Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Go Where the Monet Is; SWAP BEACH BREAKS FOR THE CITY AND THESE MUST-SEE EXHIBITIONS, SAYS SARAH MARSHALL

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Go Where the Monet Is; SWAP BEACH BREAKS FOR THE CITY AND THESE MUST-SEE EXHIBITIONS, SAYS SARAH MARSHALL

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Byline: SARAH MARSHALL

WHILE most people on the continent head to coastal destinations during the summer, culture lovers will have their focus set on major cities. From blockbuster exhibitions to under-the-radar gems, galleries across Europe will be hosting some fabulous shows this season. Plan a trip to coincide with these top picks: FRIDA KAHLO: MAKING HERSELF UP WHERE: V&A, LONDON WHEN: JUNE 16 TO NOVEMBER 4 AS much a fashion icon as an artist, Frida Kahlo has been hailed a feminist hero in her native Mexico. She loved to wear traditional dresses from Oaxaca, and many of her outfits - locked away for 50 years after her death - are on show for the first time outside Mexico.

Other personal artefacts displayed include her red-leather-booted prosthetic leg and the eyebrow pencils used to define her famous monobrow. HOW: Tickets cost PS15. Visit vam.ac.uk STAIRWAY TO KLIMT WHERE: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna WHEN: Until September 2 Famous for his erotic paintings of women - often in gold - Gustav Klimt was a key figure in the Vienna Secession art movement. This year marks the centenary of his death, with numerous exhibitions created to commemorate the occasion. Several of his works decorate the Main Staircase of the grand Kunsthistorisches museum, where curators have erected a bridge to allow visitors a closer look at the works. HOW: Kirker Holidays offers a four-night B&B stay at the Konig von Ungarn hotel from PS794pp, including museum entrance and flights. Tickets alone cost E15.

Visit khm.at/en VAN GOGH AND JAPAN WHERE: VAN GOGH MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM WHEN: UNTIL JUNE 24 ALTHOUGH he never visited Japan, one of the world's most famous artists drew his own impressions of the country from a collection of prints which greatly shaped his work.

Around 100 prints from his 600-strong personal collection are on display alongside several of the pieces he was subsequently inspired to paint.

How: Eurostar's new direct train service from London St Pancras to Amsterdam starts from PS35 each way. Entry to the exhibition costs E18.

THE ROSE EMPIRE: MASTERPIECES OF 19TH-CENTURY PERSIAN ART WHERE: LOUVRE-LENS MUSEUM, LENS, NORD-PAS-DE-CALAIS WHEN: UNTIL JULY 23 THE Qajar dynasty ruled Iran from 1786 to 1925, a period of great modernism in the country, and employed a number of talented court artists. …

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