Even if you don’t know that it’s his, Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom is an incredibly well-recognized staple of art history. Painted for the first time in 1888, this space in van Gogh’s ‘Yellow House’ in Arles is just one of many representations of the artist’s search for a place he could truly call home.
What many do not realize, however, is that van Gogh painted his Bedroom not once, but three times.
Of course, the exhibit is more than just these three paintings. To put them in context, the Art Institute has put together a timeline, a life-sized reproduction of the Yellow House and van Gogh’s bedroom, interactive displays, explanatory videos, books and ephemera, and a collection of three dozen works by the artist.
To promote the exhbition, there was a window design project to promote the exhibition, where businesses along and around Chicago’s Michigan Avenue decorated a display window on the theme of van Gogh’s Bedroom. For the truly dedicated, you could even stay in Vincent’s Airbnb.
For those who can’t make it to Chicago, here are a few photos from my foray into history. Apologies for odd angles and whatnot, I’m short and the exhibit’s popularity didn’t allow much room to navigate around the crowds.
If you want to see Van Gogh’s Bedrooms, you’d best get to Chicago right quick. The exhibition will be open for just one more week, closing on Tuesday, May 10. Come visit!
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