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In the spirit of Vincent van Gogh

Nuenen and Vincent van Gogh are inextricably linked. It is the place where he painted a quarter of his work, including his first master piece The Potato Eaters. On 1 April 2015 the ties between Nuenen and Van Gogh will be strengthened even further: the doors to Nune Ville are opened. This was the house where Margot Begemann lived, Vincent’s greatest love. From April until October the historical building will be dedicated to The Vincent Affair. Contemporary artists, designers and original thinkers disclose their passionate affair with the wayward thinker Van Gogh. A contemporary Van Gogh experience, set in a home that harbours an intense love story.

The Vincent Affair focuses on confrontation. A gem cannot be polished without friction. Curator Wendy Plomp from Edhv has selected seven free spirits to transform the spaces inside the home into Van Gogh’s mental spaces. Wander from room to room and be inspired by the colour samples collected from the Nuenen soil by Atelier NL. Come face to face with true love through the eyes of Mike Roelofs and find the double layers in the world around you through the work of Erwin Thomasse. Feel the physical labour that went into the installation made by We Make Carpets, and see how Raw Color finds out if controlled randomness can lead to new shades of colour. Lucas Maassen and Margriet Craens have studied the physical possibilities of everyday objects and Jólan van der Wiel is offering you an opportunity to wander through your own limitless imagination.

An Affair with Van Gogh
The creative makers have transformed the heritage building and its rooms into a provocative location. A space for (self)study, inspiration and experience. A place that offers a daringly different perspective on the world. During Van Gogh’s stay in Nuenen from 1883 to 1885, Margot Begemann lived at Nune Ville. She came under the spell of Vincent and his unique view of the world. Her conservative sisters did not approve, which meant that their relationship came to a tragic end. But his multifaceted mind has become the starting point for the Vincents of today. Unhindered by convention they enrich our world with their work, evoking wonder and asking questions. The historical home forms the backdrop for a ramble through past and present.

A Feast of Inspiration
A troublemaker, a perfectionist, a romantic, a late bloomer and a restless traveller. Van Gogh was all of these. A man of contradictions. The Vincent Affair not only challenges the makers to connect with the painter; visitors, too, will be entering a brief affair with him. From 1 April – 1 October 2015 the house will host a series of lectures, workshops, dinners and cultural events. With room for music, debate and brainstorms. A place to gain and exchange experiences. Taking Vincent’s way of thinking as an inspiration for the thinkers and actors of today. And tomorrow.

Practical Information

Address: Berg 24, 5671 CC, Nuenen
Open: 1 April – 1 October 2015, Tuesdays – Sundays 10.00 AM – 5.00 PM
www.thevincentaffair.nl