April 14, 2024

A collaboration between a Dutch Van Gogh Museum and Pokémon appeared like a stunning, if unlikely, crossover. Pikachu depicted as if painted by the Put up-Impressionist artist—what’s to not love? Nicely, as is so typically the case, the reply is: different folks. Scalpers have descended upon the Amsterdam exhibit and are ruining it for everybody else.

The exhibit, created to have a good time the fiftieth anniversary of Holland’s Van Gogh Museum, opened right this moment, September 28, and as noticed by Serebii’s Joe Merrick, is already being spoiled by the variety of folks making an attempt to purchase up each merchandise of merchandise.

Photograph: The Pokémon Firm

Video footage of the opening day exhibits the museum’s reward store being overrun by alleged scalpers, giant, noisy crowds pushing and shoving to seize as a lot of the shop’s merch as they will, together with an unique buying and selling card, presumably for the profitable resale market.

“I noticed so many desirous to go over within the first few days simply to get any card and merch to resell,” says Merrick on X, above one other individual’s video of the mayhem. “This isn’t a suitable apply,” he continues. “In the event you do this, disgrace on you.”

Completely something related to Pokémon is inevitably topic to comparable efforts from these trying to make a tidy revenue on restricted version merchandize. (Simply yesterday we reported that $120 Pokémon-themed skateboards are being resold for $20,000.) However a museum devoted to a 170-year-old artist is definitely one of the crucial unlikely areas for such antics.

And if there have been any doubt, simply take a look at eBay, the place you’ll be able to decide up a tote bag from the occasion for $50, or the Pikachu TCG card for round $700.

Accompanying the exhibition, the Pokémon Middle on-line retailer was to be promoting “Pokémon x Van Gogh Museum” merch, together with luggage, card sleeves, figures, puzzles and so forth. Nonetheless, on the time of writing, the hyperlinks to that part of the location are now not working. We’ve contacted The Pokémon Firm to ask what’s taking place there.

The exhibit itself—working from now till Jan 7, 2024—consists of six new work depicting pocket monsters within the type of van Gogh, of which the next reinterpretation of 1888’s The Bed room is fantastic past all purpose.

Snorlax and Munchlax in a parody of The Bedroom.

Picture: The Pokémon Firm

Oh, and take a look at the Sunflora Sunflowers!

A Sunflora in van Gogh's Sunflowers.

Picture: The Pokémon Firm

In different information, you’re virtually definitely saying “van Gogh” incorrectly, and it’s essential to cease it.

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