Van Gogh’s sunflowers get a live tribute

Van Gogh’s sunflowers get a live tribute

Five museums all over the world spend Monday evening a joint, live tribute to the various sunflower paintings of Vincent van Gogh. On Facebook take care of them five consecutive livestreams about these famous works. Museum directors and curators tell therein directly over the sunflowers that they have in their own museum, have to hang.

Van Gogh made in 1888 and 1889 a number of versions of his sunflower paintings. They ended up in the National Gallery (London), the Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam), the Neue Pinakothek (Munich), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia) and the Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art (Tokyo).

This art museums, in order mentioned, their sunflowers Monday on the spotlight: from 18.50 pm Dutch time they show one of their zonnebloemprogramma of each fifteen-minute live via their own Facebook page. The official language is English.

There are five minutes between, so that interested parties quietly to the Facebook page of the next museum you can change. It is intended that the programs also later via Facebook to show will continue. Facebook made last week, a virtual ‘gallery’, Sunflowers 360, in which the five versions next to each other in the hall, seems to hang.


“We are extremely proud of this milestone, which perfectly matches the mission of the Van Gogh Museum: the accessibility of the life and work of Vincent van Gogh,” says managing director Axel Rüger of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Willem van Gogh, great-grandson of Vincent’s brother Theo and advisor of the board of the Van Gogh Museum, is also very happy: “Each generation builds a new, highly personal relationship with these works. The virtual gallery, and the stream forms a new way of art lovers, from all corners of the world, young and old, can enjoy these masterpieces. I think this is fantastic!”

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