XIR158264 Ta Matete (We Shall Not Go to Market Today) 1892 (gouache on canvas) by Gauguin, Paul (1848-1903); 73x92 cm; Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland; French,  out of copyright

Top Art Exhibitions: March 2017

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.

 

American Watercolour in the Age of Homer and Sargent

1 March – 14 May, 2017

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Acrobatic Male Dancer, 1920 (w/c on paper), Charles Demuth (1883-1935) / The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Acrobatic Male Dancer, 1920 (w/c on paper), Charles Demuth (1883-1935) / The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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

Reach Out my Arms, 1932 (b/w photo), Claude Cahun (1894-1954) / Jersey Heritage Trust, UK / Bridgeman Images
Reach Out my Arms, 1932 (b/w photo), Claude Cahun (1894-1954) / Jersey Heritage Trust, UK / Bridgeman Images

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.

 

Beyond the Stars. The Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky

14 March – 25 June 2017

Musee d’Orsay, Paris

Arearea (The Red Dog), 1892 (oil on canvas), Paul Gauguin, (1848-1903), Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France
Arearea (The Red Dog), 1892 (oil on canvas), Paul Gauguin, (1848-1903), Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France

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.

 

Michelangelo & Sebastiano

15 March – 25 June 2017

National Gallery, London

The Raising of Lazarus, c.1517-19 (oil on canvas transferred from wood), Sebastiano del Piombo (S. Luciani) (c.1485-1547) / National Gallery, London, UK
The Raising of Lazarus, c.1517-19 (oil on canvas transferred from wood), Sebastiano del Piombo (S. Luciani) (c.1485-1547) / National Gallery, London, UK

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.

 

Modigliani

16 March – 16 July 2017

Palazzo Ducale, Genoa

Portrait of Jeanne Hebuterne in a large hat, c.1918-19 (oil on canvas), Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) / Private Collection
Portrait of Jeanne Hebuterne in a large hat, c.1918-19 (oil on canvas), Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) / Private Collection

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.


Creating the Countryside, Thomas Gainsborough to Today

18 March – 18 June 2017

Compton Verney, Warwickshire

Mr and Mrs Andrews, c.1748-9 (oil on canvas) (detail of 467), Gainsborough, Thomas (1727-88) / National Gallery, London, UK
Mr and Mrs Andrews, c.1748-9 (oil on canvas) (detail of 467), Gainsborough, Thomas (1727-88) / National Gallery, London, UK

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.

 

Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection

19 March – 30 July, 2017

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated): Buzzard's Roost Pass, 2005 (lithograph and screenprint), Walker, Kara (b.1969) / Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated): Buzzard’s Roost Pass, 2005 (lithograph and screenprint), Kara Walker (b.1969) / Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

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

Georg Baselitz at the exhibition 'Georg Baselitz: The Russian Paintings', 2007-08 (photo), Baselitz, Georg (b.1938) / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany / Wolfgang Neeb
Georg Baselitz at the exhibition ‘Georg Baselitz: The Russian Paintings’, 2007-08 (photo), Georg Baselitz (b.1938) / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany / Wolfgang Neeb

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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