From London's Tate Gallery to the New York Met, the world's most prestigious museums have got a busy schedule of exhibitions in store for 2016. Here's a quick round-up of this year's must-sees.


"Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France," February 15 to May 15, 2016, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This retrospective of 18th-century painter Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun features almost 80 works. Best known for her portraits of Marie Antoinette, Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun's life spanned the reign of French Kings Louis XV to Louis-Philippe. Also known for her many self-portraits, she was unable to join the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture because she was married to an art dealer. She was finally allowed to join under the reign of Louis XVI, even though very few women were admitted at the time.

"Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art," February 17 to May 22, 2016, at the National Gallery, London

Eugène Delacroix is a major artist of the early 19th century, considered the first modern master of painting. By freeing himself from traditional techniques and uses of paint, he paved the way for many modern movements, such as Impressionism. This first presentation of the painter's work in Great Britain in 50 years will feature over 60 pieces from both private and public collections.

"Georges de la Tour," February 23 to June 12, 2016, at the Museo del Prado, Madrid

With so few of his paintings conserved, the upcoming Georges de La Tour exhibition at the Prado museum is quite exceptional, with no less than 30 of his paintings on display.

"Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms," May 18 to September 18, 2016, at Tate Liverpool

The Tate's Liverpool outpost pays homage to Francis Bacon, focusing on the spatial and architectural structure of his work, with pieces spanning his career from 1930 to 1980. Paintings on display include "Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion," "Study for a Portrait," "Three Figures and Portrait" and "Chimpanzee."

"Bosch. The Centenary Exhibition," from May 31 to September 11, 2016, at the Museo del Prado, Madrid

This exhibition commemorates 500 years since the death of Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. It features miniatures, drawings, sculptures, engravings, and includes the artist's most famous works, such as the "Temptation of Saint Anthony."

"Georgia O'Keeffe," July 6 to October 30, 2016, at Tate Modern, London

A look back over the work of Georgia O'Keeffe -- one of the founding figures of American modernism -- with a retrospective at the Tate Modern.

"Diane Arbus: in the Beginning," July 12 to November 27, 2016, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

A look back over the early work of American photographer Diane Arbus. The exhibition focuses on the seven first years of her career, from 1956 to 1962.

"Beyond Caravaggio," from October 12, 2016, to January 15, 2017, at the National Gallery, London

Featuring around 50 paintings, "Beyond Caravaggio" examines the impact of Caravaggio's work on his contemporaries and followers.

"Yves Klein," October 21, 2016, to March 12, 2017, at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool is holding the first exhibition of monochrome painter Yves Klein's work in the UK for 20 years.


"Catwalk," February 20 to May 15, 2016, at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Amsterdam-based museum will, for the first time, be presenting a selection of items from its fashion collection in an exhibition designed by photographer Erwin Olaf.

"Fashion Forward, Three Centuries of Fashion (1715-2015)," April 7 to August 14, 2016, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

This new exhibition at the Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs celebrates 30 years of the museum's fashion collection with a show featuring 300 items of women's, men's and children's fashion from the 18th century to today.

"Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," May 5 to August 14, 2016, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This Costume Institute exhibition explores the impact of new technology on fashion, exploring how designers reconcile the handmade with the machine-made. "Manus x Machina" features over 100 ensembles, including a Worth dress from the 1880s and a Chanel suit from 2015.

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"Crime Stories: Photography and Foul Play," March 7 to July 31, 2016, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Since its earliest days, photography has been used as part of criminal investigations, whether for collecting evidence or identifying suspects and assisting in their capture. This exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum explores the strange relationship between photography and crime from the 19th century onwards, including work from contemporary artists inspired by the genre.

"Barbie," March 10 to September 18, 2016, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

The legendary doll and symbol of the American way of life gets her own exhibition this year at the Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs. The show will have two main themes, exploring Barbie as a toy seen through children's eyes, but also as an historical and sociological figure.

"Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age," May 11 to September 25, 2016, at Tate Britain, London

Tate Britain looks at the relationship between the Pre-Raphaelites and photography in the 19th century, bringing together works from both movements.

"Painters' Paintings: from Van Dyck to Freud," June 22 to September 4, 2016, at the National Gallery, London

Many great artists have been consumers as well as producers of art, owning or collecting pieces by other artists, which sometimes proved sources of inspiration. "Painters' Paintings" features a selection major works with the added prestige of a famous owner. The exhibition explores the reasons for ownership and what influence these paintings had on their owners. The collection includes 60 works once owned by the likes of Degas, Van Dyck and Freud.