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Art Institute of Chicago presents Van Gogh's "Bedroom in Arles" series.

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A decade in the making, this 264,000-square-foot building makes the Art Institute the second largest art museum in the U.S.footnote 1

Fans of Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles might be surprised to learn that the artist painted three distinct versions of his intimate room. From February 14 through May 10, 2016, for the first time ever in North America, visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago will have the opportunity to view all three of Van Gogh's "Bedroom" paintings at an exhibit called Van Gogh's Bedrooms.footnote 2

Van Gogh Bedroom in Arles painting.

Fans of Van Gogh, whose "Self-Portrait" (1887) is pictured on the left above and one version of “The Bedroom” (1889) is pictured on the right above, will have the opportunity to view all three of the artist’s “Bedroom” paintings at this exhibit.

Since its founding in 1879,footnote 3 the Art Institute has collected and received generous gifts of contemporary art from Chicago collectors. Today, the museum has approximately 300,000 works of art in its permanent collection, stewarded by eleven curatorial departments and nearly 500 employees. The willingness to be daring and innovative is part of the Art Institute's foundational legacy.

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Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano, the Modern Wing is the home for the museum’s collection of 20th- and 21st-century art.

"We have always been a museum that is about art of our time, for all time," says Amanda Hicks, director of public affairs for the Art Institute, a museum that welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors annually. That approach not only fosters strong relationships with Chicago-based donors, but also benefits visitors.

"[Our approach] allows visitors to go into the Contemporary galleries, look at a sculpture by Charles Ray, for example, and then visit our Ancient galleries to see what inspired him," says Hicks. "We're able to tell incredible stories over the span of human existence and human creativity, because visitors are able to see in one building the influences of artists who are working today and track those relationships and historical moments across time. That kind of special commitment to art of our time, for all time is what drives our collecting, exhibitions and public programs philosophy."

JPMorgan Chase is one of the lead corporate sponsors of the Van Gogh exhibit and a long-standing supporter of the Art Institute of Chicago. From donating $5 million to support the building of the Modern Wing, the museum's largest expansion in 100 years, to serving as the corporate sponsor of the internationally-acclaimed exhibition Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity in 2013, JPMorgan Chase appreciates the opportunity to show its commitment to supporting Chicago and its communities.footnote 4

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A visit to the Modern Wing offers a pristine view of Millennium Park and Chase Promenade.

Thanks to the support of JPMorgan Chase and other sponsors, Van Gogh's Bedrooms will feature approximately 36 works by Van Gogh, including illustrations and letters, and interactive features bringing to light new scientific research on the paintings, and a digitally enhanced reconstruction of the artist's bedroom that allows visitors to experience the physical reality of the space that so inspired him.footnote 1

"The significance of this exhibit cannot be overstated. Seeing these works right next to one another—for the first time ever—is an important moment for those who admire and appreciate Van Gogh."

– Lisa K. Erf, Director and Chief Curator, JPMorgan Chase Art Collection

By Megy Karydes

Living and working in Chicago, Megy explores the culture that makes Chicago such an important city for art.