This month promises a sensational season of exhibitions worldwide – catch them if you can!
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
1 Mar – 2 Oct 2016
Seated Buddha (wood) (detail of 275877), Chinese School, (10th century) / The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel / Purchased by the Sol and Lilian Ash Foundation / Bridgeman Images
Pure Land is dedicated to depictions of the Buddha and other deities in artworks since the Tang dynasty. Pure Land Buddhism is particularly linked with the cave temples at Dunhuang in northwest China, close to the eastern end of the Silk Route.
This display shows rare examples of Chinese art during the war with Japan in the 1940s, alongside other images of popular deities such as Guanyin, in paintings, textiles and porcelain.
Staedel Museum, Frankfurt
2 Mar – 22 May 2016
Quetta, Pakistan, 1974 (watercolour and metallic gold paint on gelatin silver print), Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images
Sigmar Polke was a contemporary German painter and printmaker who experimented with a broad range of styles, materials and subject matters. His favourite craft was offset printing, which he would use to critique art and society.
The presentation of his works at the Department of Prints and Drawings will feature a selection of Polke’s early prints as precious as it is concentrated, and inquire into the special quality of his work with the medium.
V & A, London
5 Mar – 3 July 2016
The Wedding Feast, Sandro Botticelli (1444/5-1510) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images
The Italian artist is a hot subject in art galleries across the world at the moment; other ongoing exhibitions include Botticelli and his Time in Japan and Botticelli and Treasures from the Hamilton Collection at the Courtauld Gallery in London. After all, he is acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of all time.
This particular display at the V&A boasts to be the largest exhibition of the Renaissance painter’s works in Britain since 1930. It will include painting, fashion, film, drawing, photography, tapestry, sculpture and print, by not only Botticelli himself but also the artists he influenced, such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris and Andy Warhol.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai
7 Mar – 17 May 2016
Picasso displays and decorates his ceramics in his studio in Vallauris c.1952 / Film Images / Bridgeman Footage
If you happen to be in Dubai, don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore the artistic lives and works of two of history’s most important cultural icons.
This exhibition portrays the perspectives, personalities, experiences and mysteries of these two extraordinary artists, as well as the way in which Picasso‘s unrelenting passion intertwines with Miró‘s poetical mark.
- The Bridgeman Footage archive is home to some truly special clips of Picasso at work in his studio and en plein air, showcasing his talent in drawing, painting and ceramics.
Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
12 Mar – 10 July 2016
The Troupe of Mademoiselle Eglantine, 1896 (colour litho), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images
In the 1900s, the poster was not only established as an effective advertising medium, but also as a new art form. Artists created posters to advertise any conceivable product: from coffee, tobacco and automobiles, to exhibitions, journals and cabaret performances. To be the most effective amid the visual noise of city streets, they were required to instantly capture the gaze and convey the meaning; they catered to the aspirations of mass audiences by illustrating luxury goods and enlisting the rich and beautiful as publicity icons.
One of the best-known masters of this art was Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who took inspiration from Japanese woodcuts as well as artists like Edgar Degas and Édouard Manet to render his motifs to great effect, with bold lines, cropped views, and unusual perspectives.
- Read more: Mucha: The Allure of the Poster
12 Mar – 5 June 2016
The Sleeping Venus, 1508-10 (oil on canvas), Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco) / Gemaeldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany / © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden / Bridgeman Images
This fascinating exhibition aims to shed light on a little-understood moment in the history of art – the Venetian Renaissance. With iconic works by masters including Giorgione, Dürer and Titian, it will trace the complex development of ideas that shaped many of the celebrated names in Renaissance art.
The first great painter to arise during this period is also the most mysterious: not much is known about Giorgione’s life and few works can be definitively attributed to him, yet the elusive poetic quality of his work is so powerful that, despite his early death, his legacy is profoundly felt in Venice and beyond.
National Portrait Gallery, London
17 Mar – 26 June 2016
A scene from the first performance of Tchaikovsky’s ballet ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ at the Mariinsky Theatre, with Karlotta Brianza in the part of Aurora, 1890, Russian Photographer / Private Collection / Calmann & King Ltd / Bridgeman Images
This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view masterpieces on loan from the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. The display will highlight Russia’s great writers, artists, composers and patrons, including Tchaikovsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov and Dostoevsky, whose achievements helped to develop an extraordinary and rich cultural scene in Russia from 1867 – 1914.
This theme is all the rage as next year will see the 100 year anniversary of the start of the Russian Revolution, a momentous event in history that dismantled the Tsarist autocracy and eventually led to the rise of the Soviet Union.
Jacquemart-André Museum, Normandy
18 Mar – 25 July 2016
The Walk (Argenteuil), c.1872-75, Claude Monet / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images
The 19th century saw the emergence of a new pictorial genre: landscape painting in the open-air. Thanks to this artistic revolution, Normandy became, for a century, the favourite destination of all the avant-garde painters. It was cherished for the beauty and diversity of its landscapes, its rich architectural heritage, the fashion for sea bathing, as well as easy access from London and Paris, the two artistic capitals of the time.
Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
19 Mar – 24 July 2016
Impression no. 3 (Concert) 1911 (oil on canvas), Wassily Kandinsky / Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany / Peter Willi / Bridgeman Images
The Palazzo Strozzi is gifting Florence with over one hundred masterpieces of American and European art from the 1920s – 1960s, from the collections of Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim.
Visitors will be able to compare and contrast crucial artworks by the leaders of modern art: Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Marcel Duchamp, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly, to name but a few. The large paintings, sculptures, engravings and photographs paint a vast fresco of the extraordinary season of 20th century art in which the Guggenheims played such a key role.
- Read more: Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Yuz Museum, Shanghai
From 22 Mar 2016
Alberto Giacometti (detail) / Photo © Rene Saint Paul / Bridgeman Images
This is not only the first exhibition of Giacometti‘s works in China, but also the second largest retrospective ever held of the artist’s works, after Paris – Centre Pompidou in 2007. This year is particularly significant for the artist as it is the 50th anniversary of his death; as such, we can expect to see a series of commemorative exhibitions about this master worldwide.
With 250 works ranging from 1917 – 1966, the retrospective will give a comprehensive overview of the artist’s career and accomplishments in sculpture, painting, drawing and so on.