Art Dept.: The Best Art Shows for Late Summer and Autumn
The big summer trip may already be over, but are you itching to escape for a quick getaway again? Our suggestion: A city-weekend-trip filled with visits to the museum! Exciting exhibitions are exploding all over Europe – and here are our six favourites:
BERLIN, ALTE NATIONALGALERIE
Wanderlust – From Caspar David Friedrich to Auguste Renoir
Is hiking only for people over 50? No way! A tour of alp-cottages or coastline hikes are becoming some of the top vacation destinations for trendy athletes. But hiking was considered a popular, relaxing activity even back in the 19th century – and was considered a popular art motif. The Alte Nationalgalerie will be showing hundreds of pieces until mid-September demonstrating a broad variety of topics: Exploring nature, life trips, hikes by artists, walks, Italy the country of nostalgia, hiking sceneries north of the Alps. Not only does the exhibition represent German artists, but it also includes works by Richard Wilson, Iwan Kramskoi and Auguste Renoir. But one person that cannot be forgotten is the most famous hiker in German art history, the Wanderer above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich – a loan from the Hamburg Kunsthalle.
May 10th, 2018 until September 16th, 2018
BUDAPEST, HUNGARIAN NATIONAL GALLERY
The originals of Frida Kahlos pictures – particularly her self-portraits – are a force of nature: vulnerable, proud, angry, beautiful. Paradoxically they seem to exude all of these things at once. But to those who may not want to travel all the way to Mexico City to see her, they should definitely consider visiting Budapest in autumn. The Hungarian National Gallery is currently showcasing 30 paintings that Museo Dolores Olmedo graciously loaned them. Once you are there, it is worth taking a longer walk through the entire museum, particularly since these halls themselves tell many a story: They are in a wing of the Budavári palota castle, which has stood tall above the Danube since the 13th century housing Hungarian monarchs. Its current, neo-baroque style was created at the end of the 19th century.
July 7th until November 4th, 2018
EDINBURGH, SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY
Rembrandt – Britain’s Discovery of the Master
William Hogarth, Joshua Reynolds, Henry Raeburn, David Wilkie, Jacob Epstein, John Bellany – the list of British artists that were inspired by Rembrandt is endless. Particularly the enthusiasm Brits had for this famous Golden Age Dutch man at the end of the 18 century is rivalled by none – whether amongst artists and collectors alike. The Scottish National Gallery has dedicated itself to the understanding by the Brits of Rembrandt, on the one hand displaying portrays by Rembrandt himself, such as ‘Young Girl at the Window’ or ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’, whilst also displaying portraits highly influenced by Rembrandt; some of which are the works of the artists mentioned above. If this doesn’t take your breath away already, it’s worth taking a detour by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (approximately 30 minutes away by foot), where works by Emil Nolde will be displayed at the same time.
July 7th until October 14th, 2018
PALMA DE MALLORCA, MIRÓ MALLORCA FUNDACIÓ
Miró, a wild spirit
1956 the Spanish artist of the century, Joan Miró, settled down in Palma de Mallorca, where he would remain until his death in 1983. His former home in Cala Mayor was later converted to the Miró Mallorca Fundacío and wholly dedicated to his creations on Mallorca: His original atelier remains, a sculpture garden was designed and a museum opened. This last dedication will continue to search for the root of diverse influences in the exhibit „Miró, a wild spirit“, open until 2019. These span from nature, whether it may be on Mallorca or of the Catalan village Mont-roig, to oriental art, popular crafts by Antoni Gaudí, as well as contemporary politics.
VIENNA, KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM
Pieter Bruegel the Elder
It has been 450 years since the anniversary of the Dutch painter Pieter Bruegel the Elders’ death. And yet his images seem barely dated, almost like a snapshot just taken: Countless people that have been seemingly caught in motion, his work often seem like hidden objects in children’s books. The motifs are always different: Bruegel was one of the few of his time that was interested in scenes from everyday life, such as a wedding in a town tavern, ice skating in a snowy landscape and children playing. On the other hand, the mystical also found its influence, such as his monumental work of the construction of the tower of Babel – known by many. Collectors of the house of Habsburg have been interested in this artist’s work for a long time, resulting in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna owning the largest collection of Bruegel works. The first monographic exhibition is still being complimented by portraits borrowed from other museums and private collections.
October 2nd, 2018 until January 13th, 2019
DEN HAAG, GEMEENTE MUSEUM
By the Sea
Domburg in the province Zeeland is practically the St. Peter Ording of the Netherlands: In the summer the long, wide beaches of the North Sea coast are filled with families, water sport fans and couples, as the Reet roof houses and mediocre ice cream parlors wait in the distance. When Domburg was not yet a popular vacation hotspot at the beginning of the 20th century, it attracted a completely different audience: artists. Particularly the Dutch trio Jan Tooro, Piet Mondriaan and Jacoba van Heemskerch could not get enough of the glistening ocean, the soft dunes and the green landscapes. The Gemeentemuseum in Den Haag has brought together over 50 pieces of work by the three depicting the area around Domburg. If you want a reminder of the freshness of summer in autumn, this is perfect for you!
July 14th until November 18th, 2018