The exhibition 'Prints in Paris 1900: From Elite to the Street' takes you to the cosmopolitan French capital. Over 250 prints from our leading fin de siècle prints collection are being shown in their original context. Due to their fragility, these artworks are rarely displayed.
3 March - 11 June 2017
Modern artists decorated the entire French capital with their prints in the period 1890–1905. World-famous posters like Le Chat Noir and Le Moulin Rouge were displayed along the boulevards and in popular cafés.
Some artists also created exclusive prints for the elite which could only be seen in private collections, fashionable theatres and exclusive galleries.
The fin de siècle comes to life
Prints in Paris 1900 brings both of these worlds back to life, while presenting a richly nuanced picture of the exciting cultural life of Paris.
Step into a richly decorated interior and view the prints like a connoisseur of the social elite. Experience the vibrant fin de siècle street life, in which popular posters, sheet music and magazine illustrations with their bright colours, large letters and powerful silhouettes, grab your attention.
One of the finest print collections
The Van Gogh Museum manages one of the finest collections of fin-de-siècle prints in the world. This collection of over 1,700 French prints, posters and artist's books is normally kept in storage because of their sensitivity to light.
Recourse 1900: contemporary prints
How do the Van Gogh Museum’s 19th-century French prints inspire today’s up-and-coming artists? Recourse 1900 introduces contemporary prints by students studying at Amsterdam’s renowned Gerrit Rietveld Academie.
Would you like to discover the worlds behind the prints? The old photographs and music in our multimedia tour let you see the exhibition with different eyes. Available in eleven languages. You can book the multimedia guide at the same time as your online ticket.
Get the most out of the exhibition with a private tour lasting around 50 minutes (max. 15 persons). Your guide will tell you all about the prints and the artists who made them.
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated, large-format catalogue. The exhibition catalogue is written by curator Fleur Roos Rosa de Carvalho and based on years of intensive research into the worlds of printmaking during the French fin de siècle. In Dutch, English, French and German.
The exhibition has been made possible by:
Van Gogh & La France in 2017
The Van Gogh Museum's focus in 2017 will be on France and, in particular, Paris. The museum will host a range of activities and events throughout this theme year including exhibitions, lectures and workshops.