on April 27, 2009
I think I’m learning something about myself, as I traipse around Europe’s museums - I am not a museum person. That’s an important tidbit of information to keep in mind as I write about the Van Gogh Museum. If you ask someone where the "Van Go" museum is, they won’t know what the heck you’re talking about. In Dutch, Gogh is pronounced, with full on throat throttle and spit, as "Gagcht." Their pronounciation will kind of make you want to say "bless you."The entrance is a short walk from the also-famous Rijksmuseum, past the tourist photo op at the big IAMSTERDAM sign and several food and souvenir stands on the Paulus Potterstraat. The lines seemed to move quickly to pay the steep 15 Euro pp entrance fee, which included the "Colors of the Night" display (which disappointed since the most famous "Starry Night" isn’t among that collection.)There are three floors of artwork, after you check your bags and go through security. The first floor is a Van Gogh history, and the only works I was familiar with were the painting of the yellow sunflowers and his self-portrait. The others, especially the early ones, were way to dark and dingy for my taste. But hey, the man cut off his ear, so what do I know from art?I never made it to the second floor, I was so bored from the first one. Now, again, had this been impressionist art, like the Musee D’Orsay in Paris, I probably would’ve been more interested. This was not my cup of tea. So, if you’re a fan of Van Gogh, visit this museum, which features more than 200 pieces of his work. If not, save your Euro and buy a snack outside.
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