Booking at The Peninsula Chicago doesn’t just buy you a hotel stay, but a chance to get an inside look into Vincent van Gogh’s own oil painting bedrooms. The hotel recently partnered with the Art Institute of Chicago to showcase Van Gogh’s three versions of his Bedroom in Arles, along with 33 other pieces created by the master artist. Not only has this created convenience for Van Gogh fans (and the art world, for that matter) but its brought together the three paintings that have never been united in North America—until now.
Now through May 8, guests can experience a private viewing of the Van Gogh’s Bedrooms exhibit at the Art Institute. The hotel's package includes access before and after public hours, a catalogue signed by the curator, and transportation to and from the museum. The show goes hand in hand with The Peninsula’s “Keys to the City” program, which works to give Chicago outsiders insider experiences during their stay—from a tour of the three Michelin-starred Grace restaurant to a VIP intermission at one of the city's famous Broadway plays.
So it’s no surprise they collaborated with the world-renowned art museum to deliver a one-of-a-kind display.
Let’s rewind back to the late 18th century in Arles, France, where Van Gogh became inspired to create the bedroom paintings. He resided in a yellow house that ended up representing his longing for an artistic community, which works together to create art for the future. It was there that Van Gogh decided to paint the sleeping space, symbolic for peace of mind and imagination.
But the question is, why did Van Gogh create three of the same?
When the original piece became exposed to water damage before being finished, Van Gogh was determined to create a brand-new oil painting—identical in scale but different in style. And after Van Gogh completed the duplicate, he took a stab at a smaller third version to gift for his mother and sister. And so, three similar yet slightly different oil paintings were born.
At the exhibit, interactive features enhance the experience when viewing Van Gogh’s pieces. Digital presentations call out differences between the three bedroom paintings, and a digital reconstruction of the bedroom grants access to see inside the creative mind of Van Gogh. If only the experience taught everyone how to paint like Van Gogh, too. But who knows—it may leave you inspired to create your own masterpiece.
Contact the Peninsula Chicago for more information on the package and booking your room at the hotel. From $475