In celebration of its upcoming exhibition ‘Van Gogh’s Bedrooms’, the Art Institute of Chicago has created a human-scale replica of the most iconic bedroom in art. Beginning today, interested guests can rent the simply furnished, brightly colored space in Chicago for only $10 a night through airbnb, listed by ‘Van Gogh’ himself. ‘I’m charging $10 for no other reason than that I need to buy paint,’ the host says. ‘However, I will be happy to provide you with tickets to my exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.’
The accommodation reproduces Van Gogh’s 1888 painting of his own bedroom in the ‘Yellow House’ in Arles, France. The Dutch artist outfitted the space with minimal, pine furniture and his own paintings. This intimate space held special significance for Van Gogh, who created three distinct paintings of it between 1888 — 1889. The exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago brings together all three versions for the first time in North America, offering an in-depth look at their making and meaning to Van Gogh in his relentless quest for home.