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History

The Van Gogh Museum opened in 1973 and was created by Gerrit Rietveld, a Dutch architect, and furniture designer.

Later, the temporary display wing and new entrance were built by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa.

The world’s largest collection of Van Gogh’s artwork is housed there. 

Theo received Vincent’s paintings after his death in 1890. 

Only six months after Theo’s passing, Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, his widow, took care of the artworks.

She began organizing his art shows, writing about him in art publications, and selling his paintings. 

After realizing how beneficial it is to have his collection put together, she stopped selling his art in the 1920s.

The majority of Vincent van Gogh’s drawings—around 1,000—and about 200 of his paintings—that were still in the family collection are on show at the Van Gogh Museum today.

When the new museum opened in 1973, they were transported there from a nearby Stedelijk Museum where they had previously been on exhibit.

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