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The works of 23 Dutch and international artists and writers provide a contemporary trail through the permanent collection, placing Vincent van Gogh in a different light.

Vincent van Gogh wrote over 800 letters, mainly to his brother Theo. In these letters, he movingly describes his ambitions and his doubts, as well as what inspired and amazed him in the world around him. The ideas about art and life which Van Gogh expressed in his letters are inextricably linked to his work.

Contemporary artists respond to Van Gogh
What do Van Gogh’s ideas and insights mean to artists and for art as it is practised today? The artists each received a specially selected Van Gogh letter. They responded in a piece of art, a letter or a poem.

Their surprising answers are displayed in the Van Gogh Museum among the works of Van Gogh.