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How did he do it within ten years? 1 may 2013 - 12 January 2014

Eccentric theatre (really) everywhere until 15 September 2013

Van Gogh is one of the most famous and acclaimed Dutch artists of the 19th century. But how did he develop that skillfulness in under ten years? The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has been researching this question for the past eight years. The exhibition ‘Van Gogh at Work’, will give museum visitors the chance to take a unique, riveting journey inside the mind of the painter.

During the Amsterdam Fringe Festival which takes place at the beginning of September, part of the city transforms into a huge theatre podium. For ten days and at more than 33 locations spread in and around the centre of Amsterdam, you can see 80 different, national and international performances.Theatres, but also streets and even living rooms become magical festival spots where the most eccentric theatre, musical, comedies and dance productions come to life. With a fantastic international lineup, English-speaking audiences can also fully enjoy the Amsterdam Fringe Festival.

The more than 200 works featured at the exhibition provide insight into Van Gogh’s way of working. Besides paintings, works on paper and letters, some of Van Gogh’s personal items can also be seen. These include original sketchbooks, paint tubes and the only surviving pallet from the Musée d’Orsay. Many works from Van Gogh’s contemporaries can also be seen, not only from the museum’s own collection, but also works on loan by Monet, Gauguin, Seurat and Bernard. Besides plenty to see, there is also plenty to do. You can see and feel which materials Van Gogh used, under what conditions he worked, who influenced him, which artists he exchanged ideas with, and where he purchased his materials. You can also view paint samples through a microscope and examine x-rays. For the time being, there will not be a better opportunity to become acquainted with Van Gogh’s work in such a different way.

At the Amsterdam Fringe Festival, it’s all about avant-garde theatre productions and artists who are relatively unknown. Inspired by other ‘Fringes’ from Edinburgh, Adelaide, New York and Dublin, the Amsterdam Fringe Festival is an ode to theatrical madness and the free spirit. In Amsterdam, the festival is also a plea for artistic freedom. A leap into Fringe means a leap into the unknown: immerse yourself in the ‘underground’ scene, discover the hits of tomorrow and marvel at new and unknown stage settings. The heart of the festival is the 19th century Spiegeltent, close to the Leidseplein. The Fringe Tent offers the public information and inspiration, previews, music and short performances. And, you can enjoy food and drink there until midnight.

amStERDam muSEum Saskia van uylenburgh, wife of Rembrandt 2 august 2013 - 2 august 2015 The Amsterdam Museum has a work on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington: Rembrandt’s portrait of Saskia van Uylenburgh. Her portrait can be viewed at the Amsterdam Museum for two years starting from 2 August (Saskia’s date of birth). Never before has it been shown in the Netherlands, and now it will hang in ‘Amsterdam DNA’, the museum’s permanent exhibition. The portrait of Saskia van Uylenburgh shows both the skillfulness and the personal story of Rembrandt. He most likely started working on the portrait in 1634/1635, shortly after his marriage to Saskia. It was finished several years later, toward 1640. Since its recent restoration, the special qualities of this intimate portrait can be fully enjoyed once again. In Europe, the painting was last exhibited in Paris in 1894. This is the first time that it will appear in a museum setting in the Netherlands. Saskia van Uylenburgh (1612-1642) was the first wife of Rembrandt van Rijn (16061669). Born to an affluent, Frisian family, she married Rembrandt in 1634. Together, they had four children, only one of whom survived: Titus. Saskia died in 1642, aged 29. She is buried in Amsterdam’s Oude Kerk (Old Church). The loan is part of a cooperation between the American and Dutch museums. In 2012, the National Gallery of Art received a major group portrait by Bartholomeus van der Helst. This painting, which is part of the Amsterdam Museum’s collection, will be on loan at the National Gallery of Art for a period of five years.



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