Museums get dressed up for fall
Fashion, jewelry and wine among Europe’s draws
This fall, Europe’s museums focus on ancient cultures, artists and creatures. Prepare to be dazzled by precious jewel and wowed by a Game of Thronesesque warrior tribe.
YVES SAINT LAURENT MUSEUM IN PARIS Through January 2019
A temporary museum will open in legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent’s Paris studio and office for a little more than a year, starting this fall. The space has been restored to provide visitors with an authentic look at his workspace. Fifty garments, accessories, sketches, photos, and videos are part of the exhibit. museeyslparis.com/en/
TREASURES OF THE MUGHALS AND THE MAHARAJAS AT PALAZZO DUCALE IN VENICE Through Jan. 3
This fall, Venice will sparkle more than it already does when more than 270 gems and jewels come to Palazzo Ducale. The museum has Italy’s first exhibition of jewelry from the Al Thani Collection that was made in and inspired by the Indian subcontinent. The collection includes items from the descendants of Genghis Khan and the Maharajas.
SCYTHIANS: WARRIORS OF ANCIENT SIBERIA AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM IN LONDON Through Jan. 14
Between 900 and 200 B.C., nomadic warrior tribes roamed an area from southern Russia to China and the northern Black Sea. Siberian permafrost preserved artifacts from the Scythians and, for the first time in 40 years, the British Museum will tell their story through 200 objects.
GEORGIA, CRADLE OF VITICULTURE AT CITE DU VIN IN BORDEAUX, FRANCE Through Nov. 5
Some 8,000 years ago, the first wine in history was being made in what would become the country of Georgia. Bordeaux’s wine focused museum has partnered with the Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi to educate visitors about the origins of wine and its role in agriculture, royalty, religious beliefs, and everyday life.
JOHAN MAELWAEL AT THE RIJKSMUSEUM IN AMSTERDAM
Through Jan. 7
Born in 1370, Johan Maelwael is credited as the first Northern Netherlandish painter and became one of the most successful artists in Europe in the Middle Ages. At the center of the exhibit is La Grande Pietà ronde, on loan from the Louvre for the first time since 1962. It also features 50 medieval works, including paintings, manuscripts, precious metalwork and sculpture.
DINOSAUR BABIES AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM CARDIFF IN WALES Through Nov. 5
Bring the kids to Wales this fall for an up-close-and-personal dinosaur experience with a focus on the littlest dinos. The museum delves into dinosaur family life through eggs, nests, and embryos, including three real eggs with embryos inside. museum.wales/cardiff/
THE KING OF SPAIN’S GRANDCHILDREN AT THE PALAZZO PITTI IN FLORENCE Through Jan. 7
Following the acquisition of a work by Anton Raphael Mengs that portrays two of Spanish King Charles III’s grandchildren who lived in the Pitti Palace, the museum will show a collection of the King’s relatives. Other works are on loan from the Prado and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
GAUGUIN THE ALCHEMIST AT THE GRAND PALAIS IN PARIS Oct. 11 - Jan. 22
The Grand Palais turns attention to Paul Gauguin’s experimentation with a variety of media. The post-impressionist is known for his paintings and sculptures, many of which will be on display, along with ceramics, engravings and drawings.
Paul Gauguin’s Parahi te Marae (Là réside le temple) will be on display at the Grand Palais in Paris, along with ceramics, engravings, and drawings.
The Palazzo Pitti will show a collection of the Spanish King Charles III’s relatives who lived in Italy.