21 August 2018
Programme of activities for the new season. Discover more at the Van Gogh Museum: Gauguin, Hockney, and the Sunflowers.
Van Gogh Dreams
27 July 2018 to 13 January 2019
Van Gogh Dreams: A journey into his mind is a captivating narrative installation exploring Vincent van Gogh’s inner life. The Van Gogh Museum is combining light, colour and audio to create a sensory experience based on Van Gogh’s turbulent time in Arles in the South of France (1888-1889) – a period that had a major impact on him both as an artist and as a person. Amongst the highlights of the installation are the 900 unique, handmade glass flowers, which are an homage to his world-famous Sunflowers. Van Gogh Dreams immerses visitors in a poignant journey punctuated with extraordinary beauty and tragic loss.
Gauguin & Laval in Martinique
5 October 2018 to 13 January 2019
The exhibition Gauguin & Laval in Martinique introduces the story of two French artists who travelled together to the 'distant' island of Martinique in 1887. In the few months that they spent on the island, they created a series of colourful artworks that had a huge impact on their artistic development. This is the first ever exhibition to be devoted to this significant period in the careers of Gauguin and Laval. In addition to paintings, the exhibition will also feature sketches, detailed drawings and pastels, which together impressively illustrate the impact that the trip had on the artistic development of the two artists.
Hockney – Van Gogh
1 March to 26 May 2019
The world-famous art of David Hockney (1937) is colourful and colossal; his monumental works are a visual spectacle. The exhibition Hockney – Van Gogh demonstrates the unmistakable influence of Van Gogh on Hockney’s work. Visitors learn about the artists’ love of nature, their use of bright colours and their experimentation with perspective.
Van Gogh and the Sunflowers
21 June to 1 September 2019
Van Gogh’s renowned painting Sunflowers (1889) is the radiant focus of this summer exhibition, in which the results of recent technical research into this work will be presented. The exhibition will also introduce the fascinating genesis of this masterpiece. 25 works from the museum collection will be used to illustrate the importance of sunflowers to Van Gogh. What were his ambitions with this subject and how was it significant to him? Van Gogh and the Sunflowers also examines the questions posed by restorers 130 years after the work was painted. Have the colours changed over the years? What happened to the painting after it left Van Gogh’s studio, and how can we best preserve the work for future generations?
The Mesdag Collection programme 2018-2019:
The Mesdag Collection in The Hague is home to the exceptional collection of 19th-century art assembled by the renowned painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag and his wife Sientje. The museum has been administered by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam since 1990.
The Sensation of the Sea: In Honour of Bas Jan Ader
14 September 2018 to 6 January 2019
Guest curator Joanna De Vos presents international contemporary artists like Bill Viola, Nan Goldin and Jan Fabre in dialogue with the Mesdag Collection. These artists are captivated by the grandeur and tempestuousness of the ocean. Odes to the performance In Search of the Miraculous by the Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975) form the exhibition’s connecting thread. Adler disappeared in 1975 as he attempted to sail across the Atlantic. His soul became one with the untameable power of the sea. The tributes to Ader’s artistic practice highlight the enticement and mystery of the ocean. Visitors are encouraged to discover how the contemporary artworks integrate into the nineteenth-century museum and to prepare themselves for a series of surprising and special encounters.
Mesdag & Colenbrander
8 March to 23 June 2019
This exhibition features Hendrik Willem Mesdag’s collection of colourful ceramics created by Theo Colenbrander. Colenbrander’s decorative pottery stood out immediately when it hit the market. His designs were innovative, with bright colours and abstract shapes. He tended to refer to natural motifs when naming his decorations. This exhibition sheds a new light on Colenbrander’s pottery thanks to the biscuit (unglazed) earthenware on display, important contextual items on loan and an extraordinary interpretive layout, amongst others.