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Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ to unite via livestream

Five versions of Vincent van Gogh’s masterpiece painting “Sunflowers” will be united across three continents for the first time today via a consecutive livestream feed, the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam has said.

“On Monday... Facebook is hosting five consecutive livestreams in which international museum directors and conservators present the version of Sunflowers in their own institution,” the museum said on its website.

“Five different Sunflowers paintings will be reunited in this way for the first time in history.”

The livestream video in which the participating museums will each offer their insights into the different versions of Sunflowers will begin with London’s National Gallery at 16:50 GMT.

Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum will follow at 17:10 GMT, before handing the baton to the Neue Pinakothek in Munich at 17:30, with the Philadelphia Museum of Art showing off its version at 17:50 GMT.

Finally, a previously recorded video made by the Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art in Tokyo will be played at 18:10 GMT.

“For generations now, Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ have inspired people throughout the world,” the Amsterdam museum’s director Axel Rueger said.

“But because the five paintings are spread across different continents, it has never been possible to view them together.”

“That has now changed. We’re immensely proud of this milestone, which aligns perfectly with the Van Gogh Museum’s mission: to make the life and work of Vincent van Gogh accessible,” Rueger said in the statement.

The Sunflowers paintings, which rank among the Dutch master’s most famous works, were painted between 1888-89.


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