Five autumn blockbusters

  • 5 September 2013

Delve into the coffee houses of Vienna, discover the faces that shaped Elizabethan Britain, strike a pose with Paul Smith, enjoy the exhilarating art of Paul Klee and go for gold with El Dorado.

1. Paul Klee: Making Visible, Tate Modern
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Born in Switzerland to a music teacher and a singer, Paul Klee rejected a career in music to become an artist, becoming one of the greatest figures in European Modernism. This landmark exhibition breaks Klee's career into three stages: his early breakthroughs during the First World War, the time he spent at the Bauhaus, and his late created following his return to Switzerland.

2. Beyond El Dorado, British Museum
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The legend of El Dorado has enraptured audiences for centuries, sometimes imagined as a lost city of gold, sometimes as a man covered in powdered gold who plunged into the middle of Lake Guatavita. Bringing together more than 300 extraordinary golden objects, this spectacular show reveals the incredible metalworking skill of the peoples of ancient Colombia while exploring the truth behind the myth.

3. Elizabeth I & Her People, National Portrait Gallery
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The Elizabethan era was a golden age in English history – a time of prosperity, military success and great cultural achievements – but it was also a period where conspiracy and controversy were never far away. This exhibition tells the story of Elizabeth's Britain through a motley selection of portraits, from the first ever depiction of a guinea pig to a striking Nicholas Hilliard painting of the virgin queen dressed in black and gold.

4. Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900, National Gallery
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The 20th century was born in the coffee houses of Vienna, meeting places for artists, philosophers and scientists "where time and space were consumed, but only the coffee was found on the bill". Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka were among the artists who emerged from the coffee houses to pioneer modern art in the Austro-Hungarian empire, as highlighted in this fascinating show.

5. Hello, My Name is Paul Smith, Design Museum
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As a teenager, Paul Smith wanted to be a racing cyclist until a road accident ended his hopes. Fifty years and an illustrious fashion career later, he designed the jersey to commemorate the start of the Tour de France in London. This career retrospective spans from Smith's first shop in Covent Garden to a life-size recreation of the designer's office at Paul Smith HQ.