Loving Vincent is the first painted animated film to be produced based on the work of Van Gogh. Over 125 artists collaborated to bring the artist back to life, using brush strokes that recreate a similar technique to that used by the grandmaster himself. Each frame was painted by hand, with some twelve canvases per second. The makers of the film, Hugh Welchman and Dorota Kobiela of Breakthru Productions, spent four years creating the movie. A preview of the film already received great acclaim on social media last spring.
The Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch will be holding Loving Vincent: the Exhibition between 14 October 2017 and 28 January 2018. The exhibition will provide a unique look behind the scenes of this wonderful animated film. Seventy of the most beautiful paintings produced for the film will be brought to the city. In addition to these exceptional works, further visual material and presentations will show visitors how the paintings were brought to life.
Loving Vincent will premiere on 19 October 2017 in the province of Gelderland. A small selection of the 1,400 works created for the film will be exhibited in Cinemec in Ede, which is close to the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Hoge Veluwe National Park. ‘The works are too good not to show to the visitors who are coming to see the film,’ explains Lies Boelrijk of the Kröller-Müller Museum. The museum, which is set in a peaceful rural landscape, accommodates the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world. It is also home to some of the famous paintings that are brought to life in Loving Vincent, such as 'The Café Terrace at Night', 'The Sower', 'The Bridge at Arles' and ‘Portrait of Joseph Roulin’ - the postman who plays a leading role in the animation.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam will also be celebrating the release of Loving Vincent. The world-renowned museum will roll out the red carpet in October. Just like the Kröller-Müller Museum, the museum will be exhibiting the works that inspired the filmmakers. The Van Gogh Museum attaches great importance to ensuring that Vincent van Gogh's life and work are and remain accessible for young and old alike: ‘Loving Vincent is the culmination of years of dedication and hard work and the Van Gogh Museum has supported the project since 2014. We have drawn on our extensive expertise to provide assistance throughout the research and development phases,’ explains museum director Axel Rüger.