Looking for creative ways to spend your summer? Look no further. The sunny June weather isn’t the only thing that’s been eagerly anticipated… this month sees the opening of a number of big blockbuster exhibitions we can’t wait to visit. Whether you’re an art connoisseur, Hollywood film buff or science geek, there’s an exhibition to suit every taste this month.
1 June – 3 September
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Make your way down to Oxford to catch this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition showcasing the exquisite drawings of Renaissance master Raphael. In addition to its own fantastic collection of Raphael drawings, the Ashmolean Museum will exhibit a number of drawings from international institutions including the Albertina in Vienna and Florence’s Uffizi Gallery. This impressive display will offer a thorough, intimate view of the Italian artist’s oeuvre and working processes. Get a sneak peek of the Ashmolean’s collection, represented by Bridgeman, before you go.
3 June – 17 September
Prepare for a journey that is literally out of this world… from the mysterious lands of Jules Verne to Sci-Fi blockbusters such as Star Trek, this exhibition at London’s Barbican explores the past and present of Science Fiction. Apparently, the exhibition even includes space suits and an Alien Gallery. What’s not to love?
13 June -20 August
Royal Academy of Arts, London
It’s that time of year again… London’s Royal Academy will soon open its annual Summer Exhibition. Though a longstanding tradition (which you can read more about on our blog), this exhibition is anything but traditional. With submissions open to anyone, from Royal Academicians to emerging artists, the Summer Exhibition showcases the newest and boldest in contemporary art. This year’s exhibition is curated by Eileen Cooper RA, the first ever female keeper of the Royal Academy. The exhibition will also feature new work by Eileen, illustrated here.
13 June – 24 September
Musee d’Orsay, Paris
The bold yet analytical style of French artist Paul Cezanne is unmistakable, and his expressive mountain views belong to the most iconic works of the nineteenth century. The Musee d’Orsay is showing a different, more intimate side to Cezanne by focusing on his portraits. The artist engaged with portraiture throughout his life, painting around 200 portraits during his career. This exhibition closely assesses changes in the painter’s style over time, and explores Cezanne’s connection to his sitters.
23 June 2017 -1 January 2018
Imperial War Museum North, Manchester
This major retrospective held by the Imperial War Museums marks 100 years since Wyndham Lewis was first commissioned to be an official war artist, in 1917. Lewis would chronicle the events of World War 1 in a truly unique and forward-thinking way, visibly engaging and experimenting with the new methods and styles of the European Avant-Gardes. In addition to his war paintings, Lewis is remembered for his artistic innovation. The artist even founded a British avant-garde movement, called “Vorticism”. Explore the works of this British avant-garde rebel, whose estate is represented by Bridgeman, in our archive.
24 June -10 December
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Looking for an oasis of Zen in the hustle and bustle of New York City? Head over to the Met this summer to catch their Cosmic Buddhas exhibition. Explore Buddhist practices and traditions in the Himalayan communities, and learn about Buddhist deities and their roles.
24 June -17 September
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
Add a touch of vintage glamour to your summer with the “Hollywood Icons” exhibition at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. Focusing on portraits of the silver screen’s biggest stars, including Charlie Chaplin, Audrey Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich (whose anniversary is also celebrated this year), this display brings the golden age of Hollywood to life. With photography sourced from the John Kobal foundation, renowned for its collection of film photography, this exhibition is bound to be a showstopper.
25 June -10 September
Art Institute of Chicago
There’s no doubt that French artist Paul Gauguin’s works, most famously his paintings of Tahiti and its population, have a magical quality. The Art Institute of Chicago sets out to demonstrate that Gauguin’s magic extends beyond his paintings. “Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist” sheds light on Gauguin’s working processes and continuous experimentation, not only with different media (including ceramics), but also the ways in which he adapted his artistic practice to the exotic, remote environments he was working in.
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