His Majesty King Willem-Alexander today opened the exhibition Van Gogh & Japan at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The exhibition can be seen by the public from Friday 23 March.

Majesty King Willem-Alexander van gogh museum exhibition
His Majesty King Willem-Alexander opens the exhibition in the presence of the Minister of Education, Culture and Science Ingrid van Engelshoven, the Director of the Van Gogh Museum Axel Rüger, the Japanese Ambassador his Excellency Hiroshi Inomata and the Acting Mayor of Amsterdam Jozias van Aartsen.

King Willem-Alexander opens exhibition ‘Van Gogh & Japan’

Exhibition in the Van Gogh Museum: 23 March – 24 June 2018

The major new international exhibition Van Gogh & Japan, which includes around 60 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, together with a rich selection of Japanese prints, highlights the artist’s all-embracing admiration for Japanese art and how fundamentally his work changed in response to it.

Exceptional loans from museums and private collections all over the world have been brought to Amsterdam, including Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889, The Courtauld Gallery, London) – a painting that has not been seen in the Netherlands since 1930. Other highlights include Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait, 1888 (Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA), Portrait of Madame Roulin (La Berceuse), 1889 (The Art Institute of Chicago), Undergrowth with Two Figures, 1890 (Cincinnati Art Museum), La Crau with Peach Trees in Blossom, 1889 (The Courtauld Gallery, London) and L’Arlésienne (Madame Ginoux with Books), 1888 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). This is the first time that an exhibition on such a scale has been organized on this theme.

King Willem-Alexander © Jan-Kees Steenman van gogh museum
King Willem-Alexander admires the painting The Arlésienne (Marie Ginoux) (1888, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), together with director Axel Rüger and senior researcher Louis van Tilborgh of the Van Gogh Museum.© Jan-Kees Steenman

Having performed a traditional Japanese opening ceremony (cutting a ribbon with rosettes), King Willem-Alexander toured Van Gogh & Japan, before attending an informal reception. The exhibition runs until 24 June 2018.

Van Gogh & Japan – Trailer

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