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Last update on February 17, 2020
Written by Culture Tourist

This year has been dedicated to the famous Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, celebrating 125 years of inspiration since his death.

This year the Netherlands is celebrating one of its most prominent artists, Vincent van Gogh, who died exactly 125 years ago. As one of the founders of modern art and a forerunner to 20th-century Expressionism painters, Van Gogh was one of the most brilliant art geniuses of his time.

In order to honor this famous Dutch painter, Van Gogh Europe Foundation has prepared a special program in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. Museums, institutions and other organisations have prepared a range of events related to Van Gogh’s life and work.

A lot of the events are organised especially for this year, but many institutions that were already dedicated to Van Gogh’s work have also marked their programs with exhibitions on the life and art of this famous painter to appeal to a wider audience.

Van Gogh in the Netherlands

A special route and most of events are organised in his homeland, the province of Brabant in the Netherlands. Below is a list of some of the top events that can be seen through this year.

Tracing the footsteps of Van Gogh in Brabant

Van Gogh’s house (Zundert)

It is here where everything started in 1853. A house where Van Gogh was born is situated in the town of Zundert. It is now transformed into a museum that displays a presentation of his life and work. Other works from contemporary artists that were inspired by Vincent can also been seen in the Vincent Van Gogh Huis.

Van Gogh’s art room (Tilburg)

Young Van Gogh attended school in Tilburg. Here is the reconstructed classroom where he received his first drawing lesson. Visitors can practice drawing in a digital art room. Children’s drawing lessons, under the leadership of an artist, are organised here every Sunday. See the website for Vincent’s tekenlokaal.

Van Gogh’s church (Etten-Leur)

When Vincent decided to became an artist, he returned to his parents’ house in Etten. Accordingly, an early period of his work is illustrated in The Vincent van Gogh Information Center situated in this town.

Van Gogh’s village (Neunen)

The whole town of Neunen is an outdoor museum with 21 sites that are in close connection with Van Gogh’s life. Visitors can walk by the paths on which Van Gogh once walked and listen to the narratives written by his contemporaries. The outdoor museum contains 17 columns that are standing on the sites from which Vincent took sketches for some of his paintings. This is a nice opportunity for visitors to have a look at places that inspired his artworks.

Het Noordbrabants Museum (‘s-Hertogenbosch)

In this museum in the lovely town of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, an admirable collection of Van Gogh’s paintings can be seen. This is actually the only place in the Brabant province where his paintings are displayed.

The Van Gogh Rossegaarde cycle path (Eindhoven)

The bicycle path in Eindhoven is inspired by Vincent’s famous painting The Starry Night. It is composed of lights and colours – trace the path at night to see ‘glowing’ effects – and is open to the public.

Van Gogh in the Netherlands

There are some interesting sites and events organised outside the Brabant as well.

Kröller-Müller Museum (Otterlo)

Among a rich collection of 19th and 20th century paintings, this museum has the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world. At the temporary exhibition ‘Van Gogh & Co: Criss-crossing the collection’ (25 April–27 September 2015), you can see works of Van Gogh, as well as works from his predecessors, contemporaries and followers. The exhibition is formed into four sections by the genres of the exhibited works: the human figure (and self-portraits), nature, village- and cityscapes and still life.

Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam)

The largest collection of Vincent’s drawings, paintings and letters is presented in this museum year-round. The exhibition ‘Munch: Van Gogh’ will take place from 25 September 2015 to 17 January 2016, taking a closer look at the similarities between the two artists. Many of Amsterdam’s cultural institutions will prepare programs related to this exhibition.

A lot of other organisations have also prepared programs in honor of the famous Dutch painter. His paintings have been an inspiration for some flower decorations in the Keukenhof garden, the Tuinen van Appeltern, and the flower parade in Zundert. He will also be a source of inspiration in theater at Festival Boulevard in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. During the Glow light festival in Eindhoven, works of art inspired by Van Gogh will also been shown.

There will be something for everyone so save a date and join some of the events. You can find more information about the events at the websites of the institutions that participate in the program.