29 August 2013
Family Days | De Staat | Workshops for adults| Vincent’s travelling case | Sunday lectures
The Van Gogh Museum will be full of activity over the coming year. The jubilee exhibition Van Gogh at work will continue until 12 January 2014. Following on from that show, the greatest masterpieces in the museum’s collection will tell the story of Van Gogh’s development from a hesitant pupil taking his first steps to a ground-breaking artist. From 14 February to 1 June 2014 the exhibition Félix Vallotton: Fire beneath the ice will be on view and in the summer of 2014 the permanent collection will be exhibited in a refreshing new context. The museum has also planned a range of activities for people of all ages. For instance, children can explore the museum with Vincent’s travelling case, and every Friday night we are open until 10 pm, hosting a special programme with live music and DJs. The programme also includes an interesting series of Sunday lectures, and adults can develop their painting technique in a special series of workshops. The entire programme can be downloaded via www.vangoghmuseum.com/programme.
Friday Night with performances by De Staat and NO|me
Every Friday the Van Gogh Museum stays open until 10 pm, hosting a programme of live music, performances, workshops and guided tours, with DJs, VJs and a cocktail bar. Every first friday of the month, the museum tackles things on an extra-large scale with themes including Learning through exchange, Copying: from reproduction to homage?, Light, and Coincidence. The Friday Night programming shows that Vincent van Gogh’s art continues to inspire artists and other cultural producers to this day. In September, for instance, there will be performances by artistes including the Dutch band De Staat and the Belgian / Finnish / Norwegian collective NO|me. For more information, go to www.vangoghmuseum.com/fridaynights.
Workshop series for adults (in Dutch only)
Starting in September 2013, amateur painters can take part in two series of three special workshops. The workshop Use of paint and painting techniques is about 19th-century techniques and schools of painting such as pointillism and the Japanese style. In the workshop series Colour, participants will experiment with different colour effects, just as Van Gogh did. Before the workshop, participants will be given a short guided tour of the exhibition Van Gogh at work.
Family days Together with Van Gogh at Work
From 19 to 27 October 2013 there will be special ‘Family Days’ at the museum for the whole family. Visitors will be welcomed by a wax statue of the famous artist, which will be on loan to the museum from the collection of Madame Tussaud’s. Special imaginative and theatrical guided tours are planned for each day, and children can explore the museum with Vincent’s travelling case. This case contains ‘looking’ and ‘doing’ assignments for children and their parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts. With the content of the case, they can explore the paintings of Vincent van Gogh together. All activities are free of charge during the family days. For the entire programme, see www.vangoghmuseum.com/programme.
Children’s workshops (in Dutch only)
In November 2013 the Van Gogh Museum will be offering a special series of three children’s workshops. Children will go to work just like artists, in a real studio. Each lesson will build on the experiments and discoveries from the one before. In addition, there will be workshops for children almost every weekend. You can find a list of the workshops at www.vangoghmuseum.com/programme.
The Van Gogh Museum organises a range of Sunday lectures on Van Gogh and his contemporaries. Researchers, curators and restorers provide inspiring information to accompany a current exhibition or present the findings of recent research. The lecture scheduled for 6 October is Outside or in the studio? A comparative study of Van Gogh’s painting technique (Kathrin Pilz); on 3 November there will be a talk on Reconstructions: what they teach us about Van Gogh (Ella Hendriks) and the lecture on 1 December 2013 will be Vincent van Gogh’s copies from Saint-Remy: faithful to life, calculation, improvisation? (Kathrin Pilz and Muriel Geldof). These lectures will be given in English.
Félix Vallotton: The fire beneath the ice 14 February 2014 to 1 June 2014
In the exhibition Félix Vallotton: The fire beneath the ice, some 60 paintings from a range of international museums and private collections and about 40 prints from the collection of the Van Gogh Museum will give an overview of all facets of the oeuvre of Félix Vallotton (1865-1925). Like Vincent van Gogh, this French-Swiss artist was influenced by Japanese art. Vallotton belonged to Les Nabis (‘the prophets’), a group of artists who pursued new avenues towards the end of the 19th century, with a highly decorative style of art. Vallotton deliberately kept his distance from the world, adopting the position of an observer in his paintings and his black-and-white woodcuts.
Van Gogh at work remains on show until 12 January 2014
The jubilee exhibition Van Gogh at work shows how Vincent van Gogh developed, in a period of ten years, into a unique artist with an impressive oeuvre. Over 200 works provide insight into Van Gogh’s working methods: in addition to paintings, works on paper, and letters, visitors can see Van Gogh’s personal materials, such as his original sketchbooks, paint tubes, and his sole surviving palette, on loan from Musée d’Orsay. Besides works from the Van Gogh Museum’s own large collection, the exhibition includes masterpieces from collections all over the world.
The permanent collection in a refreshing new context
Starting in the summer of 2014, the permanent exhibition will focus in depth on certain important aspects of Van Gogh’s art, within the context of successive themes. In particular, the museum will highlight his ambition to be a ‘peasant painter’, his explorations of the use of colour, and his highly individual representation of nature. Van Gogh did not work as an isolated artist, but followed artistic trends of the day very closely. By placing Van Gogh’s works in a wider context, visitors can follow from close by the quest of an artist who was constantly trying to improve.
You can find an overview of all the activities at www.vangoghmuseum.com/programme