Art and culture Andrea González

An artful autumn

This season, cultural capitals such as Madrid, New York, Vienna and Los Angeles are showing both Renaissance masters and modern greats such as Edward Hopper, Picasso, Van Gogh and even Coco Chanel. 


  1. 1 Idols and Rivals. Artists in Competition

    Some of the most important masters in the history of European art will be gathering this autumn in Vienna. From Dürer to Titian, along with Cellini, Sofonisba Anguissola, Rubens, Borromini and Tintoretto, this exhibition in Austria’s capital examines rivalries and juxtapositions between some of the finest paintings and sculptures on the Old Continent. It focuses on analysing the way many masters entered the art fray to earn not only the admiration of the elites, but also the favour of the most relentless judge in existence: the passage of time. The Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna invites you to become part of the jury and vote for your favourite artists from 20 September 2022 to 8 January 2023.

    Woman in a Fur Coat by Titian and Helena Fourment in a Fur Robe by Peter Paul Rubens.
    Woman in a Fur Coat by Titian and Helena Fourment by Rubens / Image © KHM-Museumsverband
  2. 2 Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800

    The arrival of the Spaniards on the continents of the Americas – and their leap to the Philippines in 1565 – would bring about a very particular way of making art that mixed native, European, Asian and African influences. While trade routes distributed local items worldwide and brought in materials from big cities, the institutions of the Hispanic monarchy gathered together the best paintings and decorative items, giving rise to what an author of the time described as “an archive of the world”. Without ignoring the profound violence that marked the colonisation and conquest of this period, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is showing an exhibition on Hispanic American Colonial art until 30 October.

    Oil on canvas, 1783 (Quito, Ecuador). Now in Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
    Noble Woman With Her Black Slave Vicente Albán / Imagen Amanda Dearolph © Museum Associates/LACMA
  3. 3 Van Gogh

    The Palazzo Bonaparte in Rome is offering a look at the human and artistic history of Vincent van Gogh. The exhibition includes numerous biographical accounts and 60 works, including the magnificent self-portrait by the Dutch painter, one of the most famous in history. The Kröller Müller Museum in Otterlo has collaborated with the exhibition, which includes not only the pictorial work created by Van Gogh but also the tormented reflections he shared in letters to his brother Theo. From 8 October.

    Self-portrait by Van Gogh belonging to the 1887 series.
    Self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh (1887) / Image ©Museo Kröller Müller de Otterlo
  4. 4 Picasso and Chanel

    If all artists dream of living on in their work, few have succeeded in this as well as Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel. The painter and designer continue to influence, provoke and surprise us, despite the passage of time. However, few know the artistic universe that they created with Jacques Cocteau. A century after their first collaboration – the modern adaptation of Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone, the curator Paula Luengo offers us a conversation between these two titans of 20th-century art and a chronological stroll through their different declarations of mutual admiration. Enjoy this exhibition from 11 October 2022 to 15 January 2023 at the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in Madrid.

    Harlequin with a Mirror combines three characters from the circus and the Commedia dell’arte that held a strong fascination for Picasso.
    Harlequin with a Mirror by Pablo Picasso (1923) / Image Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. ©Sucesión Pablo Picasso, VEGAP.
  5. 5 Edward Hopper’s New York

    While architects were trying to get their buildings on the banks of the Hudson River to touch the sky, Edward Hopper was working to paint the life occuring in their shadows – to show the city horizontally. “I’m simply not interested in the vertical,” the American painter once said. This very personal way of living in New York gave rise to this exhibition, which focuses on exploring the way in which the Big Apple served simultaneously as inspiration and a workshop for the artist. In a tour that includes everything from sketches and illustrations to great paintings, along with the photographs, diaries and correspondence recently acquired after the purchase of the Saborn Hopper Archive, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York studies the relationship between Hopper and the city that became his muse, from 19 October 2022 to 5 March 2023.

    Manhattan Bridge by Edward Hopper
    Manhattan Bridge by Edward Hopper / Image Whitney Museum of American Art; Josephine N. Hopper Bequest © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper/Licencia por Artists Rights Society.