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International programme 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death

International programme 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death

On 29 July 2015 it will be exactly 125 years since Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) died. The Van Gogh Europe Foundation, a collaboration of around 30 organisations is seizing this opportunity to honour the Dutch artist under the theme ‘125 years of inspiration’. The stimulus for this is that the artist inspires many people to this very day and that he is still very much ‘alive’, even 125 years after his death. Activities will be organised throughout the year in various towns in the Netherlands, Belgium and France that featured in the life and work of the artist: prominent exhibitions, cultural events, digital applications etc. Never before has there been cooperation on this scale between the organisations (museums and heritage sites) which are actively engaged in preserving and promoting Van Gogh’s heritage.

In the Kröller-Müller Museum Van Gogh & Co will take place from 25 April to 27 September. The exhibition will concentrate on the traditional genres at the end of the 19th century: still life, nature, cityscape and the human figure. Works by Van Gogh - more than 50 in total including paintings and drawings - from various periods will be combined with those of his contemporaries from the museum’s own collection. Visitors will have the chance to draw parallels and discover how Van Gogh dealt with the various genres.

Left: Vincent van Gogh, Flowers in a blue vase, circa juni 1887, right: Henri Fantin-Latour, Roses sur fond sombre, 1880