Chance to spend a night in Van Gogh painting

Museum rents out replica of The Bedroom on Airbnb

CHICAGO • Have you ever stared at a painting and wished you could slip inside?

You may have a chance. The Art Institute of Chicago has recreated Vincent Van Gogh's bedroom in an apartment and is renting it out for US$10 (S$14) a night.

"This is so perfect, I'm literally crying," art student Genevieve Marie Gualtiere wrote on the museum's Facebook page. "Staying here would be my dream! I need it."

Art lovers have already snapped up all available dates this month, but will have more chances to book as the museum releases more dates on Airbnb, a website for people to list, find and rent lodging.


The Bedroom (at left) is one of Vincent Van Gogh's most recognisable works of art. A group of local artists helped to recreate, in painstaking detail, the simple wooden furniture and rich colours of The Bedroom in a modern Chicago apartment for the Art Institute of Chicago, which is renting it out for US$10 (S$14) a night. PHOTO: ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO/FACEBOOK

"We're hoping it will inspire people to think in new ways about the painting," said Ms Amanda Hicks, a spokesman for the Art Institute of Chicago. "Our version of Van Gogh's bedroom is so popular, and well-loved and well-known that this gives you a chance to think about it and walk in it, and live in and just experience with fresh eyes this iconic work."

A group of local artists helped to recreate, in painstaking detail, the simple wooden furniture and rich colours of Van Gogh's The Bedroom, one of his most recognisable works of art.

It is a remarkable experience, Ms Hicks said, to walk through a modern Chicago apartment, open a door and be "transported across the threshold into Van Gogh's Bedroom".

Reservations will be restricted to one night and will include two tickets to the museum and a special exhibit which brings together all three versions of Van Gogh's The Bedroom.

The Art Institute owns one, and the others are on loan from the Musee d'Orsay in France and the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands.

The exhibit also includes a recreation of The Bedroom and as visitors move through the gallery, they will walk over a blueprint of Van Gogh's home in Arles, France.

It opens tomorrow and runs through May 10.

There are no plans to make it available after the exhibit closes.

"We're not planning on getting into the recreation of bedrooms business," Ms Hicks said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2016, with the headline 'Chance to spend a night in Van Gogh painting'. Print Edition | Subscribe