COMING UP: VAN GOGH
Vincent van Gogh is coming to ARKEN in a wide-ranging exhibition about art, man, nature and faith.
1 September 2018 to 20 January 2019
Vincent van Gogh is coming to ARKEN in 2018. In a unique collaboration with the Kröller-Müller Museum, The Netherlands, ARKEN will open its doors on 1 September 2018 for a wide-ranging exhibition of van Gogh’s works with a focus on the relations among art, humanity, nature and religion. It is more than 50 years since the Danish public has been able to experience a large exhibition devoted exclusively to van Gogh’s paintings and drawings.
Van Gogh’s spirituality and his artistic focus on humanity and nature are unparalleled. Van Gogh was a religious artist, convinced that he could do good by creating beautiful paintings. ARKEN’s exhibition shows with 28 paintings and 11 drawings how his depictions of hard-working farm labourers and captivating landscapes in Arles were meant to express the divine in nature and mankind at a time of new departures in society when traditional faith was coming under pressure from modern philosophy and science.
The laws of colour are inexpressibly splendid precisely because they are not coincidences. Just as people nowadays no longer believe in random miracles […], but are beginning to gain more respect and admiration for and belief in nature…
Vincent van Gogh in a letter to Theo van Gogh, June 1884
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is one of the world’s best known and most important artists. His fame is due to his incredibly beautiful paintings as well as the intimate knowledge of his personal life we gain from his extensive correspondence with his brother Theo. Together these have helped to build up the ultimate myth of the artist as a tormented artistic mind that created the most beautiful works of art. Van Gogh’s works herald modernity in art, for example by opening doors to psychology and the subjective in painting, creating expressive energy with his vibrant colours, and taking ground-breaking steps towards abstraction.
The exhibition has been organised in association with the Kröller-Müller Museum, The Netherlands
The exhibition is supported by
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