Art & design exhibitions, events & news
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EXHIBITION: Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk
VENUE: V&A Museum
DATES: From 29 February until 21 June 2020
This exhibition will present the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world.
New Gallery Development V&A Photography Centre
The V&A recently unveiled the first phase of a new, state-of-the-art Photography Centre. The Centre offers an innovative and imaginative space for students to encounter the medium from its origins in the 19th century to the present day.
EXHIBITION: Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild
VENUE: Fashion and Textile Museum
DATES: Now until 14 June 2020
Out of the Blue celebrates the work of influential design company Designers Guild. Founded by Tricia Guild OBE, Designers Guild started life in 1970 as a small section of a single shop in Chelsea’s Kings Road. The brand has since evolved and grown into a global enterprise, whose products have changed the way we view colour, pattern and texture in our homes.
Out of the Blue unravels Tricia Guild’s unique and creative approach, focussing in on her inspiration, her intuitive design methodology and the techniques, processes and materials used. Frustrated with the lack of truly contemporary fabrics and wallpapers for interiors, Tricia’s vision was to create a lifestyle. Tricia showed people how to put the different elements of a room together; how colour, pattern, texture and form can combine to create a harmonious space.
Offering unique access to Designers Guild’s archive, with never before displayed original designs and art work, Out of the Blue will showcase the story of Designers Guild, in settings that capture the changing tastes in interiors over the past five decades.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter workshops
Step on to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series. Tread the original stone floor of the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall, encounter animatronic creatures and wander down Diagon Alley. Located at the Studios where all 8 films were produced.
A programme of educational workshops has been created to complement the Studio Tour, including:
Costume Distressing - See a costume before and after a battle scene
Set Design - Focus on the artwork from the Harry Potter™ series
Movie Graphic Design - Learn the processes involved in creating moviegraphics
EXHIBITION: James Tissot’s ambiguous modernity
VENUE: Musee D’ Orsay
DATES: 24 March 2020 – 19 July 2020
With its focus on the figure of James Tissot and a desire to set the art of this painter in the artistic and social context of his time, the exhibition presents both the great successes of an artist who often created iconic images, and his boldest experiments.
It also examines his materials and painting techniques, the themes that were dear to him and their variations, as well as his desire to express himself in different media, such as prints, photography and cloisonné enamels, in addition to painting.
EXHIBITION: The Advent of the Artist
VENUE: Musée National Du Louvre
DATES: Runs until 29 June 2020
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.
EXHIBITION: Nonell Between Traditions: from Goya to Picasso
VENUE: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
DATES: Runs from 14 May 2020 to 13 September 2020
From 14 May to 13 September 2020, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya will present an exhibition about the life and work of Isidre Nonell (Barcelona, 1872-1911), one of the finest artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, of whose work the museum conserves a very important collection. The connecting thread of his work will allow us to gain greater in-depth knowledge of the sources that fuelled his poetic imaginary, with retrospective glances back towards tradition and all the artists who influenced him.
One of the most singular aspects of the show will be the exhibition of a large selection of photographs taken by Serra, Vilatobà, Fargas and Ballell that will illustrate the themes shared by painters, draughtsmen and photographers, as a result of the appearance of situations of great social inequality due to a prevailing capitalist model of economic growth.
EXHIBITION: Gaudí Exhibition & Virtual Reality Experience
VENUE: Gaudí Exhibition Center
The Gaudí Exhibition Center represents the starting point on the way to discovering who Gaudí was, finding out why and how he defined and executed his work, and so be able to take real advantage of the experience of visiting his buildings in Barcelona. It’s a one-of-a-kind exhibition, and included in the visit is a virtual reality experience in which you can meet with Gaudí himself.
EXHIBITION: In Recent Years, Bettina Pousttchi works at the interface between sculpture, photography and architecture.
VENUE: Berlinische Gallerie
DATES: now until – 6th April 2020
Bettina Pousttchi works at the interface between sculpture, photography and architecture. Her site-specific photographic interventions adopt an architectural scale, often taking up whole walls of buildings and referencing the urban or historical context of a place. Pousttchi articulates perceptions of reality in the digital age and explores the relationship between memory and history from a transnational perspective.
Her exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie begins with an installation for the façade of the museum, a net-like pattern extending across the entire glass front. Inside she offers an overview of her sculpture and photography, including recent works. The sculptures made of mechanically transformed street furniture such as bicycle racks, tree protection barriers and crash barriers demonstrate her interest in systems for ordering public space.
Bettina Pousttchi was born in Mainz in 1971. She studied at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf and completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. She gained widespread recognition for her photographic installation “Echo” (2009/2010) on the façade of the Temporäre Kunsthalle in Berlin and for “World Time Clock” (2008–2016), a major series of photographs from around the world. In this the artist composes a philosophically thoughtful image of synchronicity and depicts a globalised reality uncoupled from time and space. Bettina Pousttchi lives in Berlin.
EXHIBITION: Exhibition 'In the Picture'
VENUE: Van Gogh Museum
DATES: 21 February 2020 – 24 May 2020
A portrait says more than you may initially think. How did Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Charley Toorop, Paul Cézanne and other artists present themselves? Become aware of the artists’s choices in the exhibition 'In the picture' from 21 February 2020.
Vincent van Gogh paints his famous Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear in 1889. In this work, Vincent portrays himself as being both vulnerable and strong. He depicts himself unmistakably as an artist, in his studio, with his painter’s easel.
Identity and image
In the Picture shows that a portrait says more than you may initially think. Does the portrait reflect reality? Or is it a carefully constructed illusion of reality? 19th-century artists constantly test the balance between concealing and revealing, enticing and misleading, confirming and surprising.
Major names and new faces
The exhibition features an outstanding selection of works by major names and new faces. The portraits of Vincent van Gogh are united with artists’ portraits by painters including Edvard Munch, Charley Toorop, Gustave Courbet, Paul Cézanne and Helene Schjerfbeck. Modern and contemporary artists including Francis Bacon and Julian Schnabel also respond to Van Gogh’s self-portraits.
EXHIBITION: Hansken. Rembrandt's Elephant
VENUE: The Rembrandt House Museum
DATES: 19 June 2020 – 27 September 2020
Hansken was the most famous elephant in the seventeenth century. The only elephant in Europe at that time, she travelled to markets, fairs and courts. When Hansken visited Amsterdam for the last time in 1647 she was able to perform thirty-six tricks. She could fight with a sword, shoot a pistol, carry a pail of water, put on and take off a hat, pick up coins and much, much more. Rembrandt saw her and drew her a number of times—a perfect excuse for The Rembrandt House Museum to bring Hansken’s story to life again in this family exhibition.
Hansken’s story is amazing, but at the same time moving. She had to put up with a great deal during her life; she was forced to make long journeys and perform very frequently. This was compounded by the fact that nobody really knew how to look after an elephant properly. Present-day views surrounding this issue are also highlighted in this exhibition.
The exhibition is based on a concept by Michiel Roscam Abbing (the author of Rembrandt’s Elephant) and Anneke Groen. Hansken: Rembrandt’s Elephant features drawings and etchings by Rembrandt and his contemporaries, paintings and a digital map on which you can follow Hansken’s route through Europe.
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.
Rome’s Great Gladiatorial Arena: The Colosseum
This has to be the most thrilling of the city’s ancient sites, where gladiators fought wild animals, or even each other.
Transport your group into the past and witness the three parts of the structure; the arena (where battles took place), the cavea (where spectators sat) and the podium (a broad terrace in front of the tiers of seats, reserved for emperors, senators and VIPs). A truly fascinating insight into ancient times.
EXHIBITION: Biennale Architettura 2020, 17TH INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION
VENUE: In the Giardini, the Arsenale & other venues in Venice
DATES: 23 May 2020 - 29 November 2020
The 17th International Architecture Exhibition will run 23 May to 29 November 2020 (pre-opening 21 and 22 May), 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.
EXHIBITION: Félix FénéonThe Anarchist and the Avant-Garde—
From Signac to Matisse and Beyond
VENUE: The Museum of Modern Art
DATES: Runs to July 2020
"It would not be a commonplace portrait at all, but a carefully composed picture, with very carefully arranged colors and lines. A rhythmic and angular pose. A decorative Félix, entering with his hat or a flower in his hand.”
With these words, in 1890, Paul Signac described to Félix Fénéon the extraordinary portrait he was dedicating to him. In it, Signac paid homage to Fénéon’s distinctive appearance, his generous but enigmatic personality, and his innovative approach to modernism.
This painting, a masterpiece in the museum’s collection, will be the centerpiece of Félix Fénéon, the first exhibition dedicated to Fénéon (1861–1944). An art critic, editor, publisher, dealer, collector, and anarchist, Fénéon had a wide-ranging influence on the development of modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In the late 1880s, he played a key role in defining the new movement known as Neo-Impressionism, a term he coined himself, whose artists, including Signac, used tiny dabs of colour that would mix in the eye of the viewer.
Over the next five decades, he championed the careers of artists from Georges-Pierre Seurat and Signac to Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, and Amedeo Modigliani. He amassed a renowned collection of paintings by these artists and many others, and he was also a pioneering collector of art from Africa and Oceania.
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