Van Gogh Museum

Home to the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings, the Van Gogh Museum transports visitors on a journey through the life of the artist and his contemporaries.Tuesday, May 15, 2018

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

Home to the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings, the Van Gogh Museum transports visitors on a journey through the life of the artist and his contemporaries. Renowned masterpieces, quotes from letters and audio fragments all unite to answer burning questions about van Gogh — about his numerous self-portraits,for example; about the time he spent in Southern France, where he painted the world-famous Sunflowers; or about why and for whom he painted Almond Blossoms. In addition to the permanent collection, the Van Gogh Museum also organises three temporary exhibitions every year.

The artist increasingly drew inspiration from Japanese prints for his own work. He very much liked the unusual spatial effects, the expanses of strong colour, the everyday objects and the attention to details from nature.

Although he never visited Japan, Vincent van Gogh was a great admirer of the country’s printmaking. The Dutch painter became acquainted with the art form while living in Paris in the 1880s, where it was all the rage. Van Gogh began to build up a sizeable collection of Japanese colour prints — he fell under the spell of the lively, vivid images. By studying the prints and reading about Japanese art, he created his own image of Japan.

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is gathering together the finest examples of his Japanese-inspired works for an exhibition entitled Van Gogh & Japan, which runs from 23 March to 24 June 2018. This blockbuster exhibition will illustrate the extent of Van Gogh’s admiration for Japanese art, and how it dramatically changed his own work.

Visitors can discover more about Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries with the multimedia guide, available in 11 languages. There’s also the option to book a guided tour or attend a lecture, workshop or one of the evening openings. The Van Gogh Museum is open 365 days a year, from 9am to 5pm (from 11am on 1 January). On Fridays, the museum stays open late until 9pm (and until 10pm for the event Vincent on Friday).

Don’t miss

The chance to view Van Gogh’s legendary Japanese inspired works — only a limited amount of tickets are available

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