Find out all you need to know about Van Gogh's famous 'Sunflowers'. Discover the front side and back side of the painting, how Sunflowers was significant to Vincent and how we can best preserve this masterpiece for future generations. The exhibition was on view from 21 June until 1 September 2019.
21 June until 1 September 2019
The exhibition Van Gogh and the Sunflowers allows you to discover how important the sunflower was to Van Gogh and will give answers to pressing questions such as how we can best preserve this painting so that it can be enjoyed by generations to come?
Painted in 1889, Sunflowers is one of Van Gogh’s most famous works. He painted five versions of this large bunch of sunflowers in a vase. Why did he choose the sunflower, and what did the flower mean to him? What happened to the painting after it left Van Gogh’s studio and are the colours still the same as 130 years ago?
View the Sunflowers in the collection
Free introduction to Sunflowers
Begin your visit to the Van Gogh and the Sunflowers exhibition with a short introduction to one of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous works of art. The introductions take place in the auditorium in July and August, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 am, 11 am and 12 noon, and are in English.
The multimedia guide shows you more! Van Gogh painted five large still lifes of sunflowers in a vase, using brilliant shades of yellow. The guide tells you why Van Gogh chose this particular flower, and what his sunflower paintings meant to him. You’ll also discover what research tells us about the condition of the 130-year-old Sunflowers in the Van Gogh Museum collection.
Pick up the multimedia guide from one of the counters at the museum, or book it directly with your online ticket.
Why did Van Gogh choose sunflowers? What did scientists discover when they analysed this painting in the Van Gogh Museum collection? Book a tour of the exhibition Van Gogh and the Sunflowers and learn more about what the Sunflowers meant to Vincent van Gogh
An exhibition catalogue has been published in which the results of the technical research are set out, along with the fascinating genesis of the painting. A second, scientific publication was made, that focusses into more depth on presenting the outcomes of the scientific research into Sunflowers.
With support of
The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of The Sunflower Collective and the support of our partners and sponsors: