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|Van Gogh Museum|
Museum as seen from the Museumplein
|Curator||Sjraar van Heugten|
|Public transit access|
The Van Gogh Museum (Dutch pronunciation: ) is an art museum in Amsterdam in the Netherlands dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries. It is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South, close to the Stedelijk Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Concertgebouw.
The museum is founded in 1973 and located in a building designed by Gerrit Rietveld. The museum's collection is the largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings in the world. In 2012, the museum had an estimated 1,475,800 visitors, which makes it the most visited museum in the Netherlands and the 31st most visited art museum worldwide.
Upon Vincent van Gogh's death in 1890, his work not sold fell into the possession of his brother Theo. Theo died six months after Vincent, leaving the work in the possession of his widow, Johanna van Gogh-Bonger. Selling many of Vincent's paintings with the ambition of spreading knowledge of his artwork, Johanna maintained a private collection of his works.
The collection was inherited by her son Vincent Willem van Gogh in 1925, eventually loaned to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam where it displayed for many years, and was transferred to the state-initiated Vincent van Gogh Foundation in 1962.
Design for a Van Gogh Museum was commissioned by the Dutch government in 1963 to Dutch architect and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld. Rietveld died a year later, and the building was not completed until 1973, when the museum opened its doors.
In 1991, twenty paintings were stolen from the museum, among them Van Gogh's early painting The Potato Eaters. Although the thieves escaped from the building, 35 minutes later all stolen paintings were recovered from an abandoned car. Three paintings – Wheatfield with Crows, Still Life with Bible, and Still Life with Fruit – were severely torn during the theft. Four men, including two museum guards, were convicted for the theft to six or seven-year sentences. It is considered to be the largest art theft in the Netherlands since the Second World War.
In 2002, two paintings were stolen from the museum, Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen and View of the Sea at Scheveningen. Two Dutchmen were convicted for the theft to four-and-a-half-year sentences, but the paintings were never recovered. The museum has offered a reward of €100,000 for information that leads to the recovery of the paintings. The FBI Art Crime Team has listed the robbery on their Top Ten Art Crimes list, and estimates the combined value of the paintings at 30 million US dollars.
The Rietveld building is the main structure of the museum and exhibits the permanent collection. The building has a rectangular floor plan and is four stories high. On the ground floor are a shop, a café, and the introductory part of the art exhibition. The first floor shows the works of Van Gogh grouped chronologically. The second floor gives information about the restoration of paintings and has a space for minor temporary exhibitions. The third floor shows paintings of Van Gogh's contemporaries in relationship to the work of Van Gogh himself.
The Kurokawa wing is used for major temporary exhibitions. The building has an oval floor plan and is three stories high. The entrance to the Kurokawa wing is via an underground tunnel from the Rietveld building.
The museum offices are housed on Stadhouderskade 55 in Amsterdam-Zuid.
The museum had 1,429,854 visitors in 2010, 1,600,300 visitors in 2011, and 1,475,800 visitors in 2012, which makes it the most visited museum in the Netherlands (2010–2012) and the 31st most visited art museum in the world (2012).
Works by Vincent van Gogh
The Van Gogh Museum has the largest Van Gogh collection in the world, it comprises 200 paintings, 400 drawings, and 700 letters by Vincent van Gogh.
The main exhibition chronicles the various phases of Van Gogh's artistic life.
His selected works from Nuenen (1880–1885):
His selected works from Antwerp (1886):
His selected works from Paris (1886–1888):
- Agostina Segatori Sitting in the Café du Tambourin (1887)
- Wheat Field with a Lark (1887)
- View of Paris from Vincent's Room in the Rue Lepic (1887)
His selected works from Arles (1888–1889):
His selected works from Saint-Rémy (1889–1890):
- Almond Blossoms (1890)
And his selected works from Auvers-sur-Oise (1890):
- Wheatfield with Crows (1890)
The permanent collection also includes nine of the artist's self-portraits and some of his earliest paintings dating back to 1882.
Works by his contemporaries
The museum also features notable art works by Van Gogh's contemporaries in the Impressionist and post-Impressionist movements and holds extensive exhibitions on various subjects from 19th Century art history.
The museum has sculptures by Auguste Rodin and Jules Dalou, and paintings by Émile Bernard, Maurice Denis, Kees van Dongen, Paul Gauguin, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Odilon Redon, Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
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