World famous Van Gogh bedroom in Arles gets a new permanent place in Boxmeer in Brabant
Since 26 March the village of Boxmeer in Brabant, the province where Vincent van Gogh was born and spent a large part of his life now has a genuine copy of Van Gogh’s famous bedroom in Arles.
Following the success of an earlier reconstruction of ‘The Bedroom’ at the Museum Art Institute in Chicago in 2016, and the touring version of the bedroom by the Dutch artist Cornel Bierens in 1989, there is for the first time a permanent reconstruction where you can actually stay overnight.
Following the recent discovery that Vincent van Gogh’s famous bed would have been returned to Boxmeer after the second world war, a search for the original bed was begun in 2016. Although the bed has so far not been found, this didn’t prevent the owner of Hotel Riche from making a contemporary ode to the world’s most famous artist. The hotel bedroom is an exact copy of Van Gogh’s painting of ‘The Bedroom’ from 1888; with the same colours, the paintings, not to mention the chair and wash stand.
The Boxmeer initiative clearly shows that the story of Van Gogh not only inspires people all over the world, but that Van Gogh has also left his legacies all over Brabant. Frank van den Eijnden, director of Van Gogh Brabant: ‘We welcome this initiative, especially now that this entrepreneur is offering packages which combine visits to Van Gogh Village Nuenen, Het Noordbrabants Museum and the Kröller-Müller Museum.