Van Gogh Exhibition in Padua: 'I colori della vita' ('The Colors of Life')

One of the most anticipated exhibitions in 2020/2021. A journey aimed at revealing the lesser known aspects of the Dutch painter's work and life.

From 10 October 2020 to 06 June 2021

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From 10 October 2020 to 6 June 2021 the Culture Centro Altinate San Gaetano in Padua hosts one of the most anticipated exhibitions in the Italian artistic and cultural calendar: 'Van Gogh. The colors of Life'.

The exhibition on Van Gogh in Padua, Italy, in 2020 is curated by Marco Goldin and aims to reveal some lesser known aspects of the life and works of this great artist through a detailed display consisting of paintings, drawings and letters by the Dutch painter. The exhibition presents 96 works of which 82 were made by Van Gogh, consisting equally of paintings and drawings, and the remaining 14 are works by artists such as Gauguin, Seurat, Signac, Hiroshigein which together outline the existential and artistic path of Vincent Van Gogh.

Most of the works in the 'Van Gogh. I colori della vita' exhibition come from both the Koller-Muller Museum, which boasts the second largest collection in the world of the Dutch painter's masterpieces, and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Opening the discovery journey into the most authentic experiences of Van Gogh are three great canvases by Francis Bacon which serve to remember how this great 19th century artist also influenced the most important artists of the 20th century.

Slowly walking through the seven rooms of the Van Gogh exhibition in Padua, thanks to the epistolary testimonies written by Van Gogh himself, the visitor will be able to hear the artist speak directly about his life and his artistic evolution. As the curator Marco Goldin himself says: «It is the starting point of an exhibition that wants to rewrite the life and work of the great Dutch artist, through the reading of his correspondence. The exhibition starts with the image of the painter as a hero and above all from the belief that Van Gogh was not crazy at all ».

The letters displayed are also the leitmotif of a volume of over 700 pages that Marco Goldin, who for over 20 years has been extensively studying the figure of Van Gogh, has written for La nave di Teseo. The book is to be released in parallel with the opening of the exhibition and entitled 'Vita di Van Gogh. Attraverso le lettere'.

Just like in the book by the historian Marco Goldin, the Van Gogh exhibition in Padua sets out to truly show the private and artistic life of the Dutch painter in a chronological path that displays masterpieces from his entire life, from the early years up to when he lived in France between Paris, Provence and Auvers-sur-Oise, such as the ‘Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat', 'The sower', 'Postman Joseph Rouli', 'Mr Ginoux', 'L'Arlésienne', the many landscape portraits around the asylum of Saint-Rémy and many others.

This magnificent exhibition, which ran the risk to be closed due to the pandemic, aims to be, as well as a precious homage to Van Gogh and the happy ending of a long and elaborate project, a symbol of hope and message that history, art and beauty have the power to lift the soul and overcome adversity.

The exhibition on Van Gogh in Padua, Italy, 2020, is held in compliance with all safety measures to stop the spread of Covid-19.


By Insidecom Editorial Staff