It was a fabulous event, just a small group of invitees with champagne and hors d'oeuvres. And they allowed us to tour the entire museum with lots of experts to answer questions.
|The new entrance - lots of curved glass and open spaces!|
|Photo: Courtesy Van Gogh Museum|
But that was just one of the big events focusing on the Van Gogh anniversary. On the day of his death, a group from his hometown came to Amsterdam to create a giant flower mural portrait.
All ages were included and the kids seemed to have a great time creating their own masterpieces!
|The finished project!|
|Can you see the individual flowers?|
They were amazing....but also a bit disturbing. The theme seemed to be the short, tortured life of Vincent! The floats were all animated and included lots of creepy music, to highlight the effect. The creepiness doesn't translate well with the photos.....but I'm sure you get the idea!
|The purple buds open to these bright flowers|
|My favorite - a porcupine made of pencils!|
|They spelled out his name in blue flowers on each pencil|
|Anatomically correct - in flowers!!!|
|Possibly my second favorite - how did they assemble this with fresh flowers??|
|No matter which way you looked at this, there were faces staring at you|
Somehow this celebration of Van Gogh expresses a lot of what we have found the Netherlands has to offer. Great artistic talent, flair for the big events and lots of color and energy. So exciting to be here!