Van Gogh Museum: Preview of exhibitions in 2018

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February 21, 2017

Van Gogh Museum: Preview of exhibitions in 2018

The exhibition Van Gogh & Japan will be available to visitors from 23 March 2018 – 24 June 2018 at the Van Gogh Museum

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The exhibition Van Gogh & Japan will be available to visitors from 23 March 2018 – 24 June 2018 at the Van Gogh Museum

  • Japanese art that influenced Van Gogh
  • Demonstration of how Van Gogh bent Japanese examples to his will
  • Available from the 23rd of March 2018 after display in Tokyo and Kyoto

Van Gogh & Japan

23 March – 24 June 2018

Van Gogh & Japan will shed light on the influence exerted by Japanese art on Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh created his own image of Japan by studying and reading about Japanese art, collecting and copying prints, and discussing their aesthetic qualities with other artists. His encounter with Japanese prints helped him to give his work a new direction. 

The exhibition will demonstrate, step by step, how Van Gogh bent the Japanese example to his will. In this way he defined himself as a modern artist and positioned himself opposite such artists as Emile Bernard and Paul Gauguin. The size, nature and importance of Van Gogh’s own collection of Japanese prints will be explored in detail, as will the role played by his prints in the renewal of his own idiom. 

The exhibition Van Gogh & Japan opens on 26 August 2017 in the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo, after which it will travel to Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum) and Kyoto (The National Museum of Modern Art). The show will open in Amsterdam on 23 March 2018