Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ coming to Michigan via Paris, 1st time in US in decade

DETROIT – You don’t have to book a flight to France to see one of the world’s most iconic paintings. Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night Over the Rhone River” is coming to Detroit on loan from the Musée d’Orsay museum. This will be the first time in more than a decade the painting will be on view in the U.S.

It’s part of a one-of-a-kind Vincent van Gogh exhibition coming only to Michigan this year featuring more than 70 authentic van Gogh works. “Van Gogh in America” will be at the Detroit Institute of Arts from October 2, 2022 through January 22, 2023.

This exhibition was originally scheduled to be at the DIA in 2020, but was pushed back more than two years. The DIA said these rescheduled dates would allow sufficient time for international travel to return to normal amid the COVID pandemic as the exhibition includes a number of international lenders. Tickets to the exhibition will go on sale this summer with an on-sale date not yet announced.

“Starry Night,” also known as “Starry Night Over the Rhone,” is one of two iconic paintings including the nighttime sky which Van Gogh created while living Arles, France from 1888 to 1889. The painting captures a clear, star-filled night sky and the reflections of gas lighting over an illuminated Rhone River with a couple strolling along the banks in the foreground.

This masterpiece was last on view in the U.S. in 2011 and will be one of three van Gogh works on loan from the Musée d’Orsay museum for the DIA’s exhibition which the DIA is calling the largest-scale van Gogh exhibition in America in a generation.

“This is a uniquely Detroit story, and only a museum the caliber of the DIA would be able to obtain such a large number of loaned van Gogh’s from museums and collections around the world,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA Director. “This exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for residents of southeast Michigan and beyond, and will be an unforgettable experience for everyone who visits.”

The exhibition will not only feature numerous van Gogh paintings, but will also have some of his drawings and prints from museums and private collections worldwide. The exhibition coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Detroit Institute of Arts becoming the first U.S. museum to acquire a van Gogh painting, his “Self-Portrait.”

Highlights of the exhibition to include:

  • The Bedroom (1889), Vincent van Gogh, oil on canvas, The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Van Gogh’s Chair (1888), Vincent van Gogh, oil on canvas, The National Gallery, London
  • Lullaby: Madame Augustine Roulin Rocking a Cradle (1889), Vincent van Gogh, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Poppy Field (1890), Vincent van Gogh, oil on canvas, Kunstmuseum Den Haag
  • L’Arlésienne: Madame Joseph-Michel Ginoux (Marie Julien, 1848–1911), 1888–89, Vincent van Gogh, oil on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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