Van Gogh and the Olive Groves
June 25, 2022 - September 18, 2022
Bell Family Decorative Arts Court
General Admission $16; Investor+ Free; Youth 17 and Under Free
The olive groves of Saint-Rémy deeply inspired Vincent van Gogh in his last year of life, and the paintings he made of them are among his most moving works. This exhibition unites Mia’s own Olive Trees with three more paintings from the series, along with two other Van Gogh landscapes and three works on paper. Highlighting recent scientific research led by the Van Gogh Museum, the exhibition sheds new light on the artist’s methods and materials, his passionate investigation of color and line, and his choice of the olive groves as an evocative subject.
Van Gogh created the olive grove paintings between June and December of 1889, during his stay at the psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy. Mia recently lent its Olive Trees to a larger exhibition presenting the new research, hosted by the Van Gogh Museum and the Dallas Museum of Art. In turn, these museums offered to lend the five paintings for this exhibition at Mia, an intimate opportunity to explore Van Gogh’s extraordinary art and practice.
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Inspired by Van Gogh
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Stop and Chat
July 7 – September 1
Have questions about the exhibition? Guides will be on hand to talk with you before or after your visit. Second floor, under the marble staircase. Tuesdays through Sundays, 1 to 3 pm, and Thursday nights, 6 to 8 pm.