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King Willem-Alexander to open ‘Van Gogh & Japan’ exhibit

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is due to open the ‘Van Gogh & Japan’ exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The opening will take place in the afternoon on Thursday, 22 March.

A press release from the Government Information Service (RVD) said of the exhibit, “The international exhibition ‘Van Gogh & Japan’ shows the great admiration of Vincent van Gogh for Japanese printmaking. He studied the art in detail, he read about it and began collecting the prints. In order to better understand Japanese printmaking, Van Gogh painted the performances. This is how he created his own image of Japan.”

The exhibition will contain close to sixty paintings and drawings by Van Gogh from all over the world, as well as selections of Japanese prints. Some of Van Gogh’s paintings which will be included are the famous Van Gogh self-portrait, The Cradle and The Arlésienne. 

The RVD added that this is the first time “the Van Gogh Museum dedicates an exhibition of this size to this subject.”

It has been created and organised in collaboration with The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Hokkaido Shimbun Press, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art.

After inaugurating and visiting the exhibit through a guided tour, the King will attend an informal gathering.

‘Van Gogh & Japan’ was previously on display in Japan at the  Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo and opened there on 26 August 2017. It was due to go on display at two other Japanese museums: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and The National Museum of Modern Art.

‘Van Gogh & Japan’ will be open from 23 March to 24 June 2018 at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. It is recommended that tickets be bought ahead of time on the museum’s website here.

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