Van Gogh Live !
Prélude à l’ouverture en 2014
28 juin – 14 Juillet 2013
Fondation Van Gogh à Arles
The Swiss art critic and curator Bice Curiger is director of the Foundation, a very “contemporary” choice as Curiger has occupied an important place in the world of contemporary art for more than 30 years, curator at the Kunsthaus Zürich for two decades than curator in 2011 of the prestigious Venice Biennale and founder of the magazine Parkett, one of the most respected magazines dedicated to contemporary art. With her talent, she should be able to preserve the three goals declared by the Foundation: “stimulate creation, facilitate access to knowledge, and share its passion for Vincent Van Gogh and contemporary art with the inhabitants of Arles and visitors from around the world.”
collection, the trace of his argument with his friend Paul Gauguin who had joined him in Arles for a holiday. After Arles, Vincent was committed to Saint-Paul de Mausole asylum for a few months before setting off again to the north and tragically ending his life in Auvers-sur-Oise where he is buried next to his brother Theo. The force of the Foundation is its ambition, that intersects with Van Gogh’s dream to build a community of artists: this mission materialized by the desire to encourage a link between Van Gogh’s oeuvre and that of contemporary artists. The friendly confrontation between the work of Van Gogh and of today’s artists will be at the heart of the exhibitions presented by the Foundation, proving the importance of art history as much as its endless renewal.
painter’s oeuvre, inviting heavyweights such as Francis Bacon and thus generating an echo to Vincent’s oeuvre. More than 200 contemporary works occupy a core that finds its home at the Van Gogh Foundation in the Léauteaud de Donines mansion located on Place Honoré Clair, in the heart of Arles.
The Dutch painter discovered Arles in February 1888 and stayed in the pretty town at the gates of the Camargue until April 1889. A rich year, as Vincent, seduced by the Provençale light, produced many works in the region: a first series of Sunflowers, or the extraordinary The Bedroom, held in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear, held in Chicago in a private
A little more patience is required before the inauguration of the highly anticipated Van Gogh Foundation in Arles in spring 2014. This project was born in 1984 under the initiative of Yolande Clergue, concerned with giving life to Vincent Van Gogh’s dream of building an artist community in a place that would encourage artistic and creative exchanges. A bohemian idea, that the young painter had his heart set on and that Yolande Clergue is making happen via an association.
It was Van Gogh’s remarkable visit to Arles and its legacy that also motivated the rallying of local art-lovers. In 30 years, this association has produced exhibitions and artistic encounters around the
By Caroline Taret - Photos DR - May 11, 2013
In spring 2014, the Van Gogh Foundation will open its doors in Arles, a city dear to Van Gogh, who spent 15 months of his life there. Leading up to the opening, the Foundation presents, from 28 June to 14 July, a first show entitled Van Gogh Live!
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Activities commence on June 28 with "Van Gogh Live!", with contributions by contemporary artists. Elizabeth Peyton and Guillaume Bruère / GIOM will design posters to be displayed throughout the city, echoing Van Gogh’s peregrinations there; Ingo Giezendanner, also known as Grrrr, will draw a panorama of Arles on the fence of the museum, still under construction for a few more months; and the Norwegian Nils Bech will sing a cappella at nightfall in the summer garden. Vincent would be delighted!
Le Pont d'Arles peint par Van Gogh (reconstitution) - Photographie José Nicolas
La Chambre à Coucher, Vincent Van Gogh (1888)
Musée Van Gogh, Amsterdam
Bice Curiger, Photographie Mischa Scherrer
Guillaume Bruère GIOM, «Vincent van Gogh», 2013
aquarelle, crayon et crayon à l’huile sur papier, 70x50 cm