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8 of Our Favorite Must-Visit Exhibitions in Europe Right Now

We know traveling isn’t as evident as it used to be, but maybe you happen to go to one of these European cities soon. In that case, lucky you! Here are eight exhibitions all over Europe you shouldn’t miss this fall.

1. History in the Making: Documenting COVID (Brussels)

We don’t have to tell you that 2020 has been all about the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the House of European History in Brussels started collecting evidence of what life during a pandemic has been like all over Europe.

The museum focusses on solidarity and hope during these tough times, that’s why it shows objects like rainbow banners, drawn by children all over Europe, as a way to encourage each other.

The exhibition runs from June 2020 to December 2020.
Admission to the museum is free.
Address: Belliardstraat 135, 1000 Brussels, the Fables Room, Belgium.
For more information, visit the House of European History’s website

Museum display

Photo by House of European History

2. Cindy Sherman at the Foundation (Paris)

After being closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris reopens with an exciting exhibition about the American photographer and artist Cindy Sherman. Around 170 pieces will be displayed to represent Sherman’s career from 1975 to 2020. Moreover, there will be very recent and previously unseen work.

Additionally, the museum presents Crossing Views, a selection of pieces from its collection, chosen in collaboration with Cindy Sherman. These additional paintings, photos, sculptures, videos, and installations are all portraits to echo Sherman’s work.

The exhibition runs from 23 August 2020 to 3 January 2021.
Admission to the museum costs €14 for an adult.
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris, France.
For more information, visit the Foundation’s website


Photo by Cindy Sherman

3. Masculinities (Brussels)

The Fashion and Lace Museum in Brussels presents Masculinities, an exhibition solemnly dedicated to men’s fashion. Even though men’s fashion designers in Belgium are among the most influential in the world, no other Belgian museum has ever put men’s fashion in the spotlight, until now.

This exhibition takes you on a journey from the “Great Male Renunciation”, when men stopped wearing shiny textures or defined forms at the end of the 18th century to the genderless fashion trends of 2020. You get to enjoy the work of big names like Dries Van Noten and Beauduin-Masson.

The exhibition runs from 28 August to 13 June 2021.
Admission to the museum costs €8 for an adult.
Address: Violetstraat 12, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

For more information, visit Fashion and Lace Museum’s website


Photo by

4. World Press Photo Exhibition (Vienna)

Every year, you could visit about 100 World Press Photo exhibitions around the world, which makes this the most popular traveling photo event worldwide. For the 19th  time, the World Press Photo Exhibition is presented in Vienna.

The exhibition takes place in the Austrian art gallery Westlicht. And if you want to grasp our world a little bit better, you should go and take a look at photojournalism’s greatest shots of the year. All photos that are nominated for the World Press Photo of the year are on display, as well as the Photo of the Year, which you see below.

The exhibition runs from 11 September to 25 October 2020.
Admission to the museum costs €8 for an adult.
Address: Westbahnstraße 40, 1070 Vienna, Austria.
For more information, visit Westlicht’s website.


Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba, Agence France-Presse

5. Van Gogh The Immersive Experience (Antwerp)

The exhibition Van Gogh completely immerses you into the universe of the Dutch painter Van Gogh (1853-1890) with a 360-degree projection and special sound and light effects. It’s so good that you could almost smell his famous sunflowers.

The exhibition was previously held in Naples, Tel Aviv, Paris, Barcelona, and Brussels. And now, you can visit it in Antwerps event hall Waagnatie.

The exhibition runs from 21 September to 8 November 2020.
Admission to the museum costs €14,50 for an adult during the week, and €16,50 during the weekend.
Address: Rijnkaai 150, 2000 Antwerpen, Hall 1, Belgium.
For more information, visit Expo Van Gogh’s website

Photo by Van Gogh Exhibition

6. The Music of Picasso (Paris)

The Philharmonie de Paris, a complex of concert halls in France, takes you on a musical trip through the impact of music on Pablo Picasso’s work. Picasso was a very influential Spanish painter and sculptor of the 20th century and lived most of his life in France.

Although Picasso used to say he didn’t like music, music still played a big part in his art. That’s what this exhibition tries to prove by displaying many of his paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, and collages.

The exhibition runs from 22 September to 3 January 2021.
Admission to the museum costs €12 for an adult.
Address: Philharmonie de Paris, 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris 19, France.
For more information, visit Philharmonie’s website.  


Photo by Succession Picasso 2020

7. Gabrielle Chanel at The Palais Galliera (Paris)

French designer Gabrielle Chanel (1883-1971) brought revolution to the world of Haute Couture. So, what better way could there be to reopen Paris’ Fashion Museum, The Palais Galliera, than with an exhibition entirely dedicated to Chanel.

This exhibition has chronical rooms where we go back to her early work: from little black dresses and sporty models of the Roaring Twenties to more sophisticated dresses in the 1930s. There’s even one room entirely devoted to N° 5 (1921) and the spirit of “Coco Chanel”. Portait photos of Chanel herself are on display to show how she graciously embodied her brand.

Besides that, there are also themed rooms about suits, pumps, and jewelry for example. With more than 350 pieces, this exhibition will teach you everything there is to know about the timeless style of Chanel.

The exhibition runs from 1 October until 14 March 2021.
Admission to the museum costs €14 for an adult.
Address: 10 Avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie 75116 Paris, France.

For more information, visit The Palais Galliera’s website

Photo by Julien T. Hamon

8. Bags: Inside Out (London)

If you go to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, you should walk into the room purse first. As this museum lets you explore everything about bags from the 16th century to today with their exhibition Bags: Inside Out. It goes way further than designer purses because you also learn about military rucksacks, despatch boxes, and vanity cases, for instance.

The highlights of this exhibition are a Fabergé Egg evening bag with rhinestones, a Louis Vuitton travel trunk from the early 1900s, a red despatch box in which Winston Churchill used to carry important government documents, and Margaret Thatcher’s iconic gray Asprey handbag.

The exhibition will run from 21 November to January 2021.
Admission to the museum costs around €13 for an adult.
Address: Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL, Great-Britain.
For more information, visit The Victoria and Albert Museum’s website.


Photo on top by Jason Lloyd Evans, for the exhibition Bags: Inside Out’.

Fabergé Egg, evening bag by Judith Leiber.

Photo by Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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