|Fig. 1 Self-portrait, by Vincent Van Gogh|
The museum, located in Amsterdam, opened in 1973. It faces the Paulus Potterstraat and has its back to the Museumplein. The Museumplein, or, Museum Quarter, is the cultural hub of the city and home of Amsterdam's three most significant museums: the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art and the Van Gogh Museum.
|Fig. 2 Source, Van Gogh Museum|
The Van Gogh Museum, now housed in two buildings, originally consisted of only one structure which held both the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Currently, the main building is used only for displaying the permanent collection. It was designed in a modernist style by Geritt Rietveld, and features geometrical forms and light, open spaces. A staircase in the central hall, where daylight enters through a high atrium and floods into the museum galleries, is the main building's most striking feature. A second structure, the exhibition wing, was designed by Kisho Kurokawa and was completed in 1999 (fig. 2). In addition to architects Rietveld and Kurokawa, several others have contributed their skill and creativity to finishing, rebuilding or remodeling parts of both buildings (Van Gogh Museum, 2013).
|Fig. 3 Olive Grove, by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889|
|Fig. 4 Tree Roots, by Vincent Van Gogh, 1890|
|Fig. 5 Irises by Vincent Van Gogh, 1890|
|Fig. 6 The Potato Eaters by Vincent Van Gogh, 1885|