Who are the ‘Beeldbrekers’?
Find out more about this group of young Amsterdammers who want to make the museum more inclusive.
This presentation was compiled by four young Amsterdammers who are members of the Beeldbrekers (‘ReFramers’). They identify – each in their own way – with Van Gogh’s work and life. They selected paintings and excerpts from letters by Vincent van Gogh, and share how these relate to their own experiences.
Beeldbrekers Sara, Jaouad, Carmène and Emmanuela chose works of art they feel express the development of Van Gogh’s life and work.
One focuses on growth through mental disorders, while another highlights Van Gogh’s perseverance undeterred by his many setbacks. One identifies with Van Gogh’s search for a style of his own, and another recognises the peace he found in nature.
Growth, however, is erratic. It is not purely positive and does not always unfold in a linear fashion. Growth is driven by external influences. You are shaped by your experiences. Sometimes the way you develop is skewed due to circumstances, or you have to take one step back to take two steps forward.
‘Van Gogh painted View of the Alpilles when he was in an asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. He derived his creativity from what he saw from his bedroom window and in the garden. He found peace and strength in nature.
Nature also means a great deal to me. I certainly noticed that during the lockdown, when I understood for example the importance of a garden or balcony. I really need nature to recharge. Then I take a walk in the woods. That way I can unwind, which makes it easier for me to cope with new stimuli.
I see this positive influence of nature on one’s development and growth reflected in Vincent’s landscapes.’