June has arrived – just how are we already halfway through 2019?

Regardless, there are more amazing shows starting this month, and some are not running for long. The Royal Academy Summer show commences this month, which means Summer must be here! Don’t miss a thing with our handpicked selection of the month’s hottest shows and events, from Paris, France to Canberra, Australia and Tokyo, Japan to Toledo, USA.



Cycling Home, 1996 (ink, w/c and gouache on paper), Simon Palmer (b.1956) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Don’t Miss It – ends 16th of June!

Simon Palmer at Portland Gallery

Until 14th June

Portland Gallery, London

A delightful new exhibition of over thirty new paintings from the Bridgeman Copyright artist Simon Palmer. Paintings will be available to buy and reserve prior to the opening. To register your interest, please contact jenny@portlandgallery.com.

An English watercolourist, Simon Palmer was born in 1956. He studied art in England and his work is held in numerous collections in Europe, USA and Japan. He has undertaken private works and commissions including paintings for the National Trust at Sissinghurst and at Salt’s Mill, Saltaire in England. Simon Palmer was born and has lived most of his life in Yorkshire. His enigmatic, captivating paintings seem to pay homage to this area of Northern England.




Studies of war machines, 1485, by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), sanguine on paper / British Museum, London, UK / De Agostini Picture Library / Bridgeman Images

Da Vinci, A Mind In Motion

1st June – 1st September 2019
British Library, London, UK

See inside the mind of Leonardo through his incredible notebooks and sketches. This exhibition has been prepared to commemorate 500 years since the death of the artist, designer and genius behind some of the most renowned paintings of all time. On display from the British Library is the Codex Arundel alongside the Codex Forster from the V&A and a selection of sheets from the Codex Leicester. The Codex Leicester is widely considered one of Leonardo’s most important scientific notebooks, and is being shown in the UK for the first time in many years.

Many of Leonardo’s schematics and ideas were hundreds of years ahead of their time, his grasp of both mechanical and human anatomy more developed than was typical of people of his era. This show is a chance for modern eyes to discover this marvellous work.




Popfestival Pinkpop, Landgraaf, 23 May 1988 (b/w photo) / Nationaal Archief / Collectie Spaarnestad / ANP / Marcel Antonisse / Bridgeman Images

Pinkpop, Landgraaf

8th – 10th June 2019
Limburg, Netherlands

This huge pop and rock Dutch music festival, held in the city of Landgraaf in Limburg has been running since 1970 – it is one of the oldest in the world. Its name comes from the Dutch Pinksteren meaning Pentecost, which is when it’s traditionally held. All-star line ups from the worlds of rock, pop, dance, electro, hop, indie, punk, folk, alternative and more are all featured – there’s something for music fans of all kinds.



Study of female nude. Drawing on brown paper with black stone from the school of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Chantilly, Conde Museum / Photo © Photo Josse / Bridgeman Images

The Nude Mona Lisa

1st June – 6th October 2019
Domaine de Chantilly, Chantilly

For the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, the Domaine de Chantilly will celebrate the artist’s genius through one of his lesser-known and enigmatic yet seminal works: the Nude Mona Lisa. The heart of the exhibition will be dedicated to the prestigious Chantilly sketch, or cartoon representing the Nude Mona Lisa, which was purchased by the Duc d’Aumale in 1862. Designed after the Mona Lisa, this masterpiece was the physical symbol both of a play between pictorial genres and of a polysemous characteristic of Leonardo’s fertile mind.

Laboratory analyses have succeeding in showing that the Chantilly drawing was used as a tracing (to transfer the composition) for paintings probably created in his workshop. For the first time ever, they are shown together here.




Impression: Sunrise, 1872 (oil on canvas), Claude Monet (1840-1926) / Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images


Monet: Impression, Sunrise

7th June – 18th August 2019

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra


Spotlighting Monet’s pioneering painting Impression, Sunrise from 1872 (the painting from which Impressionism takes its name) this exhibition examines the founding of an art movement, and a defining moment in art history. The works of other significant artists are analysed alongside the works of Monet, whose work will be coming to the NGA’s newly designed exhibition space. 40 related works will also be appearing, kindly lent to the NGA by the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, the Tate, and Australian and New Zealand collections.

Bridgeman are proud to have supplied images for usage on merchandise surrounding this exhibition. Look out for our coverage of these products in our next Case Study, coming soon.



Nude in Backlighting, or The Eau de Cologne, 1908-09 (oil on canvas), Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) / Musee d’Art Moderne, Brussels, Belgium / Bridgeman Images


Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory

8th June – 22nd September 2019

Ny Carsberg Glypotek, Copenhagen, Denmark

This show marks the first time in over 25 years that it is possible to experience a special exhibition of Pierre Bonnard in Denmark and is a must-see for art lovers based in the region.

The exhibition comprises more than 100 works by Bonnard and consists of loans from museums and collectors from all over the world as well as The Glyptotek’s own pieces by Bonnard. The exhibition is created in close collaboration with Tate Modern, London, who showed the exhibition in May 2019.



Heliogabal, 1974 (w/c & oil paint on paper), Anselm Kiefer (b.1945) / Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri, USA / Gift of Mr. and Mrs John Wooten Moore / Bridgeman Images


Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition

10th June – 13th August 2019

Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition has run since 1769, and remains the world’s largest open submission art show. It brings together art in all media, from prints and paintings to sculpture, architectural and film works. Leading artists, Royal Academicians and household names alike are all encouraged to submit, as are emerging artists. With around 1,200 works on display, this exhibition is not one to miss, and most works are visible publicly here for the first time.

As always, most of the artworks will be for sale with proceeds helping to fund the Academy’s non-profit-making activities, including educating the next generation of artists in the RA Schools.



Relief depicting the god Mithras slaying a bull, Roman period, 2nd- 3rd century (limestone), Syrian / The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel / Gift of Sam Merrin, New York / Bridgeman Images


Peter and Pan: From Ancient Greece to Neverland

12th June – 11th December 2019

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The god Pan – part goat, part human – was a bizarre creature among a pantheon mostly humanoid in shape. God of wild shepherds and their flocks, as well as rustic music, his cheerful, lively, approachable character was perceived as the personification of nature itself which in the blink of an eye can turn treacherous and deadly. This exhibition will present the curious metamorphosis undergone by the Greek god Pan into the character of Peter Pan, written in England by author James Mathew Barrie in 1902, and the social context in which this transformation occurred.

The exhibition will be supported through the loan of key archaeological artifacts – including ancient statues, reliefs, and frescos pertaining to the ancient god Pan – from leading institutions in Israel and worldwide, including the Louvre Museum, Paris and the National Archaeological Museum, Athens. The exhibition will also include first and second-edition books by J.M. Barrie with original illustrations; and the original Walt Disney concept art drawing produced by Mary Blair on loan from the Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.



Map of India to New Guinea, c.1570-1603 (coloured engraving), Abraham Ortelius (1527-98) / Private Collection / Photo © Bonhams, London, UK / Bridgeman Images


Silent Beauty: Nordic and East-Asian Interaction

14th June – 15th September 2019

Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

Nordic and East Asian art share the idea of everyday beauty and a connection with nature. The Silent Beauty exhibition juxtaposes visual art, ceramics, textile art and architecture especially from the 1950s and the 1960s from Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Japanese collections. The works are compared and contrasted, their differences examined and their similarities discussed.

The works display a simplified aesthetic: geometric shapes, sophisticated colours, and an appreciation of materials link the pieces exhibited. The exhibition will include some 250 works, of which approximately one third are from the Ateneum’s own collection.



Keith Haring, 1985 (gelatin silver print), Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (b.1952) / Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA / Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Meredith Long in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. / Bridgeman Images


Keith Haring

14th June – 10th November 2019

Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Tate Liverpool are showing the first major UK exhibition of artist and activist Keith Haring, who incredibly has never enjoyed a solo show in the UK. Even after he died in 1990 the aesthetic of his work inspires many highly successful and active street artists today, but there has always been more to Haring’s work than first meets the eye. Visitors can enjoy more than 85 artworks including large, vibrant paintings and drawings.

A part of the legendary New York art scene of 1980s, Haring was a champion of his generation’s counterculture. He was inspired by graffiti, pop art and underground club culture. Haring worked with like-minded artists such as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat: all were interested in creating art for the many. Activism played a key role in Haring’s art – compelled to speak for his generation, his art responded urgently to issues such as racism, homophobia, political dictatorship, AIDS awareness and capitalism.

As part of the show, Tate are also displaying posters, photographs, and videos that recreate the vibrancy of the 1980s New York street culture that Haring embraced and reflected.



Self portrait, c.1928 (b/w photo), Claude Cahun (1894-1954) / Jersey Heritage Trust, UK / Bridgeman Images


Women Of Progress: Early Camera Portraits

14th June – 31st May 2020

National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C., USA

In mid-nineteenth-century America, the growing presence of women in public life coincided with the rise of portrait photography. This exhibition of daguerreotypes and ambrotypes from the 1840s and 1850s features portraits of early feminist icons, women’s rights advocates Margaret Fuller and Lucy Stone, abolitionist Lucretia Mott and best-selling author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Ann Shumard, the National Portrait Gallery’s senior curator of photographs, is the curator of this exhibition.

Discover our analysis of women pioneering photography on our Blog feature, Women Behind the Lens.




The Cinemotor Theater in LA, 1938 (b/w photo) / © SZ Photo / Scherl / Bridgeman Images


Life is a Highway: American Car Culture

15th June – 15th September 2019

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, USA

The first large-scale domestic exhibition to provide a historical overview of this topic with an emphasis upon the Midwest, Life is a Highway will bring together a diverse selection of artists to showcase the automobile’s reshaping of the 20th-century American landscape and cultural attitudes of self-expression. Featuring more than 100 works from the Toledo Museum of Art’s own collection and both private and public loans, this exhibition will chart the rise of automobility as a visual icon of American identity.

With works spanning from early depictions through the Pop Artists’ portrayal of the automobile’s impact upon consumer culture to the present, the car’s image as a symbol of newness, freedom and independence, mobility and renewal will be explored. Organised through four themes that call attention to the social, aesthetic, environmental, and industrial dimensions of its legacy, this exhibition will include a range of visual media.




56th International Art Exibition: Japan Pavillon Artist Chiharu Shiota – / Photo © Graziano Arici / Bridgeman Images


Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles

15th June – 27th October 2019

Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Berlin-based international artist Shiota Chiharu is known for performances and installations that express the intangible: memories, anxiety, dreams, silence and more. Often arising out of personal experience, her works have enthralled people all over the world and from all walks of life by questioning universal concepts such as identity, boundaries, and existence. Particularly well-known is her series of powerful installations consisting of threads primarily in red and black strung across entire spaces.

This will be the largest-ever solo exhibition by Shiota Chiharu.



Beaded sheath dress, Cristobal Balenciaga, early 1960s (photo) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images


Balenciaga and Spanish Painting

18th June – 22nd September 2019

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemesza, Madrid

In the summer of 2019 the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemesza is presenting an exhibition that connects the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, the most admired and influential fashion designer of all time, with the tradition of 16th- to 20th-century Spanish painting. References to Spanish art and culture are a recurring presence in Balenciaga’s work. The simple, minimalist lines of religious habits or the architectural volume of their cloth are to be found in many of his designs. The billowing train of a flamenco dancer’s dress echoed in the flounces on some dresses, the glinting reflections on a bullfighter’s suit, brilliantly conveyed in the sequin embroidery on a bolero jacket, and the aesthetic of Habsburg court dress echoed in black velvets embellished with jet trim in some creations are just a few examples.

Balenciaga constantly studied the history of art and made use of these influences, expressed through his own powerful and unique style, throughout his career, including his most avant-garde period, reviving historic garments and reinterpreting them in a strikingly modern manner. Relevant artworks have been loaned out from museums across the world, as well as the museum debut of some of Balenciaga’s outfits never exhibited before.



In a Park, c.1874 (pastel on paper), Berthe Morisot (1841-95) / Musee de la Ville de Paris, Musee du Petit-Palais, France / Bridgeman Images


Berthe Morisot (1841 – 95)

18th June – 22nd September 2019

Musee de L’Orangerie

March 2020 marks 125 years since the death of Berthe Morisot, born January 14th 1841. Morisot was a female member of the circle of painters in Paris who would become known as the Impressionists. A leading Impressionist figure, Berthe Morisot remains to this day less well-known than her friends Monet, Degas and Renoir. Yet, she was immediately recognised as one of the group’s most innovative artists.

The exhibition traces the exceptional career of a painter who, at odds with the practices of her time and her circle, became a key figure of the Parisian avant-garde movement in the late 1860s up until her untimely death in 1895.



The Bauhaus school at Dessau, Germany, with the workshop wing at left and the students’ studios at right. Designed by Walter Gropius. Photograph, c.1926. / Granger / Bridgeman Images


Bauhaus Summer Sessions

22nd June – 16th September 2019

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, UK

Artists both young and old are welcomed to these Bauhaus-themed summer sessions at Bexhill-on-Sea, UK. The DWLP summer programme celebrates and interrogates the legacies of the Bauhaus in the First Floor Gallery. Events, workshops, performances and conversations will explore Bauhaus methodologies of “thinking through making,” and how these might continue to be useful. The programme is underpinned by a new commission by Lauren Godfrey, whose sculptures often take the form of domestic scaled objects, quasi-furniture and the almost-useful, in a partnership with UCL.



Three Obliques (Walk In) 1968 (bronze), Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images


Yorkshire Sculpture International

22nd June – 29th September 2019

Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK

Yorkshire Sculpture International is the UK’s largest dedicated sculpture festival, a series of exhibitions, international commissions, events and learning programmes not seen on a scale anywhere else – with sculpture in its broadest forms on display across four major galleries – the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park – and outdoors in Leeds and Wakefield.

Why not visit the Leeds Art Gallery while you’re visiting this show?



Tea service, c.1930 (ceramic), Margaret (Grete) Marks (1899-1990) / Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN, USA / The Modernism Collection, gift of Norwest Bank Minnesota / Bridgeman Images


Grete Marks: An Intimate Portrait

26th June – 27th October 2019

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK

Bauhaus student Grete Marks enjoys a solo show at Chichester, UK. Grete – also known as Margaret Marks or Margarete Heymann – was one of the earliest female students of the Bauhaus School. This exhibition celebrates a lesser known aspect of the artist’s creative practice through a series of intimate portrait paintings and drawings from the 1920s and 1930s. Marks is best known for founding the Hael-Werkstätten pottery in Germany – examples of which will also be included in the exhibition – and later for her ‘Grete Pottery’ created in the UK after emigrating in 1938.

The exhibition marks the centenary of the foundation of the Bauhaus in 1919 and is free to enter.

It is part of Insiders/Outsiders, a nationwide arts festival taking place throughout 2019 to celebrate refugees from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British culture.



Ceremonial Hat for Eating Bouillabaisse, 1936 (b/w photo), Eileen Agar (1899-1991) / Private Collection / Estate of Eileen Agar / Bridgeman Images


The Surrealist Movement: From Magritte to Dali – Crisis and Revival in 1929

27th June – 20th October 2019

The Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery

The Hungarian National Gallery is putting on a large-scale exhibition of Surrealist art from 27th June. The show is organised in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris and primarily based on a selection from its collection. Documenting the main trends of Surrealism, along with its central figures, the display features works by Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy, René Magritte, Pablo Picasso and Francis Picabia plus others. Surrealist photography is represented by the works of Man Ray and Brassaï.



Moment of the Moon, 2018, (oil, acrylic and charcoal on paper), Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

The Daughters of Medusa: Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf

Starts 27th June

Zebra One Gallery @ THE KOPPEL PROJECT CENTRAL, Soho, London

The exhibition features bold, figurative paintings of women – both self- portraits and subjects Rebecca knows – inspired by the mythological characterisation of women’s cycles, as well as personal stories and experiences.

THE DAUGHTERS OF MEDUSA is a show that promotes body positivity through the power of the female gaze, whilst acknowledging and challenging negative cultural conditioning around women’s bodies and menstruation that has been going on for millennia, exemplified best by the enduring myth of the Medusa.




Hunters in the Snow (Winter), 1565 (oil on wood), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525-69) / Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria / Bridgeman Images


Shadows: from the Renaissance to the Present Day

28th June – 27th October 2019

Fondation de L’Hermitage, Lausanne, Switzerland

Following the Hermitage’s exhibition on Windows in 2013, the organisation continues its exploration of major themes in western iconography by inviting visitors to discover the many facets of shadow. The exhibition will feature an entirely new selection of nearly 140 artworks, representing 500 years of the history of art and a diverse range of artistic forms, from painting to installation, sculpture, prints, drawings, cut-outs, photography and video, and the focus will be on the way that artists from these different historic contexts utilise and create shadow in their work.



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