Every Friday night the Van Gogh museum is open till 22.00. The bar is open, there are video projections, there is a dj. Check out the programme to find an interesting workshop, free tours, musical performances and other surprising acts.
Every first Sunday of the month at 14.00, researchers and curators lecture on the art on display at the museum and present new findings. The lectures are free of charge for museum visitors. Check the programme for presentations in English of your interest.
Usually there are long lines (moren than one hour!) to get into the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum, so it’s better to buy Van Gogh Museum tickets online.
1. Vincent van Gogh was not from Amsterdam
Though the museum about the painter Vincent van Gogh is located in Amsterdam, Vincent was not born in Amsterdam. He was born in the South of The Netherlands, near the Belgian border. He lived in Amsterdam about one year, from 1877 till 1878. When he was 24 years old he wrote his brother about his stay here: “It’s a beautiful city here. I wish I could show you all kinds of things”.
2. Vincent van Gogh was not famous during his life
Though Van Gogh is now considered on of the most important painters of the 19th century, during his life, he was not very successful. Vincent van Gogh only ever sold one painting.
3. Van Gogh was ‘crazy’
Most of his work, some 800 paintings, Van Gogh made during a period of 10 years. Then he fell ill. He suffered from a mental illness.
4. Van Gogh was basically an asshole
According to the latest biography on Van Gogh, by Americans Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, Vincent was a fanatic who didn’t have any friends. He was egocentric, rude, ungrateful, moody and just a general pain in the ass.
5. His only friend was his brother
We know quite a lot from Vincent’s life because he wrote lots of letters to friends and family. He was very close to his younger brother, Theo. Vincent wrote around 400 letters to Theo.
6. Colours and light of the countryside
Most Van Gogh paintings portray the simple life at the farm and the colours and light of the country side: landscapes, wheat fields, cypresses, sunflowers. Also, he made many portraits and self-portraits.
7. Van Gogh lived mostly in France
When he was 33, Van Gogh moved to Antwerp and then to Paris. One year later he moved to the South of France to the village of Arles. Here, he created many of his masterpieces.
8. Fight with Gauguin
French painter Gauguin came to visit Van Gogh in Arles. But that didn’t go well. They both fell in love with the same woman, a bartender at the local pub. Van Gogh and Gauguin had a fight, a knife was involved and Van Gogh lost a piece of his earlobe during the struggle.
9. Van Gogh was shot by schoolboys
According to writers of the latest book about Van Gogh, the artist didn’t commit suicide, but he was shot by some local schoolboys by accident.
10. Dutch pronunciation of ‘Van Gough’
In Dutch, Van Gogh is pronounced with a hard, throat-sounded ‘g’. Dutch people will look at you in a strange way if you ask the way to the ‘Van Gough Museum’.