Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, a popular tourist destination in Europe, and home to some of the world’s best-known paintings, will shut down next year, in October, and remain closed until March 2013 for renovation and security upgrades, officials say.
To provide continued access to the core collection, a selection of 75 paintings and several works on paper will be exhibited at the Hermitage Amsterdam during the closure.
The Van Gogh Museum, which is visited by about 1.5 million people each year, has been victimized in the past by art thieves. In hopes of deterring such crimes, a new security system will be installed. The museum plans to reopen in time to celebrate the artist's 160th birthday on March 30, 2013.