Vincent van Gogh, L’Arlésienne (Madame Ginoux), 1890. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome

Introduction or lecture 'Van Gogh’s Inner Circle'

21 September 2019 to 12 January 2020

More than three years after the huge success of the Jheronimus Bosch - Visions of a Genius exhibition, which brought no fewer than 421,700 visitors to ’s-Hertogenbosch, we are proud to now be exhibiting works by another Brabant master who appeals to the imaginations of people throughout the world. We hope that this exhibition about Vincent van Gogh and his relationships with the people most dear to him will reveal a side of Van Gogh that will be unfamiliar to many - art experts and art lovers alike. Our aim is to show visitors an artist who was continually trying to establish warm relationships with friends, family and models. As you might expect, we try to achieve this by presenting visitors with works of art by the artist and objects that belonged to the artist himself and fellow artists.

Enrich your visit
The Van Gogh’s Inner Circle exhibition offers a broad perspective on the individuals who had a major influence on Vincent Van Gogh’s life and work. If you would like to get more out of your visit with a personal explanation of the exhibition, you might want to book an introduction or a more extensive lecture. Our Van Gogh expert will be pleased to take you on a tour of Van Gogh's life. Discover the man behind the artist!

Lecture (individuals)

Costs: € 7,50 per person

A lecture about the exhibition is held monthly at the time of 13:30. Reservations can be made via the online ticket shop

Introduction to the exhibition (groups)

Duration: 20 minutes
Costs: € 5 per person

Several of Van Gogh’s relationships are discussed during this introduction. Paintings, drawings, letters and documents written by both Van Gogh himself and his inner circle are used to bring the story behind the works of art and objects to life.

Extensive lecture (groups)

Duration: 45 minutes
Costs: € 7,50 per person

The lecture will focus on Van Gogh’s special relationships, supported by images of paintings, drawings, letters and documents (poetry booklets that Van Gogh made for Theo and Matthijs Maris, for example) - including a whole range of documents produced by others, such as letters written to Van Gogh. Besides close family, loved ones and models, Van Gogh’s friends will feature too, including Anthon van Rappard, Emile Bernard and Paul Signac.

  • © foto Jan-Kees Steenman Onder toeziend oog van conservator Helewise Berger en Sjraar van Heugten, wordt het laatste schilderij voor de tentoonstelling Van Goghs intimi opgehangen
  • Vincent van Gogh, Zelfportret, 1887. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting).
  • Vincent van Gogh, L’Arlésienne (Madame Ginoux), 1890. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome

Practical information

  • An introduction or lecture can be arranged during museum opening hours (from 11.00 to 17.00 hours, from Tuesday up to and including Sunday). Both take place in a separate room.
  • The introduction and lecture can be delivered in Dutch, English or German;
  • It is not possible to buy tickets for the introduction or lecture without buying a ticket for the exhibition itself;
  • Prices for groups apply from 25 people upwards. If your group is smaller, different prices will apply. We will be pleased to send you these prices on request;
  • The audio tour can be booked in advance, but can also be bought at the ticket desk, while stocks of audio equipment last. The tour is available in Dutch, English, German and French. The language required can be chosen when collecting the audio equipment. Price: € 3.50 per person;
  • Free catalogues are available in Dutch, English, German and French and are available from the entrance to the exhibition;
  • If you would like to enjoy a snack or drink during your visit, please contact the MuseumBrasserie. For more information and to make a booking, contact us via T +31 (0)73 6877 891 or

For more information, contact the Public Service Department via T +31 (0)73 6877 820 or