Vincent van GoghHuis - Zundert (NL)
From March 26th till August 6th, 2023
Opening on Saturday March 25th, 2023 at 3 pm. Welcome!
Plaster model for the Van Gogh Monument, 2022 - 2023 / Photo: Riesjard Schropp
We would like to invite you to the festive opening of the solo exhibition Van Gogh - Prediker by Johan Tahon.
The opening will take place on Saturday 25 March 2023 at 15h in the Vincent van GoghHuis in Zundert, The Netherlands.
The Flemish artist Johan Tahon (1965) is working on a new monument for Van Gogh. The reason is a long hike that Vincent van Gogh undertook in early August 1879 from Cuesmes in the Borinage to Sint-Maria-Horebeke in the Flemish Ardennes to consult the reverend / painter Abraham van der Waeyen Pieterszen.
His ambition to become a reverend had gone wrong and he sought advice about his future. It is known that he eventually chose to continue as an artist. Not by preaching, but by his art, he wanted to comfort the people from now on. This fact prompted the sculptor Johan Tahon to organise an extensive cultural project in the Flemish Ardennes in 2023, where he has a studio in the municipality where Vincent went. The Van GoghHuis is a partner in this project.
In November 2022, Tahon completed the design for his Vincent Van Gogh monument in the guest studio of the Van GoghHuis. For the sculpture he was inspired by Vincent's faith. It is inspired by a painting by Van Gogh after the Pietà by Eugene Delacroix. The Christ figure in this painting somewhat resembles a self-portrait because of the red hair. The shape of the sculpture also refers to Ary Scheffer's Christ Consolator, a print of which Vincent had hanging on his wall. The message of connection is reinforced by the fact that the image is also intended to be placed. This way, children can sit on Vincent's lap.
In addition to the model of the Van Gogh monument, various studies by Tahon after Van Gogh and related sculptures from the artist's collection will be exhibited. The museum also screens the documentary Sign of the Times: Mensch (EO 2019, director: Wilberry Jacobs) about the spirituality in Tahon's work and a number of works by the reverend painter Abraham van der Waeyen Pieterszen.
Vincent van GoghHuis
Markt 26-27 Zundert, The Netherlands
Wednesday - Friday from 10 - 17h
Saturday - Sunday from 12 - 17h