Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes: Van Gogh's Brixton

Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes: Van Gogh's Brixton

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Credit: Lucy Vickery

Eighty-seven Hackford Road, SW9, is unremarkable but for a blue plaque telling the world that Vincent van Gogh once lived there. The building has been empty since 2012 but now the Dutch artist Saskia Olde Wolbers has filled it with voices.

'Yes, these Eyes are the Windows' (until 22 June) is an Artangel-commissioned installation that explores the line between fact and fiction by telling the story of this terraced house from when a 19-year-old van Gogh was a tenant there in the 1870s to the present day.

As a visitor, you enter a dimly lit hallway. You are held there for what can be only a few minutes but feels much longer. Already the tension is palpable. A door opens, seemingly of its own accord, and you step into an eerie parallel universe. …

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