11 International Exhibitions to See Outside of Europe and the US in (Early) 2018
Museum shows from Israel to New Zealand.
Now that 2018 is underway, artnet News has rounded up some of the best art to look forward to this calendar year, from international biennials to exhibitions in the US and in Europe. To complement those lists, we’ve sought out 11 additional travel-worthy museum shows from around the globe.
Zoya Cherkassky’s Rabbi’s Deliquium (2016). Image courtesy of the Israel Museum.
“Zoya Cherkassky: Pravda” at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, January 10–
Zoya Cherkassky gets her first museum solo show, featuring approximately 50 paintings and 50 works on paper. Drawing on her personal experiences, she illustrates the cultural struggles of the one million immigrants who left Russia for Israel in the early 1990s.
“Francis Alÿs: Knot’n Dust” at the Beirut Art Center, January 11–March 5
In 2015, Francis Alÿs photographed the aftermath of a Beirut sandstorm, creating images that became the jumping-off point for this exhibition documenting turbulence on both minute and monumental scales.
“Haim Steinbach: Zerubbabel” at Magasin III Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel, January 20–
Currently closed for a two-year hiatus, Stockholm’s Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art will debut its Tel Aviv satellite space with a Haim Steinbach show curated by David Neuman. It’s the artist’s first solo exhibition in Israel.
“Mitchell/Riopelle: Nothing in Moderation” at the Art Gallery of Ontario, February 18, 2018–
An intimate look at the personal and professional relationship between American artist Joan Mitchell and Canadian Jean-Paul Riopelle—a powerhouse couple who each interpreted Abstract Expressionism in a distinctive manner—this exhibition, which debuted at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, is a worthy alternative to the inevitably long lines of AGO’s leg of Yayoi Kusama’s blockbuster North American tour.
“Thomas Hirschhorn: What I Can Learn From You. What You Can Learn From Me. (Critical Workshop)” at the Remai Modern Museum, January 27–February 25
Thomas Hirschhorn’s affirmation of the importance of sharing is the driving force behind this philosophical show at Canada’s newest modern art museum.
“Uprisings” at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City, February 24–July 29
French art historian Georges Didi Huberman has curated this exhibition featuring paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, films, and even written manuscripts documenting social unrest, political agitation, revolution, and insurrection.
“Ala Younis: Plan for Feminist Greater Baghdad” at the Project Space Art Jameel in Dubai, March 1–April 14
In collaboration with the London-based Delfina Foundation, Art Jameel’s Dubai outpost presents an installation by artist Ala Younis, expanding on her 2015 work created for the Venice Biennale. The original piece explores the contribution of male architects to the infrastructure of Baghdad, while the 2018 addition focuses on works by female artists and architects who have contributed to the development of the capital city’s cultural landscape. Included are the contributions of artist Nuha al-Radi, who documented the lives of everyday people during the turbulence of the early 1990s; Fahrelnissa Zeid, a Turkish-born abstract painter; and Zaha Hadid, the late starchitect whose imaginative drawings continue to influence generations of designers.
“Peter Robinson” at the Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch, New Zealand, March 3–May 15
Auckland-based artist Peter Robinson, of Kāi Tahu (a Maori tribe) descent, will take over CoCA with a large-scale sculptural installation made from everyday materials such as wood, wire, paper, metal, nails, and magnets.
“The World of the Fatimids” at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, March 10–July 2
The Aga Khan Museum pays tribute to one of the world’s great unsung civilizations, the Fatimid dynasty, a caliphate that ruled North Africa and the Middle East in the 10th and 11th centuries. Reaching new heights in the arts and sciences, such as perfecting the craft of ceramic lusterware, the Fatimids were hugely influential in the Mediterranean region. Highlights of the exhibition include monumental marble reliefs from the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo that are leaving Egypt for the first time, as well as rock crystal and ivory luxury objects.
“Latif Al Ani” at the Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE, March 16–June 16
The exhibition traces the career of the Iraqi-born photographer Latif Al Ani, who founded the photography department at the Iraqi Ministry of Culture and documented the daily lives of Iraqis for more than three decades.
“Taniho Reina: Resonance” at the Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan, March 17–April 22
Emerging Japanese artist Taniho Reina gets a solo show for her lush, vibrant paintings. Rich with detail, her canvases explore the origins of life.
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