different experience. “Immersive Van Gogh” is an animated, projected installation. “Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience” is seen somewhat through virtual reality headsets.
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“The competition is healthy. There is nothing wrong with the competition. It’s a free world, isn’t it? “said Mario Iacampo, a producer on Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience.
Tickets to his show are sold through a Europe-based website called “Fever Up”. The Better Business Bureau has already given “Fever Up” the worst rating.
“You are listed on BBB.org with an F rating. You have had 64 complaints in the past three years, 59 of which were only in the last 12 months that we closed, ”said Claire Rosenzweig, president and CEO of the New York Better Business Bureau.
“They have had some problems in the past,” said Iacampo. “In the end, I’m the producer, so I’m the one who checks if someone is reimbursed if they’re not happy with something. We’re not going to play around with that. But I think some things that happened in the past might not be that proud of them. “
Schmidt and her 13-year-old daughter will both be attending shows, but she has a warning for others.
“Read the descriptions very, very carefully because it might not be what you want to go to,” she said.
At least she and her daughter can have their own Van Gogh experiences.
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Both shows are slated to open in June, and tickets for both shows start at around $ 40.