The Van Gogh Year 2015 was celebrated in four countries in Europe with prominent exhibitions and cultural events, such as 'Munch : Van Gogh' in the Van Gogh Museum. Take a look at some of the programme highlights of other museums.
Museum of Fine Arts, Mons (Belgium)
24 January – 17 May 2015
Van Gogh in the Borinage, the birth of an artist
This exhibition showed around 70 works from the period Van Gogh spent in the Borinage between 1878-1880. This was the period in which he ended his career as a priest and chose the life of an artist. In Belgium, he soon developed a preference for subjects from the everyday life of farmers and labourers.
24 January - 26 April 2015
Three well-known themes from Van Gogh’s works produced in Brabant – the simple life, farmland and nature – form a guide for the selection of extraordinary objects and products by Brabant designers.
21 February - 17 May 2015
David Hockney’s major source of inspiration is Vincent van Gogh. One room in the exhibition was dedicated to recent monumental landscape pieces by Hockney. Together they portrayed the four seasons of the year in his beloved Yorkshire.
“Van Gogh guarantees you will see the world around you slightly more intense. He was capable of drawing anything and making it captivating”, according to Hockney.
25 April – 27 September 2015
The Kröller-Müller Museum presented around 50 works by Van Gogh from various periods. His paintings and drawings are combined with works by his contemporaries from the museum’s collection. You could draw parallels and discover how Van Gogh approached genres like still life, landscape and portrait painting.
Van Gogh locations
Many different towns and villages in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and England where Van Gogh lived and worked were hosting activities throughout the year. For example, in Auvers-sur-Oise, where he died and was buried, the theme of the cultural season was ‘In the footsteps of Van Gogh’.