Take a look at this month’s pick of the best exhibitions around the world, with iconic art from America during the Great Depression, the brazen revolutionary period of the 1960s, humanoid robots and more.

 

Robots

8 Feb – 3 Sep 2017

Science Museum, London, UK

Robby, metal and plastic toy robot, battery powered, made by Nomura, 1950, Japan, 20th century / Private Collection / De Agostini Picture Library / L. Romano / Bridgeman Images

Robby, metal and plastic toy robot, battery powered, made by Nomura, 1950, Japan, 20th century / Private Collection / De Agostini Picture Library / L. Romano / Bridgeman Images

What does it mean to be human? The Science Museum’s new blockbuster exhibition tells the 500-year old story of humanoid robots through a unique collection of over 100 robots, including a mischievous working robot receptionist. Discover how robots have influenced society, religious beliefs, the industrial revolution and our dreams of the future.

 

Magritte. The Treachery of Images

10 Feb – 5 June 2017

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany

The Painter Rene Magritte and his wife Georgette Berger, c.1922 (b/w photo), Belgian Photographer (20th century) / Private Collection / Photo © PVDE / Bridgeman Images

The Painter Rene Magritte and his wife Georgette Berger, c.1922 (b/w photo), Belgian Photographer (20th century) / Private Collection / Photo © PVDE / Bridgeman Images

Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte was one of the key figures of 20th century art and this February the Schirn is devoting a solo show to highlighting the creative genius’ rela­tion­ship to the philosophy of his day. Magritte did not see himself as an artist, but rather as a thinking person, who conveyed his thoughts through painting. Throughout his life he sought to find a form of expres­sion equal to that of language. His curiosity and affinity with great contem­po­rary philoso­phers such as Michael Foucault resulted in a remark­able oeuvre, which is shown in a new light through over 70 works.

Orga­nised in coop­er­a­tion with the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the exhi­bi­tion illu­mi­nates his key visual images and demon­strates the painter’s suspicion of simple answers and simple realism.

 

At the Heart of The Renaissance

11 Feb – 18 June 2017

Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Netherlands

Venus of Urbino, before 1538 (oil on canvas), Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576) / Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy / Bridgeman Images

Venus of Urbino, before 1538 (oil on canvas), Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576) / Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy / Bridgeman Images

This will be the first time that so many of Italy’s great masters will be seen in the Netherlands. Forty-five dazzling masterpieces of 16th century Italian painting from Rome, Venice and Northern Italy will showcase early experiments with classicism and realism, as well as harmonious compositions and depictions of human empathy. Expect revered artists such as Raphael, Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto and much more: the hearts of the Renaissance.

 

Alexei Jawlensky

16 Feb – 29 May 2017

Neue Galerie, New York, US

 Still Life with Vase and Jug, Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941) / Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany / De Agostini Picture Library / Bridgeman Images

Still Life with Vase and Jug, Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941) / Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany / De Agostini Picture Library / Bridgeman Images

This year, the Neue Galerie, New York will open the first full museum retrospective in the US devoted to the work of the Russian-born Expressionist artist Alexei Jawlensky.

The exhibition will showcase 75 paintings ranging from 1900 to 1937 and will explore the chronological and thematic development of Jawlensky’s work. The works will include early figure paintings, still-lifes and landscapes, as well as the artist’s late Meditations and Still-Lifes (a series of spiritual paintings created toward the end of Jawlensky’s life).

 

Mary Fedden 2017

Until 17 Feb

Portland Gallery, London, UK

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Cat and Compass, 2000 (oil on canvas), Mary Fedden (1915-2012) / Private Collection / Photo © Panter and Hall Fine Art, London / Bridgeman Images

An exhibition on the British artist Mary Fedden, whose post-war flower paintings and still lifes are described as reminscent of artists such as Matisse and Braque. This display of the much loved Royal Academician’s joyful and colourful images will include works on paper and oils from the 1940s to the early 2000s.

Mary Fedden is represented by Bridgeman Copyright and The Artist’s Collecting Society.

 

Max Beckmann in New York

Until 20 Feb

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, US

Max Beckmann / Bridgeman Images

Max Beckmann / Bridgeman Images

This exhibition will put a spotlight on the artist’s special connection with New York City. It features 14 paintings that Beckmann created while living in New York from 1949 to 1950, as well as 25 works, dating from 1920 to 1948, from New York collections. The exhibition assembles several groups of iconic works, including self-portraits, mythical, expressionist interiors, robust, colorful portraits of women and performers, landscapes and triptychs.

 

America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s

25 Feb – 4 June 2017

Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

American Gothic, 1930 (oil on beaver board) , Grant Wood (1891-1942) / The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA / Friends of American Art Collection / Bridgeman Images

American Gothic, 1930 (oil on beaver board) , Grant Wood (1891-1942) / The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA / Friends of American Art Collection / Bridgeman Images

“Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

The RA presents a landmark once-in-a-generation exhibition showcasing the phenomenal art of 1930s America. Works from this period tell a vivid story of a nation in flux and devastation; artists responded to rapid social change and economic anxiety with some of the 20th century’s most powerful art. They sought to capture the changes in urbanisation, industrialisation and immigration that pulsed across the country and searched for an elusive ‘Americanness’ through realism, populism and abstraction, rural and urban themes, the farm, the new, the traditional.

Artists ranging from Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper to Thomas Hart Benton, Philip Guston and more paint an electrifying portrait of this transformative period. Perhaps the most celebrated work of them all, Grant Wood’s iconic American Gothic (1930), is leaving America for the very first time.

Bridgeman are the image licensing partner for The Art Institute of Chicago, who collaborated with the RA to organise this much-anticipated show.

 

You say you Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels

Until 26 Feb

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

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Anti-drug Poster issued by the US Public Health Service (colour litho), American School, (20th century) / Private Collection / Peter Newark Pictures / Bridgeman Images

This major exhibition will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century alongside fashion, film, design and political activism.

Bridgeman have provided footage of the people of Prague protesting against Soviet occupation for the exhibition. Find out more in our Footage in Action: 2016 Round-Up

 

Théodore Chassériau: Parfum Exotique

28 Feb – 28 May 2017

National Museum of Western Art, Japan

The Two Sisters, or Mesdemoiselles Chasseriau: Marie-Antoinette-Adele (1810-69) and Genevieve (Aline) (1822-71) sisters of the artist, 1843 (oil on canvas), Theodore Chasseriau (1819-56) / Louvre, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images

The Two Sisters, or Mesdemoiselles Chasseriau: Marie-Antoinette-Adele and Genevieve (Aline), sisters of the artist,1843 (oil on canvas), Theodore Chasseriau (1819-56) / Louvre, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images

Romantic painter Théodore Chassériau began his studies in Paris under the supervision of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres at the age of 11. Although trained in the classics, Chassériau’s life took a dramatic turn after several trips to Algeria, which opened his eyes to what was then known as ‘exoticism’.

Famed works such as Arab Chiefs Visiting Their Vassals and Jewish Women on a Balcony, both now displayed in the Louvre, are evidence of the artist’s prodigious talent. Having died at the age of 37, Chassériau did not live to see some of his work, especially his impressive church murals, discarded and destroyed. Such misfortune has contributed to a number of large-scale exhibitions dedicated to his work and this spring special at the National Museum of Western Art is one not to be missed. In addition to around 90 Chassériau pieces, Parfum Exotique includes paintings by artists such as Gustave Moreau and Odilon Redon, both of whom recognised Chassériau as an influence.

 

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