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Van Gogh's Bedrooms Recommended Agenda Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Feb. 14-May 10 2016

In February, members of Chicago's upper crust were invited to visit the sleeping quarters of one of the least successful painters in the history of art. Some were even granted the opportunity to spend a night there. For "Van Gogh's Bedrooms," now showing through May 10 at the Art Institute, the museum partnered with Airbnb to offer visitors the chance to rent an actual re-creation of the famous painting Bedroom in Arles (1888) in an apartment in River North for a night. "Van Gogh's Bedrooms" attempts to take the museumgoer inside an artist's experience, but this seems a bit extreme. What next? Will the Art Institute contract a body-modification studio to sever a die-hard fan's ear? At this point, I wouldn't be taken aback. But would many of us have chosen to live the kind of life Vincent van Gogh led if we were given the chance? Continue reading >>

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