Blogsterdam is supposed to be a monthly thing but alas, the blogger behind this blog is very forgetful. She does try to get one up every month though. She may have missed December, but not January! Anyway, Blogsterdam is a blogging series in which this forgetful blogger talks about her hometown Amsterdam, as the city is so much more than drugs, cheese and the Red Light District.
I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it on here, but I’m a huge fan of Van Gogh. He’s my favourite artist, he inspires me and I get emotional seeing every piece of his work in real life. It doesn’t matter what it depicts. I can’t even explain it, I just do. So of course the Van Gogh Museum is my favourite museum in the city (closely followed by Rijksmuseum). It’s been a while since I visited, since I’ve been busy with school, but last weekend was the last chance to see the exposition Munch: Van Gogh. Of course it’s a bit too late for you to go see it, but I just took this opportunity to take some pictures for a Blogsterdam post. Because obviously the museum is worth it without the exposition.
The exposition was amazing though! It was really interesting to see all the parallels between Van Gogh and Munch and of course it was amazing to see some of Munch’s work in real life and not just in a book. I wish I could’ve gone earlier so that I could’ve told you guys about it in advance, but sadly I just didn’t have the time/energy before that! (okay technically I didn’t have time last weekend either because of my exams, but it was my last chance, plus I don’t study that well during the evening anyway, so I had to go). It was a successful exhibition though, so who knows, maybe it will return one day!
On this screen they showed different paintings, as you can see in the picture it was just about to change! My mom and I tried to take a selfie with it as our background but…
As you can see I got a good one when my mom was out of the picture haha.
At the end of the evening of course we did some shopping! My mom bought the pencil case and a small painting from Munch (a replica, obviously haha) and the book is mine (surprise surprise). The title is ‘The Art of the Word: His Most Beautiful Letters’. It contains 265 of Van Gogh’s letters and I can’t wait to delve into it!
Reasons to visit the Van Gogh Museum:
- It has the biggest Van Gogh collection
- Not just his art work, but also letters
- It may not have all of his famous work (I’m forever pissed that Starry Night is at New York), but it does have most of his famous work
- It doesn’t only have Van Gogh’s work; it also has paintings of Van Gogh’s friends, artists he looked up too and French artists that lived during the same time period like Gauguin, Monet, Manet, Delacroix and Millet (and more!)
- The staff is friendly
- The general atmosphere is nice
- At Fridays they’re open until 10 PM – they play nice music and on some Fridays (once every month I believe?) there’s an event
- The shop has a lot of great stuff
- It’s Van Gogh
- If you love Van Gogh, do you really need a list of reasons?
- Order your tickets online through the website. You might still have to stand in line to show your ticket, but you won’t have to stand in line at the register!
- Friday evenings are a really nice time to visit the museum. It’s not that busy as usual. According to the website anytime after 3 PM is less busy though. But on Friday night they also play music, you can get something to drink and there’s sometimes an event like I said above!
- Grab a map. We got a bit lost since we hadn’t visited since the new entrance had been built (they now have two buildings instead of one)
- You are not allowed to take pictures. Usually the staff is really nice and kindly points it out to you, but obviously I don’t know the entire staff. I have some bad experience with museum guards in Rome though, so here’s a warning to you guys haha (seriously they basically attack you in Rome like oh my god I’m sorry don’t kill me I just wanted a picture I didn’t want to destroy it)
So if you’re going to Amsterdam and love art, I definitely recommend the Van Gogh Museum! Especially if you love Van Gogh of course ;) If you have any more questions, feel free to ask! Obviously I’m not an expert, but I’m happy to try and help!
Have you been to the Van Gogh Museum? Do you want to go? Are you a fan of Van Gogh’s? Or maybe of Munch’s? Let me know in the comments!