A visit to a major art show can make a short break, but with tickets going fast it pays to know where and when to go. Here’s our pick of the best in popular city-break destinations in 2015
Late Rembrandt, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
12 February-17 May
It may be hard for another artist to get their head in the game in Amsterdam amid all the Vincent Van Gogh anniversary events (2015 marks 125 years since the post-impressionist’s death) but none stands a better chance than Rembrandt. The city’s impressive Rijksmuseum – still wowing visitors following its summer 2013 reopening – will be hoping for success similar to that of Tate Britain’s autumn Late Turner show, as it displays 90 paintings, drawings and prints from the artist who lived and worked in Amsterdam until his death in 1669. The show is being promoted as the largest ever of his late period and is set to include a number of self portraits, as well as Woman Bathing in a Stream and Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph. The Rijksmuseum’s exhibition, in its Philips Wing, is an expanded version of the one at London’s National Gallery until 18 January. It will include four paintings not at the London show, including Portrait of Jan Six, and The Family Portrait, as well as a larger number of prints on display. For those who like their art to be a little more 19th and 20th century, Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum will be hosting The Oasis of Matisse from 27 March to 16 August.
• Exhibition ticket €7.50, Rijksmuseum ticket, including Late Rembrandt exhibition, €25, online booking at rijksmuseum.nl
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Mario Testino, Staatliche Museen, and the Botticelli Renaissance, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
20 January-26 July, 24 September-24 January 2016
One of the most famous Renaissance painters and an iconic 20th-century fashion photographer could make awkward bedfellows, so it’s perhaps fortunate that this duo’s shows are occupying different ends of the year in the German capital. The Testino exhibition at the Staatliche Museen is in Europe for the first time following stints in Boston and Buenos Aires (maybe it has a thing for Bs) and runs from 20 January to 26 July. There will be 125 images on display and the show’s title, In Your Face, means you should expect plenty of up-close-and-personal celebrity shots. A link between the two might not end up seeming so fanciful in the context of The Botticelli Renaissance at the Gemäldegalerie (24 September-24 January 2016). Along with 20 examples of Botticelli’s work being displayed for the first time are 100 pieces of art that show the influence of the early Renaissance maestro, including several which venerate him as a pop-art icon.
• Testino online tickets €9 adults, €4.50 concessions at smb.museum. Botticelli online flexi-ticket (choose three days when you might want to see the exhibition) from €24 at smb.museum
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