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Van Gogh’s masterpieces reunite thanks to Facebook VR

See 5 iconic works of art, that are housed around the world, all in one digital exhibit.


Nahila Bonfiglio

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 14, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 8:38 pm CDT

The works of one of history’s best known artists will be available to view virtually through Facebook, together again for the first time in decades.

Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflower paintings have not been together since they were sold by Van Gogh’s surviving family members to various museums around the world. The five Sunflowers reside in museums across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Due to their age and, in some cases, frailty, the paintings are very rarely moved, which makes this exhibit all the more exciting.

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After more than 125 years, this week will see all five Sunflower paintings available to view virtually in a unique 360-degree exhibition, accompanied by commentary from Willem van Gogh, grandson of Vincent van Gogh’s brother Theo.

For those who are interested in an even more in-depth look at these classic masterpieces, today the museums that house the physical copies of each Sunflower will livestream special broadcasts in which the curators of each museum will introduce “their” version of each Sunflower. The consecutive livestreams can be viewed live or at a later time.

For a glimpse into the Sunflower exhibits at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art in Tokyo, Neue Pinakothek in Munich, and National Gallery in London all from the comfort of your own home, log onto Facebook and enjoy.

H/T Mashable

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*First Published: Aug 14, 2017, 12:34 pm CDT