12 March 2013
Special masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum collection from 15 to 24 March 2013 in MECC Maastricht.
Seldom seen masterpieces from the drawings in the Van Gogh Museum collection will be on view at TEFAF Maastricht from 15 to 24 March 2013. The 18 drawings have been selected for the Van Goghs Drawings: Masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum exhibition and illustrate Vincent Van Gogh’s artistic development. Some of the sketches were drawn to practise specific skills, while others are independent works of art. ‘We are honoured that the TEFAF invited the Van Gogh Museum to arrange the guest exhibition. The 18 drawings which we present are all artworks in themselves, which are rarely shown due to their fragile nature.’, says director of the Van Gogh Museum, Axel Rüger, who was responsible for selecting the drawings alongside Head of Collections, Research and Presentation Marije Vellekoop.
Because of their vulnerability, the Van Gogh Museum rarely shows works by Vincent van Gogh from its drawing collection. The chronological exhibition starts with Van Gogh’s first ambitious drawings in The Hague, in which he focused on portraits and city views, via the impressive landscapes that he drew in Nuenen to his Parisian watercolours. In Arles, Van Gogh reached the pinnacle of his drawings with landscapes produced using a reed pen. In the institution in Saint-Rémy, he made colourful drawings of the garden, while his landscape drawings from Auvers were made in the same style as his paintings.
New entrance building
At the exhibition, the model of the new entrance building of the Van Gogh Museum on the Museumplein will be presented to the public for the first time. Realising the new entrance building is a long-cherished dream. The Van Gogh Museum itself is responsible for raising the funds. Apart of the gift of €4,5 million by the BankGiro Loterij multiple parties have said to back the museum financially, amongst which is the Amsterdam Borough of South with a contribution of € 700.000,-. To actually realise the new entrance, the museum has to raise little more than € 6 million of the total of € 15 million. For this, the museum is dependent on donations from funds, private individuals and businesses at home and abroad.
The European Fine Art Fair
The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) is the leading event of its kind and renowned for its selection of works, expertise and elegance. The exhibition Van Goghs Drawings: Masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum can be seen in the TEFAF Paper section at TEFAF Maastricht in the MECC in Maastricht, from 15 to 24 March 2013. More information: www.tefaf.com.