Saturday 26 May from 10 am to 5 pm
Day-long symposium with presentations by a group of Van Gogh scholars. Simultaneous interpretation available. In the Auditorium. Cost: Adults $35, Seniors $30, Students $25, Members $20. Registration and ticket required at 613-998-8888.


Cornelia Homburg, Guest curator of the exhibition
Anabelle Kienle Poňka, Co-curator, National Gallery of Canada

Morning Session

  • Van Gogh: Up Close - An Introduction
    Cornelia Homburg, Guest curator of the exhibition

  • Les impressionnistes face à la nature: une révolution du regard?
    Sylvie Patry, Chief curator, Musée d'Orsay, Paris

  • Entangled Banks: Charles Darwin, John Ruskin, and Nature's Close-up in the late Nineteenth Century
    Noelle Paulson, Independent scholar, Zurich

  • Excess: The Meaning of Materiality in Van Gogh's Art
    Richard Shiff, Art History Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art of Europe and America, University of Texas, Austin

Afternoon Session

  • Risky Rescue: Restoration of Van Gogh’s Roses and Sunflowers
    Cornelia Peres, Independent Conservator, Rome

  • Closest to Van Gogh: The Artist's Letters
    Leo Jansen, Curator of paintings, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
    Interviewed by Anabelle Kienle Poňka, Associate Curator of European art, National Gallery of Canada and co-curator of the exhibition

  • Beauty of Nature or Geological Documents? Close-up Views of Nature in 19th Century Photography
    Ulrich Pohlmann, Head of the photographic collections, Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich

  • The Studio of the South Turns to Asia: the Imaginative Geographies of Van Gogh and Gauguin
    Elizabeth C. Childs, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the Philadelphia Museum of Art