Spring is around the corner, and exciting new exhibitions are opening across the globe. With exhibition themes such as landscapes, the countryside and fresh watercolours, museums are taking the sunny spring weather indoors this month.
1 March – 14 May, 2017
Philadelphia Museum of Art
While watercolour had not always been considered suitable for painters (it was often associated with amateurs, and women), the establishment of the American Watercolour Society in 1866 saw an increased popularity and experimentation with the medium. This exhibition showcases the stunning transformation and development of watercolour in America over the course of the late nineteenth century.
9 March – 29 May 2017
National Portrait Gallery, London
The National Portrait Gallery weaves together the works of two daring female artists who, despite their considerable age gap (Cahun worked in the early 20th century whereas Wearing is active now), share many similarities in their art. Challenging ideas of identity, gender and self representation, this exhibition demonstrates that the issues both artists engage with are of all times.
14 March – 25 June 2017
Musee d’Orsay, Paris
Rebelling against a culture of naturalism and science, several late nineteenth-century artists sought to evoke the emotional and mystical qualities of their surroundings. This exhibition at the Musee d’Orsay features some of the brightest stars of European painting of the period, including Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh, but also looks at American artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Emily Carr. With their vivid colours and mesmerising, fluid shapes, these pictures take the viewer on a journey beyond the physical world.
15 March – 25 June 2017
National Gallery, London
This exhibition highlights not only the remarkable, innovative works of Michelangelo Buonarotti and Sebastiano del Piombo, but also the great friendship and collaboration between these two masters of the Italian Renaissance. Michelangelo’s works, then already renowned and said to surpass the art of Antiquity, strongly influenced those of the slightly younger Sebastiano del Piombo, which before their meeting had been strongly inclined towards the tradition of his native Venice. Explore Michelangelo and Sebastiano’s masterpieces from the National Gallery and other collections in our Archive.
16 March – 16 July 2017
Palazzo Ducale, Genoa
Bringing together iconic pictures from international collections, this exhibition at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa traces the short yet prolific career of the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani. The eccentric artist stirred the late nineteenth-century art world with his sensual depictions of the female form, and was even advised by his art dealer to stick to landscapes instead. Explore Modigliani’s powerful portraits and nudes in our archive.
18 March – 18 June 2017
Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Bringing together works spanning over 350 years, this exhibition at Compton Verney celebrates the beauty of the English countryside viewed through the eyes of Britain’s greatest artists. Well-known Old Masters including Thomas Gainsborough and George Stubbs meet contemporary Brits such as Grayson Perry in this eclectic display.
19 March – 30 July, 2017
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Curious about current themes and trends in the art world? Renowned contemporary artists (including Kara Walker, Wolfgang Tillmans and many more) show their most recent output in this exhibition that celebrates the newest additions to MoMa’s collection. Promising political themes and reflections on the unrest and anxiety of modern times, this exhibition is bound to be unsettling.
1 April – 2 July 2017
Hungarian National Gallery
German contemporary artist Georg Baselitz has turned painting upside down. Literally. Known for his upside-down motifs and style that hovers somewhere between abstract and figurative painting, Baselitz questions and subverts the traditions of Western art. This exhibition at the Hungarian National Gallery focuses on Baselitz’ constant reviewing and reworking of the past.This large retrospective marks a special occasion, as it is the first major Baselitz solo exhibition to be held not only in Hungary, but in all of central Eastern Europe.
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