Event | Van Gogh Live

Van Gogh Live! (Summer 2013)

GRRRR / Guillaume Bruère / Elizabeth Peyton / Paul McCarthy / Nils Bech & Julian Skar

Sat 28 Jun – Sun 13 Jul 2014

The Fondation Vincent van Gogh took to the streets of Arles with Van Gogh live 2013! a dynamic programme of eclectic artistic events: performances, posters, video screenings – all happening live!

As a prelude to the Fondation’s official opening in spring 2014, Van Gogh live! was the point of departure for a series of unique dialogues between contemporary art and the painting of Vincent van Gogh. For this first edition, a number of internationally renowned artists had been invited to produce unusual images and performances, as living manifestations of the artistic heritage bequeathed by the Dutch master.

The artist and draughtsman GRRRR (Ingo Giezendanner) explored the town on foot, at the end of which he will transcribe his visual impressions into a vast, panoramic drawing on the palissade currently situated outside the entrance to the Fondation’s future home.

Portraits by Guillaume Bruère and famous couples by Elizabeth Peyton are posted at unexpected points around the town, stopping passers-by in their tracks with their intense intimacy at the heart of the public space.

Paul McCarthy’s video Painter is a satirical parody of the myth of the artist, and questions the hallowed status of the figure of the painter in the history of art.

Bruère will also be delivering a unique performance exploring the genre of the self-portrait.

The Norwegian singer Nils Bech and musician Julian Skar will present an intimate live concert for passers-by in the Jardin d’été.



Elizabeth Peyton

Street posters in the centre of Arles

28 June – 14 July


Live painting – Place du Forum, Hôtel Nord-Pinus terrace
1st July – 7pm

Outdoor poster exhibition
Rue Tour de Fabre
28 June–31 August


XXL Drawing: Live!
35 rue du Docteur Fanton
30 June–8 July

Paul McCarthy

Video screenings Painter, 1995
4 July – 22h – 68 rue Chartrouse
13 July – 22h – 32 rue de la Liberté

Nils Bech & Julian Skar

Live Concert
Jardin d’été – Boulevard des Lices
9 July – 7.30pm

With support of Music Norway