Landscape, gastronomy, climate or adventure. There are many reasons to travel, and enjoying major cultural events should be one of them. Through culture we will better understand the fate and character of its people. They love musicals in London and their museums are among the best in the world; Music is everywhere in Vienna. In addition, Paris or Amsterdam stands out for its extensive cultural offerings. What if the excuse for the trip is a big exhibition, a musical or an opera this time? The Christmas holidays and the first months of 2023 are full of offers to enjoy a little vacation.
For example, in London, thanks to “Turner on Tour”, we can watch the works of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century in the National Gallery until February 2023. For the first time, two magnificent works by William Turner return to the British capital for a unique exhibition. “Port of Dieppe” and “Cologne, The Arrival of the Late Packet Ship” went to New York when they were purchased by the American industrialist Henry Clay Frick in 1914 and have been in the Frick collection ever since. A curious traveller, Turner filled his notebooks with fascinated sketches of ports, their dynamics, and their lives. Frick’s paintings were painted in his studio in London after his long travels and were first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1825 and 1826. His radical approach to color, light and brushwork still arouses admiration today.
Two magnificent works by William Turner return to the British capital for a unique exhibition
Moreover, a cultural trip to London always ends with a musical. We bet on classics like Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera”, one of the West End’s most popular pieces, selling over 100 million tickets on the bill all year. A fascinating story about the ghost living in the opera house, this time played by Ben Lewis and Kelly Mathieson and directed by Harold Prince. Who has never heard the story of the opera singer Christine Daaé, who was fascinated by her special ghost. If you still don’t know him, you can see him at Her Majesty’s Theatre, which was founded in 1705. It’s a theater that changes gender over the years, depending on whether it’s her or not, just like the crown holder. or he.
Another international music classic is “Moulin Rouge!”, which we can see in the West End this season. The story of these two young people who fall in love in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century and have no future can be watched at the Piccadilly Theatre.
“Moulin Rouge!” on the West End this season
If we go to Monaco, France, from March 8 to April 2, the Monte Carlo Art Spring is celebrated, a classical music festival that takes place over four or five weekends in early spring. Concerts are held in Monaco not only in a few well-known venues, but also in unusual places. It was created by Prince Raniero III and Princess Grace and has performed by musicians from all over the world, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, the Royal Ballet.
Cambodia or Kimbanguiste Symphony Orchestra.
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From April to September, the Normandy Impressionist Festival is also held in the towns of Giverny, Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei, Port-en-Bessin-Huppain, Le Havre, Rouen, La Bouille and Dieppe. The region is considered the cradle of impressionism, as the greatest masters of this pictorial movement such as Claude Monet, Eugène Boudin, Edgar Degas or Raoul Dufy were born and raised here. From painting and photography exhibitions to music concerts, from film screenings to theater and dance performances, from conferences to educational workshops and lunches on the lawn, all museums in the region come together to showcase his work in different ways. manet.
Musée d’Orsay in Paris, dedicated to the plastic arts of the 19th century, invites us to visit “Edvard Munch. A poem of life, love and death” until January 22, 2023. Oslo, the center dedicates an exhibition to the famous Norwegian painter, whose work is partially unknown. The exhibition includes 100 works of painting, drawing and engraving. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art also participates.
Celebrations and an exhibition “Cubism and the Trompe-l’oeil Tradition” are on display until January. Held in ten thematic rooms, the exhibition includes more than a hundred works, most of them created by the three great names of cubism, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris. And they remind us of “Young Picasso in Paris” with an exhibition opening in May at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The Musée d’Orsay invites us to visit “Edvard Munch. A poem about life, love and death”.
Regaining its face-to-face character for the 73rd edition, which will be held between 16-24 May, after two editions marked by the pandemic in February in the German capital, Berlinale leaves its mark on the cultural agenda with the Berlin International Film Festival. It’s February 26, and it’s getting a new award: best drama of the year. The Berlinale is a great excuse to visit Berlin and attend meetings, forums and screenings of films or short films, and why not, a good opportunity to meet the star of the moment
In March, Berlin also hosts the “European Photography Month”, Germany’s largest photography festival, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, with more than 100 exhibitions in different museums, galleries, institutions, salons and photography schools and more than 500 international photographers. doing. in Berlin and Potsdam.
Berlin hosts “European Photo Month” in March
And for opera lovers, the Vienna State Opera opens 2023 with Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus,” a Christmas classic from the 1900s. Three acts we’ll enjoy voicing by Andreas Schager (Gabriel von Eisenstein), Rachel Willis-Sørensen (Rosalinda) and Wolfgang Bankl (Franco) in the main roles. Another opera option if we go to Vienna
January is Richard Strauss’s “Electra,” the story of the Mycenaean king Agamemnon, his wife Clytemnestra, and their four children.
Next March, one of the biggest exhibitions of the art season opens in Amsterdam: Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum. From February 10 to June 4, the museum brings together the best works of the artist brought from all over the world, with wonderful exhibitions of the art season that promises to be the largest Vermeer exhibition in history: Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum. From February 10 to June 4, the museum, which claims to be the largest Vermeer exhibition in history, brings together the best works of the artist brought from around the world, with works such as ‘The Girl Who Reads the Letter’. Gemäldegalerie in Dresden, ‘The Lacemaker’ and ‘The Astronomer’ from the Louvre or ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ from the Mauritshuis in The Hague. The artist lived and worked in Delft and left behind a relatively small work with some 35 paintings that are among the masterpieces in collections and museums around the world. The appointment at the Rijksmuseum will be a must-have for art lovers, as his works are exceptionally on loan.
In London, one of the capital’s most iconic museums is hosting the ‘O Exposition: Cezanne’ exhibition until March 2023. A wonderful exhibition of the Aixen-Provence genius who moved to Paris at the age of 20 to succeed, organized by Tate Modern and the Art Institute of Chicago, focuses on Cezanne’s contradictions and presents the artist as an ambitious young man who has recently arrived in the big city with work never seen before in London. It allows us to understand it in its own context as an artist. . A bridge between the new proposals of the 19th century and the 20th century, the father of modern painting struggles to gain official recognition and join the Impressionists while maintaining his own voice in an ever-changing world. He was asocial, anti-human and ignored, difficult to exhibit and distrustful of the art world, but he won the admiration of Picasso or Matisse: Cézanne is the father of all of us.
If a universal artist stands out in this 2023, this is it.
Pablo Picasso. The 50th anniversary of his death is being celebrated with fifty exhibitions in Europe and America. Traveling from New York to Paris, through Malaga and Madrid, 38 major institutions from Europe and the USA will host a comprehensive program on Picasso that began last October and will run through 2023. Can be seen at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, until 15
January ‘Picasso/Chanel’, discussing the collaboration between these two great creators. Pablo Picasso and Gabrielle Chanel both collaborated with Jean Cocteau twice: in ‘Antigone’ (1922) and in Sergei Diaghilev’s Russian ballet ‘Le Train Bleu’ (1924). They met in the spring of 1917 and remained friends for many years.
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