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Top Exhibitions: April 2017

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.

Ella Fitzgerald at 100 

1 April 2017 – 2 April 2018
National Museum of American History, Washington DC

 

Ella Fitzgerald (1917 - 1996), Jazz Singer
Ella Fitzgerald (1917 – 1996), Jazz Singer

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.

Age of Empires

3 April – 16 July
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

 

Restored terracotta statues from Emperor Qin Shi Huang's tomb (photo) / O. Louis Mazzatenta/National Geographic Creative
Restored terracotta statues from Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s tomb (photo) / O. Louis Mazzatenta/National Geographic Creative

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.

 

Queer British Art 1861-1967 

5 April – 1 October 2017
Tate Britain, London

 

Bathers by the Pond, c.1920-21 (oil on canvas), Duncan Grant (1885-1978) / Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK / Hussey Bequest, Chichester District Council (1985)
Bathers by the Pond, c.1920-21 (oil on canvas), Duncan Grant (1885-1978) / Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK / Hussey Bequest, Chichester District Council (1985)

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.

Tokyo-Paris masterpieces

5 April – 1 October 2017
Musee de l’Orangerie, Paris

 

 Portrait of Mlle. Georgette Charpentier, 1876, Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) / Collection of Ishibashi, Tokyo, Japan / Peter Willi
Portrait of Mlle. Georgette Charpentier, 1876, Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) / Collection of Ishibashi, Tokyo, Japan / Peter Willi

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.

Alchemy – the Great Art

6 April – 23 July 2017
Kulturforum, Berlin

 

The Alchymist, 1771 (oil on canvas), Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-97) / Derby Museum and Art Gallery, UK
The Alchymist, 1771 (oil on canvas), Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-97) / Derby Museum and Art Gallery, UK

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.

Maria Sibylla Merian

7 April – 2 July 2017
Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin

 

 Illustration from 'Insects of Surinam', 1726 (hand-coloured engraving), Maria Sibylla Graff Merian (1647-1717) / Natural History Museum, London, UK
Illustration from ‘Insects of Surinam’, 1726 (hand-coloured engraving), Maria Sibylla Graff Merian (1647-1717) / Natural History Museum, London, UK

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.

 

Gilded Age

8 April – 24 September 2017
Wallace Collection, London

 

Chairs from a set of fourteen, possibly French, in the Regence style (giltwood & textile), European School, (19th century) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images
Chairs from a set of fourteen, possibly French, in the Regence style (giltwood & textile), European School, (19th century) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images

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.

Written in Light

8 April – 3 September 2017
Moderna Museet, Stockholm

 

The Whisper of the Rose, a portrait of George Frederick Watts (b/w photo), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79) / Private Collection
The Whisper of the Rose, a portrait of George Frederick Watts (b/w photo), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79) / Private Collection

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.

Game plan 

Closing 23 April
V&A Museum of Childhood, London

 

Ms 286/1075 f.25r Chess players, from the Latin edition of 'Libellus de Moribus' written by Jacques de Cessoles (vellum), Italian School, (14th century) / Musee Conde, Chantilly, France
Ms 286/1075 f.25r Chess players, from the Latin edition of ‘Libellus de Moribus’ written by Jacques de Cessoles (vellum), Italian School, (14th century) / Musee Conde, Chantilly, France

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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