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Curatorial Odyssey:
A Journey Through Europe's 2023 Landmark Exhibitions

Hilma af Klint

Join Art with Friends for a journey of enlightenment through the exhibitions that captured the world's gaze in 2023.

Art with Friends proudly presents an unprecedented journey through the most talked-about European art exhibitions of 2023. As the year culminates, prepare to delve into the world of painting from the Renaissance to the 20th century with a focus on celebrated and emerging women artists and novel curatorial approaches.

Over the span of four immersive weeks, we’ll discover cutting-edge exhibitions from the Tate Modern to the Musée d'Orsay, experiencing art through a unique lens that sheds new light on curation. This novel course promises an exciting artistic exploration, featuring the following exhibitions:

Manet Meurent

·      Manet/Degas at Musée d'Orsay & The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Examine the rivalry and respect in the unfolding narratives of these titans of Impressionism, and their impact on contemporary visual culture.

·      Hilma af Klint & Piet Mondrian Forms of Life at Tate Modern: a visual dialogue between two pioneers who never met, yet whose objectives were profoundly aligned. Compare Hilma af Klint's spiritually-inspired abstract paintings with Piet Mondrian's journey from representational to abstract art, reflecting on their mutual endeavor to capture the essence of life's invisible dimensions.

·      Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise: The Final Months at the Van Gogh Museum & Musée d’Orsay: Study the bold strokes of Van Gogh's ultimate creations, exploring the intense emotions and the vivid palette of his final two months.

·      Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) at Musée d’Orsay: Honoring the bicentenary of Bonheur's birth, this retrospective at Musée d’Orsay celebrates her as a pioneer for women's emancipation and an animal enthusiast.

·      Lavinia Fontana: Trailblazer, Rule Breaker at the National Gallery of Art, Dublin: the first retrospective in over two decades of Lavinia Fontana's work, this exhibition emphasizes her role as a pioneering professional woman artist of the Renaissance. Her oeuvre challenged the norms and carved a space for women in the male-dominated art world of her time.

·      and more!


Mondays @ 1:00-2:30 pm ET  
November 27 – December 20*

Wednesdays @ 9:00-10:30 am
November 29 – December 20

*Both classes will meet for the final session & celebration on Wednesday, December 20th


On Zoom from your home or office. Sessions are led by Lauren Jimerson, PhD.

All sessions are recorded and can be streamed at your convenience.


  • Webinars are sold in packs of 4

  • Each webinar is limited in size to enable lively and engaging discussions.

  • Held on the same day and time each week, each session is 90 minutes. ​

  • No background in art necessary. All that's required is a curious mind.

Rosa Bonheur

Curatorial Odyssey not only offers you the opportunity to engage with these exemplary artists but transports you on a journey through the practice of curation. We’ll examine images and video footage of the exhibitions as well as critical reviews. Transcending geographical boundaries, we’ll voyage to each exhibition together and discuss the artists’ as well as the curator’s vision. Through this course, you will:


  • Experience a unique immersion into the latest art-historical research and curatorial strategies that challenge and expand the traditional narratives.

  • Cultivate a sophisticated palate for critiquing exhibition layouts, understanding how spatial design can frame an artistic theme, meaning, or argument.

  • Critically analyze exhibition reviews, fostering an ability to discern and discuss art exhibitions through an informed lens.

  • Interact with fellow enthusiasts in a collaborative setting, designed to inspire debate, creativity, and a shared passion for art history.


Join us to discover the exhibitions that captured the world's gaze in 2023. This course is designed not just to broaden your horizons on museum exhibitions but to transform the way you perceive and experience them. Enrich your cultural understanding, ignite intellectual curiosity, and uncover the latest developments in art history and museum curation.

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