March is a bumper month for exhibitions around the world. Two Bridgeman Copyright artists’ have exhibitions this month – Lucian Freud in Dublin, and Maggi Hambling in Beijing. There is also the beautiful miniatures exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London – one not to be missed. See below for more gems opening this month.
on now until May 2019
IMMA, Dublin 8, Ireland
Gaze is the third annual exhibition in the IMMA Collection: Freud Project; a major five-year initiative around fifty-two works by Bridgeman Copyright artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011) that have been lent to the museum’s Collection. Gaze continues to actively explore Freud’s practice by positioning his works alongside those of other artists from the IMMA Collection.
1st March – 26th March
Roger Billcliffe gallery, Glasgow, UK
Bridgeman Copyright artist Alexander Goudie (1933-2004) was “one of the most versatile painters of his generation” and a renowned portrait painter. The exhibition at the Roger Billcliffe gallery in Glasgow shows highlights from his long career which spanned over five decades.
2nd March – 4th May 2019
Bridport Arts Centre. Bridport, UK
Bridgeman Copyright artist and Bridport Arts Centre’s honorary patron, Philip Sutton R.A., has an exhibition of his work on the theme of Shakespeare.
7 March – 6th April 2019
Beaux Arts London, London, UK
Bridgeman Copyright artist Anne Rothenstein will be exhibiting at the Beaux Arts in London throughout March until 6th April.
1st March – 2nd April 2019
Watts Contemporary Gallery
Opening in March 2019, Raymond Booth 1929 – 2015: Detailing Nature will combine exquisite paintings and studies to tell the little-known story of one of Britain’s most accomplished botanical, wildlife and natural history artists. The exhibition includes artworks uncovered by long-time friend, Peyton Skipwith – found when clearing Booth’s studio after his death – now on display for the first time. Seen together in Watts Contemporary Gallery, these works offer an insight into the practice and working life of a reclusive artist, a private man ‘immersed in his own world of poetry, plant cultivation, and […] natural history’.
8 March- 16 October
Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges, Belgium
This exhibition contains a selection of remarkable Spanish art from the 17th century. In the monumental hospital wards, some 20 works of religious sculpture and painting, full of Spanish passion, will be on display. It is a rare opportunity to become acquainted with some less well-known aspects of Spain’s Golden Century. The highlight of the exhibition, in addition to paintings by famous Spanish masters like Murillo and Zurbaran, is a group of no fewer than seven hyper-realistic sculptures by the greatest sculptor of the Spanish Baroque, Pedro De Mena.
Until 26 May
Palais des Beaux-Arts- Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar), Brussels, Belgium
Bernard van Orley was one of the pivotal figures of the Renaissance in the Low Countries. BOZAR and other prominent Belgian institutions are teaming up for the first major monographic exhibition devoted to this 16th century artist. Special attention is paid to his portraits that place him at the centre of an important network of political advisors, influential clergymen and humanist thinkers. From all over the world works by Van Orley will travel back to the place where they were once created, to be reunited in one historic exhibition. A unique opportunity to (re)discover this Brussels master.
13th March – 23rd March
Abbott and Holder, London, UK
Olivia Lomenech Gill’s wonderful illustrations for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them drew great strength from her diverse array of techniques as well as her fascination with wildlife. This new body of work, made especially for this exhibition, sees her explore further the possibilities of printmaking techniques to portray some of her favourite creatures.
Now until 8th September
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents the very first exhibition dedicated to French designer Thierry Mugler. Conceived, produced and put on tour by the MMFA, it unveils the multiple universes of this essential artistic figure – visionary couturier, director, photographer and perfumier – revisiting in particular his ready-to-wear and haute couture creations. Presented in Montreal, in world premiere, this retrospective brings together more than 140 outfits never before exhibited, realised between 1973 and 2001, in addition to numerous unpublished archival documents and sketches.
Until 19 May
Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
The Czech artist František Kupka (1871–1957) is known as a pioneer of abstract art. This retrospective of the painter, who enjoyed a long career in Paris, will enable viewers to explore the history of Western art: the stage-wise transition from traditional portraiture towards abstract expression. Kupka’s art has been described as “modern poetry of colour”. This major international exhibition covers the artist’s entire career, from the 1890s to the 1950s.
27 March-22 July
Louvre-Lens, Lens, France
From Antiquity to the Renaissance, Homer’s tales provided artists with a plethora of basic subjects that would shape the history of art. The Homer exhibition at the Louvre-Lens sets out to explore Homer as a source of inspiration, both the poet himself and the heroes of The Iliad and The Odyssey. Featuring some three hundred items (archaeological objects and more recent works), the exhibition brings to life the principal heroes and stories in The Iliad and The Odyssey, analysing how this major, seminal work has been illustrated, interpreted and updated so many times, exerting endless fascination. The investigation revolves around a number of central themes, such as human emotions, monsters and women
2 March-13 October
Foundation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, France
The exhibition brings together almost thirty paintings by the Georgian artist (1862–1918) presenting a real and fantastical panorama, suffused with great calm, of an epoch in the midst of transition. Pirosmani embodies the popular modern vision of the artist isolated from society. He distanced himself from the image of the naive painter immured in his solitude and – like Van Gogh – built up a body of work that seems to belong to everyone. Uniting works by these two artists for the first time in the same place, Niko Pirosmani – Wanderer between Worlds is thus no ordinary exhibition. The Georgian painter is presented at the Foundation alongside six canvases by Vincent van Gogh, grouped under the title Vincent van Gogh: Speed & Aplomb.
1 March-30 June
Gemaldegalerie, Berlin, Germany
The Gemaldegalerie is presenting an extensive exhibition on the intricately related work of Andrea Mantegna (ca. 1431–1506) and Giovanni Bellini (ca. 1435–1516). With around 100 works, this cooperation between the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the National Gallery London will present the work of these two masters of the Italian Renaissance side by side for the first time. They were active in very different environments, and their artistic styles developed in very different directions. Yet through all phases of their creative lives, their work provides evidence of their continuing artistic dialogue, something that can be sensed even today.
8 March-14 july
Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
This exhibition brings together for the first time at Palazzo Strozzi, more than 120 works including paintings, sculptures and drawings by Andrea del Verrocchio, one of the greatest masters of the fifteenth century, alongside important works by precursors, supporters and disciples, such as Desiderio from Settignano, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Bartolomeo della Gatta, Lorenzo di Credi and Leonardo da Vinci. 2019 celebrates the 500th anniversary of the death of the latter, his greatest student, and the exhibition is one of the most important events at international level in the context of Leonardo’s celebrations.
Until 9 June
Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Italy
This exhibition shows the extraordinary artistic flowering of eighteenth-century Venice as it drew towards the end of the Republic, allowing us to understand the different aspects of this creative explosion, through a number of masterpieces. From the Venetian veduta and its greatest exponent, Canaletto, to the renewed art of portraiture with Rosalba Carriera. From the bright and dynamic compositions of Giambattista Tiepolo to the genre painting of Pietro Longhi. This exhibition focuses on a period of great complexity, which enjoys a succession of great works in the fields of painting, sculpture and decorative arts.
Last Chance To See! Until 24 March
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
After retiring from a distinguished career as a dealer in modern art in Europe and the United States, in 1963 Justin K. Thannhauser (1892–1976) announced a bequest of important works from his private art collection—spanning some one hundred years—to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York. Today, the Guggenheim’s Thannhauser Collection provides an important survey of the avant-garde of late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century France. This presentation marks the first occasion that a significant portion of the renowned Thannhauser Collection is on display outside of New York since its installation at the Guggenheim Museum over fifty years ago—and underscores the Thannhauser family’s legacy as champions of the art of their time.
Until 19 May
National Gallery, London, UK
Explore revolutionary Paris through Boilly’s daring and playful paintings. Working in a politically turbulent Paris, Louis-Léopold Boilly witnessed the French Revolution, the rise and fall of Napoleon, and the Restoration of the French Monarchy. From controversially seductive interior scenes, which saw him get into trouble with the authorities, to ‘first-of-their-kind’ everyday street scenes and clever Trompe-l’œil, this exhibition shows Boilly’s daring responses to the changing political environment and art market he encountered.
27 March- 11 August
Tate Britain, Lodnon, UK
This is the largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Some of his most famous works will be brought together from around the world. Van Gogh lived in England as a young man for several crucial years and he was inspired by the art he saw here, including paintings by Constable and Millais which are featured in the exhibition. The exhibition also looks at the British artists who were inspired by Van Gogh, including Francis Bacon, David Bomberg, and the young Camden Town painters. It shows how his vision set British artists on the road to modern art.
29 March-23 June
York Art Gallery, York, UK
To celebrate Ruskin’s 200th birthday, ‘Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud: Watercolours and Drawings’ considers the eloquent critical relationship John Ruskin (1819-1900) had with the landscapes of J M W Turner (1775-1851). Through new research, it will reveal Ruskin’s response to Turner’s vision, together with his own experience of scrutinising weather patterns, mountains and the built environment.
2 March-5 January 2020
Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA
Treasures of British Art will present 500 years of British cultural history through the stories of its people, captured by the enduring brilliance of artists of the time. The exhibition will feature devotional images, portraits, landscapes and sporting scenes by the greatest artists of the British School as well as non-British artists who spent significant time in Britain. This exhibition will present ground-breaking results of recent research conducted on the collection’s renowned group of portraits from the Tudor era. Among the findings: the portrait of Henry VIII is one of seven stylistically similar Tudor royal portraits that were probably all painted by the same artist.
8th March – 1st May 2019
Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (CAFA Art Museum), Beijing, China
Bridgeman Copyright artist and trustee of the Artist’s Collecting Society Maggi Hambling gained an international reputation in the 1980s and it has only been enhanced since then with recent shows at major museums such as the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. She was the first Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in London. She has also had the rare privilege of one-person exhibitions at British Museum, the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, as well as at the Yale Center for British Art. The Tate in London owns 19 of her works, and the British Museum, the Yale Center of British Art, V&A Museum and Australian National Gallery also own a large number of her drawings. She has been awarded a C.B.E for her services to the arts.
15 March-27 May
Frist Art Museum, Nashville, USA
Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) is widely recognized as one of the most important documentary photographers of the twentieth century. She was a prominent advocate of the power of the medium to effect change and used her camera as a political tool to expose what she saw as injustices and inequalities. The exhibition encompasses 300 objects, including 130 vintage and modern photographs, proof sheets, letters, a video, and other personal memorabilia. Although Lange’s photographs were taken more than fifty years ago, many of the issues they address remain relevant today.
Until 24 June
Neue Galerie, New York, USA
Admired for their revelatory nature, self-portraits yield insight into both the appearance and the essence of the artist, in some cases providing almost confessional portrayals, sharing profound insights regarding their self-image as a maker, and their perceived relationship to society. This exhibition is unprecedented as it examines works primarily from Austria and Germany made between 1900 and 1945. This show is unique in its examination and focus on works of this period. Approximately 70 self-portraits by more than 30 artists—both well-known figures and others who deserve greater recognition—will be united in the presentation.
10 March-26 May
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA
This is the first exhibition to focus specifically on Tintoretto’s work as a draftsman. ‘Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice’ provides new ideas about his evolution as a draftsman, about the dating and function of the so-called sculpture drawings, and about Tintoretto’s place in the Venetian tradition with his distinctive figure drawings at the heart of the show. The exhibition begins with drawings by Tintoretto’s predecessors and contemporaries, including Titian, Veronese, and Jacopo Bassano, to show his sources as well as his individuality. The exhibition also considers artists whose drawing styles were influenced by Tintoretto’s, particularly his son Domenico Tintoretto and Palma Giovane.
Last Chance To See! Until 17 March
Newfields, Indianapolis, USA
Bridgeman Contemporary artist Brett Weston was a master of black-and-white photography who used his camera to capture increasingly-abstract forms in the world around him. The exhibition presents Weston photographs, gifted by the Christian Keesee Collection, alongside those by his contemporaries like Aaron Siskind, Ansel Adams and Brett’s father, Edward Weston.