Preserving the Spirit of Van Gogh

The Institut Van Gogh, a non-profit organization (French association law of 1901) was created in 1987. To achieve its aims, it calls upon a world-wide network of experts in the museum field.
Its objectives are:
  • The conservation of the Auberge Ravoux and the cultural program relating to Van Gogh’s room
  • The preservation of the environment in Auvers-sur-Oise, which inspired the last masterpieces of the artist
  • The acquisition of one or more paintings of the Auvers period
  • Support of research on the life of Van Gogh
The Institut has been presided by Dominique-Charles Janssens for the last 30 years. It is situated in Auvers-sur-Oise alongside the Auberge-Ravoux. Since 2003, the Scientific Advisor of the Institut Van Gogh is Dr Wouter van der Veen.

After the restoration and opening to the public of Van Gogh’s room in the Auberge Ravoux in 1993, the Institut has contributed significantly to the conservation of the memory, soul and spirit of the artist through numerous educational initiatives and through the conservation of the heritage of Auvers-sur-Oise.
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