The largest Van Gogh exhibition in Europe and America since the centenary of the artist’s death in 1990 opens in the northern Italian city of Vicenza on 7 October. Entitled Van Gogh: Between Wheat and Sky, it includes 124 works (86 drawings and 38 paintings) from the artist’s full career.
The Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, in the Netherlands, is the major lender, providing 113 works by Van Goghs in return for a substantial (and undisclosed) fee. A museum spokesman says the money will go into its general funds. Other lenders, most providing a single work by Van Gogh, include Edinburgh’s National Gallery of Scotland and Cologne’s Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud.
The show is being held in an extraordinary venue, the Basilica Palladiana, designed by Andrea Palladio in 1546 for the Vicenza government. It was damaged by bombing during the Second World War and hasty repairs meant that a major restoration project was later required, completed five years ago. The Van Gogh exhibition is being held on the upper level, beneath a huge roof void. Read more