Van Gogh’s private letters coming to Amsterdam museum

My other half has just come back from seeing an amazing Van Gogh exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel in Switzerland, but rather than feeling too jealous I’ve got my sights set on a new exhibition coming up at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Starting in October, they will be displaying 120 letters from their collection of some 800 which van Gogh wrote, mostly to his younger brother.

Apart from admiring his art tremendously, the character and story of Vincent van Gogh has always fascinated me, so to learn a little more about him through the letters he wrote is pretty appealing. The museum will display the letters next to paintings which he mentions in them, so to read them in context like that should be interesting – and they even say that visitors should get some more insight into his mental illness, as well as other aspects of his life.

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

In fact, many of van Gogh’s letters are already available to read (in translation as well as original, if you’re good at reading 100-year-old Dutch handwriting) on the museum’s website, so if you can’t make it to Amsterdam between 9 October 2009 and 3 January 2010, you won’t miss out entirely. If you get to the museum it’s open daily from 10am to 6pm, and until 10pm on Fridays; entry is a reasonable €12.50.

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