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Amsterdam's Van Gogh mile

Posted: Feb. 19th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
On the mile
Conde Nast Traveler

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam closed its doors early last September for remodeling purposes. But they weren’t going to let their pieces go with out being exhibited so they moved their pieces to a close museum. Incase you didn’t get the memo they have suspended a scarlet thread with concealed speakers leading you to the arts current location.

When the Van Gogh Museum closed for renovations last September, its management didn’t just batten down the hatches. Instead they moved a greatest hits collection of the artist’s works across town to the Hermitage Amsterdam, where the exhibition "Vincent" will stay until one week before the VGM reopens in May. But what to do about the hoards of disappointed tourists who, not having received the memo, continue to line up at the Museum Square mothership? Enter artist Henk Schut and publisher David Kat. They came up with an artfully elegant solution: a 4-kilometer-long scarlet thread suspended high above the city’s streets, leading the faithful to "Vincent." Complete with concealed speakers at street level that recite passages from the artist’s many letters, it’s an awesome way to spend an hour taking in the masterpiece beauty of Amsterdam. I went on a rare open-to-the-public tour with Schut and Kat. Traveling to Amsterdam soon?


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