Whether you're headed to a major U.S. destination like New York City or taking a tour of Europe, we've got you covered with a cheat sheet of some of the best museum exhibitions to check out in 2019:
Alberto Giacometti in Bilbao, Spain
Bilbao, with its mix of mountains, sea, and urban life, has a lot to offer, despite its relatively small size. A compelling reason to visit is the Guggenheim Bilbao museum, encompassing stunning views of the city and a massive Jeff Koons metal sculpture shaped like a puppy with real, colorfully blooming flowers near the entrance. Also on view there until Feb. 24 is Alberto Giacometti: A Retrospective, a show that touches on more than 200 of the artist's paintings, drawings and sculptures.
Alex Katz in Munich, Germany
Take in the bold, vibrant colors of the American painter Alex Katz in Munich, through April 22 at Museum Brandhorst. The show currently has some of Katz's most celebrated works on view and offers a glimpse into the artist's world from the 1950's through today.
Seeing Double in Quebec City
Musée de la Civilisation's My 2,000-Year-Old Double exhibition in Quebec City showcases the similarities (and contrasts) of lookalikes in portraits and sculptures throughout history. The show is educational and humorous — a fit for families or budding art historians of all ages — and it's on view through May 12.
Robert Mapplethorpe in New York City
Explore moody polaroids, collages and mixed-media pieces in New York City at the Guggenheim's Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now, which runs through July 10. The exhibition will feature one of the most comprehensive selections of the controversial American artist's work.
Expressionist Pen and Palette in Singapore
For the 100th anniversary of Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong's birth, The National Gallery Singapore is celebrating his work with an exhibition running through Sept. 29. Wu Guanzhong: Expressions of Pen & Palette explores how the artist revolutionized and fused the techniques of Chinese ink and Western painting. Guanzhong, who died in 2010, was also well known for his critical writings on art. This show also examines how his literature influenced his art and vice versa.
Campy Fashion in New York City
This spring, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute will be all about campy, wacky and fun fashion. Camp: Notes on Fashionbrings the best of the art and fashion worlds together from May 9 through Sep. 8. Think dresses from Off-White printed with their own description ("LITTLE BLACK DRESS") or some of Gucci's zanier designs under creative director Alessandro Michele.
Leonardo DaVinci exhibition in Paris, France
From Oct. 24 through Feb. 24, an exhibition ten years in the making will come to the Louvre. Pegged to the fifth centenary of the Italian artist and inventor's death, the Louvre will bring together as many attributed paintings by DaVinci as possible (there are a reported 17) to join the five large DaVinci paintings already in the Paris museum's permanent collection. Never-before-seen sculptures, drawings and research will also be on view.
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