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10 Must-See Art Exhibitions Around the World You Cannot Miss This Spring

A world-wide guide for true art geeks.

Spring is here, and it is time to see the beauty. Even if the nature is not much promising yet, you can always explore its half-sister - particularly, art. There is plenty to chase this season, so take your suitcase, notebook, and smartphone - the latter to follow our guide of must-see exhibitions around the globe. 

1. Banksy: Love is in the Bin @ Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany

from March 7, 2019

Remember PrBanksy's Girl with Balloon being self-shredded right at Sotheby's last October? The unexpected act of self-destruction has made this even before valuable piece of art almost priceless. Now called Love is in the Bin, it is claimed to be "the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction." Its lucky owner who chose to remain anonymous has loaned in to the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart where it is exhibited now until a yet unannounced date.

2. The Courtauld Collection. A Vision for Impressionism @ Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, France
From February 20 to June 17, 2019

If you are about to visit Paris, pop in Louis Vuitton Foundation - not to buy yourself another brown-and-beige bag (c'mon) but to see over a hundred impressionist masterpieces from the abundant Samuel Courtauld collection. You are about to come across Young Woman Powdering Herself by Seurat, The Card Players by Cézanne, and even Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear by Van Gogh. First time on tour in French capital for the past 60 years.

3. Tutankhamun. The Treasure of the Pharaoh @ La Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France

From March 23 to September 15, 2019

Another reason you cannot without Paris this spring is the golden collection of old good Tutankhamun's  belongings. Unearthed in Egypt in 1922, the mighty pharaoh's tomb had housed not only Tut's mummy but also a fantastic array of glittering treasures of any kind. Now golden sarcophagus, statues, and vases are kept in the Grand Egyptian Museum. But these days the treasures are on display in Paris - and it is going to be the only chance to see them in Europe (the other exhibitions are going to be held in North America).

4. All the Rembrandts @ Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

From February 15 to June 10, 2019

Moving to Amsterdam. Yes, you are going to see Rembrandt there. We mean, a lot of Rembrandt. All of Rembrandt's from Rijksmuseum's collection. 22 paintings, 60 drawings and more than 300 prints are showcased to commemorate the great artist's death (350 years ago). The exhibit is open until early June, and that is the last chance to see The Night Watch before a restoration project begins in July.

5. Rubens to Makart Liechtenstein. The Princely Collections @ Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria

From February 16 to June 10, 2019

If you feel you have had enough of Rembrandt, move to Vienna to meet some Rubens, van Dyck, and Arcimboldo. Over 100 paintings from the exquisite Liechtenstein Princely Collections are on show at Albertina. A promising promenade through five centuries of art history highlights Italian Renaissance and Baroque, Viennese Biedermeier and Makart era. A unique chance to see masterpieces from one of the biggest European private collections.

6. Oskar Kokoschka. Expressionist, Migrant, European – A Retrospective @ Leopoldmuseum, Vienna, Austria

From April 6 to July 8, 2019

Leopoldmuseum is just 15 minutes on foot from Albertina, so no excuse to miss Oskar Kokoschka retrospective. Scandalous and contradictory, Kokoschka embraced the entire 20th century in his ouevre. About 260 artworks (some of them rarely or even never shown before) by the giant of Austrian expressionism are going to be on display till July.

7. Picasso – Blue and Rose Periods @ Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland

From February 3 to May 26, 2019

The compilation of young Picasso's sculptures and paintings in a single exhibition is seemingly the most ambitious project ever done by Fondation Beyeler. The works from so-called Blue and Rose periods of genius-to-be were created between 1901 and 1906 and perform a significant step to his future greatness. About 75 masterpieces were loaned from museums and private collections around the globe.

8. Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing @ The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, the UK

From May 24 to October 13, 2019

The end of May is time to pay tribute to Leonardo da Vinci who died 500 years ago. You are invited to London, more precisely - to the Buckingham Palace. More than 200 drawings of the Renaissance genius are going to be on display this time. All of the artworks make part of the richest Royal Collection, and it is going to be the first time they see world altogether in over 65 years.

9. Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice @ National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
From March 24 to July 7, 2019


Another anniversary of the year is Tintoretto's, he was born in 1519 (or 1518, but there is nobody to ask). A perfect occasion to make his first ever retrospective in North America. Close to 50 paintings and a dozen drawings are making debut at the National Gallery. The exhibits range from regal portraits of Venetian aristocracy to religious and mythological narrative scenes and will cover the artist’s entire career.

10. Ilya Repin @ Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

From March 16 to August 18, 2019

Last but not least, Moscow New Tretyakov Gallery opens a large-scale exhibition of Ilya Repin. It is going to occupy three floors and include masterpieces from 26 Russian and foreign museums and some private collections. It is literally best of the best - from Barge Haulers on the Volga to the enormous Ceremonial Sitting of the State Council

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