From Keith Haring to Leonardo da Vinci, the upcoming season of exhibitions are not lacking in terms of artistic skill or variety. KAZoART has assembled a list of our 5 most anticipated European art exhibitions taking place across major cities this Autumn. Read on to see what’s happening, when to go, and why you shouldn’t miss it!

1. Keith Haring

Tate Liverpool, 14 June until 10 November 2019

Keith Haring, Ignorance=Fear, 1989

In the first major show of his work, the Tate Liverpool honours the life and activism of American street artist, Keith Haring. This contemporary of Basquiat and Warhol had a period of high artistic production after being diagnosed with AIDS in 1988. Using art as a vehicle for conveying political messages about drugs, crime, guns and gay rights, his drawings emit jubilance while addressing difficult subjects.

Keith Haring Subway Drawing ca. 1984 Photographed by Tseng Kwong Chi

This exhibition presents massive concrete chunks of his chalk drawings along with pictures of the artist and 85 other artworks on highly vibrant large scales. See the power of positivity for yourself in this not-to-miss Street Art event of the year.

2. Fighting for Visibility: Women in the Nationalgalerie before 1919

Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, 11 October 2019 until 3 March 2020

Sabine Lepsius, self portrait, detail, 1885 © Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Jörg P. Anders

As women’s fight for equality spreads throughout society, some scholars are seeking to bestow retroactive acclaim on the female artists whose legacies have been overlooked or erased throughout the centuries.

Augusta von Zitzewitz, Portrait of the painter Jules Pascin, 1913 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / acquired by the federal state of Berlin in 1964 / Jörg P. Anders

Bringing together 60 paintings and sculptures from a 140 year period, some of the works are part of the museum’s permanent collection such as those by Caroline Bardua, Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann and Dora Hitz. However, some works are seeing the light of day for the first time in decades. After having spent years in storage, massive restorations projects were carried out in order to prepare them for exhibition. See the artistic expertise that intimidated and rivaled their male contemporaries while immersing yourself in female artistry.

3. Caravaggio and Bernini

Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, 15 October, 2019 until 19 January 2020

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Milan 1571 – 1610 Porto Ercole)
Boy Bitten by a Lizard, Rome, c. 1597/98 Oil on canvas, Florence, Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell’Arte Roberto Longhi

Featuring paintings by Caravaggio, sculptures by Bernini and other artworks from the early Roman Baroque Era, this exhibition shows the manner in which displaying emotion became a central theme in Baroque art. Narratives are deepened and tensions are heightened through the addition this fundamentally human component.

By placing sculpture and painting “in dialogue” with one another, viewers can see intentional body movements linked to strong emotion and inner stirring.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Medusa, (Naples 1598 – 1680 Rome)

4. A Tale of Two Women Painters: Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana

Mueso Nacional del Prado in Madrid, 22 October, 2019 until 2 February 2020

S. Anguissola. Self Portrait at the Spinet Harpsichord (1556-57).

It’s not just the German curators who are seeking to give credit to where credit is due! Two of the most talented female artists in Western art are being united in an exhibition that seeks to right historical wrongs. Notwithstanding their statuses as women, both artists achieved notoriety in their lifetimes and defied the stereotypes of their day.

Sofonisba Anguissola was born without status and yet she became the official court painter to Philip II. Lavinia Fontana made her living off of commissions, used her husband as her agent and was one of the first artists to paint a mythological nude. Not given the place they deserve throughout historical artistic discourse, scholars have been working towards re-appropriating these artists’ historical merit for the past 30 years.

Lavinia Fontana (1552–1614), Minerva Dressing (1612-13), oil on canvas, 154 cm x 115 cm, Private collection. The Athenaeum.

5. Leonardo da Vinci

Louvre Museum in Paris, 24 October 2019 until 24 February 2020

Leonardo da Vinci, Portrait of an Unknown Woman (La Belle Ferroniere), 1495-7

Ten years in the making, this exhibition was planned in anticipation of commemorating 500 years since da Vinci’s death in France. Already holding the largest collection of his paintings, Louvre curators pounced on the idea of gathering as many of his works together as possible for one of the most unforgettable exhibitions of the decade.

Seeking to demonstrate and materialise his “science of painting”, this exhibit will be formed around 5 key works: The Virgin of the RocksLa Belle Ferronnière, the Mona Lisa, the Saint John the Baptist, and the Saint Anne. Featuring not only his handiwork but his journeys, studies and artistic virtuoso, viewers will have a comprehensive vision of the life of a Master.

Leonardo da Vinci, Saint John the Baptist, 1513-15

Catch it while you can!

Bonus: Gustave Caillebotte: Painter and Patron of Impressionism

Until 15 September 2019 at the Old National Gallery in Berlin

Gustave Caillebotte, Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877

Emphasising his dualistic role in the Impressionist movement, this exhibition displays the talent of an often forgotten artist. With his most well-known work Paris Street; Rainy Day front and center, there are also many enlightening preparatory studies on display that help us better understand his artistic vision. That is, one that shows a preference for depicting modern, urban subjects.

Rubbing shoulders with Renoir, Monet, Degas, Cezanne, and Manet, his considerable wealth allowed him to organise Impressionist Salons and therefore acquire many of their works. Upon his death, 68 paintings by the aforementioned artists were bequeathed to the French State, none were accepted. The Old National Gallery endeavours to honour the legacy of a man who lived for the Impressionists.

The Floor Scrapers, oil on canvas by Gustave Caillebotte, 1875; in the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.