Henri Matisse painting (color litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; © Look and Learn; English,

Don’t Be Frightened… Here are the Top Exhibitions this October!

It’s the spookiest time of year and while many people are prepping themselves for Halloween at the end of the month, art seekers will be haunting new and upcoming museum exhibitions! Explore below (if you dare) our exhibition highlights, including shows that are closing soon and on their very last breath… 

 

Klimt and Antiquity

Until October 8th, 2017 *though many works are on permanent display in Vienna

Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna

The Beethoven Frieze: The longing for happiness, 1902 (mural), Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) / Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria / De Agostini Picture Library / E. Lessing
The Beethoven Frieze: The longing for happiness, 1902 (mural), Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) / Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria / De Agostini Picture Library / E. Lessing

This exhibition explores the juxtaposition between Gustav Klimt’s work and classical art. A selection of examples from the artist’s collection of work illustrates a notable shift in his understanding of ancient art. Klimt’s earlier work was very much influenced by Historicism, which reveals an interest in the details of classical art. This influence developed soon into a driving force and, after 1900, he took the essence of ancient art and made it into his own. The exhibition illustrates this development through showing Klimt’s work with classical vase paintings and casts of sculptures that inspired the artist.

 

Lucian Freud: Closer

Until October 22nd, 2017

Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

Head and Shoulders of a Girl, 1990 (etching), Lucian Freud, (1922-2011) / Private Collection / © The Lucian Freud Archive
Head and Shoulders of a Girl, 1990 (etching), Lucian Freud, (1922-2011) / Private Collection / © The Lucian Freud Archive

Lucian Freud is one of Great Britain’s most renowned painters, with his figurative works considered masterpieces of the 20th-century. His paintings are examples of immersive analytical observation due to his almost scientifically precise practice of studying his subjects. While the works are scientifically accurate, Freud also successfully is able to capture the innate humanity of his subjects. For the first time, 51 of Freud’s etchings are now being shown in Berlin, the city of his birth. They are accompanied by one watercolor and two paintings, among them the masterpiece “Double Portrait”.

 

Matisse in the Studio

Until November 12th, 2017

Royal Academy of Arts, London

Henri Matisse painting (colour litho), English School, (20th century) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn
Henri Matisse painting (color litho), English School, (20th century) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn

A rare glimpse into the artist’s personal collection, this exhibition will explore the famed Henri Matisse’s own studio influences, as well as the paintings, sculptures and drawings it subsequently inspired. When displayed together, the works reveal how Matisse’s masterful vision of rich and controlled energy first stemmed from the collage of patterns and rhythms which he found in the world of objects.

 

Basquiat: Boom for Real

Until January 28th, 2018

Barbican Centre, London

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Jean-Michel Basquiat DJing at Area, New York, 1985 (b/w photo) / Photo © Ben Buchanan

The Barbican Centre is proud to be hosting Basquiat: Boom for Real, which celebrates the famous artist Jean Michel Basquiat who was a major figure in the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This exhibition brings together a selection of more than 100 works from some of the world’s most famous museums to smaller private collections. Allow yourself to become immersed in the astounding creativity and presence of Basquiat’s artworks, and explore how he influenced and was influenced by some of history’s most prevalent modern artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and rock band Blondie. The show will also feature a rare film as well as photography and archive material. Experience the life and spirit of self-taught artist, poet, DJ, and musician, who was truly a modern renaissance man.

 

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

October 2nd, 2017 – April 2nd, 2018

The National Gallery, London

The Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife Giovanna Cenami (The Arnolfini Marriage) 1434 (oil on panel), Jan van Eyck (c.1390-1441) / National Gallery, London, UK
The Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife Giovanna Cenami (The Arnolfini Marriage) 1434 (oil on panel), Jan van Eyck (c.1390-1441) / National Gallery, London, UK

The highlight of this exhibition will be one of the National Gallery’s crown jewels: the Arnolfini Portrait, which the museum acquired over 145 years ago. This specific work by Jan van Eyck served as a beacon of the Pre-Raphaelites’ practice, emphasizing the importance of hands-on observation, and highlighting the ways in which ordinary objects placed within a work could carry symbolic meaning. For the first time, the Arnolfini Portrait will be displayed in conjunction with paintings from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (also known simply as the Pre-Raphaelites), founded by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Sir John Everett Millais, and William Holman Hunt in 1848, nearly 415 years after the Arnolfini Portrait was completed.

 

Leonardo to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection

October 4th, 2017 – January 7th, 2018

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Proportions of the human figure (after Vitruvius), c.1492 (pen & ink on paper), Leonardo da Vinci, (1452-1519) / Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice, Italy
The Proportions of the human figure (after Vitruvius), c.1492 (pen & ink on paper), Leonardo da Vinci, (1452-1519) / Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice, Italy

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition will follow the development of European drawing from the Renaissance to the early 20th-century. Displaying fifty-five drawings from the Museum’s world-renowned Robert Lehman Collection, this show will explore a wide array of styles, techniques, and genres from some of the most celebrated masters, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Lorenzo Baldissera Tiepolo, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Georges Pierre Seurat, and Henri Matisse.

 

André Derain 1904 – 1914. The Radical Decade

October 4th, 2017 – January 29th, 2018

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Charing Cross Bridge, London, 1906 (oil on canvas), Andre Derain (1880-1954) / National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA
Charing Cross Bridge, London, 1906 (oil on canvas), Andre Derain (1880-1954) / National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA

“The Radical Decade” will examine the work of the co-founder of fauvism and explore the intensity of the artist’s work. Highlighting the major stages in Andre Derain’s career during the radical pre-war decade, the exhibition shows how this period elevated him to the rank of one of the greatest artists of the 20th-century. Renowned pieces by Derain from an array of different collections have been brought together for the occasion, including works he produced during his stay at the commune Collioure in the summer of 1905, his series of views of London, and his large-scale works of dancers and bathers.

 

Cézanne Portraits

October 26th, 2017 – February 11, 2018

National Portrait Gallery, London

Madame Cézanne in a Red Dress, 1888-90 (oil on canvas), Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) / Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Madame Cézanne in a Red Dress, 1888-90 (oil on canvas), Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) / Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

For the first time, over fifty of Paul Cézanne’s portraits from collections around the world will be displayed together in this major international exhibition (many being shown for the first time in the UK). During his career of about forty-five years, Cézanne created almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits, making up only 16% of his portfolio. The exhibition will offer a unique insight into this central aspect of his work, highlighting the style and thematic characteristics of his portraiture, specifically his practice of creating different versions of the same subject.

 

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