Poster (detail), Vincent Van Gogh, 1960. Winnipeg Art Gallery.

A major exhibition of the Dutch Post-Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890) opens on December 16. Exhibition attendance reaches almost 51,000 in under a month.

Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, with loans from the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Netherlands, the show includes 140 paintings and drawings. The exhibition, in part, represents an expression of gratitude from Queen Juliana in recognition of the asylum given to her and her daughters by Canada during the Second World War. In addition to Winnipeg, where it is displayed at the newly opened Norquay Building at Kennedy Street and York Avenue, the exhibition tours to the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Toronto (today the Art Gallery of Ontario).