Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers are amongst the Dutch artist’s most iconic works. Painted whilst he was living in Arles between 1888 and 1889, the canvases have been separated since they were sold by Johanna Bonger, an art dealer who was married to van Gogh’s brother, Theo. Today, they’re displayed at various museums around the world, and held in private collections.
In a collective effort to reunite the paintings online, London’s National Gallery, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, and Tokyo’s Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art have banned together to produce a series of 15-minute online broadcasts.
At 12:50 EST, the National Gallery will launch the first of the five virtual broadcasts, with a curator walking viewers through each showcase. The artist’s great-great nephew, Willem van Gogh, will assist in the event’s narration with personal memories.
The Facebook event will allow viewers to see all five works in one room via VR and CGI technology.