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Famous Van Gogh Painting Is Turned into a Real Bedroom to Rent on Airbnb

At the Art Institute of Chicago, it's now possible to stay in a bedroom that Vincent van Gogh had immortalized through his post-Impressionist work. His iconic painting titled The Bedroom was translated into a life-size replica and features all of the details from its namesake, including: thick, sculptural brush strokes; distressed green floorboards; and a haphazard arrangement of furniture and artwork. The room is available to rent through the museum's Airbnb listing at $10 a night.

This unconventional accommodation was created to celebrate the exhibition Van Gogh's Bedrooms, which centers around the artist's chamber in Arles, France. The influential space inspired him to create three distinct paintings from 1888 to 1889. His first iteration was produced shortly upon moving into his Yellow House, but it suffered water damage after completion. Van Gogh's second and third paintings were produced to preserve the original composition–one of them was created in an asylum while the other was a present for his mother and sister. Van Gogh's Bedroom unites all three versions of The Bedroom for the first time in North America.

Visitors to the famed bedroom are in for an immersive experience–it's as if they're traveling back in time to the Yellow House. This contemporary reimagining is located outside of the museum's campus in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, and it's part of a larger apartment. If you're interested in staying, follow the Art Institute of Chicago's Facebook page for updates on booking. Van Gogh's Bedrooms is on view through May 10 of this year.

The Bedroom by Van Gogh

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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