Volume 3: Van Gogh and Japan a Dialogue with Eve Kalyva

Volume 3: Van Gogh and Japan a Dialogue with Eve Kalyva

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It's not well known that Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh was heavily inspired by Japanese art. In this Context Conversation, we will have the opportunity to learn more about the life and work of this great artist, and explore his interests in, and influences from, Japanese art.

We will consider the key elements of Japanese art, how it got to Europe, and how it resonated with artists there. Then, we will have a closer look at different paintings by van Gogh, and identify specific traits that are directly drawn from Japanese art. Through his dialogue with Japanese art, van Gogh found a source of experimentation and innovation; as well as of confidence.

Led by art critic and expert Eve Kalyva, this interactive discussion will awaken your interest in the connection between Japanese art and van Gogh. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants should come away with a better understanding of van Gogh and the influence of art from Japan.

Eve is an art critic and a writer. She comes from an interdisciplinary background (physics, fine art, literature, art history) and completed her PhD at Leeds (2011) on conceptual art and experimental exhibition strategies. Her work examines art’s social practices, multimodality and social semiotics. Eve has worked as a lecturer in Europe and Latin America, and has collaborated with art institutions as a curator, critic and artist in residence. She has spent most of her life traveling and is intrigued by Amsterdam’s multinational and transcultural community, and vibrant artistic scene.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.