Although 2020 was a disastrous year for art shows and displays, art museums and curators have not been idle and there are numerous ambitious ventures in the making for 2021 (notwithstanding COVID-19 lockdowns). Editors of more than 10 art publications in France have composed an open letter that they have all co-signed, petitioning President Emmanuel Macron to permit “a gradual reopening of places of culture, starting now with museums, heritage sites and art centres.” Therefore, in anticipation of large exhibitions in 2021, art lovers will want to view any number of exhibits, as well as the following must-see shows:


Renaissance Artist Dürer at National Galleries


Among other exhibits, Albrecht Dürer’s (1471-1528) works will be on display in London, England, and Aachen’s national galleries. Germany. An innovative printmaker, Dürer was also adept at woodcutting and painting. His shows will feature small sketches drawn in the silverpoint of landscapes, plants, animals, and people that he encountered in his travels. An even larger show should open in the summer at the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum.


Georgia O’Keefe at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid


The works of the renowned Western artist of the United States, Georgia O’Keefe, will be exhibited in three European institutions. Interestingly, O’Keefe, also recognized as “the mother of American Modernism,” traveled to Spain twice in the 1950s.


Vermeer at Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister


This Dresden museum will display classic paintings such as Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window (circa 1659). After this artwork’s restoration, a painting within a painting reveals the naked cupid hidden for 250 years.


Botticelli at Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, France


A representative of the Italian Renaissance, Sandro Botticelli demonstrated his talent as a designer in his works. His exhibit has paintings, marquetry and drawing for embroideries and prints. Other works by leading artists of the 15th century are also featured with Botticelli’s.


Various Artists at the Museum of Modern Art


In collaboration with New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Paris’s Musée d’Orsay, the Musée [museum] de l’Orangerie and the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac in Paris, the former president and prime minister of France, there are numerous works of modern art on display. Many of these represent former colonies of France that display works from Africa, the Americas, Africa, Oceania, and Asia cultures.