Promoting Creativity

Vincent van Gogh, Almond Blossom, 1890, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.



Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is pleased to announce details of its major exhibitions for autumn 2017 and spring 2018. The programme includes the first large-scale focus on the artistic interaction in Paris between Dutch artists and figures such as Monet and Picasso, and an exploration of how, having discovered Oriental art in Paris, Van Gogh used Japanese prints to take his work in a new direction.


The Dutch in Paris 1789-1911
3 October 2017 – 7 January 2018

The French capital drew artists from across Europe in the nineteenth century, an era of political, scientific and artistic revolution. This major exhibition will present Paris through the eyes of eight Dutch artists: Gerard van Spaendonck, Ary Scheffer, Johan Barthold Jongkind, Frederick Hendrick Kaemmerer, George Hendrik Breitner, Vincent van Gogh, Kees van Dongen and Piet Mondrian. 

Van Gogh & Japan
23 March 2018 – 24 June 2018

Van Gogh formed his own image of Japan by studying Japanese art, collecting and copying Japanese prints and having discussions with fellow artists. The exhibition Van Gogh & Japan will show how Van Gogh used Japanese prints to help take his work in a new direction and how this enabled him to define himself as a modern artist and position himself opposite artists such as Bernard and Gauguin.


The Mesdag Collection in The Hague became part of the Van Gogh Museum in 1990. The autumn 2017 exhibition, The Dutch in Barbizon, is a sub-theme of the exhibition. The Dutch in Paris 1789-1914, at the Van Gogh Museum. Both exhibitions are part of the 'Van Gogh & La France in 2017' programme.

The Dutch in Barbizon: Maris, Mauve, Weissenbruch
27 October 2017 – 20 January 2018

The Dutch in Barbizon focuses on the Dutch artists who travelled to the area around the French village of Barbizon to create work inspired by the unspoilt nature. From the 1830s, landscape artists increasingly headed outside to work in the open air. They wanted to capture the landscape as it appeared before their eyes and Barbizon and the forest of Fontainebleau near Paris were picturesque locations that became popular amongst French artists. In turn, Dutch artists drew inspiration from the artworks of the Barbizon School. 

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