The end of the year is traditionally when most art events occur. From the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, Piranesi’s etchings, and Paul Cézanne’s retrospective to contemporary art, this autumn is filled with exciting art exhibitions. Not to miss any, here is the Culture Tourist’s guide through the ten best exhibitions in European museums in autumn and winter 2022.

10 Best exhibitions in European museums in autumn and winter 2022

1 – The Venice Biennale

Where: Various venues in Venice (Italy)

When: April 23rd 2022 – November 27th 2022

After it was postponed in 2020, following a long break, the Venice Biennale is finally happening this year. One of the most important art events in the world is filled with exiting exhibitions, performances and art events. Visit some of them if you are in Venice before the end of November.

2 – Hieroglyphs unlocking ancient Egypt

Where: British Museum, London (UK)

When: October 13th 2022 – February 19th 2023

The British Museum in London is home to one of the most fascinating collections of ancient Egypt artefacts. Later this year, they will display some of their most interesting exhibits featuring hieroglyphs. If you are in London during that time, be sure to visit the British Museum, which will undoubtedly be home to one of the best exhibitions in European museums in the autumn and winter of 2022.

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3 – Piranesi and the Modern

Where: The National Museu, Oslo (Norway)

When: September 9th 2022 – January 8th 2023

The newly opened National Museum in Oslo will be home to one of the best exhibitions in European museums this autumn and winter. It will be dedicated to the famous Italian artist Piranesi who is well known for his etchings of Rome, ancient ruins, and fantastic edifices that inspired the art of the 20th century.

4 – Crawly creatures

Where: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

When: September 30th 2022 – January 15th 2023

This autumn and winter, the Rijksmuseum is preparing an exhibition about the way artists and scientists have been fascinated by animals throughout history. The star of the show is Clara, the rhinoceros. However, you’ll also see ants, spiders, butterflies and many more fascinating creatures.

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5 – Germany in the 1920s – Neue Sachlichkeit

Where: Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek (Denmark)

When: October 14th 2022 – February 19th 2023

This exhibition is undoubtedly one of the best art events in Europe this autumn and winter. It explores the New Objectivity art movement in Germany during the 1920s. The exhibition was first organised in Centre Pompidou in Paris. It will be displayed in Louisiana Museum in Humlebaek during the next few months.

6 – A History of Still Lifes

Where: The Louvre Museum, Paris (France)

When: October 12th 2022 – January 23rd 2023

This exciting exhibition will explore often considered a minor theme in art – the genre of still lifes. They will exhibit artworks dating from Prehistory until modern art in order to explain the significance behind that interesting theme in art.

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7 – Picasso/Chanel

Where: The Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid (Spain)

When: October 11th 2022 – January 15th 2023

The exhibition organised at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid presents the connection between the two of the very influential figures in the art and fashion world from the 20th century – Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel.

8 – Cézanne

Where: Tate Modern, London (UK)

When: October 5th 2022 – March 12 2023

Paul Cézanne is one of the most important painters of the second half of the 19th century and one of the most influential artist in the development of modern art. During this exhibition, Tate Modern will display around eighty paintings and drawings highlighting the development of his unique art language.

9 – Basquiat: Of symbols and signs

Where: Albertina Museum, Vienna (Austria)

When: September 9th 2022 – January 8th 2023

Jean-Michael Basquiat’s art career lasted for only eight years. However, he became one of the most influential artists of the late 20th century. This autumn, Albertina Museum is organising an exhibition dedicated to his fascination with signs and symbols.

10 – Lucian Freud: New Perspectives

Where: National Gallery, London (UK)

When: October 1st 2022 – January 22nd 2023

To celebrate a hundred years since the famous artist was born, the National Gallery in London has organised a large retrospective of his work. If you are interested in learning more about his life and work, put this event on your list of the best exhibitions in European museums in the autumn and winter of 2022.

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So many fantastic art events are organised this year around Europe. It was hard to pick only the ten best exhibitions in European museums in the autumn and winter of 2022. I hope you’ll get a chance to visit at least some of them.

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