Student Trip to Amsterdam (14. March)

My goal with this blog is to provide regular updates and information about the Münster Semester 2012. It is intended for parents, fellow students, friends, etc. It is written mostly by Elizabeth Steding, Assistant Professor of German and Münster 2012 program leader. This is my first time leading the Münster program, and I am very excited to be spending this time in Germany with students.

Van Gogh Museum:

This past weekend a group of 8 of us fabulous Münster students took a weekend trip to Amsterdam. While many people would expect me to write about the wonderful canals, the lizard statues we found in the grass, our adventures in the Hostel or how different the culture is in Amsterdam, I choose to write about my fabulous trip to the Van Gogh Museum.

First thing to know about the Van Gogh Museum (other than its awesome and everyone should go) is that they don’t believe in student discounts. So expect to spend more than you think is necessary, but fear not, it’s totally worth it. Most people know of Van Gogh, and at least that he liked to paint sunflowers, swirly things, licked his paintbrushes, and that he cut off his ear. I on the other hand go bonkers about Art History. Van Gogh was born in 1853 in the Netherlands, he only lived for 37 years, and managed to produce more than 2,100 works of art in his short life.

The museum has three floors of Van Gogh paintings, and then a floor of works that Van Gogh would have been referencing and influenced by during his short painting career. The floors are arranged (mostly) in a chronological order, starting with his monochromatic early paintings like The Potato Eaters and progressing on up to his more colorful works like the sunflowers or Wheatfield’s with Crows.

It took us around three hours to go through the entire museum, including an exhibit on music and art. I’ve literally written entire papers describing one painting, so I’ll spare you the long version. Short version is there is nothing like seeing the colors and brush strokes up close. So. Much. Paint. Standing in front of the paintings it’s astonishing how much paint can be put on a single canvas.

Canals in Amsterdam.
Lizards in Amsterdam.