April is here with a spring in its step, and with it comes more exhibitions! Discover our hottest picks from around the world in our latest selection of upcoming and currently running art shows, including a new show for the estate of Partou Zia (for whom we now look after copyright), an Open Studio for Bridgeman Artist Jonathan Parker, a new exhibition for Copyright Artist Tom Hammick and a powerful retrospective look at Da Vinci‘s life drawing and preparatory studies.
Until July 4th
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, United States
Conceptual artist Hans Haacke’s imposing bronze sculpture, ‘Gift Horse’ is on display in Chicago. Haacke’s work often explores the hidden and controversial connections between art, power, money and politics. Gift Horse was commissioned to fill Trafalgar Square’s empty space in the competition for London’s ‘fourth plinth for Trafalgar’. The base has been left empty due to a lack of funding; in 1999 temporary installations were put in place by various contemporary artists. LED lights are present on the sculpture, representing the financial link of art coinciding with the economy.
Until April 22nd
Two Temple Place, London, United Kingdom
Two Temple Palace introduces a new exhibition, focusing on John Ruskin’s knowledge and concept of beauty. Ruskin is often celebrated as an art critic who was fascinated by aesthetic beauty and its impact on both culture and society. The exhibition brings together 190 paintings, drawings, daguerreotypes, metal work and plaster casts whilst celebrating Ruskin’s idea and vision that beauty is everywhere we look, even in the simplest forms: in ‘peacocks and lilies, for instance’. Ruskin’s idea of ‘truth to nature’ is explored through collections of natural forms, such as beautiful earth rocks, seascapes and animal studies.
Until September 15th
Mauritshuis Gallery – Netherlands
The Mauritshuis gallery represents the most renowned and important works of northern Dutch Renaissance painter Rembrandt. Rembrandt is regarded as one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art – with the use of chiaroscuro, his baroque paintings are identified as exceptionally skilful. The collection comprises eighteen paintings including Rembrandt’s late self portrait and ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp’. The exhibition will present the shift in perceptions of Rembrandt throughout the centuries.
1st February – 6th May
Manchester Art Gallery, United Kingdom
In collaboration with 12 other UK galleries, to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci, a series of Da Vinci’s drawings are being exhibited nationally. On display in the Manchester gallery are 12 of the Renaissance Master’s greatest drawings. These drawings depict the human anatomy including anatomical studies, caricatures, idealised male and female bodies alongside studies of infants and the fetus. Through a variety of mediums such as pen, ink, watercolour and chalk, the ideal and grotesque features of the human body are formed. To mark one of the greatest scientists and artists of the 15th century, this show is one to be celebrated.
2nd February – 6th May
Newport Street Gallery, London, UK
This exhibition, comprising the work of Bridgeman Copyright artist is not one to be missed. ‘Cradle of Magic’ brings together two giants of twentieth-century British painting: John Bellany (1942–2013) and Alan Davie (1920–2014).
Born in Grangemouth in 1920, Alan Davie was one of the first British artists to explore Abstract Expressionist forms and techniques. Linked to the Scottish Renaissance movement – a group of poets, musicians and artists who emerged in the first half of the twentieth century – Davie’s work was informed by his interest in tribal and ancient art (evident in works such as The Bird, 1954) as well as Zen Buddhism.
Over a long and prolific career, John Bellany came to be considered one of Britain’s foremost figurative painters. Born in the small fishing town of Port Seton in East Lothian, where Calvinism was deeply ingrained, Bellany described the relationship between the sacred and profane as being among his most important subjects.
3rd February – 26th May
Basel, Foundation Beyeler, Switzerland
This exhibition hosts a huge and exclusive selection of paintings and sculptures by Pablo Picasso at the start of his career. His most early works, from between the periods of 1901-1906 display his creative attributes and emotional connection to modern painting. Blue period paintings are displayed as mono-chromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green and the rose period paintings use cheerful orange and pink colours. This is a must see show that illustrates young Picasso’s path to pre-eminence as the twentieth centuries’ most famous artist’.
6th February – 15th April
Belo Horizonte- Centro Cultural Bano de Brasil – Brazil
Ai Weiwei’s largest ever exhibition at 8,000 square metres showcases his most iconic works with elements immersed into the surrounding Brazilian culture introduced to Ai Weiwei by Paul Dib (a Brazilian designer). This combination of surrounding environment with Weiwei’s work has not been attempted before and is not be missed. Ai Weiwei’s installations and objects represent a biodiversity that Brazilian tradition often represents. Social and humanitarian issues are explored through Ai Weiwei’s iconoclastic attitudes: ‘My art, I think, is a tool for questioning new ideas’. Works on display provide a tension between the contemporary world and traditional Chinese production.
8th February – 12th May
The Brooklyn Museum, New York – United States
Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo expresses through symbolism her ethnicity, political ideas and disability through her artwork – sometimes shadowed by her husband Diego Rivera. This exhibition showcases the rediscovered objects found in 2004 of Kahlo’s personal collection of clothing and possessions such as pre-colonial jewellery and hand painted corsets. These are displayed alongside paintings, drawings and photos from the celebrated Jacques and Natasha Gelman collection of 20th century art. Kahlo is presented in a new context alongside these fitting objects and historic artefacts.
7th February – 9th June
Ashmolean museum, Oxford – United Kingdom
Jeff Koons, considered one of the most famous living contemporary artists introduces his controversial art and sculpture to the world’s oldest museum, the Ashmolean. Among the items on display are floating basketballs and the ‘reworking of classical statues’ with the presence of the ‘gazing ball’. Jeff Koons certainly knows how to make you look in this exhibition – his focus derives from personal knowledge in the history of art with a combined contemporary twist. His perseverance with this theme has made him an internationally famous artist.
14th February – 19th May
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston – United States
Legendary Italian early renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli reinvented stories of lust, betrayal and violence, turning these into classical renaissance analogies. This exhibition focuses on his masterworks that portray Roman and early Christian Heroines as well as heroes from the Renaissance Role Models. Artworks include ‘Four scenes from the early life of Zenobius’ and ‘Adoration of the Magi’.
23rd February – 23rd June
Royal Academy of Arts, London – United Kingdom
The Royal Academy of Arts presents Phyllida Barlow’s unconventional signature industrial style large-scale sculptures. They tower above you as you move through gallery rooms, surrounded by the unusual types of materials used; cement, plaster and cardboard create a unique and precarious show as the elements coexist, occupying the Royal Academy’s rooms.
2nd March – 1st October
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal (MBAM), Montreal – Canada
This exhibition showcases the first major exhibition of fashion by French designer, Thierry Mugler. 150 outfits will be displayed, expressing Mugler’s trademark ‘imaginative and transformative’ qualities, for which he is known in the fashion world. Mugler’s haute couture is expressed as a visionary art form through theatrical designs, the exhibition highlighting how Mugler’s work has revolutionised the fashion industry.
6th March – 9th June
Centre Pompidou – Malaga
This exhibition focuses on the revolutionary work of 20th century french artist Matisse. Elements of experimentation are shown in chronological order, the concept of a modern look explored through display of his universal pieces – instantly recognisable to any art lover.
26th March – 1st June
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – United States
50 masterworks of the iconic western post-impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh are on display in the United States for this landmark show. In 1881, Van Gogh began to paint, exploring use of colour in light in the South of France. His usage of expressive brushstrokes and command of bold colour can be enjoyed throughout his works – now seen as his signature techniques.
23rd March – 6th September
Cleveland Museum of Art – United States
Gordon Parks, an African American photographer has images of poverty and glamour on display. He is concerned with the social and cultural issues that African Americans endured during the 1940s and 50’s. Photographs include images from World War Two and the impact of this on human civil rights. This exhibition highlights Park’s visual language, its commentary on culture and his search for ‘a better life and better world.’
30th March – 8th September
Malmo museum – Sweden
This exhibition focuses on the politically turbulent year of 1968 and the murder attempt on Warhol which impacted his direction as an artist. Warhol’s work became commercial, with mass media culture consuming his style. Portrait commissions of the famous and wealthy are on display as well as original record covers designed by Warhol himself.
4th April – 18th May
Flowers Gallery, 21 Cork Street, London
Flowers Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings and prints by Tom Hammick, inspired by his 2018 Residency at the 71st Aldeburgh Music Festival.
Tom Hammick uses landscape as an arena for imagined scenes of love and loss. Shaped by diverse references from Northern European Romantic painting to daily news imagery and contemporary cinema, Hammick’s depictions of solitary figures and isolated dwellings conjure mysterious narratives of those living on the edgelands and outskirts of society.
6th April – 15th June
Falmouth Art Gallery, Municipal Buildings
The Moor, Falmouth / TR11 2RT
We are pleased to announce that the estate of artist Partou Zia is now looked after by Bridgeman Copyright. Zia’s artwork is presented alongside other female artists of considerable reputation, including Eileen Cooper, as a means of discussing the usage of femininity and the female experience as an influence on art. All of the artists are based in, or connected to Cornwall, with Zia’s artworks forming the core of the exhibition.
11th April – 21st July
British Museum – London
The British Museum presents a collection of Edvard Munch’s work (1863-1944), the famous Norwegian expressionist painter who is well known for the ‘most haunting and iconic face’ of The Scream (1893). The Museum ‘unveils the largest show of prints in the UK for the last 45 years’. Munch’s expressionism is explored through paintings that boast bold colour – through this, his identity as a modern artist is discovered. The exhibition delves into Munch’s personal upbringing and experiences as a young artist who chose an unconventional way of life opposed to the strict Lutherian ideals to which he was introduced. Dark subject matter is explored through his travels across Europe, encountering inspiration including encountering love affairs. This exhibition is in collaboration with the Munch museum in Oslo, Norway.
12th April – 16th June
Secession museum – Vienna
Peter Doig, the renowned Scottish figurative painter has a collection of work on view in Vienna. Bold palettes are shown with vivid painterly gestures. The landscape is dreamy with a sense of melancholy. In most recent works, the human figure is explored.
13th April – 8th December
Legion of Honor, fine art museums, San Francisco – United States
Pop artist David Hockney’s previous exhibition is being displayed again this year in San Franscico’s fine art museum. Hockney’s mastery of colour is explored through his naturalistic paintings. Monumental landscapes inspired from his upbringing in Yorkshire showcase his creativity and the innovation of combining art with technology.
Jonathan Parker: Open Studios
April 28th ONLY
Located at 50 Spencer Hill Road, Wimbledon, London / SW19 4EL / Doors open 11am to 6pm
London-based contemporary artist Jonathan Parker has recently displayed at London and Bahrain art fairs, enjoying a fabulous response, and has returned to the UK with a studio full of work. Everyone is invited to visit Jonathan Parker’s open studios on April 28th.