Where will you be sleeping tonight? Van Gogh’s bedroom? It has been 150 years since his birth, but, that’s actually not as ridiculous as it might sound as of this week.
The Art Institute of Chicago has done something quite wonderful in anticipation of its upcoming exhibition Van Gogh’s Bedrooms, they have meticulously recreated Van Gogh’s famous painting The Bedroom as an Airbnb listing that art lovers can rent out of just £7 per night – the price set by Van Gogh himself as he “needs to buy paints.” If you chose to stay here, you’ll also get tickets to the exhibition – though, you might have to wait for a cancellation as dates were snapped up as soon as it was announced.
The listing reads: “This room will make you feel like you’re living in a painting. It’s decorated in a Post-Impressionist style, reminiscent of Southern France and times gone by. Its furniture, bright colors, and artwork will give you the experience of a lifetime.”
Van Gogh’s Bedrooms opens on February 14th at The Art Institute of Chicago and is the only exhibition in North America to have brought together all three versions of The Bedroom.
The Bedroom may well be one of the most famous paintings of a bedroom, if not the most. It is of Van Gogh’s bedroom in Arles, France, just after he moved to his famous “Yellow House” in 1888.
The Bedroom was of such great importance to Van Gogh that when it suffered water damage after completion, he painted a second version to ensure its survival. The second was painted while he was in an asylum in Saint-Remy in 1889, and though of matching size to his first, is also distinctly different. A third, smaller version was also painted as a gift to his mother and sister. All three versions will be on display.
The exhibition has 36 works by Van Gogh including paintings, drawings and illustrated letters, as well as books and other knick knacks that were in his possession in an attempt to give further understanding to his work and “his longing for a place of his own”.
Van Gogh’s Bedrooms runs from 14th February – 10th May