All over the world, some of the most famous museums and galleries will be exhibiting artwork from renowned artists. From Rembrandt to Kandinsky, find out which exhibitions are coming to a museum near you!

The Ey Exhibition: Wilfredo Lam

Sept 14, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017

The Tate Modern, London

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The jungle, 1943, by Wilfredo Lam (1902-1982), gouache on paper mounted on canvas, 239×230 cm. Cuba, 20th century. New York, The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Born to a Chinese father and a Congolese/Cuban mother, Wilfredo Lam dedicated his life’s work to honoring the essence of Afro-Cuban culture. Lam is able to capture the spirit of these people so wonderfully in his paintings. From his minimal, yet expressive coloring to his almost “primitive” style of mark-making, Lam is applauded as a pivotal artist from the 20th-century. Spending some of his most formative years in Europe, Lam gained notoriety surrounding himself with many well known artists from the era (namely Picasso and Matisse).

Traveling through this exhibition is as if traveling through the historical, cultural past of the Afro-Cubans in the early 20th-century. Lam is able to capture the emotion and strength of this minority so beautifully in this exhibition.

William Kentridge: Thick Time

Sept 21, 2016 – Jan 15, 2017

Whitechapel Gallery, London

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Procession Canvas-Diptych, 2000 (paper collage, charcoal & paint on canvas), William Kentridge (b.1955) / The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA / Oscar L. Gerber Memorial Endowment / Bridgeman Images

Famous for his animated drawings and prints, William Kentridge‘s work is being displayed for all to experience at Whitechapel Gallery in London. Calling attention to the idea of time, specifically in regard to colonialism and the rise and fall of revolutionary politics, the exhibition includes his seminal work The Refusal of Time from 2012. He immerses the viewer in the sound of clocks ticking, music with seemingly no rhythm, and images of silhouetted figures, creating a complete experience for those attending the exhibition.

Abstract Expressionism

Sept 24, 2016 – Jan 2, 2017

Royal Academy of the Arts, London

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Untitled, c.1961 (oil on canvas), Franz Kline (1910-62) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Considered one of the most influential, world-altering art movements the world has experienced, the Royal Academy of the Arts in London has curated a show highlighting some of the most important works created during the Abstract Expressionism movement. Bold colors, large canvases, and extremely expressive brushwork, this exhibition highlights the works of some major artists such as Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, and Arshile Gorky. This is a subliminal show that is not to be missed.

Kandinsky, Marc, & Der Blaue Reiter

Sept 4, 2016 – Jan 22, 2017

Fondation Beyeler, Basel

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Blue Fox, 1911 (oil on canvas), Franz Marc (1880-1916) / Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany / Bridgeman Images

Made up of artists who broke away from Germany’s artist collective the Neue Künstlervereinigung München, this show focuses on the group who rose to prominence in the early 1900s, Der Blaue Reiter (literally translated as The Blue Rider). This movement was a major event in the German art world and influenced the rise of modern art in the 20th-century. While founded by Russian immigrants (most notably, Wassily Kandinsky, who was also one of the founding members of Neue Künstlervereinigung München), Der Blaue Reiter included many Germany-born artists, such as Franz Marc and August Macke. The collection of work being shown in the Swiss museum highlights the revolution of modernist and expressionist art in Germany. Drawing from European medieval art, primitivism, and the contemporary art scene in France, it is clear that these artists encompassed the intense feelings of revolution in the work created during Der Blaue Reiter’s movement.

 

Fantin-Latour. A Fleur de Peau

Sept 14, 2016 – Feb 12, 2017

Musee Du Luxembourg, Paris

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Roses in a Dish, 1882 (oil on canvas), Ignace Henri Jean Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) / Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images

Known for his detailed still-lifes of flowers and group portraits that included major Parisian artists and writers, Ignace Henri Jean Fantin-Latour‘s work is captivating when seen in person. His color choices, which seem white-washed and bland, emphasize the life that lives beyond the still life setting. You feel as if you can reach out and touch the roses in the painting and feel the satin texture of their petals. Fantin-Latour’s use of dark shadow contrasted with skin and petals capturing such lively and bright light calls into conversation the work of Dutch master Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. His touch on the work is soft, yet purposeful. Standing among the work of this immensely talented artist in this Parisian gallery, one can capture the underlying warmth that craves to be noticed in all of Fantin-Latour’s pieces.

Rembrandt

Sept 16, 2016 – Jan 23, 2017

Musee Jacquemart-Andre, Paris

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St. Peter in Prison, 1631 (oil on panel), Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-69) / The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel / Gift of Michael and Judy Steinhardt / Bridgeman Images

After admiring the works of Fantin-Latour at the Musee du Luxembourg in Paris, one may be so inclined to travel over to Musee Jacquemart-Andre, also based in Paris. It is in this show, that the Dutch master painter, Rembrandt van Rijn‘s paintings are being exhibited. His extreme use of shadow and light packs powerful emotion into each painting that he created during his lifetime.

Broken up into three exhibitions, this show tracts the progression of Rembrandt’s art practice. The first part focuses on the Leyden period of Rembrandt’s career. During this time, Rembrandt began to develop his own unique style, working primarily on historical and biblical pieces, creating his signature dialogue between light and shadow and boxing the viewer in to this compressed space where there is only one source of light within the entire painting. The second part of the exhibition highlights Rembrandt’s success in Amsterdam. While including the dark shadows and bright lights, these works contain a certain energy that the first part of the exhibition seems to lack. He seems the capture the life within the subjects of his work. The third and final part of this exhibition contains the work of Rembrandt’s “late style”: smooth brush work, simple shapes and pallet, differentiating him from his fellow Dutch painters. His work became focused on what he deemed essential to highlight within the work.

 

The Ecstasy of St. Kara: Kara Walker, New Work

Sept 10 – December 21, 2016

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

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Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War: Exodus of Confederates from Atlanta, 2005 (litho & screenprint), Kara Walker (b.1969) / Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA / museum purchase funded by Mike Ballases, David Fine, Robert M. Hopson II, Philip J. John, Jr., John P. Kotts, Bill Porter, Thomas A. Roupe, and the Sarofim Foundation in honor of Meredith J. Long at “One Great Night in November, 2006” / Bridgeman Images

One of the most prominent contemporary artists working today, Kara Walker’s newest series of work is debuting at the Cleveland Museum of Art this September. Her work is internationally acclaimed for focusing on the black-American historical struggle throughout American history. This work is no different in respect of her style: large-scale works executed primarily in black and white. What differentiates her new series from her past work is the new conversation she starts about Christianity. After spending a year in Rome, Walker’s new work calls into mind the history of Christianity, both around the world and in black life. Her work is equally powerful and important, especially during this monumental time in black-American history.

Humor and Fantasy – The Berggruen Paul Klee Collection

Sept 1 – December 31, 2016

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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The Pathos of Fertility, 1921 (no 130) (oil transfer drawing and w/c on paper on cardboard), Paul Klee (1879-1940) / Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA / The Berggruen Klee Collection / Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Image

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city is honoring the largest collection of Paul Klee work in this exhibition of the Berggruen Paul Klee Collection. With about seventy pieces in the entire collection, the exhibition spans from Klee’s younger student days to his death. Not held down to any one medium, Klee’s work includes paintings, watercolors, and black-and-white drawings. Going through this exhibition, the viewer takes a journey through the many art movements in which Klee was a prominent player. His work includes styles of Expressionism, Surrealism, Cubism, and even Der Blaue Reiter (of which Klee was a member). His work is magical, playful, and humorous, just as the title of this exhibition promises.