What we experienced in Arles this weekend was a rare and wonderful thing. For a moment, everything seemed possible, everything was alive, everything came together and the stagnation that had prevailed in the city was dispelled. Friday was the opening of the Fondation Van Gogh by the Swiss philanthropist Luc Hoffmann, who has supported environmental initiatives in Camargue for decades. The foundation is a sublime location thanks to the architects Guillaume Avenard and Hervé Schneider, and a dozen works of the painter, on loan from other institutions, are currently on display.
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