This fall, European museums are focusing on ancient cultures, artists and creatures. Prepare to be dazzled by precious jewelry, seduced by a The iron Throne-esque warrior tribe, and a toast to the first winemakers in history. Plan to visit European museums this fall and check out these top exhibits on deck.

Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Paris
October 3, 2017 – January 2019

A pop-up museum will open in legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent’s Paris studio and office for just over a year, starting this fall. The space has been restored to offer visitors an authentic look at his workspace. About fifty clothes, accessories, sketches, photos and videos are part of the exhibition. Located in the fashion capital of the world, the museum features the largest exhibition on YSL’s legacy.

Treasures of the Mughals and Maharajas at the Ducal Palace in Venice
September 9, 2017 – January 3, 2018

This fall, Venice will shine brighter than it already does when over 270 gems and gems come to Palazzo Ducale. The museum presents the first Italian exhibition of jewelry from the Al Thani collection, made and inspired by the Indian subcontinent. Gemstones and jewelry have long been an important part of culture and everyday dress in this part of the world. The collection, which spans five centuries, includes items from the descendants of Genghis Khan and great Maharajas. He is recognized for his pure beauty and remarkable craftsmanship.

Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia at the British Museum in London
September 14, 2017 – January 14, 2018

Between 900 and 200 BC, tribes of nomadic warriors roamed an area from southern Russia to China and north to the Black Sea. Siberian permafrost has buried – but preserved – artefacts relating to the Scythians and for the first time in 40 years the British Museum will tell their story to the public and British visitors. A major loan came from the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, along with loans from several other museums, which contributed to the 200 objects in the exhibition, which includes textiles, fur-lined clothing, blankets unique horse heads and tattooed human remains.

Georgia, the cradle of viticulture at the Cité du Vin in Bordeaux, France
July 31 – November 5, 2017

About 8,000 years ago, the first wine in history was produced in what would become the country of Georgia. Fittingly, the recently opened Wine Museum in Bordeaux 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 daily life. Georgia provided 125 objects, works of art and photographs for the exhibition. Bonus: visits end with a wine tasting.

Johan Maelwael at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
October 6, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Born in 1370, Johan Maelwael is considered the first North Dutch painter and became one of Europe’s most successful artists during the Middle Ages. The Rijksmuseum is devoting a show to his legacy this fall. At the center of the exhibition is one of his only surviving works – The Large Round Pieta — on loan from the Louvre for the first time since 1962. It also features 50 medieval works, including paintings, illuminated manuscripts, goldsmithery and sculptures by Maelwael and his contemporaries.

Alice Boner in India: a life for art at the Rietberg Museum in Zurich
September 23, 2017 – January 14, 2018

As a Swiss museum dedicated to oriental cultures, it is fitting that the Rietberg Museum presents the Swiss artist Alice Boner, who lived and worked for four decades as an artist, patron, collector and art historian in the Indian city of Varanasi, from 1935. She is credited with raising awareness and interest in Indian art across the world. On display will be his collection of Indian sculptures and miniatures which has been donated to the museum, as well as photographs, sketches, drawings, paintings, diary entries, correspondence and manuscripts.

baby dinosaurs at the National Museum Cardiff in Wales
May 27 – November 5, 2017

Bring the kids to Wales this autumn for an intimate and personal dinosaur experience with a focus on the littlest dinos. “Fossil evidence suggests that some dinosaurs were caring parents who protected their eggs and cared for their young,” said Caroline Buttler, senior paleontologist at the National Museum. The museum delves into the family life of dinosaurs through eggs, nests and embryos, including three real eggs with embryos inside. There are also replica eggs, nests and skeletons from around the world in this interactive exhibit.

Grandchildren of the King of Spain at Palazzo Pitti in Florence
September 19, 2017 – January 7, 2018 |

Following the acquisition of a work by Anton Raphael Mengs which represents two of the grandchildren of the King of Spain Charles III who lived in Italy – more precisely in the Pitti Palace, where this exhibition takes place -, the museum will present a collection of relatives of the king. It is assumed that Mengs painted the highlighted piece on the spot before it was shown to the Florentine people and then delivered to the King of Spain. 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, 2017 – Jan. 22, 2018

Through a major exhibition of his work, the Grand Palais this fall is honoring the creative process of Paul Gauguin and his experiments on various media. The post-impressionist is known for his paintings and sculptures – many of which will be on display, as well as ceramics, woodblocks, prints and drawings. The Art Institute of Chicago and the Musée d’Orsay worked together on this exhibition, which includes many objects on loan from around the world. Of course, Gauguin’s Tahitian works are included, along with a special hologram of his hut and final creative studio, which is considered a work of art in itself.


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