Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Vincent at the Airport

From 9 April until 7 July, eight van Gogh canvases belonging to the Van Gogh Museum will be presented in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol, a free museum in the Amsterdam airport. The museum is located behind passport control between piers E and F, and is open from 7 am until 8 pm. The display is called "Vincent van Gogh: Nature Close-Up" -- one of the featured canvases is a blossoming almond tree painting from Arles. A museum in the airport: what a great idea!

In-town at the Van Gogh Museum, a new exhibit opens 4 April to celebrate Amsterdam's designation as World Book Capital for 2008. Entitled "Treasures from the Van Gogh Museum Library," this display will present rare 19th-century books from the museum's collection, as well as some of Vincent's letters and artworks related to the theme of reading. The exhibit is intended to highlight advances in art publications during the 19th century and how these impacted artists like van Gogh.

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