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The newest exhibition at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, “Vincent’s Choice: The Musée Imaginaire of Van Gogh,” was nearly a victim of its own success. The opening two weeks ago might have promised an “imaginary...

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Within days, they met in person and sealed the deal. Despont’s brief was to include one gallery in the style of a 19th-century salon — with fabric walls and paintings hung in multiple tiers — to re-create the way van Gogh would have seen his favorite works. The decorator began his research among van Gogh’s original letters to his brother, Theo.

“When you start reading those letters, you cannot help but see through his eyes,” explained Despont, noshing on sushi. “You really have the feeling he is around the corner and will come say: ‘Stop reading my letters!’”

“Vincent’s Choice” will be open until June 15, the 150th anniversary of van Gogh’s birth, and will be followed this fall by another show, “Gogh Forward,” which traces the painter’s influence on such contemporary artists as Ellsworth Kelly.
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