Vincent van Gogh Museum, VIP Museum Curated Tour. The largest and very best collection of Van Gogh

Visit this family collection: outstanding group of  Vincent van Gogh paintings. Plus related artists and objects. Enjoy a curated museum tour.

Please note: Van Gogh museum Amsterdam is reopening starting June 1, 2020, and due to  Corona times, there are new rules of entry. Beforehand on the museum web site     buy your tickets for a specific day and specific time block and please add one free ticket for me as your guide (choose the More  options, then click  Entrance additional Cards, 1 person. Please bring the resulting PDFs on your electronic device, as a photo of the PDF is not accepted. Inside, no photography is allowed. New: Private Audio system available.

NEW Plan B. Because of the Corona shutdown, I now offer a digital museum visit, using Zoom combined with Powerpoint. Call me for an appointment! Enjoy a private Powerpoint presentation with your own ‘Professore’

HUGE list of museums for digital visits via my photo files + Zoom.

Powerpoint presentations on

Van Gogh and Gauguin

Rembrandt, his early work, his late work and his Etchings

Vermeer, Biography, Life story, Women, Interiors.

Van der Weyden, period of Van Eyck



Self portrait, made in Paris after befriending the Impressionists.

Join me for a visit and better understand this ground breaking, revolutionary art. Private tour in the Van Gogh museum, Amsterdam with VIP entry. Avoid crowds, best entry time is 9 AM, a sophisticated, lucid and in-depth Van Gogh museum tour. We will enter as early as possible and spend time discussing the early paintings in browns and blacks (1880-1885) and then his sojourn via Antwerp to Paris where he met Impressionists who gathered in Cafes, during a stay of two years.
Slowly he incorporated colour by working hard, painting many vases with flowers and in the end he allowed his palette to brighten and sparkle.
We will discuss Paintings, Biography, and the odd position of Impressionism.

Then he moved to Arles, in the south of France, where he planned to set up an art Academy. The first guest, Gauguin created a frisson and competition. Various stress factors led him to cut his ear.

Detail of a painting by Vincent, in the second most important museum, Kroller-Moller, in Otterlo.

The next stop on his Pilgrimage through Life was the insane asylum of St Remy de Provence. Quite a nice one… He had ups and downs there as can be seen in my production chart.

Finally after being released he stayed for two months in the quiet village of Auvers sur Oise. Reaching a production of two paintings per day. Whether he died by suicide of by an unfortunate game played by the “Buffalo Bill” kid, is open to discussion.

Great museum tour for Families, Small private groups, also for small Corporate events. Escorted Academic tour by scholar-lecturer, art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach*

This book of mine on Van Gogh shows his biography, art, travels and houses. With maps from his days. I wrote it a while ago.

Visit the refurbished Van Gogh museum with fine-art specialist Kaldenbach. Fast track entry. Bookings ahead of time in a time slot are necessary.

Based on a broad study of literature. Incorporates the recent findings, and literature recently published: Van Gogh: The Life, by Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith.

My expertise ? I wrote the book: “Pilgrimage through life, Travelling in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh”, by Kees Kaldenbach & Michel Didier, Amsterdam 1990. Excerpts from this book: Listing of Vincents towns of habitation throughout his career. This is where he lived plus maps. Vincents production statistics, month by month. Vincents Color theory, which he applied in his art.

I have given more than 200 tours in this museum over the last 18 years, and know which stories hit the sweet spot.

Kees van Dongen.

Kees van Dongen, portrait of his wife, dressed in a smashing intensely blue dress, 1911. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. The wild expressive type of Van Gogh opened the doors for other artists to this exceptional freedom in design and colours. Lets call it post-expressionism.

Larger images are available on this old school site.


Entrance under the “Bath Tub” with view of the Van Gogh museum.

Van Gogh, Still life in expressionist mode.

Hallway with large Multimedia screen.

Exceptionally, one may touch this reproduction to feel the relief of paint.

Posters and postcards galore.

Marchandise galore.

One of Vincent’s letters in a Multimedia screen, great hall.

Entrance to the museum after ticket control. One MUST have a timed ticket.

The great work painted by Vincent to celebrate the birth of Theo’s baby.

Vincent raved about many other painters which he saw in museums; the Van Gogh museum purchased a set.

Cover case for glasses.


Business card. The logo refers to Vermeer.

Tour by Drs Kees Kaldenbach, a professional Art History scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Van Gogh and Impressionists Fine art and Design, Architecture and History.

Drs Kees Kaldenbach: „…he is wildly overqualified to be a guide . That is his secret… Trust me on this.” Gabe. Statement made February, 2017.

A Van Gogh painting destroyed in WW2. A color photograph has captured it.

Finally: Van Gogh, self-portrait, fully laden with gear, walking on the road from Arles to Taragon.  This painting was hit by a bomb and completely destroyed in WW2 in Berlin, Kaiser Friedrich Museum, and now only exists in photographs. Most art objects destroyed only survived as b/w images.


In corona times: Digital visits with Zoom classes.

Visit 40 museums by seeing my digital photo files, 10.000 + images



Self portrait, made in Paris after befriending the Impressionists.

Architecture by Rietveld

Client in Wheel chair; assistance available

Drs Kaldenbach with TV team, explaining the Bedroom painting