2015: Van Gogh year in Holland


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Self Portrait
The Sower
Bedrooms in Arles
The Starry Night
Almond Blossom

2015 is the 125th anniversary of the death of world-famous Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. Each week we will recreate six of Van Gogh's masterpieces through the power of tweets! Tweet now and get involved for the chance to win one of six trips to Holland and see his masterpieces for yourself!

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Expedia bloggers are exploring Holland and following in the footsteps of Van Gogh. Follow their progress here.

What's On

2015 is the year in which we commemorate the death of the world-famous artist Vincent Van Gogh. 125 years after his death, his life will be honoured with high-profile exhibitions and festivities in Holland where the artist was born and raised.

Museums, heritage sites and cultural events will be inspired by Van Gogh to create a fascinating programme for all who want to get to know the painter, his life and work more intimately. Discover what to do in 2015 and which highlights you should see!

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How to play

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the death of Van Gogh we are recreating six of his masterpieces through the power of tweets!

As you tweet the masterpiece is revealed. The weekly tweet target represents the year that the featured painting was completed. Tweet now for the chance to win one of six trips to Holland!

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Self Portrait, 1887

Van Gogh painted several self-portraits during his life which were an important part of his work. He painted many of the series in Paris, Arles and Saint-Remy.


The Sower, 1888

Van Gogh made seven other "Sower" paintings, one in 1883 and the other six after this work.


Bedroom in Arles, 1888

The painting depicts Van Gogh's bedroom at 2, Place Lamartine in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhone, France, known as his Yellow House. The door to the right was opening to the upper floor and the staircase; the door to the left served the guest room.


Sunflowers, 1888

Sunflowers (original title, in French: Tournesols) are the subject of two series of still life paintings by Van Gogh. The earlier series created depicts the flowers lying on the ground, while the second set shows the sunflowers in a vase.


The Starry Night, 1889

Painted in June, 1889, The Starry Night depicts the view from Van Gogh's asylum room at Saint-Remy-de-Provence. It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941.


Almond Blossom, 1890

Almond Blossoms is from a group of several paintings made in 1888 and 1890 in Arles and Saint-Remy, southern France of blossoming almond trees. Flowering trees were special to Van Gogh, they represented awakening and hope.


Visit Brabant, Vincent's homeland

Visit unique locations in Brabant that played a key part in his work and life, from the house in Zundert in which he was born and the classroom in Tilburg in which he took he first drawing classes to the places he immortalised in his paintings and drawings.

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Van Gogh Cycle Routes

The Van Gogh cycling route takes you to five towns and cities that are intimately connected with Vincent Van Gogh. You will get to enjoy the most wonderful Brabant views and villages and visit the places that shaped Van Gogh as an artist.

In Eindhoven visit the unique Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path, inspired by Van Gogh's world-famous painting The Starry Night. After dark , you will be amazed by a magical experience of light and colour. In Etten-Leur you can visit the Vincent Van Gogh Information Centre at the old church keeper's and explore how Van Gogh adjusted to his new life as an artist. For a bigger challenge, take 45km cycling route through Veluwe region, starting in Otterlo town going through Otterlose Forest towards the city of Ede.

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Taste the Flavours of Van Gogh

From his iconic painting 'The Potato Eaters' to depictions of cafes and still lifes of fruit, Van Gogh regularly returned to food as subject matter. Several restaurants in the region of Gelderland celebrate 'Van Gogh year 2015' with specially developed Smaak van Van Gogh (Flavour of Van Gogh) menus inspired by the artist using the finest local produce. This is your chance to sample these cultural and culinary flavours . Also, in June, the Taste of Van Gogh event will celebrate food, culture and nature in the region.

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'Design from the land of the potato eaters - designers meet Van Gogh:' The Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch is bringing together modern design with well-known themes by Vincent Van Gogh to create a unique exhibition full of works by well-known designers and young talent. Over 80 pieces by top designers and young talent: this is what world-class Brabantian design looks like.

'Van Gogh and Edvard Munch:' The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is organising a unique exhibition about Vincent Van Gogh and Edvard Munch. The exhibition is the first of its kind to expose the many similarities between these two artists' work and artistic ambitions.

Van Gogh inspires Hockney: Vincent Van Gogh inspired many artists, including the English artist David Hockney. The Noordbrabants Museum encapsulates this with pieces by Hockney from the impressive 'Sammlung Wurth' collection which bears similarities with Van Gogh's.

New Light on Van Gogh: The Van Gogh Museum has an entirely new presentation of its permanent collection for you to enjoy. You will truly step into Van Gogh's life, discovering his ideas behind his art, his personal ambitions, his emotions, the myths surrounding him and his influence that continues to this very day.

Van Gogh & Co: The Kroller-Muller Museum presents a special exhibition in which more than fifty of Van Gogh's paintings and sketches are compared with works by famous contemporaries in the museum's collection.

These are just a few of the many exhibitions, events and festivals going on througout the year.

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Book a Trip

There are 3 key areas in Holland that play a vital role in the story of Van Gogh 2015 and commemorate his life and works: Amsterdam, Gelderland and Brabant.

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