It’s a holiday season time – Christmas, New Year’s Eve; everybody went to their homes, (hopefully) having few days for relaxing and enjoying movies or books. Even the world of art took a break. But, only for 2 or 3 days. There are few days more until the end of 2015, and we wanted to recommend you ten amazing exhibitions you should visit before New Year’s Eve 2015. All of them are great. And the last days of December are a perfect opportunity to take a walk, and to visit some nice galleries and museums. Therefore, we have picked ten amazing exhibitions – they are taking place in different countries, different cities. Maybe you are using the holiday for a nice trip, so be sure to check all the exhibitions we are suggesting, and give yourself an opportunity to enjoy great art. So, before it’s too late: scroll down and take a look at 10 exhibitions you should check out before New Year’s Eve 2015!
Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960-1980 at MoMA
This comprehensive international exhibition is divided in several sections organized around related thematic and historical narratives. Anti-institucionalism is one of the disjunctive themes that has its own section at the event. Both creatives from Eastern Europe and Latin America embraced the anti-institutional gestures and created pieces that can be only described as anti-art. Anti-art collective members have explored different form of artistic expression while participating in gatherings, concrete poetry, alternative music and video works. The MoMA exhibition underlines a selection of experimental films, performances and magazines. The exhibition program will also include a series of installations made by an ingenious group gathered around the influential Instituto Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires. The installations explore aesthetic and political implications of mass media such as film, television, and the telex during the times of technological innovation. This section presents several installations includingDedans le musée/Pénétration d’images by Lea Lublin that extend across the discrepancy between transference of information and its infiltration into our everyday lives.
The exhibition Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980 is on view until January 3, 2016 at MoMA, New York. Read more: Coming to MoMA in September: Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960-1980
Featured Images: Sanja Ivekovic – In the Apartment Elle 1975, detail; Oscar Bony – La Familia Obrera (The Working Class Family), 1968, detail (All images courtesy of MoMA)
Judy Chicago at Riflemaker Gallery in London
Judy Chicago’s exhibition in London will feature many important works spanning the artist’s entire career. Among them, there will be Star Cunts, a 1969 series of prismacolor and pastels on paper and acrylic dome sculptures – works that testify to the influence of minimalism on the artist’s early style; for the first time ever, the unseen porcelain test plates, which served as china painting studies in preparation for the 1979 The Dinner Party (which has recently inspired an arts project done by a group of female inmates, also on view at Brooklyn Museum). Considered by many as one of the most important artworks in history of art, this groundbreaking installation represents the backbone of Feminism in arts and continues to inspire generations of feminist artists of all mediums.
The exhibition Star Cunts & other attractions…is on view until December 31, 2015 at Riflemaker Gallery in London. Read more: Judy Chicago Exhibits Unseen Archival Work in London – Star Cunts & Other Attractions
Featured Images: Judy Chicago – Mother Superette, 1963; Judy Chicago – Petronilla de Meath Illuminated Letter Study, 1977. All images courtesy of Riflemaker London
Global Pop Art Exhibition at Tate Modern
Crossing Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, this Pop art exhibition will explore different aspects of everyday life – politics, public protests, folk traditions, consumption, domestic revolution and the body – through visual tools of arts. In a variety of mediums which reflect on things and thoughts all around us, there will be artworks in forms of car bonnets, pinball machines, canvases and comic books, coming from diametrically different places on earth, carried away by the same creative notion. The World Goes Pop will gather and present the extraordinarily versatile understanding of Pop art, through the eyes of local mainstream and emerging artists, all the while putting on view the legends of the 20th century we are so familiar with, such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney.
The exhibition The World Goes Pop is on view until January 24, 2016 at Tate Modern’s The Eyal Ofer Galleries on Level 3 in London. Read more: The World Goes Pop – Global Pop Art Exhibition from Latin America to Asia Coming at Tate Modern this September!
Featured Image: The World Goes Pop exhibition at Tate Modern. Image courtesy of Tate Modern.
Kehinde Wiley at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth will present an overview highlighting the range of the artist’s prolific 14-year career and comprising approximately 60 works. The exhibition begins with early examples of paintings inspired by Wiley’s observations of street life in Harlem; these images of African-American men mark the onset of his focused exploration of the male figure. In subsequent work, Wiley further examines the European tradition of portraiture, taking specific paintings by renowned masters such as Titian, Van Dyck, and Manet and replacing the historical subjects with contemporary, young black men sporting fashionable urban gear. A New Republic also includes a selection from the artist’s ongoing World Stage project, examples of his bronze busts, and a chapel-like structure that showcases his new stained-glass “paintings”.
The exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic is on view until January 10, 2016 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, in Fort Worth, Texas. Read more: Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic Opening At the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth
Featured Images: Kehinde Wiley – Shantavia Beale II, 2012, detail. Oil on canvas. Collection of Ana and Lenny Gravier. Courtesy Sean Kelly New York. © Kehinde Wiley. Photo Jason Wyche; Kehinde Wiley – Anthony of Padua. All Images courtesy of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Wunderkammer Olbricht at me Collectors Room in Berlin
The quality of the objects, numbering in excess of 200 from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, is unique and makes the Wunderkammer Olbricht one of the most important private collections of its kind. The Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Munich, is responsible for the conception, the installation, and supervision of the Wunderkammer Olbricht.
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Featured Images: Falling Fictions, Installation view, detail © me Collectors Room Berlin, Photo Bernd Borchardt (images courtesy of me Collectors Room)
M. C. Escher at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London
M.C. Escher world is one of playful imagination and the unexpected, executed with mathematic precision to create impossible, timeless realities that would inspire amazement in the viewer. In some of his best known works, like Metamorphosis II, Ascending and Descending or Waterfall, we can see a beautiful play between the two dimensional and the three dimensional, between art and reality, and between the “real”, the reflected and the imaginary. Escher’s art has become quite popular, and even became a part of the popular culture. His images have appeared on album covers (Mott The Hoople), his concepts in films both classic (Labyrinth) and contemporary (Inception), and countless homages to the artist have surfaced on television (The Simpsons, Family Guy).
The exhibition The Amazing World of M.C. Escher is on view until January 17, 2016 at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London. Read more: M.C. Escher and His Amazing World Soon on View at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Featured Images: Escher – Relativity, detail, 1953. Lithograph 29.1×29.4cm. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. AllM.C. Escher works copyright © The M.C. Escher Company B.V. Baarn the Netherlands; Escher – Bond of Union, detail, 1956. Lithograph 25.3×33.9-cm. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. AllM.C. Escher works copyright-© The-M.C. Escher Company B.V. Baarn the Netherlands. All Images courtesy of Dulwich Picture Gallery
Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives In Art and Artifact Group Show at Museum of the Moving Image in New York
The exhibition is divided into eleven separate parts, each dealing with a different Hollywood theme. Heart of Darkness segment for instance, tells the story about the effort of making a movie based on Joseph Conrad’s novel of the same name. This section covers the period of over 40 years – from Orson Welles’s failed adaptation attempt, till Fiona Banner’s 2012 The Greatest Film Never Madeproject. Fiona Banner collaborated with numerous designers to create drawings and sculptures based on Orson Welles’s unrealized film script. Dial M for Meta section, represent an homage to the iconic works of Alfred Hitchcock. This exhibition segment contains Manuel Saiz’s edit of North By Northwest and still image edit of Psycho by Jim Campbell. Artist Gregory Chatonsky reconstructed one of the director’s iconic films via Google Street View in his Vertigo at Home artwork.
The group exhibition Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives In Art And Artifact is on view until April 10, 2016 at Museum of the Moving Image in New York. Read more: Walkers Exhibition: Classic Hollywood Cinema Reflected in Contemporary Art Practice
Featured Images: John Stezaker – Marriage Film Portrait Collage, XXVII, 2007, courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery London; Richard Prince – Untitled Bob Hope, 2012., detail. Images courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image
Olafur Eliasson at Belvedere in Vienna
Like no other artist of his generation, Danish-Icelandic-rooted artist Olafur Eliasson stages the physical and material experience of artistic works since almost two decades. In this context, he questions our reception habits. Eliasson uses approaches from science, psychology and architecture in order to make the relation between reality, reception and representation visible and perceptible through movement, projection, shadows and mirroring. „Natural“ materials – as water air, mist or ice – are producing environments in which visitors simultaneously become active participants of his art. In the comprehensive solo show key works from two important international collections as well as newly commissioned works will be presented at the Winter Palace of Prince Eugene.
Featured Images: Olafur Eliasson – Baroque Baroque (Images courtesy of Belvedere).
Ernest Pignon-Ernest at Galerie Openspace in Paris
Through a series of photographs, drawings, sketches, but also urban interventions across Italy, Ernest Pignon-Ernest re-poses the unanswered questions regarding the murder of Pasolini. In four decades since it happened it never became clear who was responsible, while evidences were disappearing, false testimonies were given, and the possible suspects were never brought to justice. The powerful image made by Ernest Pignon-Ernest found its place in cities and locations closely linked to Pasolini himself – Rome, home of his Accattone movie; Naples, where his Decameron was filmed; Matera, where The Gospel According to St. Matthewcame to be; or Ostia beach and the sands he was murdered on. The drawing, which sees Pasolini carrying his dead self in his arms, is like the depiction of an unrest spirit which demands answers. ”What Have You Done To My Death?”
The exhibition Si Je Reviens – Pasolini, 2015 will be on view until January 23, 2016 at Galerie Openspace in Paris. Read more: Ernest Pignon-Ernest Revives the Memory of Pier Paolo Pasolini in a New Exhibition in Paris
Featured Images: Ernest Pignon – Ernest – Rome, 2015; Ernest Pignon – Ernest-Ostia, 2015. All images courtesy of Galerie Openspace.
Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei at National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne
After having problems with obtaining necessary Lego Toys for this exhibition, everything ended well when it comes to Ai Weiwei’s works. One of the new commissions by Ai Weiwei is titled Letgo Room, 2015. The immersive environment incorporates more than two million plastic building blocks featuring portraits of twenty Australian activists, advocates and champions of human rights, freedom of speech, freedom of information and freedom of the internet. Portrait subjects include Julian Assange, Geoffrey Robertson QC, Peter Greste, Professor Gillian Triggs, Rosie Batty, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Archie Roach, Julian Burnside AO QC and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, among others from the fields of international law and academia, social welfare, media, community activism in support of indigenous people, asylum seekers, sex workers and the gender non-specific, among other contexts.
Other spectacular new works by Ai Weiwei are an installation of 1500 bicycles from his Forever Bicycles series, a sparkling five meter-tall work from Ai’s Chandelier series of crystal and light; Blossom, a new installation in the form of a large bed of thousands of delicate, intricately designed white porcelain flowers; and Caonima Balloons and Bird Balloons, 2015, a new floating inflatable work developed by Ai Weiwei in response to Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds 1966.
The exhibition Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei will be on view until April 24, 2016 at National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. Read more: Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei Works See Light for the First Time in a Joint Exhibition in Melbourne