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Van Gogh in the Hermitage Amsterdam

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The Van Gogh Museum’s temporary accommodation in the Hermitage Amsterdam, during its closure for renovation from September 2012 to May 2013, offered a unique opportunity to explore Van Gogh’s works in an entirely new way. The presentation Vincent. The Van Gogh Museum in the Hermitage Amsterdam displayed the artist’s intriguing quest to develop his talent. Seventy-five major paintings, a selection of letters, works on paper and objects from the Van Gogh Museum’s collection were used to show how the largely self-taught Vincent evolved from a hesitant beginner into a true artist. The Sunflowers glowed in a place of honour from which it could be immediately seen by visitors entering the presentation, while The Bedroom, Almond Blossom, The Potato Eaters and The Yellow House surprised even experts with their fresh appearance on the colourful walls. The paintings and drawings were not displayed in chronological order, but arranged according to themes in Van Gogh’s development. This configuration allowed visitors to explore his artistic journey from a new perspective in these different surroundings.

The presentation of the Van Gogh collection in the Hermitage Amsterdam ran from 29 September 2012 to 25 April 2013 and received rave reviews. This collaboration with the Hermitage Amsterdam enabled the Van Gogh Museum to keep its collection open to the public in Amsterdam. Interest in the presentation was huge, for no less than 311,334 art lovers visited Vincent. The Van Gogh Museum in the Hermitage Amsterdam.