Art Exhibitions to See in the First Half of 2020

Top Lists, Exhibition Announcements

December 28, 2019

As we are moving to the year 2020, it is time to take a look at some of the amazing exhibitions taking place in seminal galleries and museums around the world in the first six months.

The art exhibitions in the year 2020 will be remarkably diverse, from the study of the Renaissance artist Artemisia Gentileschi; the icons of the 20th-century artists Edward Hopper or Georgia O'Keeffe; the examination of Studio 54, and the celebration of female Surrealists; to the decisive moments of Henri Cartier-Bresson and the stunning American landscapes of Ansel Adams. Be sure to add these to your cultural calendar.

Scroll down for the upcoming art exhibitions of the first six months of the year 2020!

Featured image: Henri Cartier-Bresson - Simiane-la-Rotonde, France, 1969. Gelatin silver print, 11 3/4 x 17 5/8 in. (29.8 x 44.8 cm). © Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos.

Edward Hopper at the Fondation Beyeler

The exhibition of works by Edward Hopper, one of the 20th century’s most important American painters, is coming to The Fondation Beyeler in January.

Simply titled Edward Hopper, the show will focus on a collection of Hopper’s iconic representations of the infinite expanse of American landscapes and cityscapes, an aspect rarely highlighted in exhibitions to date. This extensive and exciting overview will bring together watercolors and oil paintings dating from the 1910s to the 1960s and will include the screening of The Light of Solitude, a 3D short film by Wim Wenders inspired by Hopper’s American Spirit.

Edward Hopper will be on view at The Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland from January 26th until May 17th, 2020.

Featured image: Edward Hopper - Gas, 1940. Oil on canvas, 66.7 x 102.2 cm. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund © Heirs of Josephine Hopper / 2019, ProLitteris, Zurich © 2019 Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York / Scala, Florence.

Georgia O'Keeffe at the Seattle Art Museum

Celebrating the recent acquisition of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Music, Pink and Blue, No. 1, a gift of former trustee Barney A. Ebsworth, the Seattle Art Museum will present an exhibition dedicated to this celebrated 20th-century painter.

The first complete expression of her personal brand of modernism, Music, Pink and Blue, No. 1 features the swelling, undulating forms that imply a connection between the visual and the aural, while also suggesting the rhythms and harmonies that the artist perceived in nature. In addition, the exhibition will include a tightly focused selection of O’Keeffe’s early drawings, paintings from the 1920s and 1930s, and photographs of the artist by Alfred Stieglitz.

Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstract Variations will be on view at the Seattle Art Museum (Third Floor Galleries) from March 5th until June 28th, 2020.

Featured image: Georgia O'Keeffe - Music, Pink and Blue No. 2., 1918. Oil on canvas, 35 x 29 15/16 in., Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Gift of Emily Fisher Landau in honor of Tom Armstrong. Inv. N.: 91.90, Digital image © Whitney Museum of American Art / Licensed by Scala / Art Resource, NY.

Studio 54 at the Brooklyn Museum

An exciting exhibition about the Studio 54 is coming to the Brooklyn Museum, the first to explore the trailblazing aesthetics and continuing impact of New York City’s legendary nightclub.

Studio 54: Night Magic will present nearly 650 objects ranging from fashion, photography, drawings, and film to stage sets and music. The display will highlight the revolutionary creativity, expressive freedom, and sexual liberation celebrated at this world-renowned nightclub and its lasting influence on nightclub design, cinema, and fashion.

Studio 54: Night Magic will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum in New York from March 13th until July 5th, 2020.

Featured image: Dustin Pittman - Stroke of Midnight at Studio, 1978–79. Photograph, 15 x 20 in. (38.1 x 50.8 cm). Courtesy of the artist © Dustin Pittman.

Henri Cartier-Bresson at Palazzo Grassi

An exhibition dedicated to the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson is coming to Palazzo Grassi in Spring 2020, co-organized with the Bibliothèque nationale de France and in partnership with the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu invites five different curators - photographer Annie Leibovitz, film director Wim Wenders, writer Javier Cercas, the General Conservator and Director of the Prints and Photography Department of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Sylvie Aubenas, and collector François Pinault, to select fifty works each. They will make their selection from the original Master Collection, a selection of 385 images that the artist himself chose in the early 1970s as the most significant of his work.

The exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu will be on view at Palazzo Grassi in Venice from March 22nd, 2020 until January 10th, 2021.

Featured image: Henri Cartier-Bresson - Simiane-la-Rotonde, France, 1969. Gelatin silver print, 11 3/4 x 17 5/8 in. (29.8 x 44.8 cm). © Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos.

Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

The upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston will explore the post-graffiti moment in 1980s New York City that marked the transition of street art from city walls and subway trains onto canvas and into the art world. The star of the show will be Jean-Michel Basquiat, a galvanizing, iconic frontrunner of this transformational and insurgent movement in contemporary American art.

The show, called Writing the Future, will bring together Basquiat's works in painting, sculpture, drawing, video, music and fashion, alongside works by his contemporaries—and sometimes collaborators, A-One, ERO, Fab Five Freddy, Futura, Keith Haring, Kool Koor, LA2, Lady Pink, Lee, Rammellzee and Toxic.

The exhibition Writing the Future will be on view at the MFA Boston's Ann and Graham Gund Gallery from April 5th until August 2nd, 2020.

Featured image: Jean‑Michel Basquiat - Hollywood Africans, 1983. Acrylic and oil stick on canvas. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Gift of Douglas S. Cramer. Digital Image © Whitney Museum of American Art / Licensed by Scala / Licensed by Art Resource. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / Licensed by Artestar, New York. Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Ansel Adams at the Crystal Bridges

This summer at the Crystal Bridges, you can take a trip across the American West through the lens of iconic American photographer Ansel Adams, together with more than 20 contemporary photographers.

In Ansel Adams: In Our Time, the visitors can see Adams’s stunning black-and-white landscapes alongside contemporary artists whose modern-day environmental concerns point directly to the photographer’s legacy, including Mark Klett, Trevor Paglen, Catherine Opie, Abelardo Morell, Victoria Sambunaris, and Binh Danh.

Organized by the MFA Boston, Ansel Adams: In Our Time will be on view at the Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, AR from May 23rd until September 7th, 2020.

Featured image: Ansel Adams - The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1942. Photograph, gelatin silver print, 2018.2733. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Lane Collection. © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Fantastic Women - Surreal Worlds from Meret Oppenheim to Frida Kahlo at the Louisiana

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art will present a major exhibition focusing on the contribution of women artists to Surrealism. Female Surrealist remain overshadowed by their male counterparts, even though many of them were part of the inner circle around André Breton and showed alongside their male colleagues in seminal Surrealist exhibitions of the day.

Fantastic Women - Surreal Worlds from Meret Oppenheim to Frida Kahlo gathers around 250 works by 30 women artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington and Meret Oppenheim, but also Kay Sage, Leonor Fini and Toyen.

Fantastic Women - Surreal Worlds from Meret Oppenheim to Frida Kahlo will be on view at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark from June 18th until September 27th, 2020.

Featured image: Leonora Carrington - Portrait of the late Mrs. Partridge, 1947. Oil on wood, 100.3 x 69.9 cm. Private Collection. © Leonora Carrington / VISDA 2019. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude at Centre Pompidou

Paris will be the place to be when it comes to art in 2020, especially as far as fans of Christo and Jeanne-Claude are concerned.

A major show dedicated to the artists’ Paris years, in particular from 1958 to 1964, will be presented at Centre Pompidou. On view there will also be the story of The Pont-Neuf Wrapped, the iconic project from 1975-85. It is also the city where the couple met.

Later this year, from September 19 until October 4, The Arc de Triomphe will be wrapped in 25,000 square meters of recyclable polypropylene fabric in silvery blue, and 7,000 meters of red rope, in a brand new project by Christo, entirely funded from the sale of his preparatory sketches and collages of the project.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Paris! will be on view at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France from March 18th until June 15, 2020.

Featured image: Christo, L’Arc de triomphe (project for Paris, Place de l'Étoile – Charles de Gaulle), 2018, detail. © Christo. Photo © André Grossmann. Courtesy Centre Pompidou.

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