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.
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 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.