Van Gogh and the Stars

A cosmic journey through 120 works by over 70 artists!

Sat 1 Jun – 8 Sep 2024

The Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles is delighted to present Van Gogh’s famous “cosmic poem” Starry Night (Arles, Sept. 1888), one of the masterpieces in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay.

The return of this painting just a few metres from where it was made, provides an opportunity to produce an exhibition that sheds new light on both the sources the artist drew on to create it and its enormous influence.

Through a variety of scientific, historical, and poetic approaches, the work of past and present artists will shed new light on Van Gogh’s work, highlighting its legacy and unshakeable strength.
Curated by Jean de Loisy and Bice Curiger, the exhibition Van Gogh and the Stars will highlight the erudite work and research carried out by Vincent van Gogh throughout his life, driven by his inner vision, his torments, his acute sense of observation, but also by his environment. The unique literary and scientific climate that developed in the second half of the nineteenth century will also be presented to the public, through an exhibition of the research that fascinated the public at the time, as well as the work of the great scientific illustrators such as Étienne Léopold Trouvelot and Lord Ross.

The influence of this nocturnal scene has been considerable, as shown in the work of subsequent artists such as Edvard Munch, Kasimir Malevitch, Georgia O’Keeffe, Helen Frankenthaler and other major figures who are featured in the exhibition. A fascination with the night has persisted in contemporary art, where it has taken different forms. Works by Tony Cragg, Alicja Kwade, Anselm Kiefer, Dove Allouche, Yves Klein, Lee Bontecou, and others will also be included in this journey to the stars undertaken thanks to the return of Starry Night to the banks of the river that inspired it…

 

With works from the artists:

Juliette Agnel – Jean-Michel Alberola – Dove Allouche – Jean-Marie Appriou – Giacomo Balla – Anna-Eva Bergman – Lee Bontecou – Frédéric Bruly Bouabré – Antoine Bourdelle – Charbel-joseph H. Boutros – Victor Brauner – Carlo Carrà – Frédéric-Auguste Cazals – Maurice Chabas – Jean Chacornac – Konstantinas Čiurlionis – Caroline Corbasson – Camille Corot – Lucien Clergue – Tony Cragg– Gustave Doré – James Ensor – Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves – Hippolyte Fizeau et Léon Foucault – Camille Flammarion – Robert Fludd – Lucio Fontana – Helen Frankenthaler – Gloria Friedmann – Augusto Giacometti – Jean-Jacques Grandville – Wenzel Hablik – Victor Hugo – Louise Janin – Eugène Jansson – Akseli Gallen-Kallela – Vassily Kandinsky – Anish Kapoor – Anselm Kiefer – Paul Klee – Yves Klein – Ivan Klioune – František Kupka – Alicja Kwade – Bertrand Lavier – Kasimir Malevitch – Arturo Martini – Charles Marville – Jean-François Millet – Adolphe Monticelli – Mariko Mori – Edvard Munch – Georgia O’Keeffe – Meret Oppenheim – Paul Dominique Philippoteaux – Lioubov Popova – Enrico Prampolini – Odilon Redon – Evariste Richer – Lord Rosse – Raymond Roussel – Lucien Rudaux – Alexandre Séon – Smith – Léon Spilliaert – August Strindberg – Bruno Taut – Daniel Tremblay – Étienne Léopold Trouvelot – Frederic Watts
& Vincent van Gogh

Image gallery

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VINCENT VAN GOGH La Nuit étoilée, Arles, 1888 Huile sur toile, 73 × 92 cm Donation sous réserve d’usufruit M. et Mme Robert Kahn-Sriber, en souvenir de M. et Mme Fernand Moch, 1975 © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay) / Adrien Didierjean

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ODILON REDON, Le Météore, XIXe siècle Fusain sur papier teinté, 35,5×21 cm Musée des Beaux-arts, Bordeaux

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GEORGIA O’KEEFFE, Starlight Night, Lake George (Lumière stellaire la nuit, lac George), 1922 Huile sur toile, 40,6 × 60,1 cm Collection privée

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MAURICE CHABAS, La Spirale d’or, 1888 Huile sur toile, 37 × 40 cm Fond d’art contemporain / Paris Collection

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PAUL KLEE, Genesis of the Stars (La Genèse des étoiles), 1914 Crayon et aquarelle sur papier, 16,2 ×2 4,2 cm Zentrum Paul Klee, Berne

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TONY CRAGG, La Lune bleue, 1980 Fragments d'objets en matière plastique bleue, 260 × 96 cm Musée d’art contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole

Practical informations

Exhibition open from 10am to 7pm (last admission at 6.15pm)

⚠️ The painting Starry Night (Arles, Sept. 1888) by Van Gogh is exhibited until Sunday 25 August, it after returns to the Musée d’Orsay.