Beat the January blues and visit these fantastic exhibitions, which are sure to kick start a year of awe-inspiring art and culture across the globe.
December 15 2017 – April 29 2018, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
The Somme Valley near Corbie, 1919 (oil on canvas) by Ernest Arthur Streeton (1867-1943); Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia/ Bridgeman Images
Australian artist Arthur Streeton has his work documenting the First World War celebrated in this survey exhibition. During the war Streeton served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Wandsworth between 1915-1917, before taking up a post as an official war artist on the Western Front in May 1918.
January 5 2018 – February 25 2018, Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan
Japanese family in indoors, 1903, Ukiyo-e art print by Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942), Edo period; Private Collection; De Agostini Picture Library / A. Dagli Orti/ Bridgeman Images
This exhibition explores the impact of the The Meiji Restoration of 1868 – when the Meiji Emperor declared the beginning of imperial rule in Japan – on the art of traditional ukiyo-e prints. The change in rule led to the eventual Westernisation of the country in all areas of society, documented and critiqued in this collection of around 150 pieces, including the work of Yoshitoshi Tsukioka and Kiyochika Kobayashi.
January 13 2018 – June 1 2018, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY, USA
50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, MCNY look back over the activist’s presence in New York and the role the city played in the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibition features images documenting his church sermons in the city and speeches at the United Nations, as well as discussions with the Mayor and other activists.
January 17 2018 – January 28 2018, Various locations, Singapore
The Merlion Statue, Singapore (photo); © Sergi Reboredo/ Bridgeman Images
This 12 day celebration of the visual arts will take place in various locations across Singapore, highlighting the city’s status as the most prominent art destination in Asia. Featuring public art walks, talks and exhibitions, the festival will focus on both traditional and contemporary art and practices.
January 25 2018 – April 22, 2018, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, UK
May Day IV, 2000 (chromogenic colour-print face-mounted to Plexiglas) by Andreas Gursky (b.1955);Private Collection; Photo © Christie’s Images/ Bridgeman Images
Renouned photographer Gursky reopens the newly refurbished Hayward Gallery with his first major UK retrospective. Some of his best known works will be on display among 60, also with a focus on his more recent abstracted work.
January 26 2018 – April 22 2018, Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, UK
Youth Attack, 1982, 1982 (60 photographs in metal frames) by Gilbert and George (b.1943, b.1942); Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images/ Bridgeman Images
Marking the 50th anniversary of Gilbert and George‘s collaborative work, which began soon after meeting in 1967 at St. Martin’s School of Art, London, this extensive exhibition explores their often personal work, while also focusing on their portrayal of London’s East End and its inhabitants – an ongoing theme throughout their career together.
Until February 25 2018, Carmen Thyssen Museum, Malaga, Spain
Cubist Still Life in Blue and Grey, c.1917 (oil on board) by Maria Blanchard (1881-1932); Private Collection; Photo © Christie’s Images/ Bridgeman Images
This exhibition of Cubism’s second phase focuses on the work of Juan Gris and María Blanchard, developing the movement beyond that of its creators. Also featuring works by other early 20th Century artists including Salvador Dalí and Benjamín Palencia.
Until March 5 2018, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
The House by the Railroad, 1925 (oil on canvas) by Edward Hopper (1882-1967), Museum of Modern Art, New York/ Bridgeman Images
The first French exhibition to display the extensive collections of New York’s MoMA, featuring over 200 works from the 20th and 21st Centuries. A huge variety of artists have been included in the show, which chronicles the Museum’s history of collecting through the decades. Expect to see world famous works from the likes of Paul Cézanne, Waker Evans and Jackson Pollock to name but a few.
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