Summer has arrived and with it comes the sunny month of July!
As in one of the adventures of Philipe Fogg of London and his French valet Passepartout in the famous novel Around the World in Eighty Days, we begin our journey to discover the most interesting exhibitions in the world’s 5 continents. Are we already halfway through 2019?
4th July – 7th September
43 Maddox Street, London, UK
We’re proud to see so many of our Bridgeman Copyright Artists exhibiting this month, including John Bellany, Naomi Frears, Luke Frost and Anne Rothenstein. You’ll find all of them, and more, at Beaux Arts’ summer exhibition – definitely not one to pass on!
6th July – 8th September
Bridport, Dorset, UK
Igniting Sight is an exciting new show from contemporary Dorset gallery Slader’s Yard which compiles the work of several currently highly active artists, all of whom are partially or strongly inspired for their work by classic painter JMW Turner – sometimes visually, sometimes in terms of their theoretical approach. In addition to pottery and furniture, the show also includes several of our Bridgeman Copyright painters, including Fred Cuming RA, Luke Elwes and Vanessa Gardiner.
Don’t Miss It – Ends 21st July!
Until 21st July
British Museum, London, UK
“We do not want pretty pictures to be hung on drawing-room walls. We want… an art that arrests and engages. An art of one’s innermost heart.” – Edvard Munch
Munch’s The Scream sits as one of the most well-known points of a fascinating career which is shown in its full glory at the British Museum. In the largest Munch exhibition for 45 years, find out just what was going on in the mind of this troubled artist and what compelled him to create his finest work, replicated by many in various guises.
Until 4th August
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
“Experience the celebrity culture of 19th-century Paris”
This exhibition throws you head-first into Paris at the time of Toulouse-Lautrec and his contemporaries – including Degas and John Singer Sargent – whose works are displayed alongside Toulouse-Lautrec’s, making a most contextually accurate display of 19th Century Parisian high life. Toulouse-Lautrec’s obsession with the glitz and glamour of the showbiz world is on full display, and in roughly 200 works, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts demonstrates just what makes Toulouse-Lautrec so legendary.
Until 11th August
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
“The most in-depth survey of the art and life of Marcel Duchamp ever to be seen in the Asia-Pacific region”
For all fans and critics of Marcel Duchamp and the revolutionary Dada movement he helped pioneer. Borrowing from the Philadelphia Museum’s expansive Duchamp collection, witness several of Duchamp’s most famous and controversial works, including replicas of ‘Fountain’ , ‘Hat Rack’ and ‘Bottlerack’.
Until 18th August
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota, USA
Women have long been the creative force behind Native art. Presented in close cooperation with top Native women artists and scholars, this first major exhibition of artwork by Native women honours the achievements of over 115 artists from the United States and Canada spanning over 1,000 years. Their triumphs—from pottery, textiles, and painting, to photographic portraits, to a gleaming El Camino—show astonishing innovation and technical mastery.
Until 2nd September
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
One of the founders of the Dada movement and pioneer of abstraction, Jean (Hans) Arp (1886-1966), was one of the most important and multifaceted artists of the modern era. This exhibition, curated by Catherine Craft and organised by the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, the first venue of the show, wants to offer to visitors a look at Arp’s radical rethinking of traditional art forms and the importance around the concept of nature for this artist, with more than 70 works included—sculptures in plaster, wood, bronze and marble, painted reliefs in wood, collages, drawings, tapestries and books—from European and American institutions and private collections.
Until 2nd September
First Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, USA
Husband-and-wife collectors Jacques and Natasha Gelman took part in Mexico City’s vibrant art scene. After their moving during the second World War from Eastern Europe as refugees, they married in Mexico in 1941 and begun acquiring art – mostly from their artist friends. With more than 150 works on view, seven painted self-portraits by Kahlo, Rivera’s ‘Calla Lily Vendor’, and numerous portraits of the Gelmans, this exhibition aims to show the expressiveness of twentieth-century Mexican art with iconic works by Frida Kahlo, her husband Diego Rivera, and their contemporaries, including Manuel Álvarez Bravo, María Izquierdo, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros.
Until 15th September
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
The Early Renaissance, in which Fra Angelico was a key player, developed between the 1420s and 1430s. Involved in this show are such prestigious artists as Masaccio and Masolino, as well as Donatello in sculpture. These artists and their development of techniques such as atmospheric and linear perspective, as well as dramatic lighting were vital in the history of Art, and their influence on later artists such as Botticelli, Piero della Francesca and Fillipo Lippi is unparalleled. This promises to be a fascinating exhibition, focusing on Fra Angelico’s Annunciation (1425), which hangs in the Prado.
21st July – 15th September
Saint Louis Art Museum, St Louis, USA
Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention gives visitors an overview of Gauguin’s entire career, beginning with his earlier Impressionist paintings that emulate the work of Pissarro, and culminating with his later works in Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands – arguably his most famous. An exhibition of ninety paintings, as well as a manuscript by Gauguin entitled Catholicism and the Modern Mind, donated to the Saint Louis Art Museum by the late actor Vincent Price, Gaugin’s changing influences and artistic desires are at the centre of the exhibition, leading visitors all the way through Gauguin’s fascinating life.
Until 15th September
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway
The present exhibition aims to show the artist’s many connections with poetry, myths, Sumerian and Biblical stories, tales, history, philosophy, Kabbalah, alchemy, and more. Born in 1945, Anselm Kiefer long hesitated between two practices, writing and painting. Although it was the latter he eventually chose, literature continues to play a preponderant role in his body of work. Through their materiality and aesthetic, books were the first support for his art making, and writing every day in a journal has made it possible for the artist to reflect on his work and to engage in research that is closely connected with his thinking.
Until 17th September
Design Museum, London, UK
Step right inside the imagination of arguably the greatest, and perhaps one of the most controversial film directors in history. Focusing on Kubrick’s most acclaimed works, including 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining, the Design Museum draws the audience in with immersive experiences that frighten, thrill and entice all who visit. Although the exhibition ends in September, it has proved extremely popular and will surely be very busy – booking is recommended!
2nd July – 22nd September
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
After you’ve gazed into the mind of Leonardo, you’d be foolish not to witness an exhibition on arguably humanity’s greatest achievement, also at the Met. The exhibition details humanity’s views of the moon for the centuries before the Moon landing, and it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Cameras and photographs from the original Apollo 11 flight all collected together make for a truly unforgettable experience.
3rd July – 22nd September
Mitsubishi Ichibocan Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Born in Granada, raised between Rome, Paris, and Venice, Mariano Fortuny was one of the most famous fashion designers of the early twentieth century. With the collaboration of the Fortuny Museum of Art (Venice), where his house and atelier are displayed as a museum house, this exhibition focuses on clothing such as clothes and coats that are the fulcrum of the art of Fortuny. The extensive exhibition fully shows prints, photographs, works related to the stage and materials related to design, including the dyed Japanese models collected by him.
11th July 2019 – 20th January 2020
TATE Modern, London, UK
Do you remember The Weather Projects famously realised at the TATE Modern’s turbine hall some years ago? Eliasson is returning to the UK with another unmissable exhibition, organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Some artworks introduce natural phenomena such as rainbows to the gallery space. Others use reflections and shadows to play with the way we perceive and interact with the world. Many works result from the artist’s research into complex geometry, motion patterns, and his interest in colour theory. All but one of the works have never been seen in the UK before.
As part of the exhibition there will be an area that explores Eliasson’s deep engagement with society and the environment. Discover what an artist’s perspective can bring to issues of climate change, energy, migration as well as architecture. And once every other week you’ll be able to communicate with people from Eliasson’s 100-strong team in his Berlin studio via a live link.
15th July – 6th October
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Specially loaned to the Met from the Vatican, Leonardo’s St Jerome Praying in the Wilderness (c.1483) is an extraordinary example of da Vinci’s signature sfumato technique, where lines and features seem to blend into one another like smoke. The work is unfinished, but this gives visitors the rare chance to place themselves into Leonardo’s creative process and enter the mind of a true genius at work.
20th July – 27th October
Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946) was a Finnish artist whose style changed frequently and dramatically throughout her long career making for a fascinating back catalogue of work and inspiration. Beginning as a French-inspired naturalist, and progressing to an abstract self-portraitist, Shjerfbeck has been overlooked in the history of art for too long given the progressive nature and sheer talent she possessed. The Royal Academy will present her entire career, attempting to convey to visitors the mind behind this impressive body of work.
26th July – 1st November
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Kim Gordon, famous for her work with Sonic Youth in the 1980s is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at the IMMA. The exhibition is comprised of two features: the first is an exhibition of Gordon’s work, in all media, ranging from music to visual art to video projection – all of which is highly experimental. The second half of the exhibition is a performance by Gordon herself, as one half of the electric guitar duo ‘Body/Heat,’ as well as additional performances from poet Elaine Kahn and guitarist Heather Leigh. This exhibition details the thirty year-long career of one of America’s most compelling artists; one who maintains both a mainstream and avant-garde following.
Until 6th November
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Focusing on the early 1980s, in a small period of Basquiat’s tragically short life, this exhibition highlights Basquiat’s activism as an artist. Defacement, also known as The Death of Michael Stewart, is at the forefront of this; an artwork responding to the death of a fellow artist, shot by the police for ‘tagging’ a subway station wall. The exhibition does not stop there, and goes on to explore Basquiat’s representations of identity, his experiences of and beliefs on police brutality and his depictions of empowerment, symbolised by his famous crown iconography.
24th July – 5th January 2020
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Simultaneously one of the most compelling and overlooked photographers of the 20th Century, Robert Mapplethorpe’s work will be celebrated in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Often controversial in his short career, Mapplethorpe achieved recognition for his stark, honest photographs of nude models, often contorted. These erotic subject matters encouraged a great deal of debate in America about the nature of censorship and the publication of censored works. Not to be missed.
25th July – 12th January 2020
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK
Everyone has seen the remains of the inhabitants of Pompeii, their final moments frozen by the ash that destroyed the city, as well as Herculaneum, in AD 79. What has perhaps been less-well documented are the other things preserved from that fateful night. This exhibition focuses unusually on the food and drink that the people of Pompeii ate, drank and produced. Pompeii’s climate, combined with its location between vineyards and fertile fields, made for a wealthy trade city, all of which was destroyed and preserved by the volcanic eruption that wiped it out 2000 years ago.
Until 16th February 2020
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
“The whole point of fashion is to make fashionable clothes available to everyone.” Mary Quant
Mary Quant’s impact on modern fashion is undeniable, most notably her innovation and development of now commonplace clothes, such as the miniskirt. This summer the V&A attempts to recreate the ‘Swinging 60s’ that saw Mary Quant become a household name in the fashion department. Featuring original garments designed by Quant, and worn by high profile models such as Twiggy, this promises to get you into the Summer spirit – even if the weather doesn’t!