What did Van Gogh find consoling about a wheatfield? Discover the development of Vincent van Gogh as an artist in the Van Gogh Museum’s permanent presentation. Get to know Van Gogh's ideas and ambitions.
A new view
In the Rietveld building, you step directly into Van Gogh’s world. You obviously see his masterpieces, but also his drawings and letters. You discover the ideas and ambitions behind his art.
Van Gogh experienced life and the world intensely and wanted his art to portray the great themes of life, such as anxiety, suffering, love and hope. You follow the on-going search of an artist who was constantly trying to improve himself. In this way, you get a new view of an artist you thought you knew.
Paintings, drawings and letters
The story of his art is told throughout the galleries, not only giving a permanent position to his paintings but also to his drawings and letters. Important aspects of Van Gogh’s art are highlighted and studied through varying themes.
Van Gogh’s ambition to paint farmers, his search for colour and his personal interpretation of nature are given a prominent place in the museum, naturally featuring highlights like The Potato Eaters, The Bedroom, Sunflowers and Almond Blossom.
Myths and context
The museum focuses on the complete story: the artist, the context, his personal ambitions, his emotions, the myths and his influence until this very day.
Inspiring the world
The huge impact of Van Gogh on the first generation of artists after his death will be shown by expressive works such as those by Maurice de Vlaminck and Kees van Dongen from the museum's own collection.
A video installation in the hall shows how, after his death, Van Gogh has become the important (pop)cultural icon that he is today.
Van Gogh's hope that his work might go on inspiring the world after his death has come true: until this very day he reaches out to millions of admirers.
Marcel Schmalgemeijer is responsible for the design of the presentation, together with graphical designer Mariëlle Tolenaar.
The presentation of the permanent collection is made possible by: