20 March 2014
Since the start of 2014, the Van Gogh Museum has gained more than 50,000 new Facebook fans, bringing the total number to 250,000.
This is in stark contrast to the same period in 2013, which showed an increase of 20,000 fans. The anniversary of the birth of Theo van Gogh’s son Vincent on 31 January marked the high point of the public's increasing interest. The birth of his nephew inspired Vincent van Gogh to paint Almond Blossom for the nursery in Paris. The weekly videos of the current exhibition Félix Valotton: Fire beneath the Ice also result in many ‘likes’ and ‘shares’.
Van Gogh was a storyteller. He told anecdotes in his own words about everything that interested and inspired him. It is obvious from the continuously growing number of online admirers that these stories are still captivating people's imagination.
Van Gogh liked to experiment with new techniques and he would have enjoyed showing his work to as many people as possible. This is the reason why the Van Gogh Museum not only tells his stories in the museum, but also in printed publications, on various websites and via the new media.
The number of followers on Twitter has also increased to 80,000. Google+ has gained almost half a million followers.