Read on for our top pick of exhibitions opening in April. This month we bring you a delightfully eclectic mix, with subjects ranging from extraordinary women, including jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald and naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian, to gilded cabinets and board games. When you’re not out Easter egg hunting this April, make sure to catch one of these exciting displays.
1 April 2017 – 2 April 2018
National Museum of American History, Washington DC
The National Museum of American History celebrates legendary jazz artist Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday in style. Go on a swinging journey through Ella’s eventful life, and see how her unique and unforgettable voice helped the singer rise from difficult beginnings to international celebrity.
3 April – 16 July
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Bringing together over 160 rare ancient objects from Chinese collections, this exhibition at the Met will give new insights into the culture of the Qin and Han Dynasties. With highlights that include terracotta warriors and treasures that have never before travelled to the west, this event is not to be missed! For a hint of Chinese history a bit closer to home, check out our new pictures of the Terracotta Army.
5 April – 1 October 2017
Tate Britain, London
With this showstopping exhibition Tate celebrates the 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England. The first of its kind, this display dedicated to queer British art features a diverse selection of artworks that is political as well as personal and intimate.
5 April – 1 October 2017
Musee de l’Orangerie, Paris
While their permanent home in Japan is being renovated, the masterpieces from the Ishibashi family collection have moved to Paris. The exhibition will showcase not only the sheer beauty of this collection (which includes works by Monet, Renoir, Picasso and many more) but also place it in a larger history of modern Japan and a family of passionate collectors.
6 April – 23 July 2017
With over 200 artworks spanning over 3000 years of history, this exhibition at the Kulturforum in Berlin is an ambitious project that explores the deep and complex relationship between Art and Alchemy.
7 April – 2 July 2017
To commemorate the 300th anniversary of the German-born naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian, the Kupferstichkabinett are celebrating her illustrations as part of a larger exhibition about the history of flower illustration. A true adventurer, Merian travelled to the Dutch colony of Surinam to draw the country’s exotic plants and flowers. Her illustrations combine their role as scientific document with delicate artistic appeal.
8 April – 24 September 2017
Wallace Collection, London
Get a glimpse into the mind of the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century’s most sought-after cabinet maker, the Parisian Francois Linke. Whilst diving deep into Linke’s working processes, the Wallace Collection showcases the dedicated and meticulous craftsmanship behind his luxurious pieces.
8 April – 3 September 2017
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Stockholm’s Moderna Museet will bring out the gems of their own beautiful photography collection in this exhibition that puts early photography in the spotlight. Through photos by artists such as Julia Margaret Cameron and Carleton E. Watkins, the exhibition will trace the developments of photography in the mid- to later nineteenth century, and their impact on contemporary uses of the medium.
Closing 23 April
V&A Museum of Childhood, London
Don’t miss your chance to see this unique exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood, which is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The exhibition shows historic board games alongside today’s family favourites, and highlights the objects’ fascinating stories and designs.
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