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Vincent Van Gogh: Bedroom paintings recreated as real Airbnb room for art lovers to rent

The Art Institute of Chicago is renting the room to celebrate Van Gogh's paintings going on display in North America

Jess Denham
Wednesday 17 February 2016 10:07
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Everything in this Airbnb apartment is designed to make you feel like you are in a painting
Everything in this Airbnb apartment is designed to make you feel like you are in a painting

Thanks to a group of artists, Vincent Van Gogh lovers can rent out a colourful recreation of his iconic bedroom on Airbnb and experience “living in a painting”.

The Art Institute of Chicago has put the room up for just $10 (£7) a night in celebration of his famous artworks going on display in North America for the first time.

The full three versions of Van Gogh’s painting of his bedroom at the Yellow House in Arles, France will be exhibited in the Chicago gallery, along with some of his other masterpieces.

The real life bedroom has been decorated in a Post-Impressionist style, “reminiscent of Southern France and times gone by”, with the host listed only as ‘Vincent’.

“This room will make you feel like you’re living in a painting. It’s furniture, bright colours and artwork will give you the experience of a lifetime,” the ad reads. “I’m charging $10 for no other reason than that I need to buy paint. However, I will be happy to provide you with tickets to my exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.”

Van Gogh's Bedroom

Chicago, IL, United States
This room will make you feel like you're living in a painting. It's decorated in a Post-Impressionist style, reminiscent of Southern France and times gone by. Its furniture, bright colors, and artw...
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Two people can stay in the River North apartment but there are no charges if friends fancy kipping on the floor. There is a bathroom, kitchen and TV, with internet, a gym and a pool also available for use in the building. The only house rule is that everyone who stays in the room will be required to sign a waiver in advance of their visit.

Recently, scientists were able to reveal the true, vivid colours of Van Gogh’s bedroom paintings. Chemical analysis of a microscopic fragment taken from one of the three found that the walls were actually violet, instead of the cornflower blue seen today.

The first bedroom painting was finished in October 1888, with two more following in September 1889 after Van Gogh had suffered a nervous breakdown and cut off his ear.

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