Upcoming exhibitions at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam


details-deaardappeleters.jpgVincent van Gogh, details from The Potato Eaters, 1885, oil on canvas, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Amsterdam, 26 August 2021 – The Van Gogh Museum has been open to the public since the 5th of June. The prolonged exhibition Here to Stay: A decade of remarkable acquisitions and their stories will be on view up and until the 12th of September. The further (provisional) exhibition program for 2021-2022 has been adjusted due to Covid-19. In addition to special exhibitions about masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum collection, the museum also presents exhibitions about, amongst others, Etel Adnan and Gustav Klimt. A safe and pleasant visit to the museum still remains a priority. The number of tickets for each start time is and will remain limited. This means that all visitors will have plenty of space to get to know Van Gogh better and can keep the required distance from other visitors and staff. Tickets with a start time are only available through the museum website (this also accounts for Museum- and other discount cards).Now on display

Here to Stay: A decade of remarkable acquisitions and their stories
Now on display up and until 12 September 2021, exhibition wing.
The exhibition Here to Stay features the most striking and singular acquisitions from the last 10 years, and introduces the full extent of the museum’s collection area: from paintings and drawings to prints, sculptures and letters, and from works presented to the museum as gifts by individual donors to pieces acquired at auction. Perhaps unexpectedly, most of the more than 150 artworks in Here to Stay are by artists other than Van Gogh. Works by major names from Van Gogh’s time are on display, such as Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, but visitors can also discover artworks by lesser-known artists such as Henri Guérard and Adolphe Appian. The stories associated with the acquisitions are a significant aspect of the exhibition. They are told from various perspectives: those of curators and restorers, but also of collectors and of 10 Amsterdam residents, offering visitors a new take on the artworks and explicitly inviting them to consider their own personal perception in relation to the art – which, as public property, belongs to us all. For example, certain details in Toulouse-Lautrec’s The Female Clown at the Moulin rouge will stand out when curator Fleur Roos Rosa de Carvalho explains how unusual it is that this fragile print remains in such good condition, as if it had been printed just yesterday. Go to presskit.

Erratic Growth
Now on display up and until 6 September 2021, first floor of the permanent collection
For Erratic Growth, a presentation featuring works from the museum collection, four Beeldbrekers (‘ReFramers’) selected several of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings and letters with which they identify. The Beeldbrekers are a group of young Amsterdammers who lend their perspectives and expertise to help make the Van Gogh Museum more inclusive. In this personal presentation, the Beeldbrekers explore growth – not purely positive or linear – in Van Gogh’s life and work, and explore how this corresponds with their own experiences. Read more.

Van Gogh Inspires: Jan Robert Leegte
Now on display up and until 25 October 2021, third floor of the permanent collection
For the website series Compressed Landscapes Leegte drew inspiration from the methods of 19th-century artists such as Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries. With this series, Leegte attempts to breathe new life into 19th-century artists’ plein air painting: where the latter went outdoors to paint landscapes using brushes, Leegte applies algorithms to the wilderness of the Internet. These algorithms visit online photo databases such as Flickr, and randomly select images which results in five ever-changing and therefore always unique Internet artworks of different landscapes and sceneries. Jan Robert Leegte’s presentation is the latest in the series Van Gogh Inspires. In this series, the Van Gogh Museum puts work by modern and contemporary artists on display, showing how Van Gogh’s work has inspired many generations of artists. Read more in the press release.
 Soon on displayThe Potato Eaters: Mistake or Masterpiece?
On display from 8 October 2021 up and until 13 February 2022, in the exhibition wing
Beginning on 8 October 2021, the Van Gogh Museum is presenting the exhibition The Potato Eaters: Mistake or Masterpiece? – an ode to the work which Vincent van Gogh painted in the Brabant village of Nuenen in 1885. The exhibition will focus on the background to the work’s creation, the artist’s dedication and perseverance, the significance that the painting held for him and the fierce criticism it attracted. A selection of paintings, drawings, sketches and letters by Vincent van Gogh and works by contemporaries and sources of inspiration like Jozef Israëls and Anthon van Rappard tell the full story behind The Potato Eaters. Visitors can get even closer to the painting in the Potato Eaters Studio – a full-sized model of the cottage of the De Groot-van Rooij family as featured in The Potato Eaters, in which workshops and other activities will be organized. The exhibition invites visitors to form their own opinion of what Van Gogh then viewed as the best work he produced so far. Go to the presskit.

Bonger and Redon, Friendship and Collecting (working title)
On display from 29 October 2021 up and until 30 January 2022, third floor of the permanent collection
Between 1894 and 1908, the Dutch collector Andries Bonger (friend of the Van Gogh brothers and the brother of Jo, Theo van Gogh’s wife) amassed in impressive collection of artworks by Odilon Redon, half of which is now part of the Van Gogh Museum collection. The finest works by Redon from this selection will be presented at the museum from the end of October: dark charcoal drawings, but also colourful pastels, paintings and wall decorations, illuminating the special interplay between the artist and collector. Bonger and Redon not only built up the admirable collection together, they were also close life-long friends and associates.From Proof to Perfection: The Print Series Amour by Maurice Denis
On display from February 2022, second floor of the permanent collection
The romantic series of prints Love (Amour) by the French artist Maurice Denis (1870-1943) is the ideal artwork to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2022. Denis based the 13 large lithographs in fascinating colours on the poems that he noted in his diary when he had recently fallen in love with Marthe, who later became his wife. The 13 colour lithographs from the series will be exhibited alongside diary quotes, sketches and proofs from international collections. The exhibition sheds light on the journey from proof to perfection and the creative connection between artist and printer.

Van Gogh and the Olive Groves
On display from 11 March up and until 12 June 2022, in the exhibition wing, Will first be on display at the Dallas Museum of Art (US) this autumn (2021).
From the 11th of March 2022 The Van Gogh Museum will host an exhibition dedicated to Vincent van Gogh’s important olive grove series, executed during his yearlong stay at the asylum of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Van Gogh was enthralled by the ever-changing moods and colours of the trees that define the landscape of Southern France. He worked to bring them to life as expressively and powerfully as possible in his paintings. The exhibition Van Gogh and the Olive Groves is the culmination of years of research into Van Gogh’s olive groves, explores the deeper meaning that the olive tree held for Van Gogh and what he set out to achieve in this remarkable series. It also reveals Van Gogh’s readiness to experiment, trying out a whole range of techniques, colours and compositions. He used swirling, rhythmic brushstrokes, working with strong contours, stylized forms and carefully considered combinations of colour. Van Gogh produced a total of fifteen olive grove paintings. Three of these works are part of the Van Gogh Museum’s own collection, the rest are scattered across Europe and America. The exhibition Van Gogh and the Olive Groves, a collaboration with the Dallas Museum of Art, brings these individual paintings together to be admired as a series for the very first time.

Etel Adnan (working title)
On display from 20 May up and until 4 of September 2022, in the exhibition wing
In spring 2022, the Van Gogh Museum presents the first retrospective of work by Etel Adnan (1925) to be held in the Netherlands. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Adnan only came to the fore as an artist in later life, producing simplified landscapes, which she painted using powerful colours and abstracted forms. Vincent van Gogh was also often inspired by the landscape, and wanted to express the power of nature in his work, as does Adnan. Both artists have a characteristic colour palette and painting style, making them ideal exhibition partners. Van Gogh and Adnan also both have an extraordinary command of language. Van Gogh wrote many letters, particularly to his brother Theo, and Adnan writes literature and poetry in which she reflects on the world around us. The exhibition in spring 2022 will feature an overview of paintings and literary work by Etel Adnan, together with several works by Vincent van Gogh: a true explosion of pure colours.

Gustav Klimt. Inspired by Monet, Matisse, Van Gogh (working title)
On display from 7 October 2022 up and until 8 January 2023, in the exhibition wing
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) is world-famous for his golden and decorative works, his landscapes with colours that flow together like carpets, and striking drawings of voluptuous women. Where did he find inspiration for his multi-faceted art? This unique exhibition explores the influence of the international avant-garde on the work of Gustav Klimt. At this first-ever large-scale exhibition of Klimt’s work in the Netherlands, dozens of his works are on display, from soft, pastel-like paintings to colourful, monumental women’s portraits.