The Van Gogh Europe Foundation aims to make Vincent van Gogh’s European legacy accessible to a broad audience, in order to appeal to, connect with and inspire present and future generations. Van Gogh Europe sees young people as future visitors and believes that everyone in the world should have access to the life and works of Vincent van Gogh. To contribute to this, Van Gogh Europe has been involved in several special educational collaborations with various (business) study programs, such as ISC Business School Paris, ESSEC Business School Cergy, FGV São Paulo and the KU Leuven.
During these special multiannual projects, project manager Sarah Dekker (MA) will be giving art-historical lectures about Van Gogh and a corresponding theme, such as Van Gogh and his mental illness, Van Gogh’s last months in Auvers-sur-Oise, and Van Gogh and his love for nature. These lectures are part of a topic that will be taught by teachers at the school in question. The (international) students will then work on a case study related to their topic and the life and works of Vincent van Gogh.
This has led to the establishment of interesting crossovers, which both the students, the teachers and partners of Van Gogh Europe considered to be an inspiring and educational experience. These include contributions to current themes and debates about art and sustainability, and the role of art in mental health and well-being. The programmes are put together in close consultation by the educational institutions and Van Gogh Europe, and are based on an exchange of knowledge.
Incorporating Van Gogh’s paintings and life into teaching and practical projects encourages creativity and out-of-the-box thinking in our students. 2022-2023 will be the fourth year of inspiring collaboration between Van Gogh Europe and ISC Paris.
Sabine Bacouel-Jentjens, Professor of Management, Head of Master specialization International Business & Management, ISC Business School Paris.
Sustainability is very complex and full of wicked problems. No wonder some people feel overwhelmed and start to pay less attention. I sometimes get this feeling myself, although I realize the problems are too important to neglect. I then think of the Almond Blossom painting by Van Gogh and remember to always keep hope.
Roel van Lerberghe, Master Milieu en Preventie Management, KU Leuven.