The ‘Loving Vincent’ Exhibition of the Animated Film
The Loving Vincent Exhibition is now open at the Noord Brabant’s Museum in Den Bosch. This beautiful town is just one hour from Amsterdam by train, too. The exhibition runs until 28th January 2018 and displays 120 of the paintings from the film. The exhibition shows how the film was made, and puts that in its historical perspective.
Loving Vincent is the first fully-painted animation film ever made. Every single frame of the hour-and-a-half movie was painstakingly painted by hand. More than 65,000 pictures were produced. Each of those stills is an oil painting on canvas and made using the same technique as Van Gogh would have used. They were masterfully created by a team of painters who participated in this mammoth project, taking four years over it. Dozens of the most striking stills painted for the film can be viewed at Noord Brabant’s Museum.
The film producers employed classically-trained painters instead of the usual animators. The narrative for the work was inspired by paintings by Van Gogh and by his life, and they were then modified for the big screen. These adaptations consisted of simple adjustments through to re-working to change ambiance and light.
This museum is the only one in this region of the Netherlands able to exhibit original works by Vincent van Gogh. The museum’s permanent display currently includes ten of van Gogh’s works. They are all pieces that van Gogh painted in Nuenen, the pretty village in Brabant where he spent most of his life and developed as an artist. One can see sketches and learn more about van Gogh and his family at The Vincentre in Nuenen.
Tim Walker: The Garden of Earthly Delights – Bosch through the eyes of a fashion photographer
Till 25th February 2018, Het Noordbrabants Museum is showing the complete collection of 26 pigment prints on gesso-coated linen entitled The Garden of Earthly Delights, by the celebrated British fashion photographer Tim Walker. He has a fascination for 15th century artist Hieronymus Bosch, and he has now created his own version of that artist’s triptych also called Garden of Earthly Delights. The large and striking images are inspired by this unique painting and were commissioned by The Nicola Erni Collection in Switzerland. This is the first time they have been shown in a museum. Tim took a year to complete this series which presents impressive photographic canvases which remind one of those popular fantasy TV blockbusters with their visual impact and medieval other-worldliness. These photographs are edgy, compelling, dark and truly original.
Tim Walker is a photographer for British, American and Italian Vogue, has had solo exhibitions and has received numerous awards.
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Travel review by Chrissie Walker © 2018