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King Willem-Alexander opens exhibition Van Gogh & Japan

A NEW exhibition, Van Gogh & Japan, has been opened at the Von Gogh Museum in Amsterdam by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander. The exhibition, compiled of around 60 works by Van Gogh and a variety of Japanese prints, displays the great esteem in which Van Gogh held the art and artists of Japan and, in turn, the way in which their work influenced and changed his own.

King Willem-Alexander opens Van Gogh Exhibition His Majesty King Willem-Alexander opens the exhibition in the presence of  the Minister of Education, Culture and Science Ingrid van Engelshoven, the Director of the Van Gogh Museum Axel Rüger, the Japanese Ambassador his Excellency Hiroshi Inomata and the Acting Mayor of Amsterdam Jozias van Aartsen.

To facilitate the exhibition, several pieces are on loan from museums and private collections from all over the world, including the historical appearance of Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889, The Courtauld Gallery, London) which has not been in the Netherlands since 1930. Some of Van Gogh’s most revered pieces such as Self-Portrait, 1888 (Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA), shall also be featured. This event is set to be the largest exhibition ever on the chosen theme.


King Willem-Alexander opens Van Gogh ExhibitionKing Willem-Alexander admires the painting The Arlésienne (Marie Ginoux) (1888, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), together with director Axel Rüger and senior researcher Louis van Tilborgh of the Van Gogh Museum.

After opening the exhibition in the traditional way (cutting a ribbon with rosettes), King Willem-Alexander explored the exhibition and attended an informal reception.

by Daisy Sewell 

The Van Gogh & Japan exhibition is now open at the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam and will run until June 24, 2018.

Kröller-Müller Museum Shows Early Drawings By Van Gogh

THE Kröller-Müller Museum presents a rare opportunity to see early drawings by Vincent Van Gogh later this month. The exhibition, entitled The early Van Gogh “work against indifference”, is curated by  Auke van der Woud  highlights work from the Kröller-Müller’s extensive collection, the second largest in the world. Seldom exhibited on account of their sensitivity to light, the drawings on display depict the fringes of late nineteenth century society and convey much about the artists’ regard for working class people.

Van Gogh, drawing, art, Kröller-Müller Museum Vincent Van Gogh, Peasant woman gleaning, July – August 1885, black crayon, grey washed, white opaque
watercolour, traces of fixative, on wove paper, 52.2 x 43.2 cm © Kröller-Müller Museum

Accompanying the drawings in the gallery, which is near Amsterdam, are Van Gogh’s comments from his personal letters which reveal a fascinating insight into his tenacious approach to artistic practice, “I say it again – work against indifference – perseverance isn’t easy – but things that are easy mean little.”

 Vincent Van Gogh, Carpenter’s yard and laundry, late May 1882, pencil, black crayon, pen and brush in black ink, brown wash, opaque watercolour, scratched, traces of squaring, on laid paper, 28.6 x 46.8 cm © Kröller-Müller Museum

Although influenced by the work of  Breton and Millet, Van Gogh depicted the drudgery of rural life rather than a romanticised version of it. In a letter to his brother Theo, he describes his studies of tree roots wrenched from the earth as a symbol of “life’s struggle”.  In his figurative drawings, peasants shoulder the hardship of relentless labouring, either digging, gleaning or bent double under sacks of coal, they press on in all weathers. Van Gogh sensed truthfulness in their weathered faces, a quality he regarded more desirable than beauty.

Describing his model and mistress, Sien, he noted, “I find in her exactly what I want: her life has been rough, and sorrow and adversity have put their marks upon her – now I can do something with her.”

 Vincent Van Gogh,  Tree roots in a sandy ground (‘Les rancines’), April – May 1882, pencil, black crayon, pencil in ink, brown and grey washed opaque watercolour, on watercolour paper, 51.5 x 70.7 cm  © Kröller-Müller Museum

by Miranda Charalambous


The early Van Gogh: “work against indifference” opens from September 24, 2016 until April 9, 2017 at the Kröller-Müller Museum, Houtkampweg 6, 6731 AW Otterlo, The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)318 591 241
Front page image: Vincent Van Gogh, Peasant woman gleaning, July – August 1885, black crayon, grey washed, white opaque watercolour, traces of fixative, on wove paper, 52.2 x 43.2 cm © Kröller-Müller Museum

The Unseen Festival, Amsterdam Announces Programme Of Events

THE Unseen Photo Fair  opens later this month during the Unseen Festival in the historic district of Spaarndammerbuurt, Amsterdam. Now in its fifth year, this unique and much anticipated event, will display cutting-edge work from more than 150 emerging and established artists from across the world and offers the chance for both professionals and enthusiasts alike to discover the latest advancements in contemporary photography. The fair is housed at the distinctive Gashoulder in the Westergasfabriek venue in the city.

The Unseen Photo Fair and Festival will also exhibit new work by international photographers, Thomas AlbdorfLaurianne Bixhain, Felicity Hammond, Miren Pastor and Tereza Zelenkova – finalists of the ING Unseen Talent Award. In addition, an extensive programme of lectures and debates will be available and access to an array of up-to-the-minute publications from the event’s exclusive book market.

600x400-dogDog Cemetry, 2015, Tereza Zelenkova, silver gelatin print on fibre based paper, 2015 © Lowres

Highlights of the fair include Making Memeries, an augmented reality project created by Bruno Crechel whereby visitors can design their own physical reality. By downloading a free app, visitors can digitally interact with imagery designed by artist Lucas Blalock on eight moveable panels. The project opens up boundless possibilities for image sharing but causes us to reflect on the challenges facing today’s contemporary photographers.

At Unseen’s new temporary studio, inside the Westergasfabriek, visitors will be invited to have their portraits taken by emerging talent from the African continent. This project forms part of a radical new project by African artists to explore their heritage of portraiture in an unusual and alternative way.

In fact, nothing is conventional at Unseen, including the process of buying. For those with a penchant for fairground attractions, try your hand at Clare Strand’s hoopla stall, you might win some original artwork.

600x400-green Untitled (00-16), 2016 © Fumi Ishino

by Miranda Charalambous

The Unseen Photo Fair opens from September 23–25 in the Westergasfabriek and takes place during the Unseen Festival in the district of Spaarndammerbuurt September 16–25 2016 in Amsterdam, PO Box 15650, 1001 ND Amsterdam

Tel: +31 (0)6 46 10 98 68
Front page image: Big Couple Green & Blue, 2015 © Pierre Christophe Gam