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Van Gogh and the Seasons at The National Gallery of Victoria


My fellow creatives, your April just got a whole lot better. Van Gogh and the Seasons will be heading to the National Gallery of Victoria, in partnership with Art Exhibitions Australia for the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces Series from April 28 – July 9, 2017.

Sjraar van Heugten will curate this amazing exhibition, having an extensive background as an independent art historian and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum. Van Gogh and the Seasons is internationally exclusive to Melbourne, presenting the largest collection of Van Gogh art works to ever venture to Australia.

The exhibition will showcase Van Gogh’s profound connection to the seasons of nature, as well as his history as one of the world’s most recognisable artistic figures, with a prolific art career spanning barely more than a decade. Van Gogh’s pieces are timeless, comprising vivid hues and captivating scenes that manage to lure the viewer at first glance. Likewise, his connection to nature and the seasons possesses significant underlying motives that represent the circle of life – birth, bloom, maturity and death. This ongoing cycle represents the greatness that exists in nature and the existence of a higher force. Similarly, Van Gogh was an extremely deep and emotional being who played on notions of life and death, struggling with mental illness and committing suicide in 1890 at the mere age of 37.

His works are not only beautiful manifestations of seasons, but highlight the minor details we take for granted in daily life – blossoming orchards, flowering meadows, illuminating night skies, and bountiful harvests.

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said: ‘Van Gogh’s love of the seasons was deeply profound and played an important role in his life and practice. This reverence for summer, autumn, winter and spring and the eternal cycles of nature is seen in the energy and dynamism of his distinct brushstrokes, which almost leap off the canvas with vitality. Van Gogh and the Seasons is a true coup for the National Gallery of Victoria, and an opportunity for our audience to experience the largest display of Van Gogh works ever seen in Australia, most which have never before travelled to this country.’

The places which were the setting for many defining moments of the artists life also play a key role in each of his works – the Dutch region of Brabant, where Van Gogh was born in 1853 and lived for much of his early life; Arles, where the artist experienced his most defining period of creativity; Saint-Rémy de Provence, where he was treated for mental illness in the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum; and Auvers-sur-Oise, where he committed suicide in 1890. Van Gogh and the Seasons is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, a children’s publication, a dynamic program of talks, tours and events and the curated NGV Friday Nights program, featuring live music, food and performances.

Van Gogh and the Seasons will be on display at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia from 28 April – 9 July 2017 as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series. Tickets on sale now from NGV.

 Adult $28 / Concession $24.50 / Child $10 / Family (2 adults, 3 children) $65.


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