Van Gogh Museum Announces Renovation, Art Temporarily on View in the Hermitage Amsterdam

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AMSTERDAM.- The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam will begin renovation at the end of 2012 in order to ensure the condition of the building and the safety of the visitors in the long run, Axel Rüger, director of the museum, announced today. Masterpieces by Van Gogh, including approximately 75 paintings and a number of works on paper, will remain on view during the renovation: they will be presented in the Herenvleugel of the Hermitage Amsterdam as of October 2012. ‘The Van Gogh Museum will undergo refurbishment during a period of six months as of the end of September 2012’, Rüger said. ‘In connection with this necessary renovation, due to sharpened legal requirements from the Dutch government, the Van Gogh Museum on the Museumplein will be closed from October 2012 through March 2013. Annually, approximately 1.5 million people visit our museum. We simply cannot disappoint them. This strengthened our resolve to do