Munch and Van Gogh move to Amsterdam


The Exhibition Munch and Van Gogh at the Munch Museum in Oslo was a huge success. From September 29 the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is organizing this unique exhibition in the Dutch capital, exposing the many similarities between these two artists’ work and artistic ambitions.

Discover the parallels between these two iconic artists. Admire more than one hundred artworks from all over the world, including The scream and Madonna by Edvard Munch and Starry night over the Rhone and Patience Escalier (The Farmer) by Van Gogh in one spectacular exhibition.

The two artists’ vision on life and art are closely related, despite the fact that they never met. Their work is colorful, intense, espressive and radical. Their lives are remarkably similar in many ways.


For that reason, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944) are often mentioned together. Munch : Van Gogh offers the unique opportunity to admire an important part of the work of both artists in one location.

The oeuvres and artistic ambitions of Van Gogh and Munch reveal striking parallels. Both artists are known for their emotionally charged paintings and drawings, their unique and innovative style and their tormented lives.

They modernized the arts and developed a highly personal, expressive visual language to convey the universal emotions of the human condition.

The Scream, by Edvard Munch
The Scream, by Edvard Munch

Despite the many references to the similarities between Munch and Van Gogh in literature and popular culture, this level of in-depth research into their affinity has never before been carried out.

The year 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death, and this is being commemorated with an international cultural program entitled ‘125 years of inspiration’. The Van Gogh Museum will be centered on its new collection presentation in 2015, as well as present this unique exhibition – Munch : Van Gogh.

Munch and Van Gogh move to Amsterdam, source: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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