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06 Jul 2011

Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum makes the life and work of Vincent van Gogh and the art of his time accessible to as many people as possible in order to enrich and inspire them.

The collection
The VGM carries the name of one of the best-known artists in the world, and celebrated its 40th jubilee in 2013. The museum is one of the world’s strongest cultural brands and in many ways, unique in its field. To start with, the VGM houses the largest collection of Van Gogh works in the world, with 205 paintings including some of his most famous, iconic works, 500 drawings and nearly all of his letters (in excess of 800). The collection also features paintings and drawings from between 1840 and 1920 by Van Gogh’s friends and contemporaries, by artists that had inspired him and by those whom he inspired. In addition, the museum is home to a unique, internationally-acclaimed collection of fin de siècle prints, with a specific focus on the Nabis artists. An exceptional element of the print collection is the Japanese woodcuts, ukiyo-e, collected by Vincent and Theo van Gogh. The VGM collection is regularly enriched with new acquisitions and works on loan.

Knowledge institute
Drawing on its rich collection, the VGM has grown into the leading knowledge institute on Vincent van Gogh. For 25 years, research into his life and works has been an integral part of the museum’s policy. It is fundamental to a wealth of exhibitions, publications and educational programmes. The Vereniging van Rijksmusea (Association of National Museums) visitation committee qualified this as a distinctive element of the VGM.

Strategic plan
The museum’s mission statement has been reformulated and clarified in the strategic plan 2014 - 2017. The vision sets out the situation the museum is aiming to achieve. The strategic objectives will form the basis for the choices the Van Gogh Museum will make with regard to its programme and activities.

Strategic plan 2014-2017


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