Major Art Anniversaries in Europe Worth Adding to Your Itinerary

Mark your calendar for major art anniversaries in these three European cities.

Ancient Greece II by Gustav Klimt at Vienna’s Kunsthistoriches Museum.


The Austrian capital is commemorating 100 years since the death of four Viennese modernist figures with several key exhibitions. Visitors at the Leopold Museum should check out “Vienna 1900. Klimt-Moser-Gerstl- Kokoschka” (until June 10) and a solo show on artist Egon Schiele (until November 4). The nearby Kunsthistoriches Museum has unveiled “Stairway to Klimt,” a temporary bridge that affords a closer view of Gustav Klimt’s 13 paintings above the main staircase until September 2.


This year, Scotland’s largest city celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a pioneer of the only Art Nouveau movement in Britain. The newly restored Willow Tea Rooms are set to reopen in June to Mackintosh’s original design, and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is holding the landmark showcase “Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style” until August 14, with roughly 250 pieces in a wide range of mediums representing his life’s work.


September 7 will see the launch of not one but two important shows on Renaissance painter Jacopo Tintoretto in his hometown: Palazzo Ducale brings together about 70 paintings and rare drawings in “Tintoretto: The Artist of Venice at 500,” while the Gallerie dell’Accademia will showcase works created in his youth at “Tintoretto Giovane.” Also of note is “Art, Faith, and Medicine in Tintoretto’s Venice” at the Scuola Grande di San Marco.

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Past Masters”).

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