Major exhibitions in Europe this fall

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Among the great number of art exhibitions on view in Western Europe this fall, visitors will enjoy Murakami at Chateau de Versailles in France, Michelangelo in Austria, and Anish Kapoor in Spain.

Gabriel Orozco
September 15 - January 3
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

After being seen in New York and Basel, works of Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco (b.1962) are displayed in Paris. The artist moves freely between disciplines, making art in the fields of sculpture, installation, drawing and painting. Orozco is known for his interest in the everyday object as art and his works often lie in the space between reality and artistic creation. The exhibition will conclude its circuit at the Tate Modern London between January 19 and April 25.

September 14- December 2
Chateau de Versailles, Versailles, France

Takashi Murakami, one of the most influential contemporary artists to emerge on the Asian art scene in the last century, is on view in the fall at the Chateau de Versailles, near Paris, for a three-month retrospective, the first major one in France. Murakami (b. 1962) will display his sculptures and paintings in 15 rooms in the palace's Hall of Mirrors and the apartments of the former King and Queen, where contemporary Jeff Koons raised a controversy with his exhibition in 2008/09.

Alexander the Great
September 18 - March 18
Hermitage Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Previously seen at the State Hermitage (Saint Petersburg) in 2007, this exhibition covers all the lands Alexander the Great (356 BC - 323 BC) came into contact with on his campaign of conquest in the East: Persia, Egypt, Afghanistan, India, up to the borders of Mongolia. "The immortal Alexander the Great:
The myth, the reality, his journey, his legacy" is the first exhibition to present Hellenism on such a large scale as a global process of reciprocal influence between different civilizations and cultures.
Paintings, tapestries and decorative art depicted Alexander's life and history. The exhibition covers all these aspects, with objects from classical antiquity to the modern age, of Western and non-Western origins.

Art Treasures from Budapest on view
September 25 - December 12
London Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

This exhibition showcases works from the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts essentially with some loans from the Hungarian National Gallery. "Treasures from Budapest: European Masterpieces from Leonardo to Schiele" presents more than 200 works from the early Renaissance to the 20th century with artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, El Greco, Rubens, Goya, Manet, Monet, Schiele, Gauguin and Picasso, some will be on view in the UK for the first time.


September 30 - January 16
Tate Modern, London, UK

The first major Gauguin exhibition in London in 50 years on view at Tate Modern features more than 100 works by French Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin in London. Gauguin: Maker of Myth showcases the colorful images drawn by this global traveler. His paintings of women in Tahiti as well as landscape images of Brittany in France are some of the most popular images in Modern art. The exhibit analyzes the myths around Gauguin and the various facets of the painter's character.

Jean-Michel Basquiat
October 15 - January 30
Musée d'art moderne, Paris, France

The first major French retrospective of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), epitome of New York underground culture of the 1980s and Andy Warhol's friend and collaborator, is presented in Paris after having been shown in Basel earlier in 2010, with more than 100 works displayed in both locations.

Claude Monet
September 22 - January 24
Grand Palais, Paris, France

This retrospective is the biggest Monet event organized in Paris since 1980 at Musée du Grand Palais. Over the past 30 years, lesser known aspects of Monet's art have been uncovered, giving a new dimension to his oeuvre.

October 8 - January 9
Albertina Vienna, Austria

Around one hundred drawings by Michelangelo are on view in Vienna this fall and winter spanning the entire career of the Italian Renaissance genius. Projections of the monumental ceiling frescoes, the incorporation of plaster casts of Michelangelo's sculptures, as well as paintings by other artists based on the master's designs are meant to illustrate the dimensions and impact of his art.

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Anish Kapoor
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Until October 12
Bilbao, Spain

This exhibition, previously seen in London, surveys the career of Anish Kapoor, the 1991 Turner Prize-winner, to date and also showcases new and previously unseen works in Bilbao's Guggenheim. Simply called Anish Kapoor, the retrospective is the first major survey of the artist's works to be held in Spain.

Miró. The Colours of Poetry
Until November 14
Museum Frieder Burda
Baden-Baden, Germany

Around 100 works from six decades have been sourced from galleries and private collectors in Europe and the USA for this large-scale retrospective. Miró. The Colours of Poetry is characterized by Joan Miro's bold and colorful paintings but also features works on paper, ceramics and sculptures crafted by the 20th century master.