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Van Gogh Moves

Relocation to the Hermitage Amsterdam

On 24 September the Van Gogh Museum closed its building on Museumplein for renovations that would last seven months. A large portion of the museum’s collection was moved to the Hermitage Amsterdam in this period to keep Vincent van Gogh’s life and work accessible to the public. Favourite paintings such as Sunflowers, The Bedroom, Irises, Wheatfield with Crows and The Potato Eaters were displayed there from 29 September 2012 to 25 April 2013, in the presentation Vincent. The Van Gogh Museum in the Hermitage Amsterdam. No less than 75 masterpieces from the collection were moved from Museumplein to the banks of the River Amstel in just five days. The move was a complex undertaking swiftly executed. Planning, security, transport and placement arrangements were tight and meticulous, ensuring that the works could be returned to display as quickly as possible.