Friday, June 13, 2008

A Little Teaser

Today's online New York Times provides a teaser-article about the upcoming MOMA/VGM exhibition "Colors of the Night." Curator Joachim Pissarro says the show includes about 40 works: paintings, drawings, letters, and books van Gogh owned that illustrate his fascination with the theme of "night." The article mentions a few of the paintings which will be shown--"Starry Night," of course, plus Yale's "Night Café," "The Potato Eaters" from the VGM (what a coup!), "Gauguin's Chair" and the "Sower" also from the VGM, "Landscape with Wheat Sheaves and Rising Moon" from the Kröller-Müller Museum, and--be still my beating heart, for I love love LOVE this painting and never tire of seeing it--"Starry Night over the Rhône" from the Musée d'Orsay. We can add to this teaser-list some paintings listed on the Kröller-Müller Museum website as going out on loan for the show: the Dutch-period "Woman with a Broom" and "Head of a Woman," "Lane of Poplars at Sunset," and their summer 1888 "Sower." The KMM's gorgeous "Country Road in Provence by Night" is, alas, only going to the Van Gogh Museum version of the exhibition. I guess the KMM's famous "Café Terrace at Night" is not in the show, which seems a striking omission to me. Oh well, I rode a bike through a national park to see that painting last year!

"Colors of the Night" opens in New York on September 21st and runs through January 5th before heading to Amsterdam. I'm so there.

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