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Art & design exhibitions, events & news

Stay up-to-date with what’s new and upcoming in the world of art – from exhibitions, events, festivals and visits, to gallery and museum news from around the globe. You’ll find some exciting updates below. 

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London

EXHIBITION: Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser 
VENUE: V&A Museum
DATES: From 22 May until December 2021

Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive and theatrical show charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages.

 

New Gallery Development V&A Photography Centre

Phase One of the new V&A Photography Centre was opened on 10 October 2018, by the V&A's Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. The refurbishment has more than doubled the permanent gallery space for photography. A Dark Tent projects films showing photographic processes, techniques and projected photography, as well as providing space for activities and film screenings. The Digital Wall, a grid of nine screens, displays cutting-edge works of digital imagery. 

Phase Two (opening in early 2023) will continue this transformation by creating an additional four gallery spaces. An interactive gallery about the history and use of the camera will feature a walk-in camera obscura portrait studio, along with a timeline of cameras to explain how they work and how photographers use them. An impressive reading room dedicated to photography and the book will visibly store the Royal Photographic Society collection of rare and unique photobooks, whilst two further display galleries will show global contemporary photography and cutting-edge commissions.

 

EXHIBITION: Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture
VENUE: Fashion and Textile Musuem 
DATES: 1 October until 13 March 2022

In the mid-1960s a handful of Chelsea boutiques sparked a fashion revolution. Freed and fuelled by creative exploration and experimentation, they began selling radical clothing to the counterculture youth. Their outrageously flamboyant designs were inspired by romantic ideas of the past; Byron-esque frilled shirts were paired with Regency brocades and plush velvet trousers were mixed with influences from Morocco and the Far East. They blurred gender boundaries with increasingly androgynous styles, creating an explosion of colour, pattern and decoration.

 

DISPLAY: Fragmented Illuminations: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Cuttings 
VENUE: V&A Museum
DATES: From 8 September until 8 May 2022  

Featuring highlights from the museum's collection of over 2,000 cuttings from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, this display explores the types of books these pieces came from and the 19th-century context in which they were cut up and collected.

 

EXHIBITION​: Lubaina Himid 
VENUE: Tate Modern
DATES: 25 November 2021 until 3 July 2022 

A theatrical exhibition by the Turner Prize winning artist and cultural activist, This large-scale exhibition will debut recent work and include selected highlights from Lubaina Himid’s influential career. Taking inspiration from her interest in theatre, the exhibition will unfold in a sequence of scenes designed to place visitors centre-stage and backstage.

 

EXHIBITION​: Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature
VENUE: V&A Museum
DATES: 12 February until 25 September 2022

This family friendly exhibition will take visitors on a journey to discover Potter’s life as a scientist and conservationist, exploring the places and animals that inspired her most beloved characters. In partnership with the National Trust.

 

Sculpture in the City is an annual sculpture park that uses the urban realm as a rotating gallery space. Explore the 19 artworks in the 10th Edition, on display in the City of London’s financial district until spring 2022.

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Liverpool

EXHIBITION: Liverpool Biennial
VENUE: Across Liverpool's public spaces, galleries, museums and historic buildings
DATES: To be announced​

Visit the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK

Founded in 1998, Liverpool Biennial presents the UK biennial of contemporary art. Taking place every two years across the city’s public spaces, galleries and historic buildings, the Biennial commissions artists to make and present work in the context of Liverpool. The festival is underpinned by a year-round programme of research, education, residencies, projects and commissions.

Since its inception, Liverpool Biennial has commissioned over 340 new artworks and presented work by over 480 renowned artists from around the world. Amongst artists presented in previous editions are Doug Aitken, John Akomfrah, Mona Hatoum, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Yoko Ono, Ai Weiwei and Franz West.

Major public artworks commissioned by Liverpool Biennial include Ugo Rondinone’s Liverpool Mountain (2018), Peter Blake’s Everybody Razzle Dazzle (2015), Jaume Plensa’s Dream (2009) and Antony Gormley’s Another Place (2005).


Paris

EXHIBITION: Gaudí
VENUE: Musee d'Orsay
DATES: April until 12 July 2022

Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926), architect and designer of genius, marked Spain at the turn of the 20th century and continues to fascinate today. For the first time in fifty years in France, a large-scale exhibition is dedicated to this master of Art Nouveau. It will show the extraordinary creativity of this singular artist, the bearer of the upheavals at work in Catalonia at the end of the 19th century, and who is expressed as much in the details of his furniture as on the scale of a project. unusual architectural style: the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

 

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Barcelona

EXHIBITION: Cinthia Marcelle
VENUE: Museu d'Art Contemporani
DATES: 15 July until 8 January 2023

Bringing together a body of work produced since in the early 2000s, the exhibition will emphasise Marcelle’s constant preoccupation with the dynamics of collectivity and the poetics of accumulation, multiplication and repetition. It will also bring into focus the distinct aesthetics of her work, including static long-takes, atmospheric mise-en-scènes, and the repeated use of materials and colours that speak of the specific contexts of production.

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Berlin

To be announced.

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Amsterdam

EXHIBITION: Van Gogh and the olive groves
VENUE: Van Gogh Museum
DATES: 11 March until 12 June 2022

On display together for the first time, more than ten paintings Vincent van Gogh made of olive groves. The olive tree is part of a landscape in the south of France, like the pollard willow in the Netherlands. Van Gogh liked to paint what he saw around him. The exhibition shows how Vincent's choices and extraordinary craftsmanship led to 15 variations on this one subject.

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Rome

To be announced.

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Venice

EXHIBITION: BIENNALE ARTE 2022, 59TH INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION​
VENUE: In the Giardini, the Arsenale & other venues in Venice
DATES: 23 April - 27 November 2022

The 59th International Art Exhibition will take place from 23rd April to 27th November 2022, curated by Cecilia Alemani. “As the first Italian woman to hold this position, I intend to give voice to artists to create unique projects that reflect their visions and our society”, Alemani has declared.
Cecilia Alemani is a curator who has organized many exhibitions of contemporary artists. She is currently Director and Chief Curator of High Line Art, the programme of public art of the urban park in New York, and is the past curator of the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2017.

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New York

EXHIBITION: Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle
VENUE: Guggenheim Museum
DATES: until 5 September 2022

In this exhibition, Kandinsky’s work unfolds in reverse chronological order, starting with his late-life paintings and proceeding upward along the Guggenheim’s spiral ramp. His was not a fixed path from representation to abstraction, but rather a circular passage traversing persistent themes centered around the pursuit of one dominant ideal: the impulse for spiritual expression. This, what Kandinsky called the artist’s “inner necessity,” remained the guiding principle through the periodic redefinitions of his life and work.

 

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