One of the best times to travel to Europe is spring, when the weather is improving but peak season prices have not yet kicked in. Mainland museums usually open some of the best exhibitions of the year at this popular time of year. This spring, European museums are revisiting important artists, including Rubens, Picasso, Rodin, Monet and Delacroix, as well as important moments from ancient and modern history. Here are the best exhibitions to see in the coming months.
Picasso 1932 – Love, Glory, Tragedy at the Tate Modern in London
Until September 9, 2018
The year 1932 is considered such a crucial period in Picasso’s life and work that it has been called his “year of wonders”. Now the Tate Modern takes a month-by-month trip throughout the year to explore how his work has been impacted by his family life, love affair, time spent between Normandy and Paris and political issues. , social and financial growth in Europe. The exhibition brings together more than 100 paintings, sculptures and other works that Picasso created during this time, with the centerpiece Naked woman in a red armchair.
High society at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
Until June 3, 2018
Get up close to Europe’s royalty, aristocrats and wealthy citizens through grand full-length portraits at the Dutch National Museum this spring. More than 35 works by artistic masters including Velázquez, Sargent, Munch and Manet are on display, along with the centerpiece: Rembrandt’s spectacular wedding portraits by Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit which are on display for the first time after their restoration. The works in the exhibition are on loan from museums and private collections around the world, including Paris, London, Florence, Vienna and Los Angeles. The Rijksmuseum has also taken over 80 prints and drawings from its own collection to depict the lives of the rich and powerful, including their parties and romances.
Gurlitt: status report at the Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland
April 19 – July 15, 2018
In 2012, nearly 1,500 priceless works of art by masters such as Picasso, Munch and Matisse were discovered in the home of the son of a German art dealer who collected Jewish and so-called “degenerate” art under the Nazi regime. Many of these works were forcibly sold, confiscated or stolen from museums and private collections. The art was donated to the Kunstmuseum in Bern which will show many works this spring.
Jews, an Italian story: the first thousand years at the National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Holocaust in Ferrara, Italy
Until September 16, 2018
Just inaugurated in December, the new National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah presents its first exhibition on the Italian Jewish experience from Roman Antiquity to the Middle Ages. The historic town of Ferrara lies between Venice and Bologna and has a Jewish history dating back to the early Middle Ages. The exhibition covers the first 1,000 years of the Jews in Italy with more than 200 artifacts, including manuscripts, medieval documents, epigraphs and objects such as rings, seals, coins, oil lamps and amulets. Many are on display for the first time and others are on loan from museums in Cairo, Naples, the Vatican, the United Kingdom and New York.
Rubens. sketch painter at the Prado in Madrid
Until August 5, 2018
Peter Paul Rubens painted nearly 500 sketches during his career and is considered the most important sketch painter in European art. In partnership with the Flemish government and the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in the Netherlands, the Prado has brought together almost a fifth of these works of art from its own collection and from museums around the world, including the Louvre, the Hermitage , the Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of New York. Works included in the exhibition include The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, Prometheusand The capture of Samson.
Sappho in the vote: the women who dared at the Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford
Until February 2019
To mark 100 years of the Representation of the People Act which gave many women in Britain and Ireland the right to vote, Bodleian Libraries Oxford is taking on brave women from history in an exhibition of a period of almost a year. It covers 2,000 years of history, from ancient Greek poetry to women’s suffrage in the UK, through more than 80 articles. Highlights include fragments of Sappho’s poetry from the second century BCE written on papyrus (Sappho is a symbol of female homosexuality), Ada Lovelace’s 19th century notes on mathematics, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein manuscript, a manuscript by Jane Austen, a musical score by Fanny Mendelssohn and a recreation of a banner used by the Oxford Women’s Suffrage Society in 1908.
Rodin and the art of ancient Greece at the British Museum in London
Until July 29, 2018
Legend has it that French sculptor Auguste Rodin visited the British Museum in 1881 and was inspired by the Parthenon sculptures, leading him to incorporate what he saw into his work. Today the British Museum is revisiting Rodin’s legacy 100 years after his death with a major exhibition featuring more than 80 original plaster, bronze and marble sculptures on loan from Paris, including The Thinker and The kiss. They will be juxtaposed with some of the Parthenon sculptures that inspired the artist.
Eleusis. The Great Mysteries at the Acropolis Museum in Athens
Until May 31, 2018
The third in a series of exhibits of important ancient artifacts, the Acropolis Museum now focuses on Eleusis, a town about 18 km northwest of Athens. On display are the most important artifacts found in the archaeological excavations of Eleusis, including the statue Flee Persephone (c. 480 BC), a votive relief depicting Demeter and Kore (Persephone) (470-450 BC), ceremonial vessels and monuments. The exhibition hall was designed to represent Telesterion, a large hall in Eleusis where sacred and ancient Greek religious rites were performed.
Delacroix (1798-1863) at the Louvre in Paris
Until July 23, 2018
Although Eugène Delacroix is considered one of the giants of French painting, the last complete retrospective of his work in Paris took place six decades ago (in 1963, the year of the centenary of his death). The Louvre has teamed up with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to present a new exhibition with 180 of his works – mostly paintings – spanning his 40-year career. To cover the three major periods of his life, the work is divided into three sections: his break with neoclassicism; large public murals and easel painting; and landscape painting.
Monet & Architecture at the National Gallery in London
Until July 29, 2018
In the first entirely Monet exhibition in London in the past two decades, the National Gallery this spring is focusing not on his landscapes, but on his architectural paintings. More than a quarter of the 75 paintings in the exhibition come from private collections and have therefore rarely been seen in public. Monet’s architectural work spans from his long career in the mid-1860s to his 1912 exhibition of Venetian paintings.