One of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous—and rarely loaned—paintings will be exhibited at three international venues next year.
Sunflowers (1888), which is held in the collection of the National Gallery in London, will go on view at the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo in March, before heading to Osaka’s National Museum of Art in July, and finally the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra in November, as part of the traveling show “Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London.” The Art Newspaper reports that the two presentations in Japan are expected to draw a combined one million visitors.
The exhibition, which will also include works by Titian, Goya, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and many others, represents the largest grouping of National Gallery paintings ever to leave the museum. Sunflowers will be off view from the National Gallery for a little more than a year, and it has only been displayed outside the British capital three times since the museum acquired it in 1923: in Paris in 1955 and in Amsterdam in 2002 and 2013.
A National Gallery spokesperson told the Art Newspaper that the touring exhibition will support, in part, efforts for “sharing our pictures with audiences in the U.K.”
Van Gogh’s paintings have been the subject of recent initiatives and exhibitions organized by American museums too. Earlier this year, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, authenticated Vase with Poppies (ca. 1886) as a painting by the Dutch master, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston organized a major survey of the artist’s work, which featured loans from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands.