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Van Gogh’s Bedrooms: the three versions, for the first time together in North America
14 February, 2016
Vincent van Gogh’s painting of his bedroom in Arles is arguably the most famous chambre in the history of art. So important was this composition that Van Gogh made three distinct versions and considered it his finest painting.
Now, for the first time in North America, all three versions of the painting will be together in an exhibition titled Van Gogh’s Bedrooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. Opening tomorrow, February 14, 2016 , the exhibition is the first ever dedicated to the Bedroom paintings, presenting an in- depth study of documentary, scientific, and physical evidence pertaining to all three versions.
Beginning with Van Gogh’s early canvases of cottages and birds’ nests, the show explores the artist’s use of the motif of home as a haven, creative chamber, and physical reality. Enhancing the exploration of the artist’s artworks and his longing for a place of his own are several engaging interactive technologies designed in partnership with Bluecadet .
A digitally enhanced reconstruct ion of his bedroom allows visitors the chance to experience the physical reality of the space that so inspired him, while other enriching digital components bring to light significant recent scientific research on the three Bedroom paintings.
Get a glimpse of the exhibition here: