It will be exactly 125 years since the artist died on 29th July 2015, so more than 30 institutions across Europe are organising an international program in his memory. The artist continues to inspire people around the world today with his post-impressionist artworks, which include self-portraits, landscapes, still lifes and flowers. He is also famous for cutting off his own ear during a struggle with mental illness, although this has since been rumoured to have been a cover up story for an argument in which it was severed with a sword.
Van Gogh Year: 125 Years of Inspiration
The majority of the celebrations will be taking place in the Netherlands, as this was where the artist originated from, and is a fitting place to acknowledge his heritage. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is due to host a combined exhibition called ‘Munch: Van Gogh’, which will explore the essence of both artists’ ambitions and the development in their style. However, there will also be events and exhibitions scheduled by the Van Gogh Foundation in Belgium, France and England, which also have strong connections with the Dutch artist.
Those in Paris on river cruises in France can visit the permanent exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, which includes 24 of his original artworks, such as Starry Night, and is the largest collection outside of the Netherlands. France is in fact where Van Gogh died in 1890, in the Auvers-sur-Oise commune, which is currently remembering the painter with a cultural season named ‘In the footsteps of Van Gogh’. There will also be a performance based on the letters sent between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh running until 4th April at Théâtre Ciné 13.
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