The recreation of Vincent Van Gogh's bedroom in Arles in the south of France, as it appears on Airbnb.
Art Institute of Chicago
By Olivia B. Waxman
February 10, 2016

The Art Institute of Chicago teamed up with short-term rentals site Airbnb to furnish a replica of Vincent Van Gogh’s bedroom in Arles, France, to promote its upcoming exhibit on the Dutch Impressionist.

The room can accommodate up to two guests, and unlike in 1888, it comes with Internet, TV, WiFi, and a washer/dryer — all for $10 a night. Available dates for this apartment in a doorman building will be announced through museum’s social media pages.

Van Gogh painted this room in his “beloved ‘Yellow House'” three times between 1888 and 1889, according to the Art Institute. His second version — which the mentally-disturbed artist painted from an asylum in Saint-Rémy — is in the museum’s permanent collection, but this exhibit “brings together all three versions of The Bedroom for the first time in North America”; the first is part of the collection at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, while the third (a gift to his mother and sister) has been at the Musée d’Orsay.

The exhibit, which runs from February 14 to May 10, also features 36 works by the artist (paintings, drawings, illustrated letters, books) and “other ephemera known to have been in Van Gogh’s possession.”

Art buffs who can’t book the room on Airbnb will be able to experience a “digitally enhanced reconstruction of his bedroom” at the show itself.

 

 

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