Loving every inch of design from these bulletins published by Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum van Gogh in the early 70s, as unearthed by mum from my grandparents’ basement. The white space, the color blocking, the subtle letterpress. And I will admit openly right here right now that in the one-day future when Latitudes, Longitudes goes to print I am unabashedly stealing something of that spine.
From the first edition, pictured above:
In August 1969, construction of the ‘Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh’ was begun in Amsterdam. This new government museum will house the extensive collections of the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, formerly owned by Dr. Vincent Willem van Gogh, M.E., son of Vincent’s brother Theo. In the first place these consist of a large number of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings and drawings, some of them hitherto permanently on exhibition in the Amsterdam Municipal Museum. Secondly, there is Theo van Gogh’s personal collection of paintings of his contemporaries, including Gaugin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Monticelli, Bernard, and others. In addition there is Vincent’s collection of Japanese prints and English illustrations (wood engravings which he mounted himself). Included also in Vincent’s correspondence with Theo and others. Then there is to be a comprehensive library of magazine articles, news-clippings, and the like. This museum, therefore, will provide unique material for the study of Vincent van Gogh’s life and work.
The purpose of VINCENT, the museum’s bulletin, is to publish such studies, as well as so far unpublished documents. Important articles appearing elsewhere will be announced, also new books, exhibitions, etc. In due course, a special issue is to be devoted to the museum and its facilities. The bulletin VINCENT will be published quarterly, and in the English language, as we expect more foreign than Dutch readers. Letters and other texts originally written in French will be published in translation as well as in French. We trust that the splendid collections of the museum will arouse an interest that will justify the publication of this bulletin.
As far as I’ve been able to discover, VINCENT was discontinued five years after first publication.