Play Reading: After Mourning

Sunday, November 3

General $10/Members and U of C Students $7

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November 3

Without Johanna Bonger the world would not know the name Vincent van Gogh (beyond footnotes in others artist's biographies); and we certainly would not know his art. After Mourning is a play about Bonger by Calgary-based writer, producer and director Mike Czuba.

Join us for a special reading of After Mourning by Czuba in the Glenbow Theatre, featuring performances by Amy Sawka, Michelle Brandenberg, Wil Knoll, Christopher Tuplin and Caitlyn Milot .

Note: entrance to Glenbow exhibitions is not included in ticket price.

In 1924, a man from London's National Gallery visits Johanna Bonger in Holland and makes a substantial offer for a painting of Sunflowers. This is where we begin.

In 1891, Johanna Bonger had been Theo van Gogh's wife for only two years when her husband died, just six months after his older brother, Vincent van Gogh. Now Johanna and her year-old son, Vincent Willem, were the custodians of all of Vincent van Gogh's art.

She was told by most of her family and friends to just get rid of the work, which they deemed worthless. Besides, Johanna was educated as an English teacher, not an art dealer. Nonetheless, she refused.

Instead, Johanna decided to take up Theo's mission to bring Vincent's art to the world, fueled by a deep love for her husband and inner drive and passion that most people underestimated. As a widowed single mother, she opened a boarding house, determined to support both herself and her young son on her own. She curated and translated Vincent's letters, slowly began loaning Vincent's art to different galleries across Europe, selling a few here and there to cover the immense costs.

For 35 years, up to her death in 1925, Johanna Bonger was unwavering in her efforts and became the woman who saved van Gogh.

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