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Step inside a Van Gogh painting by renting it on Airbnb

Now you can step inside a famous Vincent Van Gogh painting by renting out the iconic bedroom featured on Airbnb.

The Art Institute of Chicago has created the bedroom featured in Van Gogh's painting Bedroom in Arles and listed it on Airbnb.
The Art Institute of Chicago has created the bedroom featured in Van Gogh’s painting Bedroom in Arles and listed it on Airbnb. Image by Art Institute of Chicago – Airbnb

The Art Institute of Chicago has made a recreation of the room featured in Van Gogh’s painting Bedroom in Arles – based on the Dutch artist’s own room in France – and listed it on the home-share site Airbnb. The recreation comes in advance of a new exhibit at the institute entitled Van Gogh’s Bedrooms and it is located a short walk from the institute.

The Art Institute of Chicago has created the bedroom featured in Van Gogh's painting Bedroom in Arles and listed it on Airbnb.
The Art Institute of Chicago has created the bedroom featured in Van Gogh’s painting Bedroom in Arles and listed it on Airbnb. Image by Art Institute of Chicago – Airbnb

The Airbnb posting lists Vincent Van Gogh as the host and the description says that the 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”.

The room also comes at a very low price, with the explanation: “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 exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago”.

The Art Institute of Chicago has created the bedroom featured in Van Gogh's painting Bedroom in Arles and listed it on Airbnb.
The Art Institute of Chicago has created the bedroom featured in Van Gogh’s painting Bedroom in Arles and listed it on Airbnb. Image by Art Institute of Chicago – Airbnb

The institute’s website explains that the upcoming exhibit, which runs from 14 February to 10 May, will highlight the importance of the bedroom, which is featured in three different paintings by the artist. The exhibit will bring together all three versions of The Bedroom for the first time in North America.

The Art Institute of Chicago has created the bedroom featured in Van Gogh's painting Bedroom in Arles and listed it on Airbnb.
The Art Institute of Chicago has created the bedroom featured in Van Gogh’s painting Bedroom in Arles and listed it on Airbnb. Image by Art Institute of Chicago – Airbnb

The full exhibition will feature about 36 works by Van Gogh, as well as a selection of books and other items that had been in his possession.

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