ASML and the Van Gogh Museum present lessons uniting science and art

Masterminds & Masterpieces program encourages children to experiment with color and light

Announcement - Veldhoven, November 10, 2020

On November 10, 2020, World Science Day, ASML and the Van Gogh Museum present ‘Masterminds & Masterpieces’, a program of lessons uniting science and art.


Vincent van Gogh’s investigative and exploratory mind underpinned his artistic skill. To help stimulate this investigative attitude in schoolchildren, the new lessons will challenge them to follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps by experimenting with color and light. The lessons are offered for free on the Van Gogh Museum’s teaching platform, and ASML is also offering packages with the necessary teaching materials to a hundred schools in the Amsterdam region.

Secrets revealed by UV

‘Masterminds & Masterpieces’ offers primary school pupils and younger secondary school pupils the opportunity to learn how art and technology are connected. By experimenting with ultraviolet LED lamps and fluorescent ink, pupils discover the secrets hidden in one of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings. UV radiation plays a significant role in research into how Van Gogh made his paintings and into their current condition. This knowledge helps the Van Gogh Museum to ensure that the paintings remain in the best possible condition for future generations.

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The lessons in Dutch will be available for free on the Van Gogh Museum’s teaching platform from November 10; the English version will follow soon. ASML will provide 100 schools in the Amsterdam region with the materials required to organize the lesson for 30 pupils. These schools will receive an email from the Van Gogh Museum explaining how to apply for a package. Delivery of the teaching materials is facilitated by DHL Express, partner of the Van Gogh Museum. No package? No problem: the required materials and where to easily find them are outlined on the teaching platform.

Partner in Science

In 2019, the Van Gogh Museum entered into a long-term partnership with ASML, in which state-of-the-art technology and Van Gogh’s search for color and light play the lead role. As a Partner in Science, ASML works with the museum to conduct research into methods for optimizing the preservation of Vincent van Gogh’s world-famous paintings. Current research includes an investigation of the impact of light on the paint used by Van Gogh, and into how the Van Gogh Museum can optimize exhibition conditions to help ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy Van Gogh’s work. The partnership between the Van Gogh Museum and ASML is also focused on facilitating educational activities that allow pupils to experience the vital importance of science and technology for art and culture.

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About ASML

ASML is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chipmaking equipment. Our vision is a world in which semiconductor technology is everywhere and helps to tackle society’s toughest challenges. We contribute to this goal by creating products and services that let chipmakers define the patterns that integrated circuits are made of. We continuously raise the capabilities of our products, enabling our customers to increase the value and reduce the cost of chips. By helping to make chips cheaper and more powerful, we help to make semiconductor technology more attractive for a larger range of products and services, which in turn enables progress in fields such as healthcare, energy, mobility and entertainment. ASML is a multinational company with offices in more than 60 cities in 16 countries, headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. We employ more than 25,300 people on payroll and flexible contracts (expressed in full-time equivalents). ASML is traded on Euronext Amsterdam and NASDAQ under the symbol ASML.

About the Van Gogh Museum

With more than 200 paintings, nearly 500 drawings and more than 800 letters, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is home to the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh. The permanent collection transports visitors on a journey through his life and reveals the ideas and ambitions behind his art. Every year, the museum welcomes more than 2.1 million visitors from all around the world.

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Monique Mols

Head of Media Relations

Sander Hofman

Senior creative content strategist