Best Art Exhibitions In European Museums In 2020

Best Art Exhibitions In European Museums In 2020

From celebrating the year of Jan van Eyck and Beethoven, paying homage to some modern painters like Andy Warhol, to a big art show by Marina Abramović, there’s going to be something for everyone when it comes to art this year. To make a choice of which exhibition to visit for you a bit easier, I did a bit of research and made a list of ten best art exhibitions in European museums in 2020 you shouldn’t miss.

After having some significant art anniversaries and exhibitions dedicated to them in 2019, the beginning of 2020 is going to be marked by one of the best art exhibitions in European museums in 2020 – Van Eyck: An optical revolution. Many events are going to be organized throughout the year to celebrate the work of one of the most famous Flemish masters, Jan van Eyck (1390 – 1441). Around half of the work attributed to him is going to be on display at the exhibition, so it’s a unique chance to see most of his work in one place. 

Troy: Myth and reality

This exhibition is dedicated to one of the most exciting classical stories – the one of the Troy. Being inspired by the story that draws the attention of people all around the world for more than two millenniums, the British Museum in London explores what a myth is and what’s reality by showing classical art pieces, ancient sculptures, and some of the more contemporary works. It’s without a doubt one of the best art exhibitions in European museums in 2020, so if you happen to be in London this spring, be sure to visit it.

Artemisia

Another great exhibition organized this spring in London is going to be dedicated to a successful 17th-century Italian female painter Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – 1654). Different aspects of her work are going to be presented during the exhibition. The museum is going to explore her role as a great artist, but also as a woman entrepreneur. Besides some of her very famous works, one of the highlights of the exhibition is going to be recently discovered painting ‘Self-portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria’ that’s going to be displayed in front of the public for the first time.

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

With its focus on applied arts and crafts, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London is going to be home to one of the most interesting European exhibitions in 2020. Celebrating one of the best-known symbols of Japan, they are going to explore its social, artistic, and fashion influence. More than three hundred works will be displayed at the exhibition, showcasing some very traditional pieces from Japan, to some contemporary examples created by famous fashion designers like Yves Saint Laurent or Alexander McQueen.

Beethoven Moves

Austria is celebrating one of its most famous composers, Ludwig van Beethoven, this year. To join this homage, Kunsthistorisches Museum and the archive of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna are organizing a fascinating exhibition. Beethoven’s music was inspirational to generations of artists and people from all walks of life. So they decided to present works of art by some famous artists like Caspar David Friedrich, William Turner, Francisco Goya, and Auguste Rodin. All of it accompanied by some of the beautiful Beethoven music. If you’d like to see how one artist inspired generations of others, be sure to visit this exhibition.

Some Ideas To Help You Be More Creative & Artistic At Home

Art is something that calms me down. It’s almost like a time machine that brings me to a different time or place. I love visiting mmc996 museums and get my weekly dose of art inspiration that way. But, what to do when you can’t visit the museums or join some of the art workshops in person? Well, here are some ideas that will help you to be more creative and artistic at home.

Although we are currently facing some challenging times, a good thing about it is that many of us are given some extra free time. And it could be great to use it to boost your creativity, and both enjoy and create some art.

I’ve combined here different art techniques you can try yourself, together with the ways to enjoy some traditional art and boost your creative inspiration. And have also included links to online shops where you can get a painting material if you don’t have it at home.

Calligraphy

There is something so magical in the smell of fresh ink and paper. And while focusing on writing some beautiful letters, I feel like I’m traveling back in time to the Middle Ages. It’s definitely a great way to be more creative and artistic at home.

TIP: During the last few weeks, Manon from Oh Pretty Paper is creating videos and sharing calligraphy tips on her Instagram page. Take a look for some inspiration.

Water coloring

Water coloring is one of the hardest painting techniques. But, could there be a better time to improve your skill than now when we’re spending so much time at home?

TIP: To boost your creativity even more when at home, listen to some nice music while creating your art. Find the music that relaxes you and create a lovely atmosphere for your art time at home.

Markers

Markers are quite nice and easy to work with because you mostly already have them at home. Although they are mostly reserved for kids, they are actually quite lovely to work with. I love them because they are not a ‘dirty technique’ and you don’t need much time to prepare your painting material. You also don’t need much space to work with them.

Because of their bright colors, they could be great for letter writing or creating some simple drawings. I love to use them when I’m working with textures, as I did on that drawing above.

Colouring

If you don’t feel like drawing or painting, then maybe coloring could be the right choice for you. There are many free printable coloring books (Pinterest is my favorite source for them) to choose from. You can find all the different subjects from travel, floral motives to completely abstract illustrations.

Create your own exhibition space

Especially right now when we are spending so much time at home and can’t go to museums, find a nice place at your house that’s going to become your exhibition corner and curate some of your work there. It can be a shelf or a top of your fireplace.

Exhibiting your work, even only for yourself, will make you appreciate it and enjoy it even more. It will also make your home, where you’re spending so much time right now, much more cozy and beautiful.

Explore Saint Petersburg in the footsteps of Fyodor Dostoevsky

Explore Saint Petersburg in the footsteps of Fyodor Dostoevsky

There is a saying in Russian that claims how there are three types of people – admirers of Tolstoy’s work, admirers of Dostoevsky’s work, and admirers of them both. In this article, we will continue exploring places related to some of those famous Russian writers. Now is the turn to examine Saint Petersburg in the footsteps of Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Fyodor Dostoevsky in Saint Petersburg

Fyodor Dostoevsky was born and bred in Moscow, but he spent most of his productive life in Saint Petersburg. Dostoevsky was never fond of it. But, the city became an inexhaustible source of stories and characters for his works.

If you read some of Dostoevsky’s novels, you already have the portrait of the city drawn by him in your imagination.

Michael’s Castle

Fyodor Dostoevsky moved to Saint Petersburg from Moscow when he was sixteen. He came to study at the Engineering School that was located in the beautiful St. Michael’s Castle. Therefore, the other name of this castle that you may often hear among locals is Engineering Castle.

Dostoevsky came together with his beloved brother Michael, who also studied in the Engineering School. Like Fyodor, Michael devoted his life to literature and lived in Saint Petersburg for the rest of his life.

Dostoevsky’s favorite place in the castle was the corner room by the window overlooking the Panteleimon Bridge. From that moment and until the end of his life, he preferred corner apartments.

Some people believe that Dostoevsky rented almost exclusively corner apartments because they were less expensive as they required more firewood to keep them warm in the cold season.

Wolf & Beranget Patisserie

This was the best patisserie in the city of Pushkin and Dostoevsky, frequented by many writers.

Here Fyodor Dostoevsky met Mikhail Petrashevsky, who was pioneering the ideas of utopian socialism. It was this acquaintance that nearly cost Dostoevsky his life.

Dostoevsky got carried away by the ideas promoted by Petrashevsky and his secret circle. When the emperor found out about this revolutionary movement, he ordered to imprison all the participants of the ring, and subsequently to execute their leaders.

This café still exists today. It is now known as the Literary Café, but it may as well be called the Evil Café.

It was the last place that Alexander Pushkin, the everything of Russian literature, visited on the morning before his fatal duel.

Peter and Paul Fortress

Dostoevsky and other members of Petrashevsky Circle were imprisoned into single cells of the prison at Peter and Paul Fortress. There he spent half a year and wrote the short story, Small Hero. By that time, he got deeply disappointed by his previous political views. Just before the Christmas of 1849, Dostoevsky and five other members of Petrashevsky Circle, including Petrashevsky himself, were sentenced to death by firing squad.

Mock Execution at Semyonov Place

Semyonov Place was a square for public executions at the imperial time. It was renamed into Pioneer Square by the Bolsheviks because, at the far end of it, the Theatre for Young Audience was inaugurated. And it’s still functioning today.

You will see a monument to A. Griboedov, another Russian writer, at the square. He was not sentenced to death by the Russian Imperial government. However, his fate is no less tragic than that of Dostoevsky. His monument was created in the Soviet time and put there just to fill in space at the square.

Just a minute before the execution was about to happen, an urgent message from the emperor arrived. In it, Nicholas I granted mercy to all convicted and ordered to change the execution on katorga works in Siberia.

This pardon was actually agreed upon the day before, but on a condition that it should be announced at the last minute only.

During the Mock Execution, one of the convicted had lost his mind. And, of course, it left a huge impact on Dostoevsky. He later described the terrifying experience of expecting the execution in his famous novel Idiot.…