We’ve put together an unofficial playlist to accompany you through our Van Gogh Bedrooms exhibition. These songs capture moods and impressions in the exhibition, rather than referencing Van Gogh directly. You might want to queue this up while on your way downtown to the museum, or in waiting in line, or even as an exhibition soundtrack while you make your way through the galleries.
You’ll find uncertainty mixed with hopeful expectations of new beginnings in songs like Cat Power “Lived in Bars” and Wilco’s “Hate it Here.” The bitterness of unrequited love in Amy Winehouse’s “Love is a Losing Game.” “Ragged Wood” evokes the isolation felt when you’ve wronged another but its palette sounds like the sunshine of Arles. Van Gogh’s troubles are no secret and “Everything in its Right Place” and “Drawn to the Blood” capture some of the painful listlessness that plagued him throughout his life.
Let us know what songs come to mind as you make your way through the Van Gogh exhibitions and we just might add it to our soundtrack!
"My Little Corner of the World" by Yo La Tengo
"Ragged Wood" by Fleet Foxes
"Love Is a Losing Game" by Amy Winehouse
"No Ordinary Love" by Sade
"Lived in Bars" by Cat Power
"Non, Je ne Regrette Rien" by Edith Piaf
"Heart of the Country" by Paul and Linda McCartney
"Everything in its Right Place" by Radiohead
"Hate it Here" by Wilco
"Drawn to the Blood" by Sufjan Stevens
Image Credit: Vincent van Gogh. The Poet’s Garden. 1888. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection.