FAB53118 Nude, 1917 by Modigliani, Amedeo (1884-1920); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; Italian,  out of copyright

Top Art Exhibitions: November 2017

You may be forgiven for not wanting to stay indoors when the golden leaves of autumn paint such a pretty picture outside… but if the culture vulture inside you is clawing to get out then here are some of the best exhibitions to view this November:

 

The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London

 

 The Houses of Parliament, Sunset, 1903 (oil on canvas), Claude Monet, (1840-1926) / National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA
The Houses of Parliament, Sunset, 1903 (oil on canvas), Claude Monet, (1840-1926) / National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA

Browse this stunning collection of works by leading French impressionists in The EY Exhibition and see London through the eyes of Monet, Tissot and Pissarro, with more than 100 paintings inspired by their time in the city during the Franco-Prussian war.

Learn how the river Thames became a recurring theme in the artists’ work, with an extensive range of cityscapes featuring the iconic landmark, including the largest collection of Claude Monet’s Houses of Parliament series seen in Europe for more than 40 years.

 

Marie Curie, a Woman in the Panthéon Héon

8 Nov – 4 March 2018, France

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Marie Curie in her lab / Bridgeman Footage

The Panthéon introduces the public to a major scientific figure through an exceptional exhibition that retraces the career of this twice-Nobel prize winner. Marie Curie was the first woman to be buried in the Panthéon in 1995. The exhibition offers the visitor an insight into her scientific works and her private life through personal effects, research documents and sound recordings.

 

Praised and Ridiculed French Painting 1820 – 1880

10 Nov – 28 Jan 2018, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland

Birth of Venus, 1863 (oil on canvas), Alexandre Cabanel (1823-89) / Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France
Birth of Venus, 1863 (oil on canvas), Alexandre Cabanel (1823-89) / Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France

Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, ‘plein air’ painting, Impressionism – these are still the main stylistic labels attached in the German-speaking world to French painting of the 19th century. The artists working in those styles – figures such as Géricault, Delacroix, Corot, Daumier, Millet, Courbet, Manet, Sisley, Monet and Renoir – turned their backs on the officially sanctioned painting of the era, with its academic and neoclassicist style. Highly controversial in their day, these artists are now hailed worldwide as the ‘precursors of Modernism’.

But 19th-century French painting offers other equally important artists who, at that time, enjoyed greater recognition and the plaudits of art critics and audiences alike. Although indebted to traditional painting techniques, artists such as Delaroche, Couture, Meissonier, Cabanel, Gérôme and Bouguereau were in some cases highly innovative, yet they came to be sidelined. For the first time in Switzerland, the exhibition brings together these various and hotly debated approaches in French painting to create a rich and diverse panorama of the era’s genres.

 

Turner

Nov 2017 – Sep 2018, touring at Kitakyushu, Kyoto, Tokyo and Fukushima, Japan

Fishermen upon a lee-shore in squally weather (oil on canvas), Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) / Southampton City Art Gallery, Hampshire, UK
Fishermen upon a lee-shore in squally weather (oil on canvas), Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) / Southampton City Art Gallery, Hampshire, UK

If you happen to be East of the continent this autumn, take the chance to explore beautiful works by British artist J.M.W. Turner, who created some of the most magnificent landscape paintings in Western art history. Mainichi Shimbun will hold the exhibition at various locations in Japan, featuring three Turner works from Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery. Discover that famous ‘glimmer’ that his paintings exude and that reflects his genius. Bridgeman has licensed images for the exhibition catalogue, flyer and promotional material.

 

New Bauhaus Chicago: Experimental Photography and Film 

15 Nov – 5 March 2018, Bauhaus-Archiv Museum, Germany
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‘Design Project’, 1935 (photomontage, pencil, perspex & silver foil), Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946)

Eighty years ago László Moholy-Nagy founded the New Bauhaus in Chicago, thus providing American photography with a decisive creative impulse. The Bauhaus-Archiv photography collection’s holdings related to the New Bauhaus and to the Institute of Design and this anniversary has provided an occasion for presenting them. Photographs, films, publications and documents from the legendary school of photography, whose teachers included György Kepes, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Arthur Siegel, bring this exuberantly experimental workshop atmosphere back to life.

New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Photography is the first of the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin exhibitions for the 2019 centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus.

Related displays:

The Finnish Museum of Photography is holding an exhibition that will celebrate the hundred-year history of photographic abstraction, open from the 1st of November. This exhibition will present a large number of Finnish artists from different periods, as well as the famous international early abstractionists László Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray and August Strindberg.

 

Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism

16 Nov – 31 Dec 2017, Saatchi Gallery, UK

 'The masses take forcible charge of their own destiny', 1917 (sepia photo), Russian Photographer, (20th century) / Private Collection / The Stapleton Collection
‘The masses take forcible charge of their own destiny’, 1917 (sepia photo), Russian Photographer, (20th century) / Private Collection / The Stapleton Collection

Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism is dedicated to Russian protest art over the past 25 years. It will take place in the year of the 100th anniversary of Russia’s October Revolution – and although the exhibition will not have any direct links to this historical event, many of the issues that artists face in post-communist Russia are comparable to those in 1917.

Coinciding with the Post-Soviet Actionism exhibition is the Saatchi Gallery’s Inside Pussy Riot, presented in association with The Tsukanov Family Foundation. A truly immersive experience, it tells of Nadya Tolokonnikova‘s tribulations as the founder of Pussy Riot, the post-punk, feminist art collective who stuck two fingers up at the Russian system and suffered the consequences. As part of the centenary of the Russian Revolution, audiences are encouraged to pull on the balaclava and stand up for what they believe in.

Modigliani

 

Reclining nude, 1917-18 (oil on canvas), Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images
Reclining nude, 1917-18 (oil on canvas), Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images

Explore some of the most memorable art of the 20th century at Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Amadeo Modigliani‘s work. During his brief and turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable pictorial style. Though he found little success in his lifetime, his emotionally intense portraits and seductive nudes are now among the best-loved paintings of the 20th century.

With 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. These sensuous works proved controversial when they were first shown in 1917, leading police to censor his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. You will also discover his lesser-known but radical and thought-provoking sculptures, as well as his portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brancusi and his partner Jeanne Hebuterne.

 

The Life of Art

25 Nov – 31 Dec 2017, Helsingin Taidehalli, Finland
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Ol Donyo Sabuk, 1909 (oil on panel), Akseli Valdemar Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) / Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
A peek into the Sampo art collection exhibits rarely seen gems of Finnish art from the Golden Age to modernism. The Life of Art celebratory exhibition is a fresh look at well-known artists: the exhibition includes works by artists ranging from Akseli Gallen-Kallela to Helene Schjerfbeck, and from Juhana Blomstedt to Leena Luostarinen. The comprehensive collection includes around 1000 works, from which the exhibition curator, art historian Tuula Karjalainen selected around 120 works as a look into Finnish art from the 1820s till the 1990s.

 

Degas Danse Dessin. A tribute to Degas with Paul Valéry

28 Nov – 25 Feb 2018, Musée d’Orsay, France

 Four ballerinas on the stage (pastel), Edgar Degas (1834-1917) / Museu de Arte, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Four ballerinas on the stage (pastel), Edgar Degas (1834-1917) / Museu de Arte, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Don’t miss this exhibition, which pays tribute to the wonderful Edgar Degas on the centenary of his death.The artistic creation of Degas and the main themes (notably drawing and dance) of the exhibition are explored through extracts of texts (published in 1937) by his friend and artist Paul Valéry, in resonance with his artistic works. This tribute offers a new perspective on the personality of Degas and his art. The ‘Notebooks’ by Valéry alongside Degas’ drawings, paintings and sculptures together reveal the source of his inspirations.

 

And if you’re in America this autumn… 

~ Words by Tori Fetner

Rodin at the Met

Until 15 Jan, Metropolitan Museum, New York

The Cathedral, 1909, by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), stone sculpture. / De Agostini Picture Library
The Cathedral, 1909, by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), stone sculpture. / De Agostini Picture Library

On the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates its historic collection of the artist’s work. Nearly 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracotta works by Rodin spanning a century will be on view for the public. The exhibition features iconic sculptures such as The Thinker and The Hand of God, as well as masterpieces such as The Tempest that have not been on view in decades. Paintings from The Met collection by some of Rodin’s contemporaries, including his friends Claude Monet and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, are presented in juxtoposition with the sculptures on display.

Seeking a Truth: German Art of the 1920s and 1930s

Until 18 Feb, 2018, Minneapolis

L.H.O.O.Q., 1919 (colour litho), Duchamp, Marcel (1887-1968) / Private Collection
L.H.O.O.Q., 1919 (colour litho), Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) / Private Collection

This exhibition features works created during the 1920s and 1930s by German artists. Primarily showcasing the collection of photographs, the exhibition also includes prints, drawings, sculptures, and a painting created by artists in Germany during the Weimar Republic. Approximately 40 works of the BauhausNew Objectivity, and Dada movements address myriad shared societal concerns during this period and the artists’ search for truth in a time when the truth was being misshapen for political gain.

 

 

Find out More

  • On the blog: Louvre Abu Dhabi opens 11th Nov
  • Save the date – 28th Nov – Bridgeman launches the Bridgeman Folio featuring special lithographs from 6 RA artists

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