Van Gogh Connects
More about the four-year research programme 'Van Gogh Connects'.
Exhibitions, art acquisitions, conservation work, scientific research, publications and programmes for schoolchildren, young adults and the elderly: funds and foundations from all around the world help us to realise a huge range of projects. This support is vital to the Van Gogh Museum.
Society is changing and the museum is catering to new audiences: those who are less likely to visit the museum as a matter of course, and with whom the museum is less familiar. We are working together with the target group on a four-year project to develop forty activities in order to research how the museum can gain relevance to young Amsterdam residents (aged 18 to 30 years old) with a bicultural background.
A comprehensive learning pathway such as this would simply not be possible without the support of third parties. In Fonds 21, the Van Gogh Museum has found an outstanding partner for Van Gogh Connects. Fonds 21 actively works to reach a new and diverse audience for professional art and culture. The fund will therefore offer financial and substantive support for the duration of Van Gogh Connects.
Every child should have the chance to get to know Vincent van Gogh, irrespective of their background or home situation. The Van Gogh Museum is committed to introducing every child to the life and story of Vincent van Gogh. To do so, we develop various educational programmes.
Van Gogh Goes to School is a valuable outreach programme in which we step outside the museum walls to connect with schools in deprived neighbourhoods. The Van Gogh Museum brings the lesson to the classroom, in order to keep the introduction to Van Gogh as low-key as possible for schools, teachers and, of course, the pupils. The lessons are given by our specially trained museum teachers.
With the educational programme Van Gogh Goes to School, the Van Gogh Museum contributes to the creative self-awareness of children from nursery school through to the first year of secondary school.
'At home, I taught my brother how to draw a chair in 3D'
Primary school pupil
When the programme started in 2016, museum teachers gave some 100 lessons. Starting in 2023, the Van Gogh Museum will be able to provide 400 lessons, thanks in part to the Bennink Foundation and support from individual givers.
Browse the list below to find out which funds and foundations have contributed to projects and activities organised by the Van Gogh Museum.