10 August 2017
Five masterpieces on three continents to be presented together on Facebook via Van Gogh Sunflowers Facebook Live and Sunflowers 360.
On Monday 14 August, Facebook is hosting five consecutive live streams in which international museum directors and conservators present the version of Sunflowers in their own institution. Five different Sunflowers paintings will be reunited in this way for the first time in history.
As of today, it is also possible to visit a virtual gallery on Facebook, in which the five versions hang alongside one another. Art lovers from all over the world can rotate the gallery through 360 degrees to view each painting individually or take a tour of these iconic works.
Axel Rüger (Director of the Van Gogh Museum): ‘For generations now, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers have inspired people throughout the world. But because the five paintings are spread across different continents, it has never been possible to view them together. That has now changed. We’re immensely proud of this milestone, which aligns perfectly with the Van Gogh Museum’s mission: to make the life and work of Vincent van Gogh accessible.
Van Gogh Sunflowers Facebook Live
In 1888 and 1889, Van Gogh made several versions of Sunflowers, one of the most famous paintings of all time. Five of them are displayed in different museums around the world and have never been seen together since. On Monday 14 August, five of the Sunflowers paintings that Van Gogh completed in Arles will be reunited for the first time in history via Facebook Live.
The National Gallery (London), the Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia), the Neue Pinakothek (Munich) and the Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art (Tokyo) will each offer their insights into the Sunflowers series.
Beginning at 18:50 on 14 August, a series of five fifteen-minute presentations will be live-streamed on Facebook. Each of these, starting in London, will focus on the version of Sunflowers at the institution in question. Together, they will form a tribute to the life and work of Vincent van Gogh.
To bring the paintings together even more closely, the five museums have also collaborated with Facebook to create a digital exhibition: Sunflowers 360. Thanks to modern technologies like VR, the five paintings genuinely appear to be displayed together in a single gallery (something that would not be possible in a physical museum space) in a 360-degree photograph.
Visitors can rotate the virtual gallery to view each painting individually or take a tour of the works. Willem van Gogh – the great-grandson of Vincent’s brother, Theo van Gogh, and an advisor to the Van Gogh Museum’s administrators – describes his personal memories of the paintings in this digital exhibition. ‘Van Gogh’s Sunflowers are like the Mona Lisa or Night Watch, in that they are works of art that continue to intrigue and move people, and will perhaps do so forever. Each generation forms a new, highly personal bond with these works. The virtual gallery and the live stream offer a new way for art lovers from all over the world, both young and old, to enjoy these masterpieces. I think it’s fantastic!’
Sunflowers 360 can be viewed as of today (10 August 2017) on the various museums’ Facebook pages and is available in the Oculus Store.
Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Live on Facebook in order of transmission on 14 August 2017:
- National Gallery, London – 18:50 – 19:05 CET
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam – 19:10 – 19:25 CET
- Neue Pinakothek, Munich – 19:30 – 19:45 CET
- Philadelphia Museum of Art – 19:50 – 20:05 CET
- Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art, Tokyo – 20:10 – 20:25 CET, a previously recorded video will be presented via Van Gogh Museum