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Scalpers Are Ruining A Pokémon Artwork Exhibit


A collaboration between a Dutch Van Gogh Museum and Pokémon appeared like a beautiful, if unlikely, crossover. Pikachu depicted as if painted by the Submit-Impressionist artist—what’s to not love? Effectively, as is so usually 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 rejoice the fiftieth anniversary of Holland’s Van Gogh Museum, opened right now, September 28, and as noticed by Serebii’s Joe Merrick, is already being spoiled by the variety of folks attempting to purchase up each merchandise of merchandise.

The van Gogh mini exhibit in Holland.

Picture: The Pokémon Firm

Video footage of the opening day exhibits the museum’s present 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 an appropriate follow,” he continues. “Should you try 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 probably the most unlikely areas for such antics.

And if there have been any doubt, just 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 Center online store was to be promoting “Pokémon x Van Gogh Museum” merch, together with baggage, card sleeves, figures, puzzles and so forth. Nevertheless, on the time of writing, the hyperlinks to that part of the location are not working. We’ve contacted The Pokémon Firm to ask what’s occurring there.

The exhibit itself—operating from now till Jan 7, 2024—consists of six new work depicting pocket monsters within the fashion of van Gogh, of which the next reinterpretation of 1888’s The Bed room is great 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 almost certainly pronouncing “van Gogh” incorrectly, and you have to cease it.