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All for Vincent.

The Fascinating Story of How the Van Gogh Museum Came into Being.

In this webinar, Hans Luijten, Senior Researcher Van Gogh Museum, will tell the amazing story of Jo van Gogh - Bonger (1862-1925). Jo was married to Vincent's brother Theo van Gogh and dedicated her life to promoting Vincent's art after the death of Vincent and Theo in 1890 and 1891.  Willem van Gogh, great-grandson of Theo and Jo and Advisor to the Board Van Gogh Museum, will provide the context of Vincent van Gogh's development as an artist and the founding of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.


14 SEPTEMBER 2021 

19:00 HKT (Tuesday)

13:00 CEST (Tuesday)

12:00 BST (Tuesday)

20:00 IST (Tuesday)

15:00 UAE (Tuesday)


Mr Willem van Gogh

Mr Hans Luijten


Mr Charles Ho

Ms Maria Lee


About the speakers

Willem van Gogh (1953) is the great-grandson of Theo van Gogh, the artist’s brother. Having made his career as a lawyer, Willem van Gogh joined the Van Gogh Museum in 1999. He was initially responsible for the museum’s shops, before becoming Advisor to the Board in 2009. In his current role, Willem van Gogh works as an ambassador to expand and strengthen the museum’s network. (2).jpg

Hans Luijten is a Senior Researcher at the Van Gogh Museum and the author of Van Gogh and Love (2007). Together with Leo Jansen and Nienke Bakker he edited Vincent van Gogh, Painted with Words: The Letters to Emile Bernard (2007), the web version of Van Gogh’s complete correspondence, (2009), and the six-volume Vincent van Gogh – The Letters: The Complete Illustrated and Annotated Edition (2009). In 2019 he published in Dutch the biography of Jo Bonger, Alles voor Vincent based on previously unpublished diaries, documents and letters. An English translation of it is in preparation. His edition of Jo Bonger’s diaries is freely accessible online:



About the moderators

Charles Ho is Marketing Manager at The Wall Street Journal, overseeing global subscribers benefits and the loyalty proposition WSJ+ for The Wall Street Journal. Immersing himself in an international team, Charles spearheads WSJ+’s global strategy and members retention – from students through to professional memberships and networks. The Wall Street Journal now has the largest membership in its history. Alongside this, he is responsible for the Pride@DJ, and DJ Wellness initiatives across the region.

With twenty years of experience in the media industry, Charles joined Dow Jones from the Financial Times where he served as Campaign and Marketing Manager for FT Live. He is currently based in Hong Kong.

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Maria Lee is an independent researcher and artist studio manager currently based in Taiwan. Her nearly 10 years’ experience in the art industry was sparked by a university essay prompt on the Gnostic gospels and early Christian art. Following a museum internship in the UK, she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art from SOAS, University of London. Maria joined the Chinese Works of Art department in Sotheby’s Hong Kong and later took the role of Programme Manager at Asia Art Hong Kong. She read Theology at Oxford University.

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