Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
The Van Gogh Museum is an art museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, featuring the works of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries. It has the largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings in the world.
Upon Vincent's death in 1890, his work not sold fell into the possession of his brother Theo. Theo died six months after Vincent, leaving the work in the possession of his widow, Johanna van Gogh-Bonger. Selling many of Vincent's paintings with the ambition of spreading knowledge of his artwork, Johanna maintained a private collection of his works. This collection was inherited by her son Vincent Willem van Gogh in 1925, eventually loaned to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam where it displayed for many years, and was transferred to the state-initiated Vincent van Gogh Foundation in 1962. Rietveld died a year later, and the building was not completed until 1973. An Exhibition Wing was added in 1999 by Japanese modernist Kisho Kurokawa.
The main exhibition chronicles the various phases of Van Gogh's artistic life. The permanent collection includes The Potato Eaters, Bedroom in Arles, The Yellow House, ', nine of the artist's Self-Portraits, and some of his earliest paintings dating back to 1882.
The museum also features notable paintings by Van Gogh's contemporaries in the Impressionist and post-Impressionist movements and holds extensive exhibitions on various subjects from 19th Century art history.
- List of tourist attractions in Amsterdam
- Museum website, vangoghmuseum.nl
- Award winning site of the Van Gogh Gauguin Exhibition 2002, vangoghgauguin.com
- The Vincent van Gogh Gallery, with pictures of all his paintings and drawings, vggallery.com
- Van Gogh Museum - Official Website of the Netherlands, www.holland.com