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"Expansion and Renovation of the Van Gogh Museum"
1999-07-09 until 0000-00-00
Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, , NL Netherlands

The Van Gogh Museum has been closed since 1 September 1998. On June 24, 1999 the modernized museum will be re-opened along with the new exhibition wing. When the museum opened in 1973 it was estimated that it would receive 60,000 visitors a year. In 1997, almost 25 years later, the number had risen to 1 million. An extension to the museum became a necessity, and a generous gift from the Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance Company, Ltd. has made it possible to go ahead with the building of a new exhibition wing. The Rietveld building is also in need of renovation and this cannot take place without closing the museum temporarily. Therefore the museum is closed to the public. An entirely modernized Van Gogh Museum will be opened in June including an additional exhibition wing designed by the Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa.

The modernized Van Gogh Museum After the re-opening in June 1999, the modernized Rietveld building will be entirely devoted to paintings of Van Gogh and the permanent collection of 19th century art. The new wing will be used for temporary exhibitions. In the coming years there are a number of important exhibitions to look forward to including one on Vincents brother Theo van Gogh, the Collection of Dr. Gachet from the Parisian Musee dOrsay, Prague 1900, Paul Signac and Van Gogh and Gauguin. Theo van Gogh: art dealer, collector and Vincents brother The first exhibition in the new wing will be dedicated to Theo van Gogh. He was the help and stay of his brother Vincent, as emerges from the famous correspondence they kept up. However, Theo was more than just that. Between 1881 and 1890 he headed an influential art gallery in Paris and became a collector himself, often consulting Vincent on his purchases. The exhibition will reveal what he dealt in and collected: works including Degas, Gauguin, Millet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec. Drawings and paintings by Vincent which had special significance for Theo will also be on show. In addition to the Theo van Gogh exhibition, there will also be a presentation of the work of architect Kisho Kurokawa in the new exhibition wing. His work will be explained with the aid of scale-models, designs, sketches and drawings.

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