'Van Gogh - Between Wheat and Sky' at the Palladian Basilica

The new spectacular exhibition presented by Linea d’Ombra and dedicated to the Dutch genius

From 07 October 2017 to 08 April 2018

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From 7th October 2017 to 8th April, 2018, the splendid Basilica Palladiana opens its doors to the much-awaited Van Gogh exhibit in Vicenza... A brainchild of Marco Goldin, this is an intense monographic exhibition, recounting the life and artistic career of one of the most tormented artists of all time, from the beginnings through to its climax and finally the tragic end.

The Van Gogh exhibit in 2017 will present not only the ten years of frantic activity of the artist (1880-1890), but also the previous decade that can be considered as 'preparatory' to his artistic activity. A fascinating setting will guide you through an exciting itinerary where drawings and paintings will be displayed next to the ever-present letters to his brother Théo, and also photos, reconstructions and works by contemporary artists who influenced the development of the Dutch genius ... A journey that will reveal the hopes, dreams, fears and failures of this sensational artist!

After the extraordinary success of past exhibitions, Van Gogh exhibit at the Palladian Basilica, Italy, is Linea d’Ombra latest accomplishment: 129 works, of which 43 paintings and 86 drawings, arranged in 10 rooms - 5 dedicated to the Dutch period and 5 to the French one, photographs of the places frequented by Van Gogh and that he portrayed in his paintings, as well as works that proved influential for him, a reconstruction of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole's mental health care home in Saint-Rémy and a documentary film about his life. Not forgetting the passionate letters that were a constant presence through his entire life: of these, 60 contain descriptions of Van Gogh's paintings, 40 delve instead into his poetry. They represent a true diary of his brief and intense artistic activity and are fundamental in understanding his work and, perhaps, something more about his tormented personality.

Van Gogh exhibit in Vicenza offers a precise reconstruction of the artist's life and follows the bewildering series of events that characterized his entire life. At 27, in the summer of 1880, Van Gogh informed his Brother Théo about his decision to become a painter. Ten years later, in July 1890, Van Gogh took his own life ... It is the shortest and most tormented sequence of personal events in the history of arts, a unique case, a life that is worth telling to try and understand it.

From his beginnings in Belgium, December 1878 to October 1880, in the mining district of Borinage and then for a few months in Brussels, Brabant and Etten in the spring of 1881, followed by the wonderful months spent in the Drenthe region in the autumn of 1883, and finally to Nuenen where he stayed until the fall of 1885 ... The so-called Van Gogh’s Dutch years are an immersion in suffering and despair to try and enter the obscure and secret places only known to him where his images came to life.

Between 1885 and 1886, Van Gogh went to Antwerp to attend the Academy of Fine Arts before arriving in France in March 1886 ... Paris, where he approached Impressionism and Post Impressionism thanks in particular to Seurat , and then the much desired immersion in the south, Arles (February 1888 - May 1889), Saint-Rémy until mid-May 1890, and then the return to Paris at his brother Théo's home for a few days before the seventy, feverish days in Auvers- sur-Oise when everything comes to fruition in the golden expanses of fields stretched under a sunny or rain-laden sky, in which proximity and distance from the world evolve into a single, shattered image.

In Van Gogh exhibit in Vicenza, Italy, much attention in also dedicated to drawings as a fundamental component in the formation of the genius. Charles Bargue’s drawing course offered Van Gogh many great inspirations. He continued to expand his passion for drawings as he felt they would offer him many opportunities to develop a sort of necessary language for both the hand and the soul. Together with the study of Bargue's drawing course, published in 1871, copies of the images he found in the magazines he was accustomed to reading, his love of Millet and his most famous subjects are the themes that Van Gogh painted in the succeeding years: in the Van Gogh exhibition in Vicenza, you will be able to grasp the intimate relationship between Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings thanks to the juxtaposition of canvases and similarly themed drawings.

Another interesting parallelism will be with the works of the Hague School, the Dutch version of Barbizon School, which undoubtedly contributed to the evolution of Van Gogh's language, especially before nature. By admiring the works of Barbizon's painters in magazines and his analysis of those of the Hague School, Van Gogh built his own vision of the rapidly changing world around him.

Throughout the rooms of the exhibition, an overarching understanding emerges little by little, partially thanks to Van Gogh’s letters, the common thread of the exhibition as they offer an essential contribution to try and understand the artist’s enigmatic and troubled soul. The accurate biographical reconstruction will help the visitor understand the evolution of Van Gogh's language and the tragedies that gradually dwindled his life and brought it to an inevitable end between the yellow and gold colour of the wheat fields he painted as his life’s epilogue. An excruciating frustration is hence revealed, a sense of impotence towards a forthcoming end heralded only in the final year of his life, when Van Gogh took the step to be admitted to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole mental health care home in Saint-Rémy ...

The innovative setting of the Van Gogh exhibition at the Palladio Basilica in Vicenza, which also features an one-hour-long film on a continuous screening in the final showroom, and the reconstruction of the care home in Saint-Remy, was conceived as a 'journey' and will include also references to the various places where Van Gogh lived, such as Borinage, Etten, Hague, Drenthe, Nuenen, Paris, Arles, Saint-Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise.

The majority of the works displayed at the Van Gogh exhibition in Vicenza are on loan from the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Holland, a shrine of Van Gogh’s works known all over the world along with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. This highlights the great importance of the monographic Van Gogh Vicenza exhibit. The remaining works come from private institutions and collections, including the version most appreciated by Vincent of 'The Langlois' bridge (1888)’, considered one of the iconic images of his artistic life, exceptionally on loan from the Cologne museum to the Vicenza Van Gogh exhibit at the Palladian Basilica.

Van Gogh exhibit in Vicenza: from 7th October, 2017 to 8th April, 2018 at the Palladian Basilica opens its doors to one of the most charismatic figures of the history of art ... Combine 'Van Gogh - Between Wheat and Sky' with the opportunity to spend a few days in the city of Palladio and discover its many treasures! 


Van Gogh exhibit, Italy - opening times

  • Monday to Thursday: from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
  • Friday to Sunday: from 9.00 am 8 pm
  • Closed on 24th December 2017

Special openings

  • 30th October to 2nd November / 7th December 2017 and 26th to 30th December 2017, 2nd to 7th January / 29th March to 5th April 2018: from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm
  • 25th December 2017: from 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm
  • 31st December 2017: from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm
  • 1st January 2018: from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm

The ticket office closes 75 minutes before the exhibition’s closing time.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff