Culture Diary — What to See this Autumn

Autumn is a perfect season for inspiring excursions. Cities relax at a temperature fit for art traipsing and long lunches in-between. We found three wonderful exhibitions to aquaint your diary for the months ahead.

Brancusi's Studio
Centre Pompidou
Until 31 Dec 2022

This magnificent studio is a work of art in itself–it's been open for a couple of years now–and has become a must see when visiting Paris. Reconstructed by architect Renzo Piano, the vast studio houses Brancusi's collection, consisting of 137 sculptures, 87 pedestals, 41 drawings, two paintings and more than 1,600 photographic glass plates and original prints. The Romanian sculpteur created nearly all of his work in Paris from 1904 until his death in 1957. His studio was left to the French state in his will and in 1977 it was reconstructed in a space in front of the Centre Pompidou.

Lucian Freud: New Perspectives
National Gallery
1 October 2022 – 22 January 2023

Bringing together paintings from over seven decades, this major exhibition presents the paintings of one of Britain's most well-known figurative painters, Lucian Freud (1922–2011). Spanning a lifetime of work, the exhibition shows the evolution of Freud’s paintings from his early works to his naked portraits — his celebrity often overshadowed his practice, and as such this show delivers a new lens to a lifetime’s work, looking beyond the fame and focusing on his commitment to painting in the 20th century. While you are there, book a table at new restaurant Ochre for lunch or the most elegant brunch, lunch or afternoon tea.

Frieze Sculpture 2022: a Major Public Art Exhibition in London's Regent's Park
14 September — 13 November 2022

A great excuse for a weekend stroll with the kids and canines, Regent's Park comes alive with creative spirit in autumn as the annual Frieze Sculpture show descends. It's free and open to all, and runs alongside Frieze London and Frieze Masters, which both take place from 12 to 16 October 2022 in The Regent’s Park. One of our favourite ways to see an international pool of artists and leading galleries in one place.