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Exhibition Why so Serious?

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Beeldbrekers (ReFramers) Ahmed Batman, Djalma Taihuttu, Ryosuke Asao, Sara Aljić and Stijn de Koning want to make it easier for us to visit a museum. Everyone can discover something for themselves in a painting, and it certainly doesn’t always need to be profound.

This exhibition is created by young people for young people, and features work by artists including Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Isaac Israëls. The paintings selected by the curators tell a story of happiness and fun.

The ReFramers invite you to see art in a new light, because…‘Why so Serious?’.

Djalma on Vase with Chinese Asters and Gladioli:
‘The use of colour is stunning: pink, red and light green are all striking. When I saw it at the depot, I saw that the paint is incredibly thick. I really liked that: you can see the painting process, the individual brushstrokes. You get completely absorbed, and get very close to the artist. The texture of the paint reminds me that this was made by a real person. It reduces the distance between me and the artist.’

Sara on Exterior of a Restaurant in Asnières:
'You can see that it is a beautiful, warm day. It gives a spring or summer feeling. The feeling that you have no obligations, that you are walking with the sun on your skin. Then you walk past such a restaurant, and then you think 'oh that looks cute, let's go in there'. I feel that spontaneity in it. Just do what you feel like doing.'

Ryosuke & Stijn on A Crab on its Back:
‘We were surprised by the crab. We really didn’t know that it was by Van Gogh. His colourful picture of the crab gives you an instant happiness hit. And you wonder, was the crab lying there on its back the entire time? Or was it already dead? The best part is the crab’s stomach, with all the different coloured orange dashes next to each other. The crab seems like it could feel soft, you almost want to stroke it. And the green background… It’s great, we could spend hours staring at that alone.’

About the Beeldbrekers
The Beeldbrekers (ReFramers) are a group of young adult students and (young) professionals who dedicate their expertise to helping the Van Gogh Museum become more inclusive. The ReFramers broaden the museum’s horizons. They ask critical questions and find new ways of making Van Gogh’s story relevant to new generations of visitors.






  • 20.05.2022 - 11.09.2022
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    1 July - 12 September 2021

    Open daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

    13 - 20 September 2021:

    Monday until Friday: open from 10 am until 5 pm.Saturday and Sunday: open from 10 am until 6 pm.%3Cbe>



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  • Vase with Gladioli and Chinese Asters, Vincent van Gogh, 1886
    Vase with Gladioli and Chinese Asters, Vincent van Gogh, 1886
    Van Gogh Museum
  • Exterior of a Restaurant in Asnières, Vincent van Gogh, 1887
    Exterior of a Restaurant in Asnières, Vincent van Gogh, 1887
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    A Crab on its Back, Vincent van Gogh, 1887
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