Sunflowers for Van Gogh

Sunflowers for Van Gogh

Windmill de Roosdonck, Gerwenseweg 2

Image: Van Gogh Brabant


The unique light installation, ‘Van Gogh’s Sunflowers’ - that was previously shown at GLOW 2019 - will be on display again. This time in Nuenen, next to where Vincent van Gogh painted his first masterpiece 136 years ago: Roosdonck Windmill. The installation can be experienced every evening during GLOW 2021, from 6 to 13 November this year.

Van Gogh considered the group portrayal in ‘The Potato Eaters’ to be his first successful masterpiece. Van Gogh was especially pleased with his successful approach to the colour of the ‘dusty, unpeeled potatoes’: lightness that is still dark. This autumn the painting will be the main feature of ‘The Potato Eaters: Mistake or Masterpiece?’ exhibition in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Special attention will be given to an additional programme in Nuenen, where this painting was produced. As part of this program the sunflowers are positioned next to the Roosdonck Windmill. A Van Gogh Monument looking out over the house where the family De Groot’s farmhouse once stood. The family modelled for this famous masterpiece. The full program of Van Gogh Brabant can be found here.

A sea of sunflowers, swaying in the wind. It even appears as though we are looking at a painting by Van Gogh. But as you come closer you see that they are lanterns, traditional Chinese lanterns. This light artwork is a homage to Vincent van Gogh, who painted 69 sunflowers during his time in Arles France. Van Gogh saw his sunflowers as lanterns.

The full program of Van Gogh Brabant can be found here:

Van Gogh Brabant

‘Sunflowers for Van Gogh’ is a combined project by the light artists Hugo Vrijdag from Eindhoven and Gu Yeliang from Nanjing. This work came about through a collaboration between the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam and Van Gogh Brabant.


Hugo Vrijdag & Gu Yeliang