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Sunflowers (1889) is one of Vincent van Gogh’s best-known paintings. A great deal of innovative research has been devoted to this masterpiece from the Van Gogh Museum’s collection in recent years. An international team of specialists headed by former senior conservator Ella Hendriks examined Sunflowers using the latest scientific techniques, in order to gather as much information as possible about the canvas, the ground, the paint layers and the previous restorations carried out on the work.

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Date 21 June 2019
Time 08:45 - 18:00

The exhibition Van Gogh and the Sunflowers will show what the research has contributed to our knowledge of Van Gogh’s working methods, the discolouration of certain pigments and the painting’s conservation history and current condition.

To accompany the exhibition, the Van Gogh Museum is organising a symposium on Friday 21 June, at which members of the research team will present their most important findings. The event will also see the launch of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Illuminated: Art Meets Science. This scholarly publication written by scientists, conservators and art historians will present the results of several years of research into the sunflowers paintings in the Van Gogh Museum and the National Gallery in London.

Download the progamme (PDF)


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Registration fee: € 60 . Students: € 40. The first ten students to register will get free access. The fee includes admission to the Van Gogh Museum, lunch and refreshments.