Hi, my name is Renske Suijver, and I work at the Van Gogh Museum as a researcher. We're here at the Museum Square, and just behind me you can see the Van Gogh Museum. So let's have a look!
The Van Gogh Museum was open in 1973. And we house a very large collection of Van Gogh paintings, drawings, his correspondence with his brother and other friends, prints, and we also have a collection of non-Van Gogh.
The Van Gogh Museum houses a collection of the Vincent van Gogh Foundation. That's the collection of the family. Some of the highlights in our collection are famous paintings like the The Potato Eaters, which he made in his Dutch period; one version of the Sunflowers; his own bedroom; and the Almond Blossom, a beautiful painting which he made for his little nephew that was named after him.
We think it's very important to show Van Gogh's work in the context of his own time, so we collect works by his contemporaries, like Monet, Gauguin, Pissarro, and many many others.
We have the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world. I think the most important reason why Van Gogh is so famous now is the combination of his beautiful work with a lot of colors and expression, combined with that we know so much about and...there's always the myth that Van Gogh cutting off his whole ear, but it was only a very small part. And he was probably not crazy but more like a genius.
But these are all things that people can experience when they go into the museum and see his works and his life story.
Thanks for visiting the Van Gogh Museum online. Of course, I hope you'll also visit in real life, so hope to see you soon!