The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Van Gogh Letters

A new comprehensive edition of the letters of Vincent Van Gogh have just been released to the public, coinciding with an exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam called 'The Artist Speaks'. Provided both as a book and online, the letters may show a different side to a figure who has been turned rather into the poster-boy for deranged geniuses. With the words of the artists alongside them, works become so different. That isn't necessarily better, but every layer of an object's meaning is worth exploring. The exhibition will come to the RA in January next year.

Van Gogh Letters


Amy said...

Nice - I like this idea. I can appreciate that art speaks to some people, but for the rest of us mere mortals extra interpretive layers are v welcome. Wish I could read Dutch!

Jenny said...

There's translations!