VAN GOGH MUSEUM
Petit Futé's opinion on VAN GOGH MUSEUM
This magnificent museum is dedicated to the painter Vincent Van Gogh. A unique and strong place with temporary exhibitions events!
The people of Amsterdam have rightly decided to pay tribute to Vincent van Gogh by dedicating this superb museum, built in 1973, to him. Sober and modern in appearance, with a high degree of transparency, it includes on several levels some 200 paintings by the artist (i.e. nearly a quarter of his total production) and more than 500 drawings and sketches, as well as various documents and objects that belonged to him. No other collection gives such a complete picture of the work of this painter who produced hundreds of paintings in just a few years.
Not all the works presented are of equal value, but they are arranged in a way that respects Van Gogh's artistic evolution and allows him to follow his progress. A library, whose archives are unfortunately not open to the public, contains more than 700 letters as part of the artist's extensive correspondence, notably with his brother Theo. In addition, the museum exhibits a number of paintings by painters of the same period and gives a fairly accurate picture of Van Gogh's artistic and cultural universe.
On the ground floor, paintings from Théo van Gogh's private collection, which includes works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Émile Bernard and Henri Fantin-Latour, among others, are displayed on a rotating basis. The cafeteria and bookstore are on the same level in the main hall.
On the first floor, the different periods of Van Gogh's work follow one another in chronological order: the period of the Drenthe (1883), Nuenen (1883-1885), Antwerp (1885-1886), Paris (1886-1888). The most shocking, the last works of the artist's life are divided into three periods: the Arlesian period (1888-1889), probably the most famous, and for which Les Tournesols was still in the news a few years ago; that of Saint-Rémy (1889-1890) and, finally, the last hours in Auvers-sur-Oise (1890), including the famous wheat field with crows, a somewhat calmer dramatic lyricism and where the crows seem to announce the next death that already haunts the artist.
The second floor features engravings and drawings by Van Gogh's contemporary artists as well as some of his less important paintings. The emphasis is placed in particular on the many letters written by Van Gogh (many for his brother Theo). On the painter's family but also on his friends and on his many drawings made over the years. Particular attention is paid to the friends of Pont-Aven.
The top floor of the museum presents works by Paul Gauguin and the Nabis movement (including Bonnard, Sérusier, Vuillard...), as well as temporary or travelling exhibitions, most often very interesting.
Since September 2015, a new entrance has been inaugurated giving more air to such a popular museum! This entrance allows visitors' movements to be made more fluid. The glass construction is impressive and connects the museum to the wing that was later added through a basement. Note: the superb lower shop does not include all the books sold at the bookstore in the museum. This museum is simply exceptional!
In 2020, from 21 February to 24 May, the exhibition "In the picture" will highlight Van Gogh's self-portraits. From June 19 to August 23, an exhibition will be dedicated to Van Gogh's most beautiful letters.
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Every day from 9am to 5pm and Friday until 10pm. Admission: 19 €, free for minors.
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