2 April 2014
The Van Gogh Museum has been closely collaborating with the new Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles in southern France, which will be open to the public from Saturday 5 April next.
The Van Gogh Museum gives the Fondation various paintings for their opening exhibition Colours of the North, Colours of the South on loan, among which masterpieces such as The Yellow House and Self-portrait with pipe and straw hat. They also share knowledge and expertise with respect to security and collection management. Marije Vellekoop, Head of Collections of the Van Gogh Museum: “We welcome the opening of this new museum in Arles in the South of France; this way greater attention will be paid to Van Gogh's work and life in the town where he painted so many of his most important works.”
Vincent van Gogh came to live in Arles in 1888 because he was in search of a 'different kind of light'. The time in Arles was to become the most productive of his life, painting masterpieces such as Sunflowers, The Yellow House and The Bedroom. To his brother Theo van Gogh he wrote ‘I'm running like a painting locomotive'.
The residence of Van Gogh was destroyed during the Second World War, as were several other places he frequented while in Arles. Only the hospital where Vincent went to be treated after he had cut off part of his ear after an argument with Paul Gauguin is still a reminder of the world-famous painter.
The prestigious Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles has now become a worthwhile addition and it will show numerous paintings from the Van Gogh Museum collection, in addition to a great many works by present-day artists. These loans will be made available for temporary exhibitions in Arles for the next three years.
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