by D. Lanier Shook October 22, 2019
Vincent Van Gogh is one of the more enigmatic, curious figures in the history of art, especially considering the esteem of his work. The mystery surrounding his life has created the created a mystique —- deserved and undeserved — of genius clouded by madness. (Carlyn Becca hypothesizes that Vincent did not actually cut off his own ear in her book They Lost Their Heads. ) Fortunately for all of us, the mystique of Vincent Van Gogh, and the very art that inspired his masterpieces is now available for us to see at the Columbia Museum of Art.
One of the perks of this job is when friends approach me with tips about events and attractions. My friend Beth mentioned the Christmas lights in Clemmons, North Carolina. Brandon was my source for the Ice Cube concert at The Orange Peel in Asheville. Most recently Suzie Pressley passed along the Willys Jeep get together in Mills River and last week my friend Glen told me about his family’s visit to the Van Gogh exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art. (By the way, if you have any travel tips for me, please pass them along. You can leave a comment below or let me know on our Twitter account.)
You’ll want to click here Apparently this exhibit was born when the authors of Van Gogh: The Life compiled a list of 30 works that inspired Vincent. So the Columbia Museum of Art brought works from twelve American museums together so we can get a glimpse into the art world as Van Gogh saw it. Graciously funded by the Blanchard family, this exhibit debuted at the beginning of this month and will be on display through mid-January of next year. For more information you need to click here to visit the Museum’s website.
This exhibit is a really big deal. The museum has pulled out all the stops with events for everyone from toddlers to educators. Click here to read the whole Calendar of Events— you’ll have to scroll down the page to see the list. The exhibit in itself is a massive event, with over forty paitings and sketches that inspired Van Gogh, according to The State newspaper.
This would make a great daytrip or a weekend visit. Columbia is close enough to Asheville and the Upstate to get there and back again in a day or its far enough away to require an overnight stay, if one so chose. Either way you should click here to visit the Columbia Visitor’s Bureau where you can find out about Columbia events, attractions, shopping, and lodging.