Friday Night at the Van Gogh Museum

Every Friday the Van Gogh Museum is open until 10 pm with a packed programme. Did you know that every first Friday of the month the museum organizes a grand event? The other Friday Nights are designed a bit smaller with a DJ, VJ, cocktail bar, free guided tours and the return of one of the acts of the first night.

Friday Night in Van Gogh Museum (Photo: Nina Albada Jelgersma Photography)

Design competition Friday-Night carpet Van Gogh Museum and Desso

In collaboration with Desso, the Van Gogh Museum organizes a design competition, inviting designers to express their ideas about Vincent van Gogh and the Van Gogh Museum by designing a unique carpet. In close cooperation with the designer, Desso will make the winning concept into a carpet that will be the eye-catcher of the central hall of the museum each Friday Night.

A professional jury will judge all entries. The top-five entries will receive personal feedback on their design by Axel Rüger (Director Van Gogh Museum), Bas Kosters (designer and visual artist), Thomas Widdershoven (Creative Director Design Academy Eindhoven) and Léon Stolk (Creative Director Bourne Design), among others.

The unveiling of the new carpet will take place on Friday night 6 February 2015. For more information check out the flyer and terms and conditions.

Online tickets
To join a Friday Night, you only need a ticket to the Van Gogh Museum. For fast access, order your ticket online. You don't need to print your e-ticket, just show it on your smartphone (iOS or Android) at the museum entrance.

25 July

July: Famous when you’re dead

Like many artists who died early, Van Gogh didn’t become truly famous until after his death. He only sold a handful of paintings during his lifetime. His art might have been a little too innovative for his contemporaries, but in the century that followed his death, he had a major influence on countless progressive artists. As Van Gogh himself wrote in one of his letters: ‘artists perpetuate themselves, passing on the torch.’ With that in mind, the museum is hosting a number of young, contemporary culture-makers this month, who draw conscious inspiration from previous generations.

Video installation 4 Bid

Continuous, from 6:30 pm, central hall

July’s theme is showcased in this video installation dedicated to artists who became even more famous after their deaths than they were during their own lives. The interdisciplinary and international artists’ collective will seek out more videos for you on the night.

DJ Miss Twist

Starting 6:30, central hall

With the help of her irresistible charm and a fabulous record collection DJ Miss Twist captivates you each time with her impeccable choice of rare grooves. Funk, soul, jazz or blues: Miss Twist always puts a big smile on your face.

VJ Noralie and VJ Televisuals

Continuous, from 6:30 pm, central hall

The video artist, art director and show designer VJ Noralie has staged light shows at events like the Eindhoven ‘Glow’ festival, and also supplied the visuals for Eefje de Visser’s most recent club tour. Noralie likes to work with other disciplines, including theatre. Tonight she will be moulding Van Gogh’s paintings into her own inimitable video art.

Televisuals has already featured two years in a row at the Klik! Festival, and has been a finalist in three successive European Design Awards. So it’s a real honour to be able to host the work of this Utrecht motion graphic design studio at our museum tonight.


7 pm: English; 8 pm: Dutch
Maximum 15 participants; registration and start at the info point

Be inspired by the extraordinary highlights of Van Gogh’s work during this interactive tour.

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