Looking to get out of town this summer? We love a good sun-drenched beach or a chic new hotel as much as the next guy, but sometimes we travel for something a little more transformative—something that will challenge us or open our eyes to a new way of seeing. Sometimes, in other words, we travel for art. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the summer’s most enticing art exhibitions, whether museum shows or gallery weekends, taking place around the globe. So take a gander and remember what a great man once said: Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.
Pity and Terror in Picasso: The Path to Guernica
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Apr 5-Sep 4, 2017
Eighty years since the start of the Spanish Civil War, this exhibition takes Pablo Picasso’s iconic response to the atrocity, “Guernica,” as a jumping-off point, looking at what led up to its creation. Taking place at the museum that has held the work since XX and curated by T.J. Clarke and Anne M. Wagner, the exhibition, in the words of Frieze, “achieves the impossible” with “a concise, un-crowded trail of works, each of which feels essential to its argument, delivering us in front of the painting with eyes opened and defenses down.”
Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Feb 10–Sept 6 2017, New York
This exhibition explores nearly a century’s worth of original artistic production, from such groundbreaking artists as Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, Vasily Kandinsky, and Jackson Pollock, and illuminates the visionaries—artists and patrons alike—who helped to establish the Guggenheim’s identity as a forward-looking institution.
Brussels Gallery Weekend
Brussels, Sept 7-10, 2017
Brussels Gallery Weekend, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary, is living proof that the contemporary art scene of the European capital has expanded tremendously in the past decade, welcoming an abundance of new institutions, artist-run spaces, and galleries. The old guard is here, including Valérie Bach, Sorry We’re Closed, and Keitelman Gallery among many others. But so are plenty of newbies, among them CLEARING, Galerie de la Béraudière, Galerie Conradi, and Spazio Nobile.
Tate Modern, London, May 10–Sep 10
The UK’s first major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti in 20 years, this exhibition reasserts his place alongside the likes of Matisse, Picasso and Degas as one of the great painter-sculptors of the twentieth century. Through unparalleled access to the extraordinary collection and archive of the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, Tate Modern’s ambitious and wide-ranging exhibition brings together over 250 works, including rarely seen plasters and drawings which have never been exhibited before.
Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 21–Sep 17
The first 21st-century retrospective of the artist, this MoMA exhibition presents over 250 works across mediums from his six-decade career, highlighting Rauschenberg’s emphasis on creative exchange. The acclaimed artist and filmmaker Charles Atlas, who worked alongside Rauschenberg at the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, collaborated with the curatorial and design teams on the exhibition’s design to foreground Rauschenberg’s deep engagement with dance and performance (pictured: Rauschenberg’s Untitled, 1963).
Gallery Weekend Mexico
Mexico City, Sept 21-24
Gallery Weekend Mexico presents 40 exhibitions with works by 74 artists at 34 galleries and independent spaces during a weekend in Mexico City, showcasing one of the most vital contemporary art scenes in the Americas. Galleries involved with the event include Pop-up, Roma-Condesa, Juárez, and others. All exhibitions are free to the public.
Warsaw Gallery Weekend
Warsaw, Sept 22 – 24
Warsaw Gallery Weekend is a free annual festival of contemporary art put together by private galleries around the city. The extensive program of exhibitions and special events reflects the most exciting currents in the Warsaw art scene today over three activity-packed days.