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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EXHIBITION: Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
VENUE: V&A Museum
DATES: From 27 March 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 2022) will establish an impressive reading room which will store collection of rare and unique photobooks; two flexible galleries which will show cutting-edge contemporary commissions and explore our permanent collection in thematic displays, and a curiosity studio showing some of the more unusual objects from our Photographs collection.
EXHIBITION: Chintz: Cotton in Bloom
VENUE: Fashion and Textile Museum
DATES: 12 March until 15 August 2021
Chintz: Cotton in Bloom is a collection with an extraordinary story, spanning hundreds of years and thousands of miles.
The complicated technical craftsmanship required to fix bright dyes to cotton, devised across centuries and using complex chemical formulae, meant that for many years Chintz was a closely guarded secret, or preserve of the elite. However, by the 18th century chintz had become more widely accessible. The lightweight, washable, gaily coloured and boldly patterned cottons eventually became a sensation throughout England and across Europe. These developments resulted in the intricate, colourful flowers of chintz fabric being cherished and preserved by generations.
Chintz: Cotton in Bloom showcases some 150 examples of this treasured textile, originating from all around the world; from mittens to wall hangings and from extravagant 18th-century sun hats to stylish mourning dresses.
EXHIBITION: The EY Exhibition the making of Rodin
VENUE: Tate Modern
DATES: 6 May until 10 October 2021
Working at the turn of the 20th century, Auguste Rodin created sculptures with an expressiveness and emotion rarely seen before.
This major exhibition offers a unique insight into Rodin’s processes, highlighting the crucial role of plaster in his practice. The exhibition evokes the informal atmosphere of the studio, where you will discover lesser-known pieces and new aspects of his most iconic works.
Although Rodin is best known for his bronze and marble sculptures, his greatest skill was as a modeller, who captured movement, light and volume in pliable materials such as clay and plaster. A stockpile of plaster body parts allowed him to experiment with fragmentation, assemblage and repetition, exploring infinite groupings and poses. Seeing his work in plaster is the closest we can come to Rodin’s thinking and mark where his work breaks with tradition.
The realisation of this landmark exhibition is possible due to a unique collaboration with the Musée Rodin, who have offered Tate unprecedented access to their collection. It features over 200 works, many of which have not been seen outside of France before.
EXHIBITION: Liverpool Biennial
VENUE: Across Liverpool's public spaces, galleries, museums and historic buildings
DATES: 20 March until 6 June 2021
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).
The 11th edition of Liverpool Biennial: The Stomach and the Port will take place from 20 March – 6 June 2021.
EXHIBITION: Impressionist Decorations
VENUE: Musee D’ Orsay
DATES: 13 April - 1 August 2021
Impressionism is rarely associated with the term decoration any more than with walls, objects, ceramics and other low reliefs. Regarded today as easel paintings, Impressionist works were initially designed as decorations for the homes of collectors or for the artists themselves. Reflecting on the place of beauty in everyday life, the Impressionist artists ventured into numerous media, and explored all their possibilities.
"It has been my lifelong dream to paint walls", confided Degas. He was not the only Impressionist to have wanted to be involved in the vast decorative projects of the late 19th century. Although Manet and the Impressionists never received any official commissions, throughout their careers, from the late 1860s to the beginning of the 20th century, they produced decorative paintings and objects. They experimented with techniques while redefining, in their own way, the idea itself of “decorative”: a positive yet deprecatory paradoxical concept, at the heart of artistic practice, relating to the aesthetic and social ideas of the late 19th century.
And yet this aspect of Impressionism is little known today. However, the Water Lilies cycle at the Orangerie, which Monet called his "great decorations", was the culmination of over sixty years of forays into this domain. And if the paintings exhibited by the Impressionists caused outrage, it was also because they were seen as simple decorations, devoid of any meaning and devoted merely to the pleasure of the senses. Did not a critic write, in 1874, that what Monet was painting resembled "wallpaper"?
This exhibition, therefore, proposes to explore, for the first time, a different version of Impressionism and to reveal works by Cassatt, Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro and Renoir, brought together from all over the world, some of which have rarely, if ever, been exhibited in France. With around eighty paintings, fans, ceramics and drawings, it will show how the Impressionists forged a new path inspired by the conviction that, to quote Renoir, art is made above all to "brighten up the walls".
EXHIBITION: The Advent of the Artist
VENUE: Musée National Du Louvre
DATES: Runs until 5 July 2021
For its fifth season, the Louvre’s Petite Galerie—a space dedicated to art and cultural education—will be holding an exhibition titled ‘The Advent of the Artist’. Opened September 25, 2019, this year’s edition will coincide with a cycle of Louvre exhibitions devoted to the Renaissance geniuses Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Michelangelo and Albrecht Altdorfer in 2019-2020.
It was during the Renaissance that artists asserted their independence and demanded recognition as creators in their own right. Yet the advent of the artist had been long awaited. This exhibition will take a close look at the transition from the typically anonymous craftsman of the classical period to the artist of the Renaissance, at times famous to the extent of becoming the hero of novels and legends.
It is this long-standing connection between the visual arts and the written word that inspired this edition’s focus on literature. Spread across four rooms, the exhibition will feature some forty artworks from the Louvre’s eight curatorial departments alongside extracts from literature, with the aim of tracing the emergence and recognition of the artist from Antiquity to the 19th century.
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EXHIBITION: C0-Creation Rembrandthuis
VENUE: The Rembrandt House Museum
DATES: 28 August - 28 November 2021
In autumn 2021 The Rembrandt House Museum will join forces with people from outside the museum in order to view the museum from a fresh perspective. Which topics play an important role at the moment in our changing world? How were these seen by Rembrandt, his pupils and contemporaries? More information about this exhibition will follow in 2021.
EXHIBITION: From Thonet to 'Dutch Design' 125 years of Living at the Stedelijk
DATES: May 2020 – April 2021
September 2020 marks the 125th anniversary of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. And for almost 125 years, the museum has exhibited furniture and other designs for the interior.
The museum began actively collecting interior design in 1934 and today boasts a world-class collection. This show features landmarks of design history interwoven with the exhibition and collection history of the Stedelijk.
Acclaimed designs by the Thonet brothers, Gerrit Rietveld, Charlotte Perriand, Verner Panton, Richard Hutten, Hella Jongerius and others alternate with lesser known or previously unexhibited pieces by Bertha Bake, the Wiener Werkstätte, Lambertus Zwiers, Nanna Ditzel and Aldo van den Nieuwelaar. The presentation will celebrate familiar designs and also unlock hidden gems.
To be announced.
EXHIBITION: Biennale Architettura 2021, 18TH INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION
VENUE: In the Giardini, the Arsenale & other venues in Venice
DATES: 22 May - 21 November 2021
The 18th International Architecture Exhibition will run 22 May to 21 November 2021, curated by architect and scholar Hashim Sarkis. “The world is putting new challenges in front of architecture - stated Sarkis. I look forward to working with participating architects from around the world to imagine together how we are going to rise to these challenges.”
Hashim Sarkis has been Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2015. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a PhD in Architecture from Harvard University. He is the author and editor of several books and articles on modern architecture history and theory.
To be announced.
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