Vincent Van Gogh never lived in Chicago. (Alas, he preferred Arles in the south of France.) But starting this month, the artist's bedroom will be on display — and taking visitors — in the Windy City.
To, um, paint a clearer picture, The Art Institute of Chicago opens its buzzed-about exhibition, "Van Gogh's Bedrooms," on Valentine's Day. Running through May 10, the hot-ticket show features three paintings of the artist's storied bedroom in France. (With its sky-blue walls and tidily made bed, the room has been immortalized by many a postcard — you'll recognize it.)
In celebration, the museum has taken over a rental in Chicago's River North neighborhood, decking it in a style that very much recalls Van Gogh's chambre. In an adorable twist, the artist himself seems to have left some notes on the listing: "I'm charging $10 for no other reason than that I need to buy paint," he notes. "However, I will be happy to provide you with tickets to my exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago."
The room accommodates two guests, and its features include a real bed (which is a reasonable thing to look for, when planning to sleep inside a painting.)
It also has Wi-Fi, allows access to a pool, and, oh yeah: You'll be staying in Van Gogh's bedroom. So, bragging rights for life.
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