After the summer crowds and heat are gone, autumn is a pleasant time make a trip to Europe and a great time to see special museum exhibits. This year marks a few important anniversaries, including 100 years since the death of Switzerland’s Ferdinand Hodler, 500 years since Tintoretto’s birth, and 250 years since the founding of London’s Royal Academy of Arts. Look for exhibits dedicated to those milestones. Several museums will show rarely seen works, including a Monet exhibit in Vienna, an Oceania exhibit in the U.K., and an important collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art travelling from New York to Spain.
‘Picasso. Blue and Rose’ at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris
Through Jan. 6, 2019
In its first major partnership with the Musée National Picasso-Paris, the Musée d’Orsay presents a show about Pablo Picasso’s “Blue and Rose periods.” Some iconic Picasso works from this period in 1900-1906 – which experts consider a key point in his career – will make their first appearance in France for this exhibit. The show features over 300 works, including 80 paintings, 150 drawings, sculptures and prints, alongside photographs and correspondence from this time in the artist’s life.
‘Hodler // Parallelism’ at the Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland
Through Jan. 13, 2019
This year marks a century since the death of one of Switzerland’s most renowned painters: Ferdinand Hodler. To honor his legacy, the Kunstmuseum Bern and Geneva’s Museum of Art and History have joined forces for a show focused on his theory of parallelism. Hodler considered parallelism a key principle of his work and employed it through the use of repetition, patterns, symmetry and mirror images. The show features 99 of Holder’s works.
‘Claude Monet’ at the Albertina in Vienna
Through Jan. 6, 2019
For the first time in over 20 years, a large-scale Monet exhibit can be seen in Austria. The Albertina has gathered 100 paintings from more than 40 international museums and private collections, including the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the National Gallery in London, the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. Highlights include the works: “On the Boat,” “Boulevard des Capucines,” “Grainstack in Sunlight,” and “The Japanese Bridge.”
‘Tintoretto 1519-1594’ at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice
Nov. 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019
Tintoretto is considered “the most Venetian of the Renaissance artists” thanks to his work in the city’s palaces and churches. All of Venice will celebrate his legacy in 2018, which marks 500 years after his birth. The Doge’s Palace has collaborated with the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia to open the first Tintoretto exhibit in Venice in several years. The show features 50 signed paintings and 20 drawings by Tintoretto, lent by museums around the world, including the Prado and the Louvre.
‘Videogames’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London
Through Feb. 24, 2019
In what’s being billed as “the first exhibition of its kind,” London’s Victoria and Albert museum takes on modern video gaming design and culture since the mid-2000s, when technological advancements changed the field. In the 40 years that video games have been around, they’ve transformed into a way of life for some and today’s designers, players and critics are pushing boundaries. The exhibit features sections on the creative process of developing games (including original prototypes and early character designs), interactive installations (including Minecraft), and a look into the social and political issues related to the hobby.
‘Pose and Variations: Sculpture in Paris in the Age of Rodin’ at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, Portugal
Oct. 26, 2018 – Feb. 4, 2019
Drawn from its own collections and that of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum has gathered 30 sculptures in an exhibit on the art of the pose in 19-century French sculpture. Auguste Rodin’s work is featured, along with works by Jean-Antoine Houdon, Aimé-Jules Dalou, Paul Dubois, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Edgar Degas and Denys-Pierre Puech. Some of the sculptures focus on standard posing learned in the artists’ early stages of training, while others show them trying to distance themselves from their predecessors and contemporaries.
‘Van Gogh to Picasso: The Thannhauser Legacy’ at the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain
Through March 24, 2019
Since its arrival at the Guggenheim in New York City more than 50 years ago, the majority of the renowned Thannhauser Collection has never left New York. Now, nearly 50 works by impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern masters will be shown in Bilbao this fall. This exciting exhibit features paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. It also provides an inside look at how the collection came to be through archives documenting the Thannhauser family’s engagement with the famous artists.
‘Europe and the Sea’ at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin
Through Jan. 6, 2019
With over 43,000 miles of coastline along two oceans and four seas, Europe has proportionally more contact with bodies of water than any other continent. Most Europeans don’t think much of their connection to the sea, but Deutsches Historisches Museum hopes to change that with its exhibit this fall. Through 400 items, including paintings, photographs and artifacts, the exhibit addresses 2,500 years of maritime history, commerce, power, environmental threats, and Europe’s current refugee crisis as many attempt to reach the continent via the Mediterranean.
‘Oceania’ at the Royal Academy of Arts in London
Through Dec. 10, 2018
In honor of its 250th anniversary and that of the year that Captain James Cook set sail on his first expedition to the Pacific, London’s Royal Academy of Arts presents the U.K.’s first major exhibition on the art of Oceania. The show features 200 works – created over the last 500 years – from Micronesia, Polynesia, New Guinea, Easter Island, Hawaii, New Zealand and more. This area represents nearly a third of the world’s surface and is rich in history, ritual and ceremony. Three main themes help organize the exhibit: transportation, settlement and trade.
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