Zundert, Netherlands - Kingdom of
CELEBRATION OF THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF VINCENT
VAN GOGH IN THE DUTCH TOWN OF ZUNDERT.
A man walks past the world's biggest three dimensional selfportrait - a hot
air balloon of Van Gogh, before it is floated March 30, 2003 above Zundert,
the home town of the world renowned Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh to mark
the 150th anniversary of his birth. The balloon, which was made in the
English town of Bristol will visit places like Paris and Arles where Van
Gogh lived and painted. Vincent van Gogh shot himself in 1890 after a short,
scandal-filled and tragic life and with his art recognised by almost nobody.
Now, 150 years after his birth on March 30, 1853, Amsterdam's Van Gogh
Museum, home to the biggest collection of his masterpieces, is marking the
anniversary with special exhibitions and events throughout this year.
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