Past Exhibitions

This section of the website offers an overview of former exhibitions relevant to the field of court studies. The information is also published in The Court Historian. Current exhibitions:

Exhibitions

2019 period

Athens (USA), Georgia Museum of Art, The Reluctant Autocrat: Tsar Nicholas II, until 17 March 2019.

Berlin, Charlottenburg Palace, The Prussian Royal House, from 9 November 2018. The new permanent exhibition presents various aspects of the centuries-old rule of the Hohenzollern Dynasty.

Berlin, Charlottenburg Palace, The Silver Vault, A permanent exhibition displaying Tableware for Royal Dining and Snuffboxes in Frederick the Great's New Wing.

Berlin, Deutches Historisches Museum, The Humboldt Brothers, 22 November 2019 to 19 April 2020. Alexander von Humboldt was a favourite chamberlain and courtier of the kings of Prussia, as well as a polymath.

Berlin, Jagdschloss Grunewald, The Court and the Hunt, a new permanent exhibition.

Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum, The Worlds of Rococo, from 21 March 2019. A new presentation of the porcelain and faience collection.

Berlin, Märkisches Museum im Stadtmuseum, Berlin 18/19: The Long Life of the November Revolution, until 19 May 2019. The overthrow of the German Empire a hundred years ago.

Berlin, Schönhausen Palace, Traces of Time from 350 Years of History.

Bonn, Bundeskunsthalle, Goethe: Transformation of the World, 17 May to 15 September 2019. Goethe was a state official and courtier of the Duke of Weimar.

Brussels, Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, Inca Dress Code: Textiles and Adornment from the Andes, until 24 March 2019.

Budapest, Hungarian National Gallery, Philip de László, October 2019 to January 2020. One of the last European court painters.

Chantilly, Musée Condé, Eugène Lami: Peintre et décorateur de la famille d’Orléans, 23 February to 19 May 2019

Dallas, Museum of Art, Islamic Art from the Keir Collection, from 16 April 2017. A fifteen-year loan exhibition, 2000 works assembled by the late Edmund de Unger, including many works commissioned for courts and monarchs, such as books from the library of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II.

Dresden, Residenzschloss, 500 Years of the Coin Cabinets: The History of the Collection, 13 April 2019 to 19 January 2020. A new exhibition in the same palace on The Rise of Electoral Power in Saxony includes costumes, armour, weapons and portraits.

Edinburgh, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, The King’s Last Day: The Execution of Charles I, until 26 January 2020.

Edinburgh, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Charles II: Art and Power, 23 November 2018 to 2 June 2019.

Edinburgh, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, 22 November 2019 to 15 March 2020.

Florence, Museo Gallileo, Leonardo and His Books, from April 2019. Leonardo was both a genius and a courtier, working for, among others, the Duke of Milan, Cesare Borgia and Francois Ier.

Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum, The Lure of Dresden: Bellotto at the Court of Saxony, 10 February to 28 April 2019.

Girona, La Caixa Community Projects Girona Exhibition Hall, Pharoah: King of Egypt, 20 February to 25 August 2019.

Kansas City, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Nefertari: Queen of Egypt, from 15 November 2019.

Krakow, National Museum, Leonardo da Vinci: Lady with an Ermine, until 17 May 2020.

Lisbon, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, The Rise of Islamic Art: from the End of the Ottoman Empire to the Age of Oil, 11 July to 9 October 2019. The disintegration of the Ottoman Empire made it easier for Gulbenkian to collect its art.

London, Buckingham Palace, Queen Victoria’s Palace, 20 July to 29 September 2019.

London, British Museum, Troy, 21 November 2019 to 8 March 2020.

London, Kensington Palace, Victoria 200, 2019. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of her birth in this palace, there will be a new display on her childhood and an exhibition about her role as queen, empress, wife and mother. Hopefully items from the much missed Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection will also return to the palace from their current location in storage in Hampton Court.

London, National Portrait Gallery, Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver, 21 February - 19 May 2019.

London, The Queen’s Gallery, Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, 24 May to 13 October 2019.

London, The Queen’s Gallery, George IV: Art and Spectacle, 15 November 2019 to 4 May 2020.

Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, Their Majesties’ Retiring Room, 9 April to 24 November 2019. This exhibition recreates the original aspect of Room 39, known as Their Majesties’ Retiring Room. First opened in 1828, it was intended as a portrait gallery of the Bourbon Dynasty. The images on display were accompanied by still lifes, floral compositions and landscapes and paintings of events in the reigns of Charles III and Ferdinand VII. This installation will include furnishings made for this space, including Ferdinand VII’s toilet.

Mantua, Museo di Palazzo Ducale-Castello di San Giorgio, Giulio Romano in Mantua, 6 October 2019 to 6 January 2020.

Milan, Castello Sforzesco, Leonardo, 16 May to 18 August 2019.

Moscow, Kremlin Museums, Peter the Great’s Russia: from Tsardom to Empire, November 2019 to February 2020. In addition there is a new permanent exhibition on Treasures and Antiquities of the Moscow Kremlin.

Munich, Alte Pinakothek, Anthony Van Dyck, 1599-1641, 25 October 2019 to 2 February 2020.

Munich, Kunsthalle München, Samurai: the Splendour of Japanese Chivalry, 1 February to 30 June 2019.

New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Last Knight, 3 October 2019 to 5 January 2020. On Emperor Maximilian I.

New York, The Metropolitcan Museum of Art, Making Marvels: Art, Technology and Entertainment at the Courts of Europe, 19 November 2019 to 1 March 2020.

Paris, Grande Hall de la Villette, Tutankhamun’s Treasure, 23 March to 15 September 2019.

Paris, Louvre, Engraving for the King: The Chalcography Collections, 21 February to 20 May 2019.

Paris, Louvre, Forgotten Kingdoms: Heirs of the Hittite Empire, 2 May to 12 August 2019.

Paris, Louvre, Leonardo, 24 October 2019 to 24 February 2020.

Paris, Musée des Art Décoratifs, The Follies of a Maharajah: The Modern Collection of Indore’s Maharajah, 18 April to 21 July 2019.

Paris, Musée Guimet, The Court of Lahore (1801-39), 20 February to 27 May 2019.

Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Musée d’Archeologie nationale, Henry II in Saint-Germain-en-laye, 30 March to 14 July 2019.

San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, Art and Empire: the Golden Age of Spain, 18 May to 2 September 2019.

St Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum, Imperial Splendour: the Treasures of the Great Mughals from the Al Thani and Hermitage Collections, 17 June to 25 August 2019.

St Petersburg, State Herimitage Museum, A Sweet Artistic Impression: Count Stroganov’s Collection, 28 June to 13 October 2019.

Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Early Rubens, 12 October 2019 to 5 January 2020.

Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, from April to 2 September 2019.

Turin, Palazzo Madama, Madame Reali: Cultura E Potere Da Parigi A Torino, 21 December 2018 to 6 May 2019.

Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, Architectural Projects, 3 May to 3 August 2019.

Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, Madame de Maintenon, 15 April to 21 July 2019.

Versailles, Chateau de Versailles, Versailles Revival, 1867 -1937, 15 October 2019 to 15 February 2020.

Vinci, Museo Leonoardino, Leonardo, from April 2019.

Warsaw, Royal Castle, The House of Vasa’s Jewellery, May to August 2019.

Warsaw, Royal Castle, The World of Polish Vasas, October 2019 to January 2020.

Washington D.C., Freer I Sackler, Empress of China’s Forbidden City 1644-1912, 30 March to 23 June 2019.

2018 period

Arras, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Napoleon, until 4 November 2018

Barnard Castle, County Durham, Queen Victoria in Paris, 24 March to 24 June 2018.

Bath, Fashion Museum, Royal Women, to 28 April 2019. Clothes of Queens Alexandra, Mary and the Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret.

Berlin, Jagdschloss Grunewald, The Court and the Hunt, a new permanent exhibition

Copenhagen, The David Collection, The Human Figure in Islamic Art: Holy Men, Princes, and Commoners, 24 November 2017 to 13 May 2018.

Dallas, Museum of Art, Islamic Art from the Keir Collection, from 16 April 2017. A fifteen-year loan exhibition, 2000 works assembled by the late Edmund de Unger, including many works commissioned for courts and monarchs, such as books from the library of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II.

Edinburgh, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canaletto & the Art of Venice, 11 May to 4 November 2018.

Edinburgh, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Charles II: Art and Power, 23 November 2018 to 2 June 2019.

Fuerstenberg, Schloss Fuerstenberg, A Journey Through the World of Fürstenberg. Permanent exhibition on the porcelain factory of the Dukes of Brunswick and the transformations in dining culture since its creation in 1747. For more information visit

Innbruck, Schloss Ambras, The Art of Power: Habsburg Women in the Renaissance, 14 June to 7 October 2018. This special exhibition focuses on three Renaissance women, rulers and collectors from the House of Habsburg: Margaret of Austria (1480-1530), Mary of Hungary (1505-1558), and Catherine of Austria (1507-1578. For more information visit www.schlossambras-innsbruck.at

Lens, Louvre-Lens, L’empire des roses, chefs-d’œuvre de l’art persan du xixe siècle, 21 March to 16 July 2018. Much on the Qajar dynasty.

London, British Library, Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms, 19 October 2018 to 19 February 2019.

London, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour of India 1875-6, 8 June to 4 October 2018.

London, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Splendours of the Subcontinent: Four Centuries of South Asian Paintings and Manuscipts, 8 June to 14 October 2018.

London, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace: Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs, 9 November 2018 to 8 April 2019.

London, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace: Shadows of War: Roger Fenton’s Photographs of the Crimea, 1855, 9 November 2018 to 28 April 2019.

London Royal Academy, Charles I: King and Collector, 25 January to 15 April 2018. To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Academy by George III, the exhibition reunites pictures from the legendary collection of Charles I, only 200 (out of a total of 1,200) of which were recovered by Charles II. In addition the Royal Collection Trust has made a digital reconstruction of the entire collection; and a 3-D visualisation of Whitehall Palace’s “Holy of Holies”, the three “Privy Lodging Rooms” as they appeared in 1639 at the peak of the King’s collecting. In these rooms Charles I hung only the most precious paintings (one room comprised 11 Titians and 1 Correggio) and access was granted strictly to the privileged few.

Lunéville, Château des Lumières, Lunéville et Germain Boffrand (1667-1754), 30 June 2017 to 15 June 2018. Boffrand rebuilt Luneville as the principal residence of the Dukes of Lorraine.

Montreal, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Napoleon: Art and Court Life in the Imperial Palace, 3 February to 6 May 2018. Will transfer to Kansas City and Richmond, Virginia.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Visitors to Versailles 1682-1789, 9 April to 29 July 2018.

Paris, Institut du Monde Arabe, ‘The Epic of the Suez Canal: From the Pharaohs to the 21st century’, 28 March 2018 to 5 August 2018 - a personal project of Said Pasha and the Khedive Ismail of Egypt, and Napoleon III, opened in November 1869 by the Empress Eugenie.

Paris, Louvre, Power Plays, September 27 2017 to July 2 2018. The exhibition is divided into four sections: “Princely Roles”; “Legitimacy through Persuasion”; “The Antique Model”; “The Insignia of Power”. Follow the exhibition on the social networks: #PetiteGalerie #PowerPlays

Paris, Louvre, La France vue du Grand Siècle. Dessins d’Israël Silvestre (1621-1691), 15 March to 25 June 2018.

Potsdam, Schloss Glienecke, Court Gardeners Museum, a new permanent exhibition on Prussian court gardeners.

Toronto, Aga Khan Museum, The World of the Fatimids, 10 March to 2 July 2018. The Ismaili Shia Islamic dynasty that emerged from North Africa to rule the region from Egypt.

Turin, Reggia di Venaria, Cabinet-makers and Inlayers at the Court of Savoy 1670-1870, 10 March to 15 July 2018. The exhibition will explain the creation and organization of workshops, as well as the cultural, technological and scientific advances that differentiate a cabinetmaker from a carpenter.

Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection, 28 October 2017 to 4 February 2018.

Versailles, Bilbiotheque Municipale, L’art equestre, de l’instrument de pouvoir a l’objet de collection, April to June 2018

Versailles, Château de, Louis-Philippe and Versailles, 2018

Vienna, Wien Museum, Otto Wagner, 15 March to 7 October 2018. Wagner designed the Court Pavilion in the Hietzing railway station, by the court’s main summer residence, Schonbrunn. The Emperor, however, continued to use horse-drawn carriages.

Washington DC, National Gallery of Art, Michel Sittow, Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe, 28 January to 13 May 2018.

2017-2018 period

Berlin, Jagdschloss Grunewald, The Court and the Hunt, a new permanent exhibition.

Dallas, Museum of Art, Islamic Art from the Keir Collection, from 16 April 2017. A fifteen year loan exhibition, 2000 works assembled by the late Edmund de Unger, including many works commissioned for courts and monarchs, such as books from the library of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II.

Edinburgh, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Shadows of War: Roger Fenton’s Photographs of the Crimea, 1855, 4 August 2017 to January 2018.

London, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Canaletto and the Art of Venice, 19 May to 12 November 2017.

London, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Charles II: Art and Power, 8 December 2017 to 13 May 2018.

London Royal Academy, Charles I, King and Collector, 25 January to 15 April 2018. To celebrate the 250th anniversary of th foundation of the Royal Academy by George III, the exhibition reunites pictures from the legendary collection of Charles I, only 200 (out of a total of 1,200) of which were reacquired by Charles II.

London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, 30 September 2017 - 25 February 2018. Beginning at the court of Mantua, opera became a favourite form of entertainment for the courts of Europe.

Lunéville, Château des Lumières, Lunéville et Germain Boffrand (1667-1754), 30 June 2017 to 15 June 2018. Boffrand rebuilt Luneville as the principal residence of the Dukes of Lorraine.

Neuburg an der Donau, Schloss and Court Church, Princely Power and True Beliefs. Reformation and Counter-Reformation, 15 July to 15 November 2017 see www.fuerstenmacht.de.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas, 27 February to 28 May 2018.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Les Visiteurs de Versailles 1682-1789, 9 April to 29 July 2018.

Norwich, Sainsbury Centre, Royal Fabergé, 14 October 2017 to 11 February 2018.

Paris, Louvre, Power Plays, September 27 2017 to July 2 2018 - The Petite Galerie exhibition for 2017–2018 focuses on the connection between art and political power. The exhibition is divided into four sections:

  • “Princely Roles”: The first room presents the king’s functions— priest, builder, warrior/protector—as portrayed through different artistic media. Notable examples are Philippe de Champaigne’s Louis XIII, Léonard Limosin’s enamel Crucifixion Altarpiece, and the Triad of Osorkon II from ancient Egypt.
  • “Legitimacy through Persuasion”: The focus in the second room is on the emblematic figure of Henri IV, initially a king in search of legitimacy, then a model for the Bourbon heirs from Louis XVI to the Restoration.
  • “The Antique Model”: The theme of the third room is the equestrian statue. The Louvre is home to several remarkable examples, among them the Barberini Ivory leaf, a bronze of Charles the Bald, and François Girardon’s Louis XIV.
  • “The Insignia of Power”: In the fourth room majestic portraits of monarchs, including Antoine-François Callet’s Louis XVI and François Gérard’s Napoleon I, are accompanied by the regalia used during the coronation of the kings of France.

In addition, five themed tours of the Louvre’s permanent collection are proposed:

  1. The King as Artist and Patron,
  2. The Powers of the Roman emperor,
  3. The Pharaoh,
  4. Royal Roles and Representational Codes in the Ancient East,
  5. The Islamic Sovereign.

Follow the exhibition on the social networks: #PetiteGalerie #PowerPlays

Paris, Louvre, La France vue du Grand Siècle. Dessins d’Israël Silvestre (1621-1691), 15 March to 25 June 2018.

Potsdam, Schloss Glienecke, Court Gardeners Museum, a new permanent exhibition on Prussian court gardeners.

Speyer, Historical Museum of the Pfalz, Richard the Lionheart, 17 September 2017 to 15 April 2018. www.loewenherz-ausstellung.de.

Versailles, Bilbiotheque Municipale, L’art equestre, de l’instrument de pouvoir a l’objet de collection, April to June 2018

Versailles, Château de, Louis-Philippe and Versailles, 2018

Versailles, Chateau de, Les Visiteurs de Versailles, 24 October to 25 February 2018.

Vienna, Hofmobiliendepot and Kaiserliche Wagenburg, Maria Theresia, 15 March to 29 November 2017. To commemorate the 300th anniversary of her birth. There are also exhibitions in the castles of Schloss Hof and Niederweiden. They deal with wars and alliances; reforms; the dynasty; and court life. For further information see www.mariatheresia2017.at.

Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, In Her Majesty’s Hand: Medals of Maria Theresa, 28 March 2017 to 18 February 2018.

Vizille, Chateau de, near Grenoble, La Splendeur des Lesdiguières le Domaine de Vizille au XVIème siècle, 23 June 2017 to 12 March 2018.

2015-2016 period

Amsterdam, Hermitage, Alexander, Napoleon and Josephine, 28 March to 18 October 2015.

Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Asia in Amsterdam: The Asian culture shock of the Golden Age, 16 October 2015 to 17 January 2016.

Barcelona, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Stories in Metal: Art and Power in European Medals, until 18 October 2015.

Berlin, Charlottenburg Palace, Women’s Business: How Brandenburg became Prussia, 21 August to 22 November 2015. 2015 marks 600 years since the Hohenzollern dynasty became Electors of Brandenburg in 1415. For five centuries, this family shaped the development of Brandenburg, Prussia, Berlin and Germany more than any other. This exhibition will be the first to focus on Hohenzollern women, and their influence on the fortunes of the state.

Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Europalia Turkey-Istanbul, 13 October 2015 to 24 January 2016.

Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Europalia Turkey: Myths and Rituals, 6 October 2015 to 17 January 2016.

Cologne, Stadtmuseum, Attention Prussia!, 30 May to 18 October 2015.

Dallas, Meadows Museum, Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting, 4 September 2015 to 3 January 2016.

Doha, Museum of Islamic Art, The Hunt: Masterpieces from Qatari and Turkish Royal Collections, 16 September 2015 to 9 January 2016.

Florence, Palazzo Pitti, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Firenze Capitale 1865-2015: the Savoia at Palazzo Pitti, 19 November 2015 to 3 April 2016.

Kassel, Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Image and Message: Cranach in the Service of the Court and the Reformation, 21 August to 29 November 2015.

London, Buckingham Palace, Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden, 20 March to 11 October 2015.

London, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pierre-Paul Prud’hon: Napoleon’s Draughtsman, 23 June to 15 November 2015.

London, National Gallery, Goya: The Portraits, 7 October 2015 to 10 January 2016. Goya was a court painter of Charles IV and Ferdinand VII.

London, National Maritime Museum, Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution, 20 November 2015 to 28 March 2016.

London, Royal Academy, Jean-Etienne Liotard, 24 October 2015 to 31 January 2016. The exhibition will focus on five key aspects of hi career: his time in Constantinople (1738-42) where he painted ambassadors, officials and travellers; his two sojourns in London in 1753 and in 1773, when he exhibited works at the Royal Academy; his engagement with the royal courts of Europe; and his life in Geneva, where he settled in 1757.

London, Tower of London, Coins and Kings: The Royal Mint at the Tower, from May 2013.

Los Angeles, Huntingdon Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Magna Carta: Law and Legend, 13 June to 12 October 2015.

Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum, Apollo and Arachne: Tapestries from the Collection of Louis XIV, 15 December 2015 to 1 May 2016.

Naples, Palazzo Reale, Murat, King of Naples, May to October 2015.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kongo: Power and Majesty, 17 September 2015 to 3 January 2016.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Between the Old and the New: Middle Kingdom Egypt, 6 October 2015 to 24 January 2016.

Paris, Grand Palais, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, 21 September 2015 to 11 January 2016. A favourite painter of Marie Antoinette.

Paris, Musée Guimet, The Ancient Kingdoms of Korea, 1 September 2015 to 31 January 2016.

Princeton, Princeton University Art Museum, The Book of Kings: The Peck Shahnamah at Princeton, 3 October 2015 to 24 January 2016.

San Francisco, Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking, 19 September 2015 to 10 January 2016. Watch-maker to kings and emperors.

St Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg: a Centre of European Enlightenment, November 2015 to February 2016.

Taipei, National Palace Museum, The Tricentennial of Giuseppe Castiglione’s Arrival in China, October to December 2015. Castiglione was a painter at the court of the Chinese Emperor.

Torgau, Hartenfels Palace, Luther and the Princes: The Public Portrayal and Self-Image of Rulers in the Age of Reformation, 15 May to 31 October 2015.

Versailles, Château de, The King is Dead!, 26 October 2015 to 21 February 2016. To commemorate the three hundredth anniversary of the death of Louis XIV.

Warsaw, Royal Castle, Napoleon I: the Legend of the Arts, 11 September to 13 December 2015.

Windsor, Windsor Castle Royal Library and Gallery, Waterloo at Windsor: 1815-2015, 31 January 2015 to 13 January 2016.