on October 1, 2009
It took us about five tries to learn how to say Van Gogh the way the Dutch pronounce it. But however it’s said, it was a really informative visit. The museum contains the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the world. The displays are organized to provide an opportunity to track Van Gogh's developments as an artist by organizing his work both chronologically and comparing his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century to show how those artists influenced Van Gogh. The museum also offers exhibitions on various subjects from 19-th century art history. The Van Gogh Museum is situated in the Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter, between the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum, the contemporary art museum. Both the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum are undergoing renovations so the area is a bit of a construction zone. We almost missed the entrance to the Van Gogh Museum, which is up a set of stairs a bit behind a large grey wall of this more modern structure. The one thing which signaled the entrance was the long line of people who were queuing to buy tickets. Luckily, we had bought ours in advance and walked straight into the museumRight now, as the Stedelijk Museum is under renovation, scheduled to reopen in spring 2010, a large part of that collection is in the new wing of the Van Gogh Museum. It has one of the richest modern art collections in the world. Along with all big names of modern painting movements, Impressionists, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, it has a unique collection of Dutch artists, Casimir Malevich, De Stijl and the Cobra movement, a superb Dutch photography collection, and a very good collection of design and furniture. As well, there are pieces since 1950, such as works of Matisse, Picasso, Newman, Rauschenberg, and Warhol. So for the price of one ticket, you get to see two museum’s collections!
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