With the autumn coming and the new season starting, we couldn’t wait to see which exhibitions we will have the chance to visit in Europe soon, especially after previous year that was very difficult for museums that were also partially closed down across Europe due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the new season is looking good, with the many exhibitions opening that were postponed due to the pandemic as well as the new ones scheduled and here we bring you a few which are definitely not to miss.
1. David Hockney, BOZAR, Brussels
8 October 2021 – 23 January 2022
In this long-awaited exhibition you will have an opportunity to see more than eighty works by David Hockney that spans across his entire career, from paintings and drawings to print that are in the collection of the Tate Museum. But that’s not all as this is actually a double exhibition – shown in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020, this parallel exhibition shows the never ending need for experimentation of one most influential artists of our time, presenting the interesting and colorful iPod paintings that were created during the first lockdown.
2. Georgia O’Keeffe, Centre Pompidou, Paris
8 September – 6 December 2021
After being exhibited at Madrid’s Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition just recently opened at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, being the first big retrospective in France of her work. While influenced by the work of European artists such as Braque and Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe developed her own, distinct style of American Modernism, becoming one of the most significant and influential world artists of the 20th century. The visitors will enjoy around 100 of her works, with the highlights including her extraordinary paintings of flowers and desert landscapes.
3. Opening of the Munch Museum, Oslo
22 October 2021
With the exclusive pre-opening on 19 October and the grand opening 22-24 October 2021, the long-awaited Munch Museum will finally open its doors to the public. There will be more of 220 works on display by the expressionist painter, from famous paintings like the iconic ‘The Scream’, to lesser known drawings, graphics and sculptures and even writings and photographs.
4. Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist, National Gallery London
20 November 2021 – 27 February 2022
Organised in partnership with the Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, Aachen, the National Gallery will hold the first major exhibition in UK of Albrecht Dürer after 20 years. The famous German Renaissance artist traveled to Alps, Italy, Venice and the Netherlands, having a great role in spreading the influence of the Italian Renaissance to the north of Europe. One of the highlight of the exhibition will most definitely be his masterpiece Christ among the Doctors which will be on loan from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid.
5. Helmut Newton: Legacy, Museum for Photography, Berlin
31 October 2021 – 15 May 2022
Though initially planned to open on the Newton’s 100th birthday, on 31 October 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the retrospective of the great photographer was rescheduled to open a year later, 31 October 2021 which is actually, pretty soon. In this celebratory retrospective, the focus will not only be on the iconic works of Helmut Newton, one of the most significant photographers of the modern era, but also previously unknown or less known works will be included as well. Good news – after the Berlin exhibition, the exhibition of over 300 works curated by Matthias Harder, director of the Helmut Newton Foundation, will travel to other venues outside Germany.
6. The Magritte Machine, Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid
14 September 2021 – 30 January 2022
Madrid is going surreal this fall – around 90 paintings and a selection of films and photographs of the Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte will be presented in the exhibition ‘The Magritte Machine’, the first retrospective of this great artist to be held in Madrid. The exhibition curated by the museum’s artistic director, Guillermo Solana will be divided in different sections: 1. The magician’s powers; 2. Image and word; 3. Figure and background; 4. Picture and window; 5. Face and mask; 6. Mimicry; and 7. Megalomania – emphasizing the repetitive element and indefinite combinations and variations in the work of the one of the most famous Surrealist painters.