Fodor's Expert Review Fondation Vincent Van Gogh
Located in the beautifully restored 15th-century Hôtel Léautaud de Donines, the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh houses a superb collection of contemporary art and provides a vital addition to Arles's cultural life with its revolving series of temporary art exhibitions, performance art, concerts, and other events. Originally conceived in the mid-1980s in response to the 100th anniversary of the artist's arrival in Arles, the Fondation pays homage to Van Gogh's legacy and monumental influence via an impressive range of artworks contributed by 90 contemporary artists. Van Gogh's 15-month stay in Arles represented a climax in the artist's career. Enchanted with Arles's limpid light, vibrant landscape, and scenic monuments, Van Gogh experienced here what was to be his greatest blossoming in a decade as a painter.