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September 11, 2018

6 breathtaking exhibitions you must visit before 2018 ends

September 11th, 2018


Exhibitions can come in many ways and forms. They are usually done to commemorate festivals,events, cultural traditions, and art celebrated in a certain geography. As travelers, we ought to know that art exhibitions are not exclusively for the rich and sophisticated. They can also be pop culture-centric beautiful masterpieces we can simply appreciate during our stops. A work of art does not necessarily have to be done during a renaissance period or a contemporary artist; all that matters is the creative mind on display. With that said, here are 6 must visit exhibitions for travelers in 2018:

Harry Potter: A History of Magic in New York City, USA


A still from ‘Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets’ Image source

Where: The New York Historical Society

When: October 5, 2018 – January 27, 2019 (NYC)

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter. One of the most successful fiction series of all time comes to the life in the form of an art exhibit. ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’, as it is called, contains a mix of artworks and inspirations from the book itself such as the recipe for the Philosopher’s Stone, as well as the tombstone of the real-life Nicolas Flamel. Some of the works come from the actual collection of the book’s author J.K. Rowling. The exhibit started in London’s
British Library last October 2017 and ran throughout February of this year. The exhibit now takes its success stateside at the New York Historical Society this coming October 2018.


Artwork by Vânia Mignone Image source

Where: São Paulo, Brazil

When: September 7, 2018 – December 9, 2018

The São Paulo Art Biennial is the second oldest art biennial in the world (with the Venice Biennial being the first). It was founded in 1951 and has been held every two years since its inception. It is considered one of the most important exhibitions in South America which is why it is always looked forward to. Travelers are welcomed with open arms as the Biennial’s purpose is to bring their homegrown art closer to foreign guests. What makes it a must visit in 2018 is the fact that you will have to wait another two years if you miss an opportunity.

3. Bruegel in Vienna, Austria


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Where: Kunsthistorisches Museum

When: October 2, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Many people come to Vienna to enjoy its famous cultural traditions. Austria’s imperial capital has managed to blend their tradition with modernity. In commemoration the 450th death anniversary of Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the Kunsthistorisches Museum will be collaborating with other museums, as well as art collectors to feature 12 out of the 40 of Bruegel’s remaining paintings that survived. Most of Bruegel’s works were inspired by events that happened in the bible. His most notable works to be featured at the Kunsthistorisches are the Tower of Babel, the Conversion of Paul, and the Procession to Calvary.

4. The New Berlin, 1912 – 1932, in Brussels, Belgium


The Art Critic’ (1919) by Raoul Hausmann Image source

Where: Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique

When: October 5, 2018 – January 27, 2019

Relive the city of Berlin during pre and post-World War as the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels exhibits early 20th century Berlin as interpreted by artists such as Otto Dix, Raoul Hausmann, and Kazimir Malevich. The exhibit, titled ‘The New Berlin‘ , features different forms of art such as film, photography, paintings, and sculptures. Each featured artwork interprets the crisis and the changes in Berlin’s society during the first World War.

5. Frida Kahlo in Budapest, Hungary


The Broken Column’ by Frida Kahlo Image source

Where: Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, Hungary

When: July 6, 2018 – November 4, 2018

The Hungarian National Gallery has collaborated with Mexico City’s Museo Dolores Olmedo in order to bring to Europe the works of the great Frida Kahlo. More than 30 artworks of the mexican artist will be featured including her signature self portraits, as well as her paintings, drawings, and photographs. Among all of Kahlo’s works on loan to the museum, one of the best in show is the “The Broken Column”, which features Kahlo’s torso split revealing a crumbling column.

6. By the Sea in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Seascape’ by Piet Mondriaan Image source

Where: Gemeentemuseum in The Hague

When: July 14, 2018 – November 18, 2018

Amsterdam has always been the go-to for people who plan to take a trip to the Netherlands however,there is also a good exhibition in the capital of its south. The Gemeentemuseum in The Hague brings “By the Sea”, which unlike the usual landscape paintings, feature a lot of breeze and blue. It was in the early 20th century that Zeeland attracted a number of artists who drew inspiration from its coast.Popular works of Dutch painters such as Piet Mondriaan, Jan Toorop, and Jacoba van Heemskerck,to name a few are featured at the museum until November.


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