February 15 / Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

Auction Van Gogh painting for victims earthquake

Currently on display in our brasserie, and perhaps soon in your living or working space: Vincent van Gogh's famous painting 'The Bedroom' was repainted on a large canvas by our neighbours, the elderly residents of De Makroon nursing home in Amsterdam. Following the earthquake and disaster in Turkey and Syria, the residents decided to auction it and donate the proceeds to benefit the victims.

Today, they brought the work to ITA, where it will be exhibited until Tuesday 14 March. 'We did not hesitate. We are going to auction the painting and the proceeds will go to Giro555 for the earthquake disaster,' said 78-year-old Ms Zalmijn. For weeks, elderly people took turns working on The Bedroom. Together with colleagues, Evelien Zoete, activity supervisor De Makroon, supervised the project: 'Several elderly people contributed. They painted alternately and sometimes together on the artwork of 1.5 metres wide and 1.2 metres high. In September 2022, we were given a tour of the Van Gogh museum for inspiration. Then we immediately set to work. And by December, the painting was finished.'-|-
ITA Director Clayde Menso: 'It's fantastic that our neighbours made this together to help the victims of the earthquake disaster. We are therefore happy to show the canvas to all our visitors in the Brasserie and sincerely hope that the auction will help raise funds for Giro555. I call on everyone to bid, all help is welcome!

The painting will be auctioned online. The entire proceeds will go to Giro555 Stichting Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties. The highest bidder will become the new owner of the painting. The auction will take place online, through The Makroon's Marktplaats account.