Top pieces return to refurbished Van Gogh Museum on Museumplein

Top pieces return to refurbished Van Gogh Museum on Museumplein

Top pieces return to refurbished Van Gogh Museum on Museumplein
From today, Sunflowers, The bedroom, Irises, Cornfield with crows and The potato eaters are back in the Van Gogh Museum on Museumplein. These and other top pieces are on show during the anniversary exhibition Van Gogh at work marking the reopening of the museum on 1 May. Over the past seven months, 75 works by Van Gogh have been displayed in the Hermitage Amsterdam. The presentation Vincent. The Van Gogh Museum in the Hermitage Amsterdam attracted 665,000 visitors during those months.

Director Axel Rüger: ’We are delighted to be opening our doors to the public again on 1 May. This is an important moment. All three museums on Museumplein have now reopened. And that’s a great feeling. For the past seven months, the Hermitage has offered us wonderful temporary accommodation. Now it’s time to come home. To mark the occasion, we’ve organised a special anniversary exhibition based on eight years of research. The exhibition features unique loans and exceptional combinations of art works. For example, the Van Gogh Museum’s Sunflowers will be hung beside the Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery and Woman rocking a cradle, a unique arrangement also favoured by Vincent van Gogh himself. The exhibition also enables visitors to find out for themselves how Vincent van Gogh worked, using microscopes and touch screens, for example.’

Vincent. The Van Gogh Museum in the Hermitage Amsterdam
The presentation Vincent. The Van Gogh Museum in the Hermitage Amsterdam attracted over 665,000 visitors over the past seven months. Interestingly, more than 2.5 times as many Dutch visitors came to this presentation compared to those visiting the Van Gogh Museum on Museumplein during a similar period. In percentages, that’s 21% Dutch and 79% foreign visitors, whereas normally over 85% of visitors to the Van Gogh Museum come from abroad.

Director Axel Rüger: ‘We are very happy with the visitor statistics. It’s particularly good to see that Dutch visitors have found their way to the Hermitage Amsterdam. This again confirms the popularity of Vincent van Gogh in his fatherland. We look forward to welcoming back both our Dutch and international visitors to our familiar place on Museumplein.’

Van Gogh Museum reopens on 1 May 2013 with Van Gogh at work
On 1 May the Van Gogh Museum reopens its doors on Museumplein with the anniversary exhibition Van Gogh at work. This exhibition marks the end of eight years of research and presents an exceptional overview of Van Gogh’s multi-faceted oeuvre. Through approximately 200 works by the artist and his contemporaries, it offers insights into his development as an artist: how he learned to paint and what his studio practice contained. The exhibition runs until 12 January 2014 in the totally refurbished Van Gogh Museum and is open daily from 9.00 am. Due to the rehousing of the whole collection, the Van Gogh Museum will be closed for five days from 26 April to 30 April 2013 inclusive.

Photo: Martijn van den Dobbelsteen

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