Admirers of art have held Van Gogh in high regard for the longest time. Despite his paintings being decades old, his legacy continues to inspire the newer generation with thousands of exhibitions taking place every year across the globe. However, when the Van Gogh Museum announced that they have joined hands with the Japanese media franchise popularly known as Pokemon, the 90s kids got a little more excited.
The news was shared by the team at Pokémon a few weeks ago via YouTube. They shared an adorable video, announcing that they are working on something special with the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam. Everyone was excited to see what the collaboration is all about, and finally the wait is over. The Pokemon exhibition is officially opened at the Van Gogh Museum.
Here’s what we know about the Pokemon — Van Gogh Museum collaboration so far
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People who visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam will be able to catch a glimpse of a selection of Van Gogh’s paintings alongside portraits of Pokemon’s most famous characters including Pikachu, Eevee, Snorlax and Munchlax.
What else can you expect from the Pokemon — Van Gogh Museum collaboration?
Several interactive and educational programs have been organised at the museum as well. This includes a workshop where kids can learn how to draw Pikachu. Van Gogh’s lifelong affinity for Japanese printing techniques will also be talked about during these programmes. A gift shop has also been established at the venue which will have all sorts of memorabilia including a special Pikachu promo card called Pika-Portrait. The artwork features everyone’s favourite yellow Pokémon in a grey felt hat, painted in Van Gogh’s signature Impressionistic style.
How long is the exhibition open?
The exhibition is on view till 7 January. However, if you are not able to visit the museum, you can at least buy your own Pika-Portrait card and enjoy the online courses at their website.
The viral video that created a lot of buzz
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The video shared on YouTube features Pokemon characters Pikachu and Eevee. They are shown running through a field of sunflowers set in a typical 19th-century Dutch terrain. The two stop after a moment to look up and are amazed to see the sky morph into Vincent van Gogh’s post-impressionist style, giving you a glimpse of one of his famous paintings. Pikachu and Eevee look down to see that the sunflower field has turned into several copies of the Pokémon character Sunflora.
Other collaborations of the Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum has been a part of a host of collaborations in the past few years. In 2022, the Mud Jeans collection featured laser elements of Gogh’s handwriting. Rapha also worked on a collection inspired by Van Gogh’s painting The Yellow House.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
– What is special about the Van Gogh Museum?
The museum boasts the largest Van Gogh collection in the world. It houses 200 paintings, 400 drawings, and 700 letters by the legendary artist.
– Who is the cutest Pokémon in the world?
Eevee and Pikachu are the cutest Pokemon characters in the world.
– Why is Van Gogh so famous?
Van Gogh is considered to be one of the most popular Post-Impressionist painters. His unique paintings where he used striking colours, immaculate brushwork, and contoured forms to express his thoughts made quite an impression on art lovers.
– What are 5 interesting facts about Van Gogh?
5 interesting facts about Van Gogh: The artist painted almost 900 paintings in 10 years; His famous painting, Starry Night, was created by him in an asylum; He never chopped off his whole ear, it was just a piece of his ear; His life is documented through hundreds of letters that he wrote to his brother and close friend, Theo, his artist friends Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard, and others; Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime, he only got famous after his death.
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