Van Gogh: 125 years of inspiration

Saskia at work at the Van Gogh Museum, 2003

Inspired by Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh has a special place in my heart. I worked for the Van Gogh Museum for over 10 years, it was a great experience and the start of my career.

You should really visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, but don’t forget to go to the Kröller-Müller Museum in the middle of the Netherlands as well. Surrounded by a national parc, you can view an other great collection paintings of Vincent van Gogh.

125 years of inspiration

Self portrait with felt hat, Paris, September - October 1887  Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890)  oil on canvas, 44.5 cm x 37.2 cm  Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Self portrait with felt hat, Paris, September – October 1887
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890)
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

On 29 July 2015 it will be exactly 125 years since Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) died. Throughout the year, the artist will be honoured with outstanding exhibitions and cultural events in various European towns.

Even today, Van Gogh inspires people all over the world and, 125 years after his death, is still more ‘alive’ than ever. In memory of the Dutch artist in this year, the Van Gogh Europe Foundaiton, an association comprising around 30 institutions, is organising an international programme in 4 countries.

Exhibitions and events

Exhibitions and cultural events are being organised in the various towns in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and England that are of importance for the life and work of the artist. For the 1st time, museums and institutions that actively contribute to conserving Van Gogh’s heritage are working together on a large scale.

Van Gogh Europe Foundation

Four institutions laid the basis of the Van Gogh Europe Foundation: the Van Gogh Museum, the Kröller-Müller Museum, Van Gogh Brabant and Mons 2015, the European Capital of Culture. The Foundation consists of around 30 institutions which actively contribute to conserving Van Gogh’s heritage in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and England.

Van Gogh locations

Graves of Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo in Auvers-sur-Oise, France
Graves of Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo in Auvers-sur-Oise, France

Many different towns and villages in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and England where Van Gogh lived and worked will be hosting activities throughout the year. For example, in Auvers-sur-Oise, where he died and was buried, the theme of the cultural season is ‘In the footsteps of Van Gogh’.

VAN GOGH EXHIBITIONS IN THE NETHERLANDS

bowl-with-peonies-and-roses-1886, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

 

Kröller-Müller Museum: Van Gogh & Co

25 April – 27 September 2015

The Kröller-Müller Museum presents around 50 works by Van Gogh from various periods. His paintings and drawings are combined with works by his contemporaries from the museum’s collection. You can thus draw parallels and discover how Van Gogh approached genres like still life, landscape and portrait painting.

Edvard Munch, The Scream, 1893, 1910 The Munch MuseumMunch-Ellingsen-GruppenBONO 2013
Edvard Munch, The Scream, 1893, 1910 The Munch MuseumMunch-Ellingsen-GruppenBONO 2013

Van Gogh Museum: Munch: Van Gogh

25 September – 17 January 2015

The exhibition concentrates on the artistic affinity between the two Giants of Western painting, Edvard Munch (1863-1944) and Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). This will be the first exhibition in history to pay extensive attention to the similarities between both artists. Among more than hundred unique and important artworks are iconic masterpieces that are seldom put on loan, like The Scream, The Sick Child and Madonna. The exhibition will offer you the opportunity to admire an important part of both artists’ oeuvres at one location. This exhibition is on view from 9 May until 6 September 2015 in the Munch Museum in Oslo before it travels to Amsterdam.

During his short life, Van Gogh did not allow his flame to go out. Fire and embers were his brushes during the few years of his life, whilst he burned out for his art. I have thought, and wished – in the long term, with more money at my disposal than he had – to follow in his footsteps. – Edvard Munch, 23 October 1933

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