Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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    Van Gogh Museum

    by codrutz Updated Aug 17, 2004

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    Unfortunately I did not photograph the actual building of the Van Gogh Museum to show it to you, but let me tell you the building it's no interest itself, but of course the masterpieces inside.

    For the details lovers: The building itself is in glass and raw cement, it's a modern building, built by Gery Rietveld to house Van Gogh's paintings.

    The museum was opened in 1973 and contains the largest, most important collection of Van Gogh's work. By all means don't skip visiting this museum!! It contains 200 of Van Gogh's paintings, 500 of his drawings and 700 letters written by him. The museum is structured on four floors, divinding in galleries the periods of his life.

    For art lovers visiting the Van Gogh Museum can (and must) take a whole day long, in order to say you really understood his life and his original work. I like Van Gogh's style because it is original and it makes paintings look so good. Not many had adventured to copy his style, and for that one can spot a Van Gogh from the start.

    My favourite Van Gogh's work is Almond Blossom (1890) with its special blue background.

    Admission prices:
    Adults: € 9
    13-17: € 2,50
    0-12: free
    Dutch Museumcard: free
    Dutch Railways pass or Rabobank Europass: € 4,50,-
    There is no special rate for groups or students.

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    The world's largest collection from Vincent

    by csordila Updated Mar 12, 2012

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    Trivial statement, that only a hairbreadth separates the genius from the madman sometimes. All this is especially valid for one of the trailblazers of the modern European painting, Vincent Van Gogh. The exceptionally characteristic mode of expression, the richness of the picturesque solutions, which we may admire in his single works, may be measurable only to Rembrandt.

    Nowhere in the world is there a larger collection of works by the Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh than in the elegant Amsterdam museum that bears his name.
    In the world largest collection - more than 200 paintings, 437 drawings and 31 prints - you may track the path of life of the painter genius. The collection is housed in two buildings: the main building, which opened in 1973, and the exhibition wing, designed by Kisho Kurokawa and opened in 1999.

    The exhibition is organised chronologically into five periods: The Netherlands, Paris, Arles, Saint-Remy and Auvers-sur-Oise.
    The museum delights the visitors also with other interesting exhibitions being attached to 19th century art history. You may compare his works with the works of other artists of 19th century. Vincent life and his art is equivalent to the romantic artist myth, the roots of which date back to the Renaissance, and crystalized finally just in the 19th century in its significant form being effective until today.

    The works of the artist who lived in constant poverty now fetch record prices. The oil on canvas Portrait of Dr. Gachet is among the ten most expensive works of art in the world. It was sold for USD 82.5 million in 1990, and Vincent sold only one painting, the Red Vineyard, during his lifetime.

    Your visit in Amsterdam would not be perfect without Vincent and in the Museum shop you can buy some fine art prints. The I Amsterdam Card gives you free entry, and a shorter line to get in.
    New!! From Degas at the Musée d'Orsay to Kandinsky at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, new art exhibits are already heralding the start of spring. And what better way to fuel an art-inspired escape than by
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    Friday evening the Museum stays open until 22.00 with special events.
    Opening times & admission fees: http://www3.vangoghmuseum.nl/vgm/index.jsp?page=194&lang=en
    WebMuseumVincent http://www.vangoghgallery.com/

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    It's fun to go to the van Gogh Museum

    by Aunt_Bertha Updated Jan 4, 2012

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    I'm a big fan of van Gogh's art, especially his later psychedelic works. So visiting the van Gogh Museum was a must. I was not disappointed! The museum is fairly big, yet not too large, so if you don't have time for the Rijksmuseum (National Museum) and enjoy psychedelic paintings, this is the place to go. It's also the place to go if you want to visit the van Gogh and the Rijksmuseum because they're both conveniently located at Museumplein (Museum Square), which, in addition to be surrounded by museums, is a nice and relaxing park for people watching or eating a picnic lunch. Be sure to have your photo taken at the "I AMSTERDAM" sign or take photos of others climbing around on it. That's is almost as fun as visiting the van Gogh Museum.

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    From a novice to a master.

    by breughel Updated Jan 23, 2014

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    No doubt this museum has the largest Van Gogh collection (200 paintings) but… - here I might sound somewhat iconoclast - the dark paintings of his early period in Den Haag or Drenthe are not necessarily his highlights. Not everybody has to be fond of his potato subjects.

    It is clearly written in the welcome leaflet of the museum: "His evolution from an inept but impassioned novice into a truly original master…" and "as a painter, he was largely self-taught."

    This is evident from this chronological exhibition. Van Gogh experimented a lot and his experiments were not necessarily successful.
    His art improved when Vincent reached Paris and assimilated the style of the Impressionist trend.
    It appears that the talent of Van Gogh developed in the same proportion as the intensity of the sunlight. The summit is reached under the sun of the Provence.
    The highlights of this Van Gogh collection are therefore to be found in the works of Arles (1888-89), Saint-Rémy de Provence (1889-90) and Auvers-sur-Oise where he committed suicide in July 1890.
    Among the best works here on display are the "Yellow House", "The Bedroom", the 3 orchard paintings and my favoured ones "The Irises" and the quiet and peaceful landscape "The Harvest".
    Impressive and disturbing is that extraordinary "Wheatfield with Crows" painted shortly before his dead.

    On the third floor are a good number of French impressionists among which Monet and Pissarro.

    There are often queues and crowds at this museum which is on the list of group visits. There are separate fast lanes for e-tickets and museum cards.
    As this was my second visit I arrived around 17 h. when there was no queue anymore and I rushed through the early period of van Gogh to concentrate on the best paintings from the Provence period.

    Museum open: daily 9.00 to 18.00 (in winter 9 - 17 h), Friday 9.00 to 22.00 h.
    Admission fees (2014):
    Adults: € 15
    0-17 years: free
    Tickets can be ordered online.

    For photos read this:
    "5.1.g. g. not make any photographs or record any video footage if this involve the use of lamps, flash equipment and/or tripod without prior written consent from the Van Gogh Museum. Photography for personal use is not allowed, except in designated areas. "

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    Van Gogh Museum

    by Rachael71 Written Aug 12, 2004

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    During our short trip we only had time for one art gallery and decided this was the one for us. There's a massive range of Van Gogh's work, from the most famous paintings (yes, there are sunflowers here!) to lesser-known works. It's fascinating to watch his style of work develop, and to see the huge range of subject matter that he painted. We spent over two hours in the museum (there was also a special Manet exhibition), but we did take our time to see everything - many people appeared to be dashing in to see the major works, and then out again, almost as if they were ticking things off on a list!

    You can hire an audio tour to take you round the gallery, but we didn't take this - we felt that the museum provided plenty of information on the walls by the paintings anyway, and didn't feel we were missing out (the audio tour is a major frustration with this museum, as some of the paintings are crowded by people with headphones, so it can be difficult to go at your own pace).

    Tickets can be pre-booked at the VVV, which means you avoid queuing. The Canal-Bus also offers a 'multi' ticket, which gives you a discount of around 6 euros on your ticket - and again no queuing. Otherwise, get there as it opens. Credit cards are accepted for a minumum of 25 euros.

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  • "...paint your palette blue and grey.."

    by Mariajoy Updated Feb 9, 2006

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    If you only visit one art gallery on your visit to Amsterdam... it has to be this one, a gallery dedictated to Van Gogh... There will be hundreds of others around you but you can just lose yourself in the paintings... it's amazing.

    From "Vincent" by Don McClean

    Now I understand what you tried to say to me
    How you suffered for your sanity
    How you tried to set them free
    They would not listen, they did not know how
    Perhaps, they'll listen now

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    Van Gogh Museum

    by JetlagCity Updated Jun 12, 2004

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    The Van Gogh Museum is a "Must See", although it was overcrowded, which made it not as enjoyable as it might have been. Still, I couldn't not go! Van Gogh's paintings are one floor up from the ground floor. They include the famous "Vase with Sunflowers", "The Potato Eaters", and "The Bedroom at Arles", among numerous others. There are three paintings he did in a Japanese style, which was a surprise to me.

    There are also temporary exhibits one floor below ground level, and I was lucky enough to catch the last day of a Dante Gabriel Rossetti show when I was there.
    The gal at the infomation desk was really helpful in telling us how the tram system worked, too.

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    by zuriga Updated Mar 17, 2005

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    Over 200 paintings and 500 drawings are on exhibition in this modern, sleek museum. Many of the world's favorites are here, and these are easily seen in combination with a trip to the now only partially open Rijksmuseum next door. A nice shop is out on the Museumplein.. also one in the museum itself. And Van Gogh never sold one painting during his lifetime... I wonder what he'd say now about what happened afterwards.

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    Reopening of the Van Gogh Museum.

    by breughel Updated Apr 16, 2013

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    Vincent Van Gogh.

    The complete Van Gogh collection (part of which is visible at the Amsterdam Hermitage museum until 25/04/2013) will be again visible at the usual address on the Museumplein.
    On this occasion a special exhibition called "Van Gogh aan het werk - Van Gogh at work" will be visible from 1 May 2013 until 12 January 2014.

    Hereafter the announcement of the museum:
    "Once refurbishment of the Van Gogh Museum has been completed, many of Van Gogh's outstanding works will be brought together in a special exhibition, to mark the conclusion of eight years’ research into the artist’s methods and the 160th anniversary of his birth. So this momentous anniversary show will provide an exceptionally fine overview of Van Gogh’s multi-faceted oeuvre."

    As nothing is said from 26/04 till 1/05 I suppose that those days the works will not be visible because of their transfer from the Hermitage to the Museumplein.

    Furthermore a symposium on "Van Gogh’s Studio Practice" is announced on 24-26 June 2013.
    "From May 2013 to January 2014 the Van Gogh Museum, in close collaboration with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and Shell, will present the results of an innovative and interdisciplinary research on Van Gogh’s working methods in the context of his time to a larger public."

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    Loved It!

    by Donna_in_India Updated May 15, 2009

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    The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Van Gogh in the world including three of my favorites, Sunflowers, Irises, and Bedroom in Arles. The paintings were set up in chronological order and it was interesting to note that as Van Gogh’s mental illness worsened his paintings seemed to get darker but then there were little periods where he produced colorful, happy pictures such as Sunflowers in between.

    I also enjoyed his self portraits, although he looked like a very old man even in his thirties. Sadly he died young of a self inflicted gun shot. Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists and I enjoyed this museum even more than the Riksmuseum (which is in short walking distance from the Van Gogh museum). A must-see in Amsterdam!

    The museum also has special exhibitions. Check the website for further info. Tickets available online. I recommend getting the audio guide. Within walking distance of Rijksmuseum.

    Hours 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (10:00 p.m. on Fridays).

    Admission Prices

    Adults: € 12.50
    13 to 17 years: € 2.50
    under 12 years: free

    Audio Tour: The audio for the permanent collection is available in 9 languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Mandarin. The cost of an audio tour is € 4.

    All visitor information was correct as of this writing.

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    The Van Gogh Museum

    by lamentforicarus Updated Feb 13, 2005

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    The Van Gogh museum, located on the Museumplein, houses perhaps the most impressive concentration of the famous impressionist's works in the world. In a modern and spacious building, Van Gogh's works, as well as the works of many other impressionist painters who inspired him, fill three floors. The museum creates a timeline of the painter's works, facilitating visitors first through a gallery of his Netherlands art, then through Paris, Arles, Saint-Remy, and Auvers-sur-Oise exhibits. Inscribes on the walls of the gallery are passages from many of Vincent's letters to friends and family, forming a chronology of his life and giving insight to his gradual lapse into depression and mental instability. Next to several of his still life works, including the famous Stilleven met bijbel (Still life of Bible) the original Bible can be viewed. At the end of the visit, a vast gift shop offers knickknacks of anything imaginable printed with various works of the famous painter himself.

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  • A MUST for Art Lovers

    by CoAir13 Written Jan 31, 2005

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    This museum houses the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world as well as writings by the tormented artist to his confidante and brother, Theo. Here, you can compare his works to the works of other 19th century artists such as Denis, Chagall, Monet, and Manet!
    No pictures allowed, but I managed to get two before I was caught!!
    Daily 10-6
    Friday 10-10
    Adults 10 EURO
    13-17 2.50 EURO
    to 12 FREE

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    Van Gogh

    by Imaniac Written Jan 10, 2004

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    If you like art, this is the place to be. If you don't like art, I would still recommend you go there. This museum has the widest collection of Van Gogh painting in the world (Hence the name). It also displays paintings and statues of other artists that are close to Van Gogh. For instance Gauguin, who was a close friend of Van Gogh. There are multiple levels in this building. If you walk up the stairs you'll find a whole level completely dedicated to Van Gogh. On other floors you'll also find Van Gogh as well as other artists and a study room.

    You can access the the museum by taking tram number 2 or 5 to Museumplein. It's very close to Leidseplein.

    The museum is opened every day from 10 to 6. Be there before 11 to avoid crowds. Admission is 9 euro for adults.

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    The Van Gogh Museum - the grey doughnut

    by ChrsStrl Written Jul 11, 2004

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    The doughnut

    Standing in a large green recreational space this looks from the outside like a grey doughnut on legs. It claims to have the most complete collection of the artist BUT oddly some of his best-known works are in other galleries worldwide. However, there are a number of paintings in styles which one possibly does not instantly associate with the artist, which show the diversity of his work. I have to say I found it very disappointing as a collection and the architecture is . . . Well there is an internal water feature which runs over yellow sandstone. Think of it - I am sure you get the mental pictue of what it resembles!

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    Van Gogh

    by Boca24 Written May 16, 2004

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    This is an absolute must, even if your not a big art buff. The museum has a nice collection of Van Gogh's work as well as his inspirations and those he inspired. There is nothing seperating you from his work except a red velvet rope, which was nice, it allowed you to really examine this master's work.

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