Charles Laughton as Bottom in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream, 1958 / Photo © Brian Seed / Bridgeman Images

Top Art Exhibitions: April 2016

 

From Shakespeare to The Rolling Stones, discover the top blockbuster museum and art exhibitions opening across Europe this Spring:

SERPENTI Form

Palazzo Braschi, Rome

Until 10 Apr 2016

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Snake necklace, 1844 (gold with pave-set diamonds, garnets and turquoises), English School / Cameo Corner, London, UK / Bridgeman Images

An emblem of seduction, rebirth and transformation, the snake symbol has had incredible prominence in history and culture for centuries. Its striking qualities have led it to foster myths and legends, and it is a recurring feature of artworks old and new.

The snake is also one of fashion house Bulgari’s most iconic symbols and as such it is the theme of the brand’s exhibition at the Palazzo Braschi. Bulgari’s homage to this poweful creature highlights the various creative forms that the snake has assumed in the art, jewellery and design world.

Bridgeman is pleased to have licensed images of snakes in fine art paintings and illustrations for this remarkable exhibition.

 

Exhibitionism

Saatchi Gallery, London

5 Apr – 4 Sep 2016 

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Long-playing record sleeve of album Under cover by Rolling Stones, 1983 / Bridgeman Images

The legendary Rolling Stones have made history by unlocking their vast private archive to form their first ever major exhibition; Exhibitionism. Over 550 rare and original Rolling Stones objects will star in this fully immersive, multi-media experience at the Saatchi Gallery, taking you back to the era of Rock n’ Roll.

 

Apollinaire: the Gaze of the Poet

Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris

6 Apr – 18 Jul 2016

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Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) in Picasso’s studio at the Bateau-Lavoir (detail), early 20th century, French Photographer / Private Collection / Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Images

An exhibition looking at the period when the insatiably curious Guillaume Apollinaire was active as an art critic, mainly between 1902 and 1918. Poet, critic, discoverer of African arts and a friend of artists, Apollinaire was a central player in the aesthetic revolution that gave birth to modern art. The Bridgeman archive holds personal letters between the poet and key figures such as Picasso and Andre Breton.

The Musée d’Orsay will also be exhibiting Apollinaire from the 19th April, offering the opportunity to remind visitors of his influence on music.

Paul Klee: L’ironie à l’oeuvre

Centre Pompidou, Paris

6 Apr – 1 Aug 2016

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Castle and Sun, 1928 (no 201) / Paul Klee / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Journey through the work of one of the 20th century’s most significant artists and a singular figure in modernity: Paul Klee. This thematic retrospective brings together around 250 works from leading international collections and the Zentrum Paul Klee.

The display takes a fresh look at the artist’s work, taking his ‘romantic irony’ and the associated ideas of satire and parody as his themes. Klee practices irony inspired by the philosopher Friedrich Schlegel: all must be playful and all must be serious, frank, and deeply hidden.

 

Conceptual Art in Britain 1964 – 1979

Tate Britain, London

12 Apr – 29 Aug 2016

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Electric Fire, Car Seat and Incident, 1981 / Bill Woodrow / Southampton City Art Gallery, Hampshire, UK / Bridgeman Images

During the 1960s artists began to abandon customary approaches to art production and made ideas the essence of their work. Thus, conceptual art was born, out of a rejection of everything conventional art had become and a curiosity of what art could be.

Conceptual art revolutionised creative thinking across the world, as it made people question the function and social purpose of art. It signified a particularly pivotal period in British history, as shown in this fascinating exhibition at the Tate Britain.

 

Shakespeare in Ten Acts

The British Library, London

15 Apr – 6 Sep 2016

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Romeo and Juliet with Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting, 1968 (after William Shakespeare) / Bridgeman Images

It is 400 years since the death of one of the greatest writers in the English language, William Shakespeare. This landmark exhibition will look at the performances that made an icon, charting the playwright’s constant reinvention across the centuries.

From the first productions of The Tempest and Hamlet to modern day interpretations, explore how Shakespeare’s plays have been transformed for new generations via over 200 unique and rare items including his First Folio and the only surviving play-script in the Bard’s had.

Bridgeman is proud to represent The Royal Shakespeare Company collection, which holds over 4,000 items dating back to the 17th century, including paintings of iconic actors, stage productions, artistic interpretations of Shakespeare’s works, and portraits of the man himself.

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

V&A, London

16 Apr – 12 Mar 2017

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Marion, 1977, John Kacere / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

A much-anticipated exhibition showcasing the best of our briefs from the 18th century to the present day. From sensible to saucy and even shocking, the objects will highlight the practicalities and controversies of different underwear types and the amazing ways in which they can enhance or alter the natural body.

Charles and Ray Eames

Bild Museum, Umeå

17 Apr – 4 Sep 2016

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Dining Armchair Rod, Rocker Base Armchair, Dining and Desk Chair, A Production ‘X’ Base Dining and Desk Chair, 1953 / Charles Eames and Ray Eames / Private Collection / Photo © Bonhams, London, UK / Bridgeman Images

Charles and Ray Eames are among the most influential designers of the 20th century. Together the American husband and wife art duo moved fluidly between the fields of photography, film, architecture, exhibition-making, and furniture and product design.

In addition to multi-media installations, the exhibition showcases personal letters, photographs, drawings and artwork. It reveals the breadth of the Eameses’ innovative work, reminding us of their playful ideas and giving us an insight into their lives.

 

Piranesi. Carceri.

Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg

30 Apr – 4 Sep 2016

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Carceri VII, 1760 (detail), Giovanni Battista Piranesi / On Loan to the Hamburg Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany / Bridgeman Images

Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s series of labyrinthine prison interiors, the Carceri, has been fascinating and disturbing viewers for over 250 years. These outstanding, large-format etchings of imaginary architectures extend the boundaries of the viewing experience and continue to have relevance to audiences in the 21st century as an expression of existential fear.

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