Summer Programme at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

Van Gogh sleeps at home again

Vincent van Gogh’s The Bedroom has returned from its journey to Japan. Starting on 10 June, it will even be possible to admire The Bedroom in 3D at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The Van Gogh Museum summer programme will focus on the theme of sleeping, but also awakening. The major new exhibition Van Gogh in Antwerp and Paris: New perspectives shows Van Gogh experiencing a reawakening as a truly modern artist.

Overview of the 2011 Summer Programme

Bedroom secrets: Restoration of a masterpiece, 10 June 2011– 15 January 2012
In 1888, Van Gogh depicted his own bedroom in the ‘yellow house’ in Arles, in the South of France. He had furnished the room with simple wooden furniture and his own paintings. Right from the start, The Bedroom had a great deal to endure. It was even damaged by water in Van Gogh's own studio. The work recently underwent painstaking restoration at the Van Gogh Museum, before travelling to Japan. The painting, which is one of the public’s favourites, has now returned home. Visitors can also discover The Bedroom, life-size and in 3D, in a true-to-life copy recreated by the museum.

Van Gogh’s studio practice: Canvases re-used, 10 June 2011– 10 June 2012
CSI: Amsterdam. On its second floor, the museum showcases the results of the technical and art-historical research conducted by the Van Gogh Museum in alliance with Shell and the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency. Five paintings by Van Gogh are featured in order to highlight how the artist painted over and re-used his canvases. What hidden secrets lie beneath the painting Nude girl, seated?
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Van Gogh in Antwerp and Paris: New perspectives, 22 June 2011– 18 September 2011
The major summer exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum focuses on the new perspectives that have come to light following intensive research into almost a hundred Van Gogh paintings from his Antwerp and Paris period. Inspired by the Impressionists, Van Gogh rapidly transformed from a realistic painter with a sombre colour palette into a truly modern artist who expressed his art in clear, light colours. The research results are also being published in a collection catalogue of more than 600 pages, entitled Vincent van Gogh, Paintings 2. Antwerp and Paris, 1885-1888.

East - West: Japan and japonism, 16 September 2011-15 January 2012
Western artists, including Van Gogh, became hugely fascinated by Japan and Japanese art after the country was forcefully awoken from its isolation in the mid-19th century. This presentation showcases Japanese prints from the collection of Vincent and Theo van Gogh alongside the work of artists influenced by them. The exhibition features prints and drawings from such artists as Utagawa Hiroshige, Utagawa Kunisada, Pierre Bonnard, Henri Rivière, Félix Buhot, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent van Gogh.

Stepping out in Montmartre, extended until 11 September 2011
Apart from providing pleasure, the bustling nightlife of the Parisian district of Montmartre, with its cafes, theatres and brothels, was also a source of inspiration for artists eager to capture modern city life of the late 19th century. Van Gogh lived there from 1886 to 1888 and aligned himself with the avant-garde. It was also where Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Théophile Steinlen created their famous illustrations and posters. The book Van Gogh and Montmartre will be published in late June.

This summer, the Van Gogh Museum is preparing for the exhibition Snapshot. Painters and photography 1888-1915 which will open in mid-October.

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), De slaapkamer, 1888, Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, Vincent van Gogh Stichting     De slaapkamer 3D - Fotograaf Luuk Kramer
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