Van Gogh in Context

May 31(Tue.) - July 18(Mon., Holiday), 2005

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Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is one of the world's most beloved painters. In the past, more than ten major exhibitions of the artist's work have been held in Japan. This exhibition was realized with special cooperation from the Van Gogh Museum and the Kröller-Müller Museum, both located in Van Gogh's homeland of Holland. From the dark hues of his early naturalistic paintings to the dazzling colors of his later works, visitors will have a chance to trace the constant changes in Van Gogh's paintings over what proved to be a brief career through the outstanding collections of these two museums.
The exhibition also attempts to consider Van Gogh's work not as that of an isolated figure - a "crazy" artist-, but rather to reexamine it as a part of art history. And by looking at the work of artists such as Millet, Cézanne and Monet, who Van Gogh knew and was influenced by, and Japanese ukiyo-e as well as books and magazines of the era that shed light on the environment in which he worked, the exhibition provides a cultural context for Van Gogh's artistic activities. In viewing approximately 30 of the artist's masterpieces, 30 works by the artists he was associated with and 60 related documents, visitors will discover a new Van Gogh, one who differs widely from the familiar legend.


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Vincent van Gogh Self-portrait as an Artist
1888, Paris
Oil on canvas 65.2×50.2 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Vincent van Gogh Café Terrace at Night
1888, Arles
Oil on canvas 80.7×65.3 cm
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

Vincent van Gogh Road with Cypress and Star
1890, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas 90.6×72 cm
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo


Opening Hours

10:00–17:00, Fridays until 19:00
Admission until 30 minutes before closing


Mondays (Except for Monday, July 18)

Admission Fee

Adults 1500 Yen (1200Yen)
University student 1000 Yen (800 Yen)
High school student 600 Yen (400 Yen)

  • * Junior high / Primary school students. Free
  • * ( ) Figures in parentheses indicate discount fees for groups of 20 or more
  • * Those with physical or mental disabilities and their attendants. Free
  • * Including Stephan Balkenhol and Permanent Collection
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