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The Van Gogh Museum in the Hermitage Amsterdam

During its temporary stay in the Hermitage Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum will exhibit works by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) from its permanent collection in a completely new way. In this display of some 75 paintings, selected letters, objects and works on paper, visitors will follow Vincent van Gogh on a personal quest into the heart of his artistic identity. The themes that the artist himself identified as central to his development will form the basis of the exhibition Vincent: The Van Gogh Museum in the Hermitage Amsterdam.

The Van Gogh Museum will be located in the Hermitage Amsterdam from 29 September 2012 to 25 April 2013, while the building on Museumplein is temporarily closed to the public for essential renovation work.

During this seven-month renovation, most of the works by Van Gogh in the museum’s collection will be on display at the Hermitage Amsterdam. Many major paintings will be included, such as Sunflowers, The bedroom, Almond blossom, The potato eaters and The yellow house, in surprising combinations of early and late works. Van Gogh’s most famous and best loved paintings will be shown side by side with lesser known works in closely integrated thematic pairings.

Practice makes perfect
Vincent van Gogh was constantly setting new goals. Sometimes he focused on elements of craft, such as the effects of colour or his personal style, and sometimes on specific themes, such as peasant life, portraits or nature. These themes, which were central to his artistic career, will form the organising principle of the Van Gogh Museum’s exhibition in the Hermitage Amsterdam. This will offer visitors new insights into Van Gogh’s personal artistic programme and provide a fresh perspective on his work.

The themes of the exhibition are Practice makes perfect, A style of his own, The effect of colour, Peasant painter, Looking to Japan, The modern portrait and The wealth of nature. Each theme will be illustrated by works from several different periods.

Van Gogh meets impressionist favourites from the Hermitage
During the Van Gogh Museum’s temporary stay, the Hermitage Amsterdam will also present the exhibition Impressionism: Sensation & Inspiration, Highlights from the Hermitage, from 16 June 2012 to 13 January 2013. This combination of Van Gogh and many of his leading contemporaries will offer a unique survey of prominent nineteenth-century painters.