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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
August 5, 2012
From journal More Summer in Amsterdam
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
February 7, 2012
London, United Kingdom
August 8, 2011
From journal Amazing Amsterdam
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
May 10, 2011
From journal Amsterdam the capital of Holland
July 22, 2004
The original building with the gridded exterior was designed by Gerrit Rietveld and opened in 1973. Rietveld was the great De Stijl architect perhaps most famous for his boldly colored Schroder House in Utrecht. Rietveld died in 1964, so his architectural partners J van Dillen and J van Tricht carried out the functionalist design. The exhibition spaces are fairly open and spacious to accommodate the crowds. A skylight that allows natural light into the galleries tops the central staircase. Van Gogh’s works are organized in chronological order into five periods on the first floor of the main building for your viewing convenience. You can see the timeline of his artistic development and his mental decline. Observe the thick strokes on the self-portraits, the flowers, and the French landscapes. Other floors contain his drawings, along with Japanese prints and the works of other artists.
The rectilinear Rietveld building has become almost a background for the shiny new Exhibition Wing designed by Kisho Kurokawa in 1999 (Kurokawa also designed some of the new seating in the original building). The annex, which has earned nicknames like "the mussel" because of its clammy elliptical shape, houses special exhibitions on its three levels. A shallow pond acts as a sunken plaza element next to the building, and can be appreciated from the promenade inside the annex. The Print Room is housed in an aluminium "cube" that juts out from the building. This geometric element refers itself to the modernist block that is the Rietveld building. The Kurokawa addition has fast become a darling for photographers with its simultaneously slick and somber titanium and stone facade.
The Rietveld and Kurokawa buildings are linked by the transitional space called the Node, so they appear as independent objects from the outside. Martien van Goor, whose firm also helped renovate the Rietveld building, designed the node. Walk around the lawn to see how these two blocks interact with each other and with the other buildings of the Museumplein. Check out the shop and restaurant before you leave the museum.
The Van Gogh Museum is open from 10am to 6pm, and on Fridays it does not close until 10pm. If you have limited time or money, a visit here may currently make for a more satisfying visit than the neighboring Rijksmuseum, which is showing its "greatest hits" of Dutch masterpieces while the main building is undergoing a complete overhaul.
From journal Bill In the Netherlands - AMSTERDAM
March 27, 2002
The exhibit tells the story of these artists who, for a brief time, lived and worked together in the south of France. It opens with self-portraits by each artist, and then features some of their works while they were in Paris. Next the focus moves to the "Studio of the South", which was Van Gogh’s idea of founding an artists’ colony in southern France. In May, 1888, Van Gogh rented rooms in Arles in what is called the Yellow House, where he wanted to set up the studio. Both painters produced a variety of works using local people and places as their subjects.
The next section, called "Dream and Reality" deals with what appears to be the beginning of the end of this partnership. In November, with the cold weather upon them, the two were forced to work indoors. Tempers flared, arguments erupted, and Gauguin begins to talk about his wish to leave for more exotic locales. The following section, "Memory", shows Van Gogh’s attempts, at Gauguin’s urging, to paint more from imagination, rather than reality.
"Sunflowers" is the part of the exhibit that is a recurring theme in the relationship of Van Gogh and Gauguin. Van Gogh exchanged some of his works of sunflowers with Gauguin after their initial meeting in Paris. When tensions erupted in December, Van Gogh returned to this theme, perhaps hoping to please Gauguin by painting the subject he loved. To no avail, as on the December 23 a quarrel precipitated Van Gogh’s cutting off of his left ear. Two days later, Gauguin departed Arles.
"After the Drama" tells of Van Gogh’s return from the hospital and the works show the collaboration with Gauguin. Van Gogh voluntarily commits himself to a hospital in May. Contact is resumed between the two artists, and they exchanged letters just as they had prior to their brief partnership.
The final section of the exhibit, "Studio of the Tropics", showcases works of Gauguin’s in Tahiti, where he wanted to establish a "Studio of the Tropics".
The exhibit in Amsterdam, while comprised of essentially the same works as at the Chicago exhibit, was different in a number of respects. The exhibit in Chicago had sections headed by quotes from the artists, which were painted on the walls. Also, it gave equal time to Van Gogh and Gauguin, virtually a one-for-one. Not surprisingly, it seemed the emphasis here shifted a bit towards Van Gogh, and the division of the exhibit as described above, created a different atmosphere.
Tickets are sold in one-hour time blocks: you must enter the museum during that hour. Coat check is free, audio tours of the Van Gogh/Gauguin exhibit are free, as is a booklet on the exhibit (available in various languages). www.vangoghmuseum.nl
From journal Springtime in Amsterdam
New York, New York
April 9, 2008
From journal 24 Hours in Amsterdam
June 18, 2007
From journal Amsterdam: Home of Anne Frank
Leicester, United Kingdom
February 27, 2007
Stranger with just a few days in a city as Amsterdam you will for sure try to do as much as possible in as little time possible. Visit to The Van Gogh Museum is nearly obligatory as this famous painter is truly a legend of Dutch nation. So why don’t plan your visit here on Friday, when museum's restaurant serves nice dinners. Even if there are other than Van Gogh's paintings the museum dedicated to one author only can be quite tiring. Little dinner break can be rather nice and prices here are not bad (the weekly special plus a beverage for €13.50).
The museum opens daily from 10am to 6pm and Friday from 10am to 22.00. (Restaurant: daily 10.00 to 17.30, Friday to 21.30, kitchen to 21.15).
So what actually can you see here? Van Gogh made over 800 paintings and over 200 can be found here. On the ground floor you may want to pick up a leaflet that will guide you through all Van Goghs life stages. Each time he moved, from time to time, Van Goghs painting stayle changed so today we can easily distigush different epochas of his life. We know a lot about Van Goghs life and he wrote many letters to his brother Theo and he kept them. To Theo we owe the thanks for conserving such a large collection of Van Goghs paintings as it was him who belived in Van Gogh's talent and was supporting him throuout an entire lifetime.
The information is also on the walls where the painting from that era are exhibited. If you read them all carefully you will learn how was it with that famous cut off ear. You may want to follow the audio guide, which is available in 9 language for € 4. Entrance tickets cost €10 (for 13-17 years only €2.50 and free if you are 12 under). The museum has several floors but there is a lift you can use to move between them. On the ground floor you can find also a museum shop with beautiful, high quality reproductions, stationery and other souvenirs.
From journal Colors of Amsterdam
Carshalton, United Kingdom
August 27, 2006
From journal Amsterdam - Kick Off Your Shoes and Kick Up Your H