This Scratch-Off Poster Lets You Keep Track of All the Van Gogh Paintings You’ve Seen

Self-Portrait by Vincent van Gogh, 1889.
Self-Portrait by Vincent van Gogh, 1889.
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People love scratch-off cards, posters, and famous artworks—so why not put them all together? Today Is Art Day combines all three in their Vincent van Gogh Scratch Poster, which you can use to record the van Gogh paintings you’ve seen in museums around the world.

The poster includes 40 minuscule renderings of van Gogh’s most notable works, each covered in a thin layer of foil that you can satisfyingly scratch off with a coin. Its primary purpose is to help you keep track of which masterpieces you’ve actually seen in person, and, at 17 by 24 inches, it can also solve your problem of how to fill that blank bit of wall space you’ve been staring at for far too long.

Vincent van Gogh scratch-off poster
Today Is Art Day

The paintings are organized in the following categories: self-portraits, early works, places, portraits, still lifes, and nature. So you’ll never mistake Still Life: Vase With Fifteen Sunflowers for Still Life: Vase With Twelve Sunflowers again. We recommend that you keep this solution sheet somewhere accessible and consult it before you scratch off a spot, because van Gogh titled several paintings similarly or even identically—three of the six self-portraits are simply named Self-Portrait.

Vincent van Gogh scratch-off poster
Today Is Art Day

It’s true that you’ll have to do a fair bit of traveling in order to complete the bucket list, but a cursory glance at this list of museums where the paintings are located will tell you that some house multiple works. After a trip to Paris’s Musée d'Orsay, for example, you can scratch off a Self-Portrait, The Church at Auvers, Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Portrait of Eugene Boch, and Starry Night over the Rhone. And you can scratch off 15 of the 40 works without even leaving the U.S. Three, including The Starry Night, are in New York City, and Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, Pasadena, New Haven, and Washington, D.C. all boast guardianship of at least one artwork each.

An astute disclaimer on Today Is Art Day’s product page advises you to verify with museums that specific paintings are on display before you visit, since exhibits can change.

You can purchase the poster for $20 from Today Is Art Day’s website here, and it will ship by mid-August.

7 Massage Guns That Are on Sale Right Now

Jawku/Actigun
Jawku/Actigun

Outdoor exercise is a big focus leading into summer, but as you begin to really tone and strengthen your muscles, you might notice some tough knots and soreness that you just can’t kick. Enter the post-workout massage gun—these bad boys are like having a deep-tissue masseuse by your side whenever you want. If you're looking to pick one up for yourself, check out these brands while they’re on sale.

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Actigun massage gun.
Actigun

Don't assume you need a professional masseur to provide relief—this massage gun offers 20 variable speeds and can adjust the output power on its own according to pressure. Can your human massage therapist do that?

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Jawku massaging gun.
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This cordless, five-speed massager uses a design that's aimed to increase blood flow, release stored lactic acid, and relieve sore muscles through various vibrations.

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Instant relief is an option with this massage tool, featuring five different attachments made to tackle any muscle group. You can squeeze in eight hours of massage time before you have to charge it again.

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4. Handheld Massage Gun for Deep Tissue Percussion; $75 (15 percent off)

Massage gun from Stackcommerce.
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With five replaceable heads and six speed settings, this massage gun can easily adapt to the location and intensity of your soreness. And since it lasts up to three hours per charge, you won't have to worry about constantly plugging it in.

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Speed is the name of the game here. The Backmate Power Massager is designed for fast, effective relief through its ergonomic design. Fast doesn’t need to mean short, either. After the instant relief, you can stimulate and distract your nervous system for lasting pain relief.

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6. ZTECH Percussion Massage Gun (Red); $80 (46 percent off)

ZTech massage gun.
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This massage gun looks a lot like a power drill, and, similarly, you can adjust its design for the perfect fit with six interchangeable heads that target different muscle areas.

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In Bordeaux, France, a Former Nazi Submarine Base Has Been Transformed Into a Digital Art Gallery

Culturespaces
Culturespaces

When it opened on June 10, 2020, the Bassins de Lumières in France became the largest digital art gallery in the world. But history buffs may be more interested in the site's background than the art it contains: Before it became an art gallery, the concrete space held a fleet of Nazi submarines during World War II, Smithsonian reports.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bassins de Lumières's spring 2020 opening date was delayed to June. Now guests can visit and see the works of painters Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee, and Egon Schiele digitally projected over the concrete structures. U-boat pens, reaching up to 300 feet long and 36 feet high, are now canvases for colorful portraits, landscapes, and abstract scenes. The water filling the space's four basins reflects the artwork from below, while visitors look down from walkways woven throughout the 130,000-square-foot space.

The base looked very different in the 1940s. Nazi Germany constructed it off the coast of Bordeaux as a place to keep its submarines safe from enemy attacks during repairs. The site was abandoned in 1944, but because it's so enormous, the city of Bordeaux decided it would be cheaper to keep it than to tear it down.

Several decades later, the defunct bunker has been given new life. Culturespaces, the organization behind the project, spent more than $15 million transforming the base into a multimedia art gallery. After showcasing the current roster of painters for the rest of the year, the space will feature new artists in 2021.

Culturespaces art gallery.

Culturespaces art gallery in France.

Art gallery in Nazi submarine base.

[h/t Smithsonian]