Vincent van Gogh's painting of his bedroom in Arles is one of the most iconic paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago's collection. But did you know that Van Gogh made three distinct versions of the painting, all depicting the bedroom of his Yellow House in France? Now, for the first time in North America, all three versions of the painting will be together in an exhibition titled Van Gogh's Bedrooms at the Art Institute of Chicago.
On display from February 14 – May 10, 2016, the exhibition is the first ever dedicated to The Bedroom paintings, considered by Van Gogh himself to be among his best paintings. Presented only at the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Avenue), the exhibit dives deep into Van Gogh's motif of the home as a haven and creative chamber. A digitally enhanced reconstruction of his actual bedroom gives visitors the chance to "visit" the actual that so inspired him; other interactive, digital components bring to light significant recent scientific research on the three Bedroom paintings. All together, 36 paintings, drawings and illustrated letters will be shown.
Here are six ways to make the most of your visit to the Van Gogh's Bedrooms at the Art Institute, including one very special immersive experience that is just downright trippy!
Attend the Opening Night Gala.
The Old Masters Society (OMS) celebrates the opening of Van Gogh's Bedrooms with a festive Black Tie gala on February 20, 6:30 PM (Griffin Court) for OMS members and the Art Institute community featuring cocktails, an exclusive viewing of the exhibitions, and a special dinner in Griffin Court.
Disover Van Gogh's artistic influences.
Who were Van Gogh's favorite artists? On February 25, 6:00 PM, in the Rubloff Auditorium, Steven Naifeh, co-author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Van Gogh: The Life, presents a lecture that explores the wide range of artists who so deeply affected the brilliant, troubled young painter's life and art.
Plan a picture-perfect date night with a Van Gogh-inspired getaway.
The Waldorf Astoria Chicago will offer an inclusive package in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, offering guests the complete fine art experience with VIP exhibition tickets as well as specialty cocktails and breakfast for two. At Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, book the overnight package, or just pop into Le Bar or Cafe de Architectes for "The Dutch's Dream" which combines Chandon Brut and Kübler Absinthe with splashes of cranberry and lemon juice. More specialty offers can be had at The Ritz-Carlton, The Gwen and The Whitehall Hotel.
Or go for the real thing (or at least the closest to it) with an overnight in a full-scale, replica Bedroom!
Yes you can actually book a stay in The Bedroom, a full-size model version that recreates each and every detail. It's southern France, circa the late 1880s, by way of downtown Chicago. From February 14 through May 10, Van Gogh's Bedroom on Airbnb will be available for rental for only $10 (*note available dates will be released on a rolling basis) and will include two admission tickets to the exhibition.
See Van Gogh on the silver screen.
The Art Institute will be screening several Van Gogh related movies during the course of the exhibition at the Price Auditorium. Arrange your visit to coincide with a movie screening to maximize your Van Gogh experience.
- April 7, 6:00 PM - Paul Cox's VINCENT (1987)
- April 9, 1:00 PM - LUST FOR LIFE (1956)
- April 16, 1:00 PM - VINCENT & THEO (1990)
- April 23, 1:00 PM - VAN GOGH (1991)
- April 30, 1:00 PM - THE EYES OF VAN GOGH (2005)
Witness a live performance of Van Gogh's letters.
- April 14, 6:00 PM, Fullerton Hall
- April 17, 2:00 PM, Fullerton Hall
A cast of Chicago actors brings to life the dramatic biography and gripping words of Vincent Van Gogh, drawn from letters written to and from his family in the decades or so after Van Gogh left his home, and before his move to the south of France in 1988.
Photo credits: Vincent van Gogh. The Bedroom, 1888. Oil on canvas; 72x90cm. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Vincent van Gogh. The Bedroom, 1889. Oil on canvas; 73.6x92.3cm. The Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection, 1926.417. Vincent van Gogh. The Bedroom, September 1889. Oil on canvas; 57.3x90.7 cm. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, RF 19592.