We’ve gathered exhibitions from around the world this November, and they’re every bit as varied as usual. We live in a rapidly changing art world and social climate, and it would appear that artworks challenging the status quo are the order of the day. From 15th century Rome to 21st century America, it’s fascinating to see artists both then and now working to this end. Whether you’re curious about art history, looking for artistic inspiration or interested in what contemporary artists are exploring today, enjoy these snapshots of current exhibitions worldwide.
Until November 15th
Waterhouse & Dodd, London, UK
An exhibition of 25 paintings and drawings from the artist’s estate. Waterhouse & Dodd were very pleased to announce the representation of the Eurich estate in April this year. Our exhibition in October will be the first significant show of the artist’s work at the gallery and will seek to draw attention to the significant late works still held by the artist’s family.
His late works are quiet, unshowy and display acutely observed incidental detail. The decorative beauty is balanced by a certain melancholy. The subjects are invariably drawn from the immediate area around the artist’s home.
Until November 16th
Huxley Parlour Gallery, London, UK
Bridgeman Images are excited to announce that Eileen Cooper will be exhibiting 15 new works at the Huxley-Parlour Gallery, London. Fusing objective drawing from life, a new part of her practice, with the instantly recognisable, passionate and imaginative works she is known for, this exhibition is not to be missed.
Until November 17th
Rotterdam Kunsthal, The Netherlands
In 2012, Joana Vasconcelos became both the first woman and the youngest artist to exhibit at the Palace of Versailles, solidifying her place in the international art scene. The Portuguese artist creates large sculptures and installations made out of peculiar materials to de-contextualise everyday objects and realities. In her new exhibition, “I’m Your Mirror”, she explores her multiple different identities as a woman, as an activist and as a Portuguese citizen. The result is a unique, beautiful, and witty collection of works.
Until November 24th
Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
Yoko Ono’s exhibition “The Sky is Always Clear” explores the meaning of art within the political and social sphere. Well-known for her political activism, this exhibition demonstrates her drive for social engagement with beauty and subtlety. Several pieces encourage participation by visitors, challenging the traditional boundary between art and viewer. This philosophy is consistent with some of her most famous works, including Cut Piece (1964) in which she asked an audience to cut off her clothes piece by piece, and Painting to Be Stepped On (1960–1961) where she invites viewers to step on a canvas.
November 29th Only
The Mall Galleries, London, UK
Peter Graham leads a tour around the Annual Exhibition by the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, of which he is a leading member and a foremost Modern Colourist, discussing the many paintings on display, including the much anticipated ‘show-within-a-show’ or ‘exhibition within an exhibition’ which is set to follow the theme of ‘London’.
Until November 29th
Wilson Stephens and Jones, London, UK
Ben McLaughlin, a contemporary British artist, has dedicated this exhibition to his mother and father, with the artwork itself acting as an ode to the memories he shared with his sisters in their childhood home. The names of the pieces themselves have been taken from his mother’s lifetime’s book collection – following the notion that art and inspiration (like memories) cannot be created on demand, but must be cherished when they do arise.
Until December 1st
Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
Taking inspiration from Hieronymus Bosch’s 15th-century triptych “The Garden of Earthly Delights”, this exhibition uses the garden as a metaphor for the state of the world. With the involvement of over 20 international artists, many explore the garden as a mid-point between peace and violence, utopia and dystopia, or harmony and chaos. Including emerging and contemporary artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Nathalie Djurberg, Hans Berg and Pipilotti Rist, many acknowledge the accuracy of the garden metaphor in the terrific and turbulent world that we live in today.
Until January 5th 2020
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA
Best known for his striking collages, Romare Bearden’s early work depicts intricate stories in the rural and urban life of African Americans. Bearden began to create more overtly socially conscious work during the civil rights movement, and he founded a Harlem-based arts group which focused on the responsibility of black artists. Later in life, in 1978, he began the Profile series to show snapshots of his life’s experiences and memories in an autobiographical light. This particular exhibition “Something Over Something Else” is the first reassembling of this autobiographical work, and acts as a beautiful insight into the life of one of the most important black artists in American history.
Until January 5th 2020
National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Elizabeth Peyton rose to popularity in the 1990s with her stylised portraits of celebrities, friends and European monarchy. Her subjects have included many notable figures, including Kurt Cobain, David Hockney, Prince William and Barack Obama. Her portraits are intimate and amplified, as she explores the glorification of idols in society and the influence of mass media on society. Her current exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery shows a large range of her work over the last three decades, and stands in contrast next to historic, grandiose portraits in the gallery’s permanent collection.
Until January 12th 2020
National Gallery, London, UK
In this immersive exhibition, the Gallery becomes a painting studio, an imagined chapel and a room-sized experiment in an all-around experience that leads you through the mind of Leonardo da Vinci to explore his masterpiece, ‘The Virgin of the Rocks’.
This is a unique view on the work of Leonardo and is not to be missed! Timed tickets are required to be booked for this exhibition.
Until January 19th 2020
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria
This exhibition gives an insight into Rome at the start of the 17th century, a period where artists were turning towards the passion of the Baroque period. For the first time, artists were experimenting with depicting raw and intense human emotions, with Caravaggio and Bernini at the forefront. This particular exhibition shows them side by side with other early Baroque artists, allowing visitors to examine differences in style and content, and see how Caravaggio and Bernini compared to their contemporaries.
Until January 19th 2020
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
Edgar Degas’ paintings captured the essence of the Opera with both psychological complexity and attention to motion. He is well-known for his portrayal of dance, and throughout his rich artistic career over half his works depicted dancers. Other subjects included singers, musicians, and audience members, allowing him to capture a full picture of the Opera in Paris in the 19th century. Remarkably, this exhibition is the first of its kind to consider Opera as a subject as a whole, and exhibits a rich range of pieces over Degas’ career.
Until January 26th 2020
Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (MaXXI), Rome, Italy
Enzo Cucchi was a key member of the Transavanguardia movement of the 1970 and 1980s, together with Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, and Mimmo Paladino. These artists sought to revive figurative art and symbolism which was being used less frequently in movements such as minimalism. Cucchi in particular was known for his expressionist style and explicit references to classical literature and mythology. In his current exhibition in Rome, he presents recent works which deal with new and contemporary themes.
Until January 26th 2020
Art Institute of Chicago, USA
This exhibition focuses on a full range of Andy Warhol’s work, with over 350 works by the beloved Pop artist. From his pop masterpieces of the 1960’s to his experimental paintings, sculptures and films later in his career, this exhibition includes Warhol in all his moods and mediums. While such a huge range of content may sound overwhelming, Warhol’s ability to identify and distort cultural patterns lies at the basis of each piece, and ties his life’s work together.
Until January 26th 2020
Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Influenced by movements such as abstract expressionism and surrealism, Maria Lassnig’s bold, expressive self-portraits addresses themes such as the human psyche, the fragility of the body, and the passage of time. In 1948, she coined the term “body consciousness” to describe the feelings and sensations within her own body, thus giving a name to the overall philosophy that forms the backbone of all her works. Since then, she has created hundreds of self-portraits, many of them boldly showcasing her own insecurities and vulnerabilities. In this way, with striking self-awareness, she is open and honest about her own mind in a way that was well ahead of her time. With 2019 marking what would have been her 100th birthday, this exhibition celebrates one of the most talented artists of the 20th century.
Until January 30th 2020
Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts
To mark the 500th anniversary of the legendary painter Raphael’s death, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum brings together – for the first time – Raphael’s portrait of papal librarian, Tommaso Inghirami, from its collection and a painting depicting an episode in his life from the Musei Vaticani in Vatican City. This special exhibition called Raphael and the Pope’s Librarian is part of the Museum’s Close Up series and is on view through Jan. 26, 2020.
Until February 2nd 2020
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA
Verrocchio was a talented painter, sculpture and teacher whose pupils included Leonardo da Vinci, Pietro Perugino and Lorenzo di Credi. Trained as a goldsmith, he started his artistic career in sculpture before moving to painting, and became an emblematic artist of the Florentine Renaissance. This particular exhibition in Washington is the artist’s first ever monographic exhibition in the United States, and includes over 50 of his masterpieces in painting, sculpture and drawing.
Until February 9th 2020
Ottawa Art Gallery, Canada
Surrealist Claude Cahun and avant-garde artist Marcel Moore were partners both in art and in life. They collaborated on extraordinary photographic projects that explored their own gender-queer identities well before the subject was a topic of conversation in mainstream media. Unfortunately, Moore’s contribution often goes unrecognised, as it was not until the 1980’s that scholarship speculated that she might be behind the camera in some of Cahun’s most iconic self-portraits. This exhibition in Ottawa displays their works side by side with contemporary artists who are also challenging the traditional gender binary, firmly acknowledging Cahun and Moore as contributing to the history of gender-queer art.
Until February 9th 2020
MUDAM Luxembourg, Luxembourg
David Wojnarowicz was a true mixed-media artist. Starting his career in the 1970’s, he used a combination of photography, painting, sculpture, and writing to create striking, politically-charged works. In the 1980’s, he emerged as a prominent figure of the underground New York scene, in the process adding new mediums such as graffiti, film and performance to his creative projects. His work took an emotional turn during the AIDS crisis after he lost his lover and mentor, Peter Hujar, to the disease. Fuelled by anger and pain, he used his art as a medium to call out homophobia and government inaction, and became a passionate AIDS activist. The current exhibition at MUDAM Luxembourg showcases his pieces in all their rage, and is not one to be missed.
Until February 10th 2020
Grand Palais, Marseilles, France
Domenikos Theotokopoulos, known as “El Greco” was born in Crete in 1541, which was then under Venetian control, where he completed his first apprenticeship in the Byzantine tradition. He trained in Venice and Rome, where he studied the work of Michelangelo and Raphael, and began to develop his intense, dramatic Mannerist style. His work was met with initial puzzlement by his contemporaries, but his art finally flourished when he moved to Spain in the 1570s. After his death in 1614, his work was largely forgotten, and it was not until the 19th century that it was rediscovered and celebrated by the 20th century avant-guarde. Today, he is recognised as the last great master painter of the Renaissance and first great painter of the Golden Age, and he is often credited as a precursor of both Expressionism and Cubism. This exhibition in Marseilles is the first major retrospective in France ever to be dedicated to the artist.
Until February 23rd 2020
Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Picasso had an unwavering capacity to explore and unpack new themes with fervent passion. While his work could be fiercely political, it is also private and introspective, taking much inspiration from his close friends, family, wives and lovers. This exhibition takes a closer look at some of these private influences, with a particular focus on his rather complicated and promiscuous relationship with women. Indeed, Picasso once remarked: “For me there are only two kinds of women, goddesses and doormats”. He was fascinated by the artist-model relationship, and worked vehemently to portray the desire through a model’s gaze, a key focus in this exhibition.
Until February 23rd 2020
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK
An artist at the forefront of the avant-garde in Britain – from her involvement with the Rhythm group during the late 1910s, to vorticism, post-war figuration and the abstraction of the 1930s – Jessica Dismorr (1885 – 1939) has since, unjustly, fallen into obscurity.
This exhibition will explore how Dismorr and her female contemporaries engaged with modernist literature and radical politics through their art, including their contributions to campaigns for women’s suffrage and the anti-fascist organisations of the 1930s. 80 works including paintings, sculptures, graphic art and archival materials, some of which have never been exhibited before, will be on show.
Until March 22nd 2020
Musée Rodin, France
The Musée Rodin will be holding the first monographic exhibition on the work of British sculptor Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) in Paris, in association with Tate. Though little known in France, Barbara Hepworth — who frequented artists such as Henry Moore, Picasso and Mondrian — revolutionised sculpture with her development of a new aesthetic sensibility. Her abstract works, imbued with poetic purity, aspire to an ideal, peaceful world.
Until April 18th 2020
Museum of Somerset, Taunton, UK
A major exhibition of the work of the English painter Tristram Hillier (1905-83) opens at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton on Saturday 9th November. ‘Landscapes of the Mind: The Art of Tristram Hillier’ brings together over 50 pictures from private lenders and from national and regional collections, accompanied by works from Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson and Edward Wadsworth.
The loans have been made possible by support from Arts Council England and from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund. The Weston Loan Programme, created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund, is the first ever UK-wide funding scheme to help smaller and local authority museums borrow art and artefacts from national collections.
Until May 17th 2020
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma), USA
Julie Mehretu is an Ethiopian-born American artist known for her multi-layered, abstract landscapes, which take the form of paintings, drawings and prints. Taking much influence from the likes of Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian, her work has aspects of both Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. Having moved from Ethiopia to America in 1977 at the age of seven, she explores themes of colonialism, capitalism, diaspora and displacement. Launching on November 3rd, this exhibition in LA is the first-ever comprehensive retrospective of Mehretu’s career.