A guide to art exhibitions to see this Autumn — around the world

A guide to art exhibitions to see this Autumn — around the world

From Lucian Freud’s unnerving portraits in London’s National Gallery to a show in Madrid exploring the creative relationship between Pablo Picasso and Gabrielle Chanel – our editors on what they’re looking forward to this Autumn.

‘Lucian Freud: New Perspectives’ at London’s National Gallery

Lucian Freud once said: “I don't want to retire. I want to paint myself to death.” This riveting show is considered the most significant survey of his work in 10 years, offering a fresh perspective on the 20th-century artist’s work. Tracking how his style evolved through the 20th and early 21st centuries, it includes works like ‘Girl With a Kitten’ (1947), ‘Naked Portrait II’ (1979-80), and ‘Her Majesty the Queen’ (2000-01), which the artist gave to Queen Elizabeth II two decades ago.

Girl with a White Dog by Lucian Freud © Fair use, Wikipedia

National Gallery, London

Until January 22 2023

Cezanne at London’s Tate Modern

This major exhibition, which presents French artist Cezanne’s paintings, watercolours and drawings, reveals his prolonged pursuit of a unique expression of how he sensed the world. From earlier, raw paintings such as The Murder (1867-70) — which depicts a violent night scene in which a woman is holding the victim down and another figure is about to stab her — to later works such as ‘Seated Man’ (1905-6), part of a plein-air series he made in Aix-en-Provence, the show traces his fascinating artistic development. It also features over 20 works seen in the UK for the first time, including ‘The Basket of Apples’ (c.1893), ‘Mont Sainte-Victoire’ (1902-06) and ‘Still Life with Milk Pot, Melon, and Sugar Bowl’ (1900-06).

Photo 1 - The EY Exhibition Cezanne installation view at Tate Modern 2022 , Photo © Tate (Jai Monaghan); Photo 2 - Cezanne The Basket of Apples, c. 1893 The Art Institute Chicago; Photo 3 - Paul Cezanne, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons; Photo 4 - Paul Cezanne - Bathers c.1894-1905. Presented by the National Gallery, purchased with a special grant and the aid of the Max Rayne Foundation, 1964

Tate Modern

Until 12 March 2023

‘What a Wonderful World’ at Rome’s MAXXI

Ed Atkins, The Worm (2021) MAXXI Exhibition View © Musacchio Ianniello Pasqualini

Featuring works by 14 international artists, including Ed Atkins, Rossella Biscotti, Simon Denny, Rä di Martino, Franklin Evans, and Thomas Hirschhorn, ‘What a Wonderful World’ prompts us to reflect on today’s greatest challenges and scientific and technological progress. But what is perhaps most fascinating about this innovative show is that it has been conceived as an experimental project in itself, through the introduction of a prototype to analyse, visualise and interpret data created by visitors’ dialogue with the artworks.

Ra di Martino, August 2008 (2009) - still da video Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI


Until March 12 2023

‘Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear’ at New York’s MOMA  

Capturing everything from building sites and social movements to intimate still life and sensual nudes, The Museum of Modern Art’s highly-anticipated retrospective of acclaimed German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, sprawled over 11 galleries and featuring images, videos and multimedia installations, invites us to engage with the artist’s singular, wide-ranging perspective of the world.

Installation view of Wolfgang Tillmans To look without fear on view at The Museum of Modern Art, New York from September 12, 2022 – January 1, 2023 Photo by Emile Askey

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Until January 1, 2023

Frida Kahlo at Paris’ Palais Galliera

Paris’ Palais Galliera fashion museum is celebrating the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo through a show featuring over 200 of her personal items, from her traditional Mexican dresses to her painted plaster corsets. Giving us a glimpse into her intimate world and her identity, we get to get to know an artist that, despite suffering from multiple disabilities throughout her life, continued to work relentlessly and became world-renowned. Palais Galliera is also holding a parallel exhibition which focuses on Frida Kahlo’s impact on legendary designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier.

Galliera - Frida Kahlo © Laurent Julliand, Contextes

Palais Galliera, Paris

Until March 5 2023

‘Golden Boy Gustav Klimt’ at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum

Co-organised with the Belvedere in Vienna, this evocative show at the Van Gogh Museum is not only just the world-famous painter, who was known as the ‘golden boy.’ It’s also about the numerous artists that inspired his work, such as Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Monet, and Matisse. Get to know the famed artist through dozens of his masterpieces, from a portrait of his life companion, Emilie Flöge, to the highly decorative ‘Water Serpents II’, which shows two women who are seemingly floating in water. 

Photo 1 - The Kiss 1907–08, oil on canvas, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna - Gustav Klimt, Public domain via Wikipedia; Photo 2 - Farm Garden with Sunflowers, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere - Gustav Klimt, Public domain via Wikipedia; Photo 3 -Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (Adele Bloch-Bauer I) - Gustav Klimt, Public domain via Wikipedia

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Until January 8, 2023

25 years Camera Work 

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Camera Work Gallery invites all photography lovers and specialists to discover its important exhibition history. One of the worldwide leading galleries specializing in photography, Camera Work exclusively represents many prominent artists. The exhibition “25 years Camera Work” features iconic works by such famous artists as Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Peter Beard, Peter Lindbergh, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn and Man Ray, as well as works by contemporary artists, including Christian Tagliavini.


Galerie Camera - Work Aussenansicht © Camera Work


Kantstrasse 149, Berlin

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Picasso/Chanel at Madrid’s Thyssen 

Picasso - Sintítulo Arlequín Polichinela emple sobre papel, 23,7 x 29,5 cm. Colecciones Fundación MAPFRE © Succession Pablo Picasso, VEGAP, Madrid, 2022

Examining Pablo Picasso and Gabrielle Chanel’s friendship and the influence they had on one another, Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza museum’s new show spans the decade between 1915 and 1925, and is divided into four sections. Following a chronological order, it demonstrates how Cubist traits inspired fashion. 

Vestido de noche © CHANEL

Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Until January 15

Credits for the Main photo: Paul Cezanne - Bathers c.1894-1905. Presented by the National Gallery, purchased with a special grant and the aid of the Max Rayne Foundation, 1964

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