AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- The Van Gogh Museum here reopened its
doors June 24 after a 10-month, $35 million expansion and
renovation that included the addition of a wing.
Visitors crowded the museum to see the famous canvases of Dutch
Impressionist Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries in the
original main building, designed by Gerrit Rietveld, which was
redesigned and will be used exclusively for the museum's permanent
The new $21 million wing, designed by Japanese architect Kisho
Kurokawa, will be used for temporary expositions, including the
reopening exhibition dedicated to Vincent's brother, Theo van
Between 1881 and 1890, Theo managed an influential art gallery
in Paris and was an art collector himself. The exhibition, which
will run through September before moving to Paris, displays more
than 200 works that Theo sold and collected during the height of
Impressionism, including works by Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Pissaro,
Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Drawings and paintings by Vincent that had special significance
for Theo also are on view. When it was built in 1973, the Van Gogh
Museum estimated it would attract about 60,000 visitors a year.
But its popularity soon soared, and by the time it closed for
renovations, more than 1 million art lovers a year were touring the
museum. During the renovation, more than 140 works from the
museum's permanent collection were moved to the nearby Rijksmuseum,
while other works traveled to the National Gallery of Art in
Washington and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The exhibition at the National Gallery, titled "Van Gogh's Van
Goghs," was attended by more than 480,000 visitors during its 90
days in Washington.
Van Gogh Museum
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