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July 20, 2024

Pokémons take over the Van Gogh Museum!

Ismat Tahseen
Here’s a collaboration that will definitely excite you, if you are a fan of Pokémon. The Japanese monsters spawned a whole wave of animated series, video games, and trading card games created a phenomenon across the world in the late 90s. And in today’s time, the little creatures have got a new, arty appeal.
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The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam recently announced an association with the Japanese media franchise where Pokémon paintings inspired by famous Van Gogh masterpieces will be on display. Get set to see Pokémon’s Pikachu, Eevee, Snorlax and many others are at the Van Gogh Museum until 7 January 2024!
The video shared by Pokémon UK announcing this went viral. It featured famous Pokemon characters Pikachu and Eevee running through a pretty field of sunflowers and it grabbed 125.7K views.
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How the much-loved characters are getting some Van Gogh inspo
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The exhibition is making for a complete treat as fans take a look at the fan-favourite characters and Van Gogh masterpieces they are inspired by! On ground level is Pikachu with a grey felt hat, Snorlax deep asleep or Sunflora peeking through Sunflowers in Van Gogh-inspired Pokémon paintings.
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There’s some interactive fun in store as well where one can head to the museum’s restaurant and watch the video How to Draw Pikachu. Then just let the creativity flow and draw your own version of Pokémon Pikachu.
For those not in the know, the website states how Vincent van Gogh was an admirer of Japanese prints. It shares how the use of flat planes of strong colours, everyday subjects and attention to detail in nature inspired him and this is going to be part of the Museum’s programmes. It’s going to be a learning experience to see the connection between the Dutch painter and Japan.
The Pikachu exhibition is part of the series of The Van Gogh Museum’s collaborations over the last few years.

Ismat Tahseen

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