22 March 2018
His Majesty King Willem-Alexander today opened the exhibition 'Van Gogh & Japan' at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The exhibition can be seen by the public from Friday 23 March.
The major new international exhibition Van Gogh & Japan, which includes around 60 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, together with a rich selection of Japanese prints, highlights the artist’s all-embracing admiration for Japanese art and how fundamentally his work changed in response to it. Exceptional loans from museums and private collections all over the world have been brought to Amsterdam, including Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889, The Courtauld Gallery, London) – a painting that has not been seen in the Netherlands since 1930.
Other highlights include Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait, 1888 (Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA), Portrait of Madame Roulin (La Berceuse), 1889 (The Art Institute of Chicago), Undergrowth with Two Figures, 1890 (Cincinnati Art Museum), La Crau with Peach Trees in Blossom, 1889 (The Courtauld Gallery, London) and L’Arlésienne (Madame Ginoux with Books), 1888 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). This is the first time that an exhibition on such a scale has been organized on this theme.
Having performed a traditional Japanese opening ceremony (cutting a ribbon with rosettes), King Willem-Alexander toured Van Gogh & Japan, before attending an informal reception. The exhibition runs until 24 June 2018.