What's This Doing in the Van Gogh Museum?
Discover 6 things you need to know about acquisitions at the Van Gogh Museum.
Which artworks has the museum acquired in recent years and why? Find out in the exhibition Here to Stay: A decade of remarkable acquisitions and their stories. Be surprised by the art of Van Gogh and his contemporaries like Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Edvard Munch.
The exhibition Here to Stay: A decade of remarkable acquisitions and their stories is on view until 12 September 2021.
The museum’s collection contains more than just work by Vincent van Gogh, something not everyone knows. We also collect works by artists associated with Van Gogh: those who inspired him, his contemporaries, and those whom he inspired. This helps us to offer better context and share new stories about Van Gogh and his time.
These acquisitions keep the collection alive and relevant. That’s why you’ll find major names in our collection, including Edvard Munch, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, but also lesser-known artists such as Henri Guérard and Adolphe Appian.
Aside from the artworks themselves, the stories behind the acquisitions play a central role in the exhibition. Curators offer a glimpse behind the scenes, explain why a museum collects works and why it is so important that museums continue to do so, and also introduce their personal take on the artworks.
Furthermore, a varied group of people, from storage facility staff to Amsterdam residents, introduce their personal stories accompanying their favourite acquisitions from the past decade.
These stories are accessible via a QR code at the start of the exhibition. Simply scan the code with your smartphone camera and open the link in your browser.
This exhibition was realised with support from: