Over 400,000 visitors to Dreams of nature in Van Gogh Museum

Amsterdam, 22 June 2012

An astonishing 413,363 art lovers visited Dreams of nature: Symbolism from Van Gogh to Kandinsky. ‘We were delighted with the enormous amount of interest the exhibition generated, among the Dutch and international public alike. Also with the positive response to this exhibition, the first ever to focus on the symbolist landscape in Europe’, states director Axel Rüger about this show, which was on view in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam from 24 February to 18 June. Dreams of nature will now relocate to the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh, where it will be on view from 14 July to 14 October 2012. It will then move to Ateneum Art Museum, the Finnish National Gallery in Helsinki, where the public can see it from 16 November 2012 to 17 February 2013.

Dreams of nature: Symbolism from Van Gogh to Kandinsky illustrates the way in which late 19th-century landscapes by diverse painters from all over Europe were suffused with symbolism and express moods or emotions. The show includes 70 poetic and suggestive paintings of nature by famous and less well-known artists, providing a rich survey of this intriguing, neglected genre within symbolism. Masterpieces by Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Gauguin, Munch, and Mondrian were displayed side by side for the first time; the vast majority of the paintings had never been exhibited in the Netherlands before.
 
The music that accompanied the exhibition also attracted a great deal of interest. Symbolism was closely bound up with music: Kandinsky drew inspiration from Schönberg, and Rachmaninov composed a piece based on Böcklin’s Island of the Dead. In the exhibition, visitors were able to experience this cross-fertilisation between different artistic disciplines by listening to music from the age of symbolism. 

Friday night 18 may 2012: Isle of the dead

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