As you may know, Vincent van Gogh was a passionate letter writer. Vincent on Friday asked today’s hottest word-painters, such as Ray Fuego, Ellen Deckwitz and Sef, to delve into Vincent’s letters and give them a personal twist. Don’t miss your chance to discover their unique stories!
23 February 2018
Van Gogh sometimes wrote two letters a day. Not short texts like social media posts, but numerous double-sided sheets detailing his dreams, fears and adventures. Lots of us can identify with what he describes in his letters, making them an endless source of inspiration – also for modern day word-painters!
Introduction by Massih
7 pm - 7.15 pm
Massih Hutak hit the news after writing a letter to Mark Rutte last year calling on young, influential people to use their vote. After reading his letter, Dutch newspaper Het Parool proclaimed him ‘talent of the year 2017’. And this evening, he is our host! Massih has settled into the museum in no time. He’ll fill you in on the programme for this edition of Vincent on Friday and take you on a journey into the world of an artist whom he is getting to know better and better.
‘Dear Vincent’ performances
7.15 pm - 9.15 pm
If you could write Vincent a letter, what would you like to tell him? We asked our favourite rappers, authors and poets this very question. They’ll be at the museum this evening to share the personal stories that they wrote to or for Van Gogh. Listen to their letters and poems, read aloud live and in person. With Ray Fuego (SMIB), Anouar Ennali (actor/rapper), Ellen Deckwitz (poet), Dilan Yurdakul (actress), Bas Derks (Ditisderks.nl) and Thomas Heerma van Voss (journalist/author).
Liefdesbrieven (Love letters)
7.30 pm & 8.30 pm
A dying breed perhaps, but they are still around: young people who know how to write a decent love letter. In Liefdesbrieven (Love Letters), five twenty-somethings read aloud the most intimate love letter that they have ever written. They introduce the thoughts and feelings associated with writing these letters. In this documentary by Tara Fallaux, discover how they felt at the time of writing their letters.
7 pm - 7.30 pm
8 pm - 8.30 pm
In the museum, Rietveld Building
Van Gogh wasn’t only a gifted artist, but also a talented writer. His hundreds of letters about being an artist, his insecurities and discoveries have stood the test of time, and are still a source of inspiration to people all around the world. In this guided tour, you’ll discover Van Gogh’s personal story behind the paintings.
Letter writing workshop
7 pm - 9.30 pm
When was the last time you sat down to write a letter instead of calling or sending a WhatsApp message? This evening, take the time to write a proper letter. In this workshop, you’ll learn the tricks of the trade for writing an absolutely mind-blowing missive.
9.15 pm - 9.45
Sef pays homage to Van Gogh, writing a letter to the ginger-bearded artist. Listen to what Sef has to say as he reads his own letter to Van Gogh aloud. That’s of course great in itself, but the musical icing on the cake is a killer live set from Sef.
7 pm - 9.45 pm
DJ Atti will be spinning a scorching blend of house, sandungueo and afrobeat. That’s sure to warm up the chilly February evening and kick-start your weekend!
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