Fall Art Preview: 30 of the Most Important Museum Exhibitions to See Around the Globe This Season
artnet News editors pick their favorite exhibitions taking place around the world this summer.
This summer of international art fairs and events is winding down, but the art world is ramping up for an impressive roster of museum shows to close out 2017. From the worldwide centennial celebration of Rodin, to a tribute to the lesser-known Latina artists of Los Angeles, here are 30 travel-worthy shows from around the world.
For the first time, Cuban collector Juan Castillo Vázquez, the grandnephew of Wifredo Lam, is lending a selection of Lam’s work to a US institution. Museum director and chief curator Ricardo Viera first visited Cuba back in 1997 to see Vázquez’s impressive holdings, meaning this exhibition of 21 works on paper has been 20 years in the making.
The Lehigh University Art Galleries Teaching Museum is located at 420 East Packer Avenue. Admission is free.
Worldwide commemoration of the centennial of Auguste Rodin’s death continues with the Cleveland Museum of Art showcasing its holdings of the great sculptor’s work. Some of the artworks included in the exhibition were acquired ahead of the museum’s opening in 1913, just five years before the passing of artist. Rodin cast a version of his piece Age of Bronze for the museum, which also owns a monumental version of The Thinker perched at the institution’s main entrance.
The Cleveland Museum of Art is located at 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland. Admission is free.
The acclaimed Russian-born artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov will be celebrated again in the exhibition “Utopian Projects” at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. The couple’s work is based on the hardships of living in the Soviet Union, but are realized with unbridled creativity and imagination.
The Hirshhorn is located on the National Mall at the corner of 7th Street and Independence Avenue, Washington, DC. Admission is free.
Photographers Elliott Erwitt, Leysis Quesada, Raúl Cañibano, Tria Giovan, and Michael Dweck, have documented contemporary Cuban life in over 100 images that go well beyond the colorful architecture and classic cars so often captured in views of the island nation. Part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative, the exhibition reveals how real Cubans live their lives, from El Paquete, an illegal weekly selection of downloadable American media, to the Frikis, a community of young punk rockers who in the 1980s and ’90s deliberately infected themselves with AIDS in order to live in government-run sanatoriums.
The Annenberg Space for Photography is located at 2000 Avenue of Stars, Los Angeles. Admission is free.
For the first time in 80 years, art lovers will be able to see both panels of the Melun Diptych, Jean Fouqet’s 15th-century French masterpiece, featuring the sexiest Madonna you’ve ever seen. There have been several failed attempts to reunite the two panels over recent decades, making the reunion here all the more significant.
The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is located at Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin. General admission is €12 ($14)
For Pacific Standard Time, the Hammer Museum examines the contributions of Latin American women to the contemporary arts of the United States. More than 100 artists will be represented in this expansive exhibition. Well known international artists including Lygia Clark and Ana Mendieta will be joined by lesser-known names like Feliza Bursztyn, Zilia Sánchez, and Leticia Parente.
The Hammer is located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Admission is free.
It took Judy Chicago five years to create The Dinner Party, perhaps the most famous feminist piece in the history of art. That painstaking process is explored at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, showcasing the artist’s research in uncovering the stories of history’s forgotten women, as well as film documentation of the work of Chicago and her hundreds of volunteers. (At the Brooklyn Museum, where the piece is permanently on display, “Roots of The Dinner Party: History in the Making,” which also recounts the work’s genesis, is on view October 20, 2017–March 4, 2018.)
National Museum of Women in the Arts is located at 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC. General admission is $10.
Scotland’s rarely exhibited Burrell Collection, one of the world’s largest holdings of work by Edgar Degas, lends 20 pastels by the artist to London’s National Gallery. Shown alongside other Degas works from the museum collection, the exhibition showcases Degas’s unique take on contemporary Parisian life.
The National Gallery is located at Trafalgar Square, London. Admission is free.
Dutch photographer and filmmaker Rineke Dijkstra has plumbed the depths of adolescence for years, capturing unexpected beauty in everyday moments. See her here in her Scandinavian debut in this extensive survey. (On November 9, the museum will also open “George Condo: The Way I Think,” that artist’s first show in Scandinavia.)
The Louisiana Museum is located at Gammel Strandvek 13, Humelbæk, Denmark. General admission is DKK 125 ($20).
Legendary American artist and Royal Academy member Jasper Johns gets a massive UK retrospective—his first in the country in 40 years. The show will feature over 150 paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. The academy is promising a chance to see works that are rarely exhibited together in one place, with loans from private collections and museums from around the world. In 2018, the exhibition will travel to Los Angeles, opening at the Broad on February 10.
The Royal Academy of Art is located at Burlington House, Piccadilly in Mayfair. General admission is £19 ($24.36).
An early Mark Rothko, Thru the Window (1938), makes its public US debut in “Mark Rothko: Reflection” at the Museum of Fine Art Boston. The show will feature 11 works by the artist, on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. From early Surrealist works to his iconic Color Field paintings, the exhibition spans the full range of Rothko’s career.
The Museum of Fine Art Boston is located at Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston. General admission is $25.
Billing itself as “unprecedented in scope and scale,” this Walker Evans retrospective is organized by SFMOMA with the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and features over 300 prints as well as close to 100 related documents and objects. The focus is on the great photographer’s interest in the American vernacular, which found beauty in everyday scenes across the US, even during the depths of the Great Depression.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is located at 151 Third Street, San Francisco. General admission is $25.
In a museum-wide celebration of the pioneering design stars Charles and Ray Eames, four parallel exhibits will open this fall at the Vitra Design Museum. The four shows will touch on all aspects of the couple’s careers: Their toy collections, furniture experiments, and their cinematic oeuvre will all be available to see, just in time for the 110th birthday of Charles.
The Vitra Design Museum is located at Charles-Eames-Str. 2 D-79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany. General admission is €17 ($20).
14. “Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895–1925” at the Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey, October 7, 2017–January 7, 2018
Home to the Clarence H. White Archives, the Princeton University Art Museum showcases the work of the groundbreaking photographer, who helped the medium gain recognition as an art form. The traveling exhibition is the first retrospective dedicated to White’s career in over a generation, at once reestablishing his legacy and refocusing the story of early 20th-century American photography.
The Princeton University Art Museum is located at Elm Drive, Princeton, New Jersey. Admission is free.
14. “Phil Collins: My heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, October 7, 2017–January 28, 2018
My heart’s in my hand…, a collaboratively made sound work from British artist Phil Collins, gets its first US museum show. Collins tapped a homeless shelter in Cologne, Germany, to participate in the work’s creation, setting up a phone booth there with free local and international calling. The artist then enlisted musician friends to transform the anonymous conversations into musical compositions. Viewers can listen to the resulting recordings on vinyl in an installation of six listening booths at the museum.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland is located at 11400 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland. General admission is $9.50.
Presented by the FOR-SITE Foundation, “Sanctuary” transforms a decommissioned military chapel with four-by-six woolen rugs in the style of traditional Muslim prayer rugs. Bearing designs by 36 artists from 22 countries and handwoven in Lahore, Pakistan, the rugs recall devotional objects, as well as the global trade in Middle Eastern carpets. Visitors will be encouraged to remove their shoes before entering the chapel, acknowledging the exhibition as a sacred space.
2 Marina Boulevard, Landmark Building C, Suite 260, San Francisco. Admission is free.
Reopening after a massive expansion, SITE Santa Fe presents “Future Shock,” named after the 1970 book by Alvin Toffler, which attempted to explain society’s problems as a result of rapid technological and social change, coining the term “information overload.” Doug Aiken, Andreas Gursky, and Tom Sachs are among the artists featured in this group exhibition that attempts to illustrate the effects of the rapid and massive changes experienced by our contemporary world.
SITE is located at 1606 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. General admission is $10.
Among the inaugural offerings of the newly-reopened Bass Museum of Art, this Ugo Rondinone retrospective spans three decades worth of work, including the artist’s delightfully creepy vocabulary of solitude (2014), an army of 45 life-size clown sculptures cast from life and outfitted in sparkly rainbow attire. The show will end with the blue-tinged six-channel video installation It’s late It’s late and the wind carries a faint sound as it moves through the trees.… (1999–2000), not seen in the US in nearly 20 years.
The Bass Museum of Art is located at 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. General admission is $10.
Laure Prouvost, the 2013 Turner Prize winner, creates image and sound installations that combine painting, sculpture, and found objects, accompanied by her own soothing narration. Her show at the Walker will also include a new theatrical performance piece, commissioned by the museum.
The Walker is located at 725 Vineland Place. General admission is $14.
This traveling exhibition is the first mid-career survey for Sheila Pepe, a cross-disciplinary artist and prominent lesbian feminist who figured in the Lesbian Separatist movement of the 1980s, and has become known for her immersive crocheted structures. The show will feature some 70 works, including a three-story, site-specific fabric installation specially commissioned by the Phoenix Art Museum.
The Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. General admission $18.
Photojournalist Karim Ben Khelifa has created an immersive VR experience that inserts viewers into the heart of military conflicts in the Congo, El Salvadore, and the Middle East between Israel and Palestine. By simulating interactions with combatants, the piece, here in its first North American outing, invites audiences to reconsider their attitudes towards violence and suffering. With this unique blend of science, journalism, art, and technology, Khelifa hopes to highlight the similarities between people, and how much these apparent enemies have in common with each other, and the viewer.
The MIT Museum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is located at 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Building N51, Cambridge, Massachusetts. General admission is $10.
As the third artist to participate in the Palais de Tokyo’s “carte blanche” series, Camille Henrot will take over the entire museum with a seven-part show dedicated to the days of the week. She’s enlisted a group of multidisciplinary artists including David Horvitz, Maria Loboda, Nancy Lupo, Samara Scott, and Avery Singer, as well as poet Jacob Bromberg, to bring her vision of the exhibition to life.
The Palais de Tokyo is located at 13, avenue du Président Wilson, 75 116 Paris. General admission is €12.50 ($14.70).
On the centenary of her birth, Charlotte Salomon, who died in Auschwitz in 1943, is having the first-ever showing of the entirety of her ambitious magnum opus: a set of over 800 gouache paintings accompanied by writings and musical cues. Creating the series “Life? Or Theatre? A Play With Music” was a way for the artist to cope with her family history of mental illness while living in hiding in France. The works are colored both by her tragic family history—her namesake aunt, mother, and grandmother all committed suicide—and the evils of the Nazi regime.
The Jewish Historical Museum (Joods Cultureel Kwartier) is located at Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, 1011 PL Amsterdam. General admission is €15 ($17.60).
This traveling exhibition focusing on Pablo Picasso’s deep-seated interest in African and Oceanic art makes its sole stop in the US, pairing the artist’s paintings and sculptures with a number of the non-Western works that served as his artistic inspiration.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is located at 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Special exhibition ticket is $18.
Polish artist and Holocaust survivor Alina Szapocznikow (1926–1973) gets her first UK retrospective. She is best-known for her sculptures, which combine fragmented aspects of the human body with banal objects of utility, creating surreal sculptures that foreshadow the work of contemporary British artist Sarah Lucas. The exhibition’s over 100 works will also include drawing and photography created before the artist’s premature death at only 46.
The Hepworth Wakefield is located at Gallery Walk, Wakefield, WF1 5AW, Yorkshire, UK. Admission is free.
One of the gems of the DIA collection, Claude Monet’s Gladioli—recently rechristened Rounded Flower Bed (Corbeille de fleurs) following research by museum curator Jill Shaw—is being reunited with 10 other paintings by artist and fellow Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. All of the works were created in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil between late 1871 and early 1878, during the formative years of the Impressionist movement, and serve to tell the stories of Monet’s career and Impressionism in general.
The Detroit Institute of Arts is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit. General admission is $14.
William Kentridge’s work in opera and theater, including such productions as 2010’s The Nose, make up this exhibition at Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofia. The artist’s set pieces, preparatory sketches, as well as films of the performances will be on view.
The Museo Reina Sofia is located at Calle Santa Isabel, 52 28012 Madrid. General admission is €8 ($9).
Miami-based artist Dara Friedman gets her first career survey, and largest museum show to date, featuring 17 major film and video works that blend emotional content with Structural Filmmaking techniques.
The Pérez Art Museum Miami is located at 1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. General admission is $16.
This mammoth retrospective will feature 300 artworks, including paintings, relief sculptures, and drawings, created over Frank Stella’s prolific six-decade career—exploring the many dimensions of his oeuvre, from the late 1950s to the present. In addition to some of Stella’s best-known works, museum director and chief curator Bonnie Clearwater has delved deep into the artist’s personal papers, showing sketches, maquettes, and other preparatory materials from his “Working Archive” for the first time.
The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is located at 1 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.General admission is $12.
29. “Keith Haring: the End of the Line” at the Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, November 17, 2017–March 11, 2018
In 1987, Keith Haring created a massive temporary mural at the Cranbrook. Thirty years later, the museum revisits that landmark work, presenting documentation of the project alongside work created following its completion, providing a compelling overview of the last few years of the legendary street artist’s career.
The Cranbrook Museum of Art is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. General admission is $10.
The Tate Modern has brought together the largest number of Amedeo Modigliani nudes ever shown in London for this expansive retrospective. Nearly 100 works track the artist’s evolution, exploring the influences of such artists as Paul Cézanne, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, and Pablo Picasso on Modigliani’s distinctive oeuvre.
Tate Modern is located at Bankside, London. Exhibition admission is £16.80 ($21.60).
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