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Paul Gauguin, Van Gogh Painting Sunflowers (1888) at the Van Gogh Museum | Via The Yorck Projec/WikiCommons
Paul Gauguin, Van Gogh Painting Sunflowers (1888) at the Van Gogh Museum | Via The Yorck Projec/WikiCommons
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Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' to Be Exhibited Together for the First Time

Picture of Rachel Gould
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 14 August 2017
On August 14, five of Vincent van Gogh’s floral masterpieces will be shown alongside one another for the first time. But no need to leave the house for this landmark event—the exhibition is virtual, and will take place on Facebook Live.

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.

Still Life: Vase with Fourteen Sunflowers (1888) at the National Gallery | Via WikiCommons
Vincent van Gogh, Still Life: Vase with Fourteen Sunflowers (1888) at the National Gallery | Via WikiCommons

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.

Vincent van Gogh, Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers (1888) at the Neue Pinakothek | Via The Yorck Project/WikiCommons
Vincent van Gogh, Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers (1888) at the Neue Pinakothek | Via The Yorck Project/WikiCommons

The Facebook event will allow viewers to see all five works in one room via VR and CGI technology.