About his speech:
The Van Gogh Museum, fully engaged in its cultural entrepreneurship, has developed a new initiative: MEET VINCENT VAN GOGH, a travelling, multi-disciplinary experience, introducing visitors to the world of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in an innovative and immersive manner. This all-encompassing Van Gogh experience for the whole family will present the unique official story about Van Gogh’s short and turbulent life. This Experience created by the museum, combines the artist’s life, work and quest. Guided by facsimiles, audio-visual and digital applications, quotations from letters, life-like reproductions and scenes from his artworks, life and environment, visitors virtually travel through the artist’s life, and thus experience for themselves the story of the person behind the paintings. The first Meet Vincent van Gogh experience will be launched by the museum in China in May 2016
Axel Rüger has been working as director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam since April 2006. He was born in Dortmund, Germany, in 1968. He studied art history in Berlin (Freie Universität), Cambridge University (United Kingdom) and Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where he started his Ph.D. He is planning to complete his doctorate at the Radboud University in Nijmegen.
Rüger held internships in various museums in Atlanta, Detroit and Washington before being appointed in 1999 as Curator of Dutch Paintings 1600-1800 at the National Gallery in London, a post he held for almost seven years. At the National Gallery, Rüger organised two international loan exhibitions: Vermeer and the Delft School (with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2001) and Aelbert Cuyp (with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2002). Rüger contributed to the catalogues for the above exhibitions and has published and lectured on various aspects of 17th-century Dutch art.