At one point in our lives, almost all of us have wished we could jump into a painting and temporarily exist in its reality, like Mary Poppins or—yes, even this—Night at the Museum 3. The Art Institute of Chicago has taken on this challenge of giving the viewer the opportunity to live in a painting as a part of their new exhibition "Van Gogh's Bedrooms."
Recreating Van Gogh's famous work "The Bedroom"—of which there are three extremely similar versions—including all of the painting's furnishings and fixtures with an oily post-impressionist coat to boot, the room is currently available for rent on AirBnB for the bargain of $10.00 per night. Paired with 36 works by Van Gogh, The Art Institute of Chicago provides background into the famous paintings.
Van Gogh painted his first Bedroom just after moving into his beloved “Yellow House” in Arles, France, in 1888. He was so enamored with the work, now in the collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, that after water damage threatened its stability, he became determined to preserve the composition by painting a second version while at an asylum in Saint-Rémy in 1889. Identical in scale and yet distinct from the original, that second work is now one of the icons of the Art Institute’s permanent collection. Van Gogh created a smaller third version, now at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, as a gift for his mother and sister a few weeks after making the second. While the three paintings at first appear almost identical, when examined closely, each reveals distinct and unique details.
Check out a comparison of Van Gogh's Bedroom with the AirBnB room below and head over to the Art Institute of Chicago to read more about the exhibition.
Feature image via AirBnB/Art Institute of Chicago.