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Van Gogh at work draws already almost 155,000 visitors in the first month

The exhibition Van Gogh at work, which marks the Van Gogh Museum’s 40th anniversary, is off to a successful start, with 156.966 visitors passing through the entrance to this exploration of Van Gogh’s working methods in the first month alone.

Museum director Axel Rüger comments, ‘Ever since the opening day, 1 May, there’s been a great deal of interest, both from abroad and from Dutch art lovers. Our visitors are enthusiastic about the highlights of our collection and about the unique loans such the Sunflowers from the National Gallery in London. And they’re excited about the interactive exhibits, which include microscopes for examining paint samples and hands-on demonstrations of concepts like perspective frames and colour contrast.’

Rüger is delighted with the success of the new online ticketing system, which allows visitors to purchase a ticket online for a time of their choice. ‘This system went live just one month ago, and we’ve already sold online tickets to almost 32,000 visitors, enabling them to enter the museum more swiftly, without waiting. Many also donated directly to contribute to the new entrance the Van Gogh Museum is planning to build and to which the museum is still raising funds.’

Van Gogh at work
In the anniversary exhibition Van Gogh at work, visitors can see and experience how Van Gogh developed, through ten years of work and learning, into a unique artist with an astounding oeuvre. The exhibition comprises around 200 works of art, including 150 paintings, works on paper, letters and Van Gogh’s personal effects – not only his original sketchbooks, but also paint tubes and his only surviving palette, on loan from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Many masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum collection are presented in eye-opening combinations with unique loans, such as the Sunflowers from the National Gallery in London and The bedroom from the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition marks the conclusion of an eight-year programme of research jointly undertaken by the Van Gogh Museum, its Partner in Science Shell Nederland and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. It will run until 12 January 2014 and is open daily from 9.00.
The Van Gogh Museum will conclude its anniversary year with the photo exhibition 40 years of memories in late 2013. We invite anyone and everyone to post their personal photographs, videos, stories and other memories of the Van Gogh Museum on the special website The three most exceptional contributions will be displayed in the Van Gogh Museum’s photo exhibition. Until 31 October, one winning contributor per month will receive the book Van Gogh at work: highlights.