Fall Art Exhibitions in Europe

Martin Gayford writes on the upcoming fall exhibitions in Europe.  Gayford notes that even with poor economic conditions the fall lineup of art exhibitions in Europe are strong and impressive.  He notes the more impressive exhibitions being Tapestries designed by Raphael at the Vatican at the Victoria and Albert, Gauguin at the Tate, Monet at the Grand Palais in Paris and “Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals” at the National Gallery in London.

Gayford writes

There’s nothing as stellar on the menu elsewhere. The National Gallery in London has “Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals” (Oct. 13-Jan. 16, 2011), a show that may throw light on the mania of 18th-century British gentlemen for buying views of La Serenissima. At the National Portrait Gallery is an attempt to reassess Thomas Lawrence in “Regency Power and Brilliance” (Oct. 21-Jan. 23, 2011). Lawrence mainly devoted his talents to making early 19th-century Britons, including the obese and corseted George IV, look more glamorous than they were. Does that prevent him from being a great artist? We shall see.

The British Museum has “Journey Through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead” (Nov. 4-March 6, 2011), which is not a major loan show -- many of the exhibits come from the museum’s own collection -- yet may be fascinating. The Courtauld Gallery has one of those niche shows it does well, this time devoted to Cezanne’s Card Players (Oct. 21-Jan. 16, 2011).

On the photography front, there is Eadweard Muybridge at Tate Britain (Sept. 8-Jan. 16, 2011). Another Briton who presented himself as more glamorous than he was -- real name: Edward Muggeridge -- Muybridge emigrated to the U.S., where he took up photography. His greatest fame comes from the pioneering sequences he took of human and animal movement, which were immediate precursors of cinema.
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