Shell Netherlands is a partner in the Van Gogh at work exhibition, which will mark the reopening of the Van Gogh Museum on 1 May 2013. The agreement was sealed by Director of the Van Gogh Museum, Axel Rüger, and Dick Benschop, President-Director of Shell Netherlands. Together with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), Shell has been engaged in a research project into Vincent van Gogh’s way of working since 2005: Van Gogh’s studio practice. The Van Gogh at work exhibition, which concludes the project, shows the artist’s development based on 200 works by Van Gogh and his contemporaries.
Dick Benschop, President-Director of Shell Netherlands, is delighted about the partnership. “A visit to the restoration studio at the Van Gogh Museum was a tremendous inspiration. It’s amazing what you can learn about Vincent van Gogh and how he worked by studying the composition of the paint on the canvases or through microscopic enlargements. We are extremely proud that Shell has been able to contribute to this research through its techniques and technologies and is now supporting the presentation of the results. One of Shell’s objectives is to make its knowledge and expertise available to support social projects and to promote sustainability. Our partnership with the Van Gogh Museum with regard to Van Gogh’s studio practice reflects this policy.”
Axel Rüger, director of the Van Gogh Museum: “Shell has made a very valuable contribution to the research into Van Gogh’s studio practice. We are therefore thrilled that Shell is supporting the exhibition that presents the results of this research”.
The Van Gogh Museum engages in on-going research in its own collection. Some of this research focuses on learning how best to maintain the collection and thus preserve it for future generations. Research into Van Gogh’s working method is one aspect of this. The Van Gogh at work exhibition uses insights gained from long-term research. Since 2005, a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the Van Gogh Museum, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) and Partner in Science Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam, has been intensively studying the art historical and material-technical aspects of his work. Old and familiar works are now viewed in a new light. Another focus was how Van Gogh related to his contemporaries. The results significantly boost our knowledge of the artist and his work and are presented in Van Gogh at work, which will be on view from 1 May 2013 in the renovated Van Gogh Museum.