Van Gogh's memories of the Borinage, done a year after his departure: <i>The Bearers of the Burden</i>, 1881. Photo: © Stichting Kröller-Müller Museum News

From failed preacher to struggling artist, exhibition traces Van Gogh’s time in Belgian mining towns

Some of the few surviving examples of the Dutch painter’s earliest creative efforts are on view in Mons (Van Gogh's memories of the Borinage, done a year after his departure: The Bearers of the Burden, 1881. Photo: © Stichting Kröller-Müller Museum) Published online: 26 January 2015
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Van Gogh to ‘Doudou’–Mons’s year as European Capital of Culture begins

Belgian city promises blockbuster shows but also new museums devoted to local traditions

Published online: 26 January 2015

BP’s Tate sponsorship smaller than expected

Campaigners force gallery to disclose it has received £4m from 1990 to 2006

Published online: 26 January 2015

Israel’s West Bank barrier will not run through Palestinian world heritage site

But the Vatican is concerned that the planned barrier will still encroach on nearby Bethlehem properties

Published online: 25 January 2015

Wadsworth Atheneum restores spaces it very nearly lost

Revamp of “artists’ museum” allows Tony Smith’s collection and Richard Tuttle’s surprise gift to go on show

Published online: 25 January 2015

Brussels fair offers a mixed bag of art surprises, from decomposing head to bronze turtles

International dealers bring an eclectic selection of works to Brafa

Published online: 24 January 2015

Antiquities next to contemporary in Prada Foundation’s new home

Rem Koolhaas-designed space in Milan to open in May with Roman sculpture and 21st-century art

Published online: 23 January 2015

 

Oscar nominated ‘Leviathan’ may fall foul of Kremlin cultural decree

Document signed by Vladimir Putin refers to “false ideas about Russia’s historic backwardness”

Published online: 23 January 2015

Prospect New Orleans goes off the beaten track with new artistic director

Trevor Schoonmaker says he aims to show work “beyond what’s trending and top ten lists”

Published online: 23 January 2015

The Tate should take BP’s money—and ask for more

Protests about the gallery’s lack of transparency over its sponsorship miss the point

Published online: 22 January 2015

David Chipperfield promises to keep ‘as much Mies as possible’ at Neue Nationalgalerie

Cost of Berlin project estimated at €101m, while proposed museum of Modern art will be double

Published online: 22 January 2015

 
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