Two Vincents: The bond between Vincent van Gogh and Vincent Polakovič

Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum (© Flickr/Mussklprozz)

Was it fate or chance that brought them together? Theirs is probably one of the most unbelievable yet most fruitful encounters one could imagine. Vincent Polakovič, a lawyer from Slovakia, had always been fascinated by another Vincent: Vinent van Gogh. On the 100th anniversary of the Dutch artist’s death, Polakovič had a mystical encounter with the painter. That night, Polakovič says he saw van Gogh standing on a rooftop in Auvers-sur-Oise, the village near Paris where the artist died in 1890. The encounter led to the foundation of the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum near Bratislava.  

Producer: Hélène Michaud

Broadcast: October 12, 2005