Kick off the new year with a visit to some of January’s best art exhibitions around the world. From Europe to Japan, we’ve got you covered:

Champagne Life

13 Jan – 6 March 2016, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK


On the Beach, 1985 (acrylic on canvas), Paula Rego / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

To mark the Saatchi Gallery’s thirtieth birthday, it will present its first exhibition of all-female artists, including works by Jenny Saville, Paula Rego, Tracey Emin, Alice Anderson and Phoebe Unwin. Female art, without a feminist point.

Botticelli and his Time

16 Jan – 3 Apr 2016, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan


Primavera, c.1478, (tempera on panel), Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi) / Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy / Bridgeman Images

To coincide with the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Italy, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum is presenting a large-scale travelling exhibition that surveys Botticelli’s artistic legacy through over 20 works gathered from Florence and other regions of the world.

A Botticelli Renaissance exhibition is also currently on in Berlin until the end of January and Botticelli Reimagined will be at London’s V&A in March 2016.


Drawing on Childhood

22 Jan – 1 May 2016, The Foundling Museum, London, UK


Detail of illustration from ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll (1832-98) 1907, Arthur Rackham / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

The exhibition brings together the work of major illustrators from the 18th century to the present day, who have created powerful images of characters in fiction (particularly those who are orphaned, adopted, fostered or found). It considers how illustrators from different generations have chosen key moments in stories from European folklore and fiction, and brought these child heroes to life.

Original drawings, first editions and special illustrated editions will be on display, featuring characters such as James Trotter (James and the Giant Peach) and Rapunzel. There will also be a host of well-known artists, including Quentin Blake, George Cruikshank, David Hockney, Phiz (Hablot K. Browne), Arthur Rackham and Thomas Rowlandson.


Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System

22 Jan – 15 May 2016, Natural History Museum, London, UK


Composite image of the Tarantula Nebula (photo) / National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA / Bridgeman Images

Otherworlds will explore the beauty of our solar system and demonstrate that the visual legacy of six decades of space exploration constitutes a visually stunning, important chapter in the history of photography.


Bentu: Chinese Artists in a Time of Turbulence and Transformation

27 Jan – Apr 2016, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France


Cotton Candy, 1992 (gouache on silk), Komi Chen (Contemporary Artist) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

‘Bentu’ is the first exhibition devoted to contemporary Chinese art to be held in France in the past 10 years.  It brings together 12 artists of different generations who live on mainland China. Through a wide variety of practices encompassing a range of different techniques, the artists reveal “the complexities of a society that is in permanent mutation.”


A Revolution in Art – Russian Avant-Garde in the 1910s and 1920s

29 Jan – 1 May 2016, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary


Composition Number 8, 1923 (oil on canvas), Wassily Kandsinsky / Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA / Bridgeman Images

It is exceptionally rare for Budapest to host such a major collection of Russian avant-garde art from a single museum, particularly when these works have never before been seen together outside of Russia.

If you are in the area, don’t miss the chance to see forty outstanding works of art from the collection of the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, produced by such noteworthy Russian artists as Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, Alexander Rodchenko, El Lissitzky, Natalya Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov.


Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

30 Jan – 20 Apr 2016, Royal Academy, London, UK


The Artist’s Garden at Giverny, 1900 (oil on canvas), Claude Monet / Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images

Claude Monet, arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, once said he owed his painting “to flowers”. For him and other artists, the garden gave them the freedom to break new ground and explore the ever-changing world around them.

Using the work of Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition takes a tour through masterpieces of the horticultural world from the 1860s through to the 1920s, including the likes of Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, Sargent, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Matisse, Klimt and Klee.


Jean Debuffet – Metamorphoses of Landscape

31 Jan – 8 May 2016, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland


 Untitled 1963, Jean Dubuffet / Private Collection / Peter Willi / Bridgeman Images

Jean Dubuffet is one of the defining artists of the second half of the 20th century. Motivated by the work of artists on the margins of the cultural scene, he freed himself from traditions and succeeded in reinventing art. His influence can still be felt today in contemporary art and street art, for example in the work of David Hockney, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

This is the first large-scale Dubuffet retrospective in Switzerland this century, featuring some 100 works from the artist’s multi-faceted oeuvre.

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