From a Tokyo show on the evolution of Japanese architecture to a blockbuster Picasso retrospective in London, here are some of this spring’s can’t miss art exhibitions across the globe.
Before the Fall:
German and Austrian Art of the 1930s
Mar 8 – May 28
Neue Galerie, New York
For three months this spring, the Neue Galerie will present an exhibition devoted to the development of the arts in Germany and Austria during a decade marked political and economic crisis and social chaos. The show assembles key works by leading artists such as Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, and Oskar Kokoschka, as well as artists less familiar to audiences in the United States, some of whom have never before been exhibited in the country. Max Beckmann’s “Self-Portrait with Horn” from 1938 (pictured above) and Rudolf Dischinger’s “Striding” (1935-36, left) are two of the important loans included in the show.
Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy
Mar 8 – Sep 9
Tate Modern, London
Tate Modern’s first ever solo Pablo Picasso exhibition, this much anticipated show includes 100 paintings, sculptures, and drawings, mixed with family photographs and rare glimpses into Picasso’s personal life that promise to strip away some of the myths around the iconic Spanish master. Three of his extraordinary paintings featuring his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter are shown together for the first time since they were created over a period of just five days in March 1932.
Mar 16 – Jun 16
Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UEA
Born in Cairo in 1946, Anna Boghiguian, a painter, sculptor, and multimedia artist, only began to receive global recognition in the past 10 years as her work was displayed at various international biennials and institutions like the MoMA and the Guggenheim. Taking place at Bait Al Serkal in Sharjah’s Arts Square, this retrospective encompasses four decades of the artist’s work, presenting three of her multimedia installations, the drawing series “A Poet on the Edge of History (Constantine Cavafy)”, a large selection of illustrated notebooks, and a recreation of the artist’s studio in Cairo.
American Gothic and Other Fables
Mar 2 – Jun 10
Whitney Museum, New York
Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” (left), the double portrait of a pitchfork-wielding farmer and his wife, is perhaps the most recognizable painting in 20th century American art. But the rest of Wood’s oeuvre remains little known. This exhibition aims to change that, presenting his early Arts and Crafts decorative objects and Impressionist oils, as well as his mature paintings, murals, and book illustrations.
Keith Haring. The Alphabet
Mar 16 – Jun 24
The Albertina Museum, Vienna
Keith Haring, the iconic American artist whose pop art and graffiti-like work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s, would have turned 60 this year. To celebrate the exceptional influence and legacy of the art, who died of AIDS-related causes in 1990 at the age of 31, Vienna’s Albertina Museum is staging this sweeping exhibition, which emphasizes the way Haring’s imagery has become a widely recognized visual language, helping to promote themes of social justice and transformation long after his premature passing.
Liquid Lake Mountain, Feb 8 – May 12, Talwar Gallery, New Delhi
Alwar Balasubramaniam, a Bangalore-based sculptor, painter, printmaker, and installation artist, has received international acclaim for his work, which focuses on the body and its material relationship to the world. This exhibition of new works employs a wide range of media-from sculpture to installation, versitic painting to two-dimensional abstractions-that mark a departure but not a break within Bala’s practice, reflecting the shifts in pace and perspective that have accompanied his recent move from Bangalore to the southern Indian countryside.
All Too Human:
Bacon, Freud and A Century of Painting
Feb 28 – Aug 27
Tate Britain, London
“I want the paint to work as flesh does,” said Lucian Freud, one of the English figurative painters whose work is included in “All Too Human” at Tate Britain, which celebrates painters, from Freud to Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, and Paula Rego, who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways. Three important works by Francis Bacon will be shown in the UK for the first time in at least three decades.
Feb 8 – May 20
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
In 1936 the French playwright Antonin Artaud, widely recognized as one of the major figures of the European avant-garde, made a trip to Mexico that would not only heavily influence his work but leave an indelible mark on the entire American continent (artists from Spalding Grey to Allen Ginsburg cited him as a major influence). In addition to historical and archival material related to Artaud’s visit, this exhibition at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City will show pieces from artists that that have been influenced by Artaud over the past 50 years, particularly within the Tarahumara culture.
Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation
Apr 25 – Sept 17
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
This exhibition traces the lineage of Japanese architectural development from ancient times until the present. From a large-scale model of the house of architect Tange Keno to a full-scale replica of Sen no Ruikyu’s Tai-an Tea House, the oldest example of “chashitsu” (tea house or tea room) architecture in Japan, the wide-ranging exhibit will illuminate not only the state of Japanese architecture in the past and present but also a vision of the future.