VAN GOGH MUSEUM
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This magnificent museum is dedicated to the painter Vincent Van Gogh. A unique and strong place with temporary exhibitions events!
The people of Amstelloden have decided to pay tribute to Van Gogh by dedicating this superb museum, built in 1973, to him. With its sober and modern appearance, it brings together on several levels some 200 paintings by the artist (nearly a quarter of his total production) and more than 500 drawings and sketches, to which are added 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.
The works presented are not all of equal value, but arranged in a way that respects Van Gogh's artistic development, they allow us to follow his path. A library, whose archives are unfortunately not open to the public, contains more than 700 letters from the artist's extensive correspondence, notably with his brother Theo. The museum also exhibits a number of paintings by other artists from the same period, giving a fairly accurate picture of Van Gogh's artistic and cultural world.
On the ground floor , paintings from Theo's private collection, which includes works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Emile Bernard and Henri Fantin-Latour, are displayed in rotation. The cafeteria and the bookshop are located on the same level, in the main hall.
On the first floor , the various periods of Van Gogh's work are presented in chronological order: the Drenthe period (1883), the Nuenen period (1883-1885), the Antwerp period (1885-1886) and the Paris period (1886-1888). The most moving, the last works of the artist's life are divided into three periods: the Arles period (1888-1889), probably the best known, and whose Les Tournesols still made headlines a few years ago; the Saint-Rémy period (1889-1890) and, finally, the last hours at Auvers-sur-Oise (1890), from which the famous Field of Wheat with Crows dates, with its somewhat soothed dramatic lyricism and where the crows seem to herald the impending death that already haunts the artist.
The second floor features prints and drawings by artists contemporary with Van Gogh as well as some of his less important paintings. The emphasis is on the many letters written by Van Gogh (many to his brother Theo). The exhibition also focuses on the painter's family, his friends and the many drawings he made over the years. Particular attention is paid to his friends from Pont-Aven.
The top floor of the museum presents works by Gauguin and the Nabis movement (including Bonnard, Sérusier, Vuillard...), as well as temporary or travelling exhibitions, often very interesting.
Since September 2015, a new entrance has been inaugurated giving more air to such a popular museum! It allows for a smoother movement of visitors. The glass construction is impressive and connects, through a basement, the museum to the wing added later. Please note: the superb shop downstairs does not include all the books sold in the museum's bookstore. This museum is simply exceptional!
In 2021, from June 25 to September 12, the exhibition "Van Gogh and the Olive Trees" will feature the Olive Tree series of paintings in cooperation with the Dallas Museum of Art. From October 8, 2021 to January 16, 2022, an exhibition will be organized around the work Potato Eaters.
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Every day from 9am to 5pm and Friday until 10pm. Admission: 19 €, free for minors.
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