Van Gogh is a painter we all know, but he was also an extremely cultured intellectual. To understand the complexity of his personality, beyond the most overused clichés, it is important and necessary to focus not only on his poetics and his painting technique but also on the richness and depth of his cultural interests that underlie his vision of life and art.
This exhibition, presented by MUDEC in Milan from September 21, 2023, to January 28, 2024, aims to go in this direction. It overturns the perspective of the Van Gogh stereotype and presents a Vincent van Gogh who is less of an outsider and more surprisingly up-to-date on the cultural debate of his time: a passionate reader and collector of prints, as well as an attentive observer of the most current artistic trends. Through a chronological and thematic path, the exhibition proposes a new reading of Van Gogh's works that highlights the relationship between his painterly vision and the depth of his cultural dimension, through the development of two themes of great relevance: on the one hand, his passionate interest in books, and on the other hand, his fascination with Japan fueled by his love for Japanese prints, which he himself collected in large numbers.
The exhibition is curated by art historian Professor Francesco Poli, Mariella Guzzoni, researcher and curator of the "Van Gogh: living with books" fil rouge, which runs throughout the exhibition, and Aurora Canepari, responsible curator of the Edoardo Chiossone Oriental Art Museum in Genoa, curator of the "Van Gogh and Japonism" section.
The exhibition, produced by 24 ORE Cultura - Gruppo 24 ORE and promoted by the City of Milan-Culture, is made possible thanks to the collaboration with the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands, which has an extraordinary collection of paintings and drawings by the Dutch painter, second only to that of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
In collaboration with the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo
Curated by Francesco Poli, Mariella Guzzoni and Aurora Canepari
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