Sweeties, we’re in a Continental kind of mood and once you read our Autumn Arts Round Up for Europe, you’ll understand why.
London. Tate Modern. Sweeties, did you know we have a thing for Russian history? If you have tsars in your eyes, too, you’ll appreciate Red Star Over Russia: A revolution in visual culture 1905– 55. 2017 marks the centenary of the October Revolution, which to put it mildly, changed Russia and the world forever. This must-see show is centered on the collection of photographer and graphic designer David King (1943–2016), who amassed some 250,000 items relating to this tumultuous period while working for The Sunday Times Magazine. Rare photos, posters, prints and more will all be on display. 8 Nov 2017 to 18 Feb 2018
Paris. Petit Palais. This little gem of a museum is often overshadowed by the big names, but it if you’re into the Beaux Arts, Sweeties, this is the destination for you. This autumn, the museum is devoting a major retrospective to the work of Swedish painter Anders Zorn (1860-1920). A towering figure in his lifetime, Zorn’s work is contemporary – in style, subject matter, and mastery - to Sargent, Sorolla, and Boldini. This is the first retrospective of Zorn’s work in Paris and will include society portraits, watercolors, etchings and photography. Anders Zorn: Sweden's Master Painter 15 Sept to 17 Dec 2017
Vienna. Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum). Is Vienna calling you, Sweeties, like it’s calling us? We're planning ahead because we can never resist this amazing city, especially when special exhibits like Bruegel are on - albeit next autumn. This will be the world’s first-ever major monograph exhibition dedicated to Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c 1525/30 –1569), widely regarded as the 16th century’s greatest Netherlandish painter. His works are instantly recognizable –teeming with figures and moral lessons. The good ol’ Hapsburgs started collecting his works centuries ago and today the Kunsthistoriches Museum Vienna has the largest collection in the world (12 panels of just over 40 known works). This exhibition will bring together the museum’s collection along with other works on loan from international museums and private collectors. It promises to be the most comprehensive Bruegel exhibition ever seen - just in time to mark 450 years since the artist's death. 2 Oct 2018 to 13 Jan 2019
Madrid. The Prado. Museo del Prado is celebrating 200 years in unapologetically lavish style with a fantastic exhibit dedicated to 19th century artist Mariano Fortuny (1838-1874), who was known to study the masters at the museum. This retrospective will cover all of the phases of Fortuny’s works, including oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints. Interestingly there will also be a section devoted to the artworks and artifacts that Fortuny himself collected. Three of Fortuny’s most famous works: The Painter's Children in the Japanese Room, The Spanish Wedding (above) and The Choice of a Model (main photo) will all be on display. 21 Nov 2017 to 18 Mar 2018