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"You know what I often think about - what I said to you once, that, even if I wasn’t successful, I still believed that what I’d worked on would be continued". Vincent van Gogh wrote this in 1889. He couldn’t have imagined that over 125 years later, his art and ideas would still be relevant and inspire artists.
When I Give, I Give Myself shows how modern artists think about the same artistic and existential questions which Van Gogh asked himself, and reveal that - even 125 years after his death - Van Gogh still inspires and is current.
In the exhibition 'When I Give, I Give Myself', 23 contemporary artists respond to letters written by Van Gogh, 23 Dutch and international artists and writers provide a contemporary trail through the permanent collection, placing Vincent van Gogh in a different light.
Vincent van Gogh wrote over 800 letters, mainly to his brother Theo. In these letters, he movingly describes his ambitions and his doubts, as well as what inspired and amazed him in the world around him. The ideas about art and life which Van Gogh expressed in his letters are inextricably linked to his work.