This section of the website offers an overview of upcoming exhibitions relevant to the field of court studies. The information will also be published in The Court Historian. View past exhibitions & currently on-going:
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.