Her last name is Van Gogh: Her thoughts on Michigan’s Van Gogh one-of-a-kind exhibit

DETROIT – She says she was thrilled to see it in person and that’s high praise coming from someone with the last name Van Gogh. The relative of the famous artist traveled to Michigan from Amsterdam to see this Vincent van Gogh exhibition for herself which you’ll only be able to see in Detroit.

Josien Van Gogh is the great-grandniece of Vincent. Her grandfather was the son of Theo van Gogh, Vincent’s brother. Josien and her daughter, Janne Heling, Vincent’s great-great-grandniece, came to the Detroit Institute of Arts for “Van Gogh in America” ​​which runs through January 22, 2023.

This exhibition, which was six years in the making and delayed for two years, features 74 original Van Gogh works on loan from museums and private collections from around the globe.

“In the exhibition, there’s a big photograph of Jo (Johanna van Gogh-Bonger) with a baby on her lap. That’s my grandfather,” Josien Van Gogh told MLive.

She said she really enjoyed the exhibition because there are so many paintings owned by museums across the US that she’s never seen in person before.

“What I like about the exhibition is that there are many paintings from the US which I have never seen because they have always been in the US and they don’t travel to Europe. I’m thrilled about the exhibition and I like it a lot.”

73 out of the 74 original Van Gogh pieces at the exhibition will be carefully sent back to their homes at museums and private collections around the world. One will stay. The DIA owns “Self-Portrait,” which it purchased in 1922.

“One hundred years after the DIA made the bold decision to purchase a Van Gogh painting, we are honored to present “Van Gogh in America,” said DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons. “”Not everyone can go to Paris. Not everyone can go to Amsterdam. It didn’t take a village, it took a city to put together this exhibition. The community has been incredibly supportive, the lenders, extraordinarily generous and the sponsors, amazing.”

Tickets to the exhibition are $7 – $29 and can be purchased here for weekdays and here for weekends. Residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties receive a discount. Adult and youth audio tours are included with admission along with a printed exhibition guide.


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