Must-see museum exhibits in Europe for spring 2018
In the first entirely Monet exhibition in London in the last two decades, the National Gallery this spring focuses not on his landscapes and seascapes, but his architecture paintings.
More than a quarter of the 75 paintings in the National Gallery’s Monet exhibit come from private collections and therefore have been rarely seen in public.
Though Eugène Delacroix is considered one of the giants of French painting, the last full retrospective on his work in Paris was held six decades ago (in 1963, the centenary year of his death). The Louvre has joined forces with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to present a new exhibition with 180 of his works.
To cover the three major periods in his life, the Delacroix exhibit is divided into three sections: his break with neoclassicism, his large public murals and easel painting, and landscape painting.
Get up-close-and-personal with royals, aristocrats, and wealthy citizens of Europe through grand, full-length portraits at the the Dutch national museum this spring.
Over 35 works by artistic masters, including Velázquez, Sargent, Munch and Manet, are on display at the Rijksmuseum this spring.
To mark 100 years since the Representation of the People Act which gave many women in Great Britain and Ireland the right to vote, Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries takes on brave women in history in a nearly year-long exhibit. It covers 2,000 years of history, including ancient Greek poetry written on papyrus by Sappho, a symbol of female homosexuality.
Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries explores the campaign for women’s suffrage in the U.K. This petition by the Birkenhead and District Women’s Suffrage Society encouraged voters to ask Parliament to "pass into law a measure for the enfranchisement of Women."
Just opened in December, the new National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah in Ferrara, Italy, is presenting its first exhibit on the Italian Jewish experience from ancient Roman times until the Middle Ages.
The Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah exhibit covers the first 1,000 years of Jews in Italy with over 200 artifacts, including manuscripts, medieval documents, epigraphs and objects such as rings, seals, coins, oil lamps and amulets.
In partnership with the Government of Flanders and the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in the Netherlands, the Prado has brought together nearly one-fifth of Peter Paul Rubens’ nearly 500 sketches from its own collection and museums around the world.
Works included in the Rubens exhibit include "The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden," "Prometheus," and "The Capture of Samson."
The British Museum revisits Rodin’s legacy, 100 years after his death, with a major exhibition featuring over 80 original plaster, bronze, and marble sculptures on loan from Paris, including "The Thinker" and "The Kiss."
Legend has it that French sculptor Auguste Rodin visited the British Museum in 1881 and took inspiration from the Parthenon sculptures, leading him to incorporate what he saw into his work.
In 2012, almost 1,500 invaluable artworks by masters including 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. Kunstmuseum Bern will show many of the works this spring.
Many of the works in the Kunstmuseum’s exhibit were sold by force, confiscated, or stolen from museums and private collections during the Nazi era.
The third in a series of exhibits of important ancient artifacts, the Acropolis Museum now focuses on Eleusis, a town about 11 miles northwest of Athens.
On display at the the Acropolis Museum this spring are the most important artifacts found in the Eleusis archaeological excavation.
The Tate Modern exhibit in London brings together more than 100 paintings, sculptures, and other works that Picasso created in 1932, with the centerpiece "Nude Woman in a Red Armchair."
The year 1932 is considered a time so pivotal in Picasso’s life and work that it has been called his "year of wonders."