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10 of the best art exhibitions in London, Paris and Rome

May 23, 2019

It’s time to immerse yourself in creativity. From state-of-the art holographic imagery to revisiting famous Old Masters, we’ve handpicked an eclectic mix of this year’s most enticing art exhibitions in our world-class city destinations.

Helene Schjerfbeck

No longer one of Finland’s closely guarded secrets, Helene Schjerfbeck’s abstracted self-portraits, landscapes and still life paintings are exhibited in the UK for the first time. Schjerfbeck’s curiosity for the physical and psychological process of ageing is explored in more than 60 of the masterful Finnish painter’s works.

July 20 – October 27, 2019
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD
+44 (0)20 7300 8000
Image © Royal Academy of Arts

Helen Schjerfbeck at Royal Academy
Mark Leckey Made in Eaven hosted by Tate

Mark Leckey

Awarded the Turner Prize in 2008 for Industrial Light and Magic, Mark Leckey is known the world over. The British artist focuses on how technology impacts popular culture; one of his previous works incorporates footage from British nightclubs to trace dance subcultures. This exhibition invites visitors to explore his unique perspective.

September 24, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
+44 (0)20 7887 8888
Image © Tate Mark Leckey


Francis Bacon

Recognising one of the 20th century’s leading painters, this exhibition looks at Francis Bacon’s later works, created between 1971 and 1992, the year of his death. During this period, Bacon drew on prominent thinkers and writers such as George Bataille, Michel Leiris, and Friedrich Nietzsche, and polarised themes such as life and death, beauty and ugliness, civilisation and barbarism.

September 11, 2019 – January 20, 2020
Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Image © Centre Pompidou

Francis Bacon at Centre Pompidou
Van Gogh painting

Van Gogh, La Nuit Étoilée (The Starry Night)

Van Gogh’s dreamy meadows and star-swirled skies are brought to vivid, colour-saturated life with L’Atelier des Lumières’ immersive digital display, projected onto 15,000m2/161,459ft2 walls. Van Gogh, La Nuit Étoilée is a 35-minute journey into the Dutch artist’s life and his most famous works, retracing his steps through Arles, Paris and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

Until December 31, 2019
L’Atelier des Lumières, 38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 80 98 46 00
Image © Bridgeman


Welcome to Rome

A multi-media display of maquettes, film and holographic imagery invites a deep immersion into the drama of Rome’s nearly three millennia of history. Projections onto walls and ceilings animate the Italian capital to demonstrate its colourful evolution into a buzzing modern metropolis, with detailed 3D models offering an opportunity to observe the city’s architectural blockbusters in the round.

Until December 31, 2019
203 Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 00186 Rome
Image © San Pietro

Model of the Vatican and St Peter's Basillica
Portrait of Enzo Cucchi sitting on chair

Enzo Cucchi

Rome’s leading contemporary art institution MAXXI unveils a new exhibition dedicated to the recent works of Enzo Cucchi. One of the key drivers of the Transavantgarde movement in the late 1970s and 1980s, Cucchi’s brush strokes and sculptures were famously experimental, expressionist, and attention-demanding – as are his later creations.

September 27, 2019 – January 26, 2020
Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (MAXXI), Via Guido Reni 4A, 00196 Rome
+39 06 322 5178
Image © MAXXI GioPonti Ritratto


Giorgio de Chirico

The Palazzo Reale hosts one of the season’s key cultural events with a blockbuster exhibition dedicated to Giorgio de Chirico. Active from the early 20th century, the Italian artist and writer founded the Metaphysical art movement, which influenced artists such as Picasso and Apollinaire. This exhibition surveys the painter’s most poignant works.

September 25, 2019 – January 19, 2020
Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milan
+39 02 8844 5181

Giorgio de Chirico exhibition
Leonardo da Vinci parade in Museo Nazionale Scienza Tecnologia

Leonardo da Vinci Parade

Part of a programme of initiatives marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, Milan’s Museum of Science and Technology displays a collection of models ‒ crafted in the 1950s and based on da Vinci’s drawings ‒ alongside rare, 16th-century frescos worked on by Lombardy painters including Bernardino Luini and his students.

Until October 13, 2019
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia, Via S. Vittore 21 – 20123 Milano
+39 02 48 555 1
Image © Paolo Soave Museo Nazionale Scienza Tecnologia

Los Angeles

Betye Saar: Call and Response

This retrospective is the first complete survey of Betye Saar’s creative career at a Californian museum, and the first anywhere to aim the spotlight on her sketchbooks. Born in 1926, issues of gender, race and spirituality charge her drawings. Saar is one of the most talented artists of her generation, and, as this show demonstrates, she’s not as widely celebrated as her skills merit.

September 22, 2019 – April 5, 2020
LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
+1 323 857 6000
Image © The artist and Roberts Projects

Betye Saar, Los Angeles
Photographer with camera

In Focus: The Camera

Since its invention in the early 19th century, the camera has come a long way. Examining just how far, In Focus: The Camera, brings together photographs and historic camera equipment from the Getty Museum’s permanent collection. Focal points include flexible film stocks, built-in light meters, motor drives, and megapixels.

July 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020
The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, 90049
+1 310 440 7300
Image © Estate of Lisette Model, courtesy of Baudoin Lebon Kaitelman

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