Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Commemorating 125 Years after the Death of Van Gogh

The year 2015 marks 125 years since the death of Vincent van Gogh. Under the theme “125 Years of Inspiration,” Van Gogh’s homeland of the Netherlands is honoring the anniversary year with exhibitions in various cities that look back on the artist’s life and works and his influence on subsequent painters.

At the Keukenhof Park, famed for its tulips, Van Gogh’s self portrait will be reproduced with flowers, and his birthplace of Zundert will honor the anniversary at its flower parade. The cycling path that links Zundert, Nuenen – where he painted The Potato Eaters, and Etten where he lived, has been refurbished so visitors can leisurely enjoy the sites of Van Gogh’s paintings. On November 12, the cycling path created by the Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde was completed. Designed based on the image of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, the stones embedded into the path emit light at night, creating a magical landscape.

Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers, Arles,
January 1889, oil on canvas, 95 cm x 73 cm,
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
(Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Amid this nationwide fervor over the 125th year anniversary, when reviewing the life and works of Van Gogh one cannot overlook the Van Gogh Museum, which holds the world’s largest Van Gogh collection, and the Kröller-Müller Museum.

In anticipation of the anniversary, the
Van Gogh museum began a major new presentation of its exhibits from November 28, 2014. Van Gogh’s letters and an abundance of other primary sources along with valuable artifacts that were restored are displayed with the paintings, offering viewers a deeper understanding of the artist’s life and work. On September 25th, the exhibit “Munch: Van Gogh” will open. Both painters shared lives of hardships that had enormous influences on their works, and they are also linked by the fact that when Munch visited Paris, he was studying the works of Van Gogh. The exhibit offers a perception into the similarities and differences of the works born from the delicate sensibilities of the two artists.

From April 25th, the Kröller-Müller Museum presents the exhibit “Van Gogh & Co. Criss-crossing the collection.” About fifty pieces will be displayed, allowing visitors to explore the creativity of Van Gogh by comparing his works from the early to late years with those of his contemporaries.

More than forty Van Gogh events are planned in the Netherlands, with other programs to take place in France and Belgium. For further information, see the “Van Gogh Europe” webpage and go to the “Van Gogh 125” section (