Van Gogh Today


Vincent Van Gogh is among the most studied and debated painters in the history of art. His work and life continue to stir controversy. The subject of a stream of exhibitions and reproductions in calendars and on coffee mugs, his painting is also wildly popular.

On the occasion of the National Gallery’s upcoming exhibition 'Vincent Van Gogh: Poets and Lovers', it is worth asking how museums like the National Gallery are framing the artist’s relevance anew. We will consider Van Gogh’s art in the context of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, as well as explore how it has been presented to the public and ask what future directions scholarship and curatorial practice might take.

Looking in depth at the exhibition strategies at the National Gallery and related published materials, we will keep one question central: why care about Van Gogh today? This day school will provide a flexible and inclusive opportunity to engage with pressing debates in the history of art and museum cultures.

Please note: this lecture will close to enrolments at 23:59 BST on 18 September 2024.

Programme details

Registration at Rewley House reception (for in-person attendees)

Van Gogh in context: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

Tea/coffee break

Van Gogh in art history

Lunch break

Exhibiting Van Gogh

Tea/coffee break

Future directions and new perspectives

End of day


Description Costs
Course Fee - in-person attendance (includes tea/coffee) £120.00
Course Fee - virtual attendance £110.00
Baguette lunch £7.30
Hot Lunch (3 courses) £19.25


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Allison Deutsch

Allison Deutsch is a specialist in nineteenth-century French painting and material culture. She joined the Birkbeck Department of History of Art, now School of Historical Studies, in 2020 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. Prior to joining Birkbeck, she was an Associate Lecturer at The Courtauld Institute of Art and a Teaching Fellow at University College London.


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Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email for details of availability and discounted prices.

IT requirements

For those joining us online

We will be using Zoom for the livestreaming of this event. If you’re attending online, you’ll be able to see and hear the speakers, and to submit questions via the Zoom interface. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.