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The world-famous painter Vincent van Gogh spent two years in Nuenen. But what really kept the painter busy? Where did he live? Who did he surround himself with? Anyone who would like to truly get to know him can visit the Van Gogh Village Museum in Nuenen from May 2023. The Regiodeal contributed € 435,000 towards the construction and furnishing of the brand new museum.
December 1833. Thirty-year-old Vincent van Gogh crosses Nuenen's village street Berg. Shortly before, he returned from Drenthe to his parents. From his parental home he walks to the town hall, where he registers at the registry office. He is not yet a well-known painter, but that will soon change....
Guide Hans was thoughtful about every brick and space. Even before the architect began drawing, he gave him an extensive tour. 'You can't draw something appropriate until you know the stories behind this place and Van Gogh,' he states. 'I urged the architect: make something that makes people feel they are getting very close to Vincent.' The result is a contemporary building whose lines closely resemble the long-gabled farmhouse that stood there during Van Gogh's time.
Visitors who walk out feel they really know the painter. They have learned about his fluctuating mental well-being, the personal letters to his brother Theo, the difficult relationship with his father and about the strong bond with his mother. 'When his mother broke her hip, she couldn't go to church. 'Then I will bring the church to her,' the painter must have thought. His painting 'Going out of the Reformed Church in Nuenen' hangs in the Van Gogh Museum. But the story that goes with that painting is not told there. We tell it here, in Nuenen.
It doesn't get any closer to Van Gogh!