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Art Exhibitions To See in 2019

  • Kiki Smith - Sky (detail), 2011 art exhibitions
January 1, 2019
A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

As we enter the year 2019, it is the time to take a look at some of the amazing exhibitions awaiting us in it. Taking place in seminal institutions around the world, the art exhibitions of 2019 promise exciting dates in our cultural calendar.

From Robert Mapplethorpe and the Bauhaus Centenary to Kiki Smith and Keith Haring, we bring you the most exciting art exhibitions taking place in the year ahead.

Featured image: Kiki Smith – Sky (detail), 2011. Photograph courtesy the artist and Magnolia Editions, Oakland c Kiki Smith, courtesy Pace Gallery.

  • Robert Mapplethorpe - Self Portrait, 1980

Robert Mapplethorpe at The Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum will host a comprehensive exhibition of work by Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most critically acclaimed yet controversial American artists of the late twentieth century. Titled Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now, this yearlong exhibition is conceived in two sequential parts – the first phase showing an installation of highlights from the Guggenheim’s rich collection of Mapplethorpe holdings, and the second one addressing the artist’s resounding impact on the field of contemporary portraiture and self-representation.

The exhibition will be on view at The Guggenheim in New York from January 25th until July 10th, 2019, and from July 10th, 2019 until January 5th, 2020.

Featured image:Robert Mapplethorpe, Self Portrait, 1980. Gelatin silver print, 35.9 x 35.7 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Gift, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, 93.4289 © The Estate of Robert Mapplethorpe.

  • Vincent van Gogh - Impasse des deux frères, 1887

Van Gogh at the MFAH

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will host a major survey of Vincent van Gogh‘s work, bringing together more than 50 masterworks of this iconic artist. Titled Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art, the exhibition will showcase portraits, landscapes, examining four key stages of his career, from early sketches to final paintings. The works are drawn primarily from the collections of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands.

The exhibition will be on view at MFAH in Houston from March 10th until June 27th, 2019.

Featured image: Vincent van Gogh – Impasse des deux frères, 1887. Oil on canvas. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).

  • Bill Viola - Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), 2005
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti - The Virgin and Child with the Infant St John, ca. 1504-05

Bill Viola and Michelangelo at the RA

The Royal Academy of Arts brings together two artists who explore the same universal themes with works of transcendent beauty and raw emotional power – Bill Viola and Michelangelo. Delving into the affinities between these two artists who worked centuries apart, the exhibition titled Bill Viola / Michelangelo, Life Death Rebirth will present an immersive journey through the cycle of life. It will feature a selection of Michelangelo’s most poignant works and 12 installations spanning Viola’s entire career.

The exhibition Bill Viola / Michelangelo, Life Death Rebirth will be on view at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from January 26th until March 31st, 2019.

Featured images: Bill Viola – Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), 2005. Video:sound installation. Performer- John Hay. Courtesy Bill Viola Studio. Photo- Kira Perov; Michelangelo Buonarroti – The Virgin and Child with the Infant St John, ca. 1504-05. Part of the RA Collection Marble relief. 1068 mm. © Photo- Prudence Cuming Associates Limited.

  • Keith Haring - Ignorance = Fear 1989

Keith Haring at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool is hosting the first, major UK exhibition of artist and activist Keith Haring, bringing together more than 85 artworks including large, vibrant paintings, drawings and sculptures. Simply titled Keith Haring, it will highlight how activism played a key role in Haring’s art. It will also bring together posters, photographs, and videos that conjure the vibrancy of late 1980s New York street culture that Haring embraced and reflected.

The exhibition Keith Haring will be on view at Tate Liverpool from June 14th until November 10th, 2019.

Featured image: Keith Haring – Ignorance = Fear 1989. © Keith Haring Foundation/ Collection Noirmontartproduction, Paris.

  • Eileen Agar - Fish Circus, 1939

400 Years of Collage at the National Galleries of Scotland

The first survey exhibition of collage ever to take place in Britain, Cut and Past: 400 Years of Collage at the Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art will bring together nearly 250 works. It will present a range of approaches, from sixteenth-century anatomical “flap prints”, to computer-based images; works by amateur, professional and unknown artists; collages by children and revolutionary cubist masterpieces by Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris; from 19th century do-it-yourself collage kits to collage films of the 1960s.

The exhibition Cut and Past: 400 Years of Collage will be on view at the Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art (Modern Two) in Edinburgh from June 29th until October 27th, 2019.

Featured image: Eileen Agar – Fish Circus, 1939. Collage, pen and ink and watercolor on paper. © The Estate of Eileen Agar. All Rights Reserved 2017/ Bridgeman Images. Photo: Antonia Reeve.

  • Cindy Sherman - Untitled Film Still #15, 1978, from june until september

Cindy Sherman at the NPG

The National Portrait Gallery will host a major retrospective of works by Cindy Sherman, exploring the development of her work from the mid-1970s to the present day. Cindy Sherman will bring together around 150 works from international public and private collections, including the ground-breaking series, Untitled Film Stills, 1977-80, as well as new work never before displayed in a public gallery.

The exhibition Cindy Sherman will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery in London from June 27th until September 15th, 2019.

Featured image: Cindy Sherman – Untitled Film Still #15, 1978, Gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

  • Installation view, Jackson Pollock, Whitechapel Gallery, 1958

Staging Pollock at the Whitechapel

Six decades after it was first shown in the Whitechapel Gallery, Jackson Pollock‘s masterpiece Summertime 9A from 1948 returns to the gallery. Designed by Trevor Dannatt, the exhibition will immerse visitors in a powerful encounter with painting as environment. Titled Staging Jackson Pollock, it also includes rare archival material and an exclusive recent interview with Dannatt, to revisit how the initial showcase was organized and the reasons for its profound significance.

The exhibition Staging Jackson Pollock will be on view at the Whitechapel Gallery in London until March 24th, 2019.

Featured image: Installation view, Jackson Pollock, Whitechapel Gallery, 1958; Whitechapel Gallery Archive. Photo by Sam Lambert.

  • Kiki Smith - Sky, 2011

Kiki Smith at Belvedere

Next summer, the Lower Belvedere will host a major survey of the oeuvre of the American artist Kiki Smith. Procession will bring together around sixty works from the last three decades, including recent pieces, and will place a focus on sculpture. The title of the show is drawn from the Latin “procedere” as a reference to marching forwards, advancing, taking action, and is a literal allusion to Kiki Smith’s entire oeuvre.

The exhibition Procession will take place at the Lower Belvedere in Vienna from June 6th until September 15th, 2019.

Featured image: Kiki Smith – Sky, 2011. Photograph courtesy the artist and Magnolia Editions, Oakland c Kiki Smith, courtesy Pace Gallery.

  • Bauhaus' school building in Dessau

Bauhaus Centenary

As the Bauhaus is celebrating its centenary next year, museums and galleries across the globe will host a range of exhibitions to mark this occasion. Part of the Bauhaus 100, these exhibitions will take the audience to the origins and places of activity of modernism.

Some of the highlights are Opening Festival: 100 years of Bauhaus at various locations in Berlin, taking place between January 16th and 24th, 2019; Bauhaus and America: Experiments in light and movement at Westphalian State Museum of Art and Cultural History in Münster, on view until March 10th, 2019; Bauhaus: Pioneers of a New World at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, on view from February 9th until May 26th, 2019; and Bauhaus Imaginista: Still Undead, Berlin at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin from March 15th until June 10th, 2019.

Featured image: Bauhaus’ school building in Dessau. Photography by T Frenzen.

  • Georg Baselitz, 2018 Photo Daniel Blau

Georg Baselitz in Venice

The Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice will host a comprehensive show of the work of the acclaimed artist Georg Baselitz. This will be the first show to be presented by a living artist in the exhibition galleries of the venue. Curated by Professor Kosme de Barañano and conceived specifically for the museum, the exhibition will bring together paintings, drawings and sculptures from the artist’s remarkable sixty-year career.

The exhibition Georg Baselitz will be on view the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice from May 2019, during the 58th Venice Art Biennale.

Featured image: Georg Baselitz, 2018 © Photo: Daniel Blau © Georg Baselitz 2018.

  • Sofonisba Anguissola - Juana of Austria and a Young Girl, 1561-62
  • Lavinia Fontana - Portrait of a Noblewoman, ca. 1580

Lavinia Fontana and Sofonisba Anguissola at Museo Prado

One of the most exciting upcoming exhibitions at Museo del Prado will explore the work of two pioneering 16th-century women: Sofonisba Anguissola, who was a court painter for King Phillip II of Spain, and Lavinia Fontana, who is considered the first professional female artist. It will present the most important paintings of two of the most outstanding women artists in western art history, highlighting their ability to break away from the prevailing stereotypes assigned to women in relation to artistic practice.

The exhibition Sofonisba Anguissola y Lavinia Fontana. Dos modelos de mujeres artistas will be on view at Museo del Prado in Madrid from October 22nd, 2019 until February 2nd, 2020.

Featured images: Sofonisba Anguissola – Juana of Austria and a Young Girl, 1561-62, courtesy of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Lavinia Fontana – Portrait of a Noblewoman, ca. 1580; Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay, courtesy of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.