10 Art Exhibitions Opening This Fall Across the Continents

October 5, 2020

Events of this year have brought the world to a halt, challenging every aspect of human life. The art world was no exclusion. After everything stood still for a while, it is time for museums to spring back to life, announcing big art exhibitions this fall and bringing back the excitement of seeing art in person.

For all the art lover keen on getting back to museums, here are 10 art exhibitions coming up this fall/winter across the world that you should keep your eye on.

Featured image: Zanele Muholi - Busi Sigasa, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2006. Photograph, inkjet on paper; 505 x 765 mm. Courtesy of the Artist and Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy Tate.

Jackson Pollock's Mural at The Guggenheim

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is hosting a focused exhibition, featuring one of the most storied American paintings - Jackson Pollock's Mural from 1943. The reconditioned 345-pound, 2.5 x 6 meter painting was commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for the long, narrow foyer of the apartment building where she lived on East Sixty-first Street.

The largest canvas he ever painted, this work is often seen by art historians as a pivotal moment in the evolution of Pollock’s artistic style as the artist pushed beyond the restrictive traditions of easel painting, moving towards more gestural, more active painting.

The exhibition Away from the Easel: Jackson Pollock’s Mural will be on view at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York from October 3rd, 2020 through September 19th, 2021.

Featured image: From left: Jackson Pollock, The She-Wolf, 1943. Oil, gouache, and plaster on canvas, 41 7/8 × 67 inches (106.4 × 170.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Purchase, 1944. © 2020 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, New York; Mural, 1943; and Untitled (Green Silver), ca. 1949. Installation view, Away from the Easel: Jackson Pollock’s Mural, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, October 3, 2020–September 19, 2021. Photo: David Heald.

Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation at the MFA Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will chart Jean-Michel Basquiat's relationship to early hip-hop culture in an exhibition that will bring together 120 loans from around the world. The visitors will have an opportunity to see iconic works by Basquiat as well as his friends and sometimes collaborators A-One, ERO, Fab 5 Freddy, Futura, Keith Haring, Kool Koor, LA2, Lady Pink, Lee Quiñones, Rammellzee and Toxic.

The exhibition explores the influence of these artists' practices on the rise of hip-hop culture at the time, as well as Basquiat's position among a community of peers.

Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation will be on view at the MFA Boston from October 18th, 2020 to May 16th, 2021 in the Museum’s Ann and Graham Gund Gallery.

Featured image: Jean-Michel Basquiat - Hollywood Africans, 1983 © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

Zanele Muholi at Tate Modern

Tate Modern is hosting the first major UK survey of South African visual activist Zanele Muholi, best-known for photographs telling stories of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex lives in South Africa. Simply titled Zanele Muholi, the exhibition will bring together 260 photographs, spanning the full breadth of Muholi's career to date.

The display will include her first body of work Only Half the Picture, depicting the complexities of gender and sexuality for the individuals of the queer community; the series Faces and Phases, which commemorates and celebrates black lesbians, transgender people and gender non-conforming individuals; Brave Beauties, which celebrates empowered non-binary people and trans women; and her ongoing series Somnyama Ngonyama, an acclaimed series of dramatic self-portraits; among others.

The exhibition Zanele Muholi will be on view at Tate Modern in London from November 5th, 2020 until March 7th, 2021.

Featured image: Zanele Muholi - ID Crisis, 2003. Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper, 325 x 485 mm. Courtesy of the Artist and Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy Tate.

Tracey Emin and Edvard Munch at the Royal Academy of London

The Royal Academy in London brings together the most recent paintings by Tracey Emin, a major figure in contemporary art for over 25 years, alongside works by Edvard Munch selected by Emin. Emin has had a career-long fascination with Edvard Munch, explaining she's "been in love with this man since I was eighteen”.

The exhibition features more than 25 of Emin’s works including paintings, neons and sculpture, juxtaposed to a carefully considered selection of 19 oils and watercolors by Munch. The display will reveal the dark territories and raw emotions that both artists navigate in a moving exploration of grief, loss and longing.

Organized by the Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, the exhibition Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul will be on view at The Royal Academy in London from November 15th, 2020 until February 28th, 2021.

Featured image: Edvard Munch - Female Nude, 1919–1924. Watercolor, 95.2 x 60 cm. Munchmuseet. Courtesy RA.

Encounters with Art in Our Times at ICA Boston

The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston will present an exhibition exploring the role of art and museums in turbulent times. Titled i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times, after the title of a Henry Taylor painting in the Institute's collection, the show celebrates the power of experiencing art in person, inviting visitors to create a personal connection with works of art.

The exhibition will feature new acquisitions and iconic works from the ICA’s collection, including works by artists such as Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Kader Attia, Firelei Báez, Louise Bourgeois, Nan Goldin, Simone Leigh, Doris Salcedo, and many others.

i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times will be on view at the ICA Boston from November 18th, 2020 until May 23rd, 2021 at the Bridgitt and Bruce Evans Galleries.

Featured image: Nan Goldin - Chrissy with her 100-year-old Grandmother, Provincetown, 1977. Gelatin silver print, 8 1/2 × 11 inches (21.6 × 27.9 cm). Gift of Lillian and Hyman Goldin. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York. © Nan Goldin. Courtesy ICA Boston.

Taking Space at PAFA

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Boston will explore the approaches of women artists for whom space is a critical feature of their work in a new show. Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale brings together works by artists such as Mary Frank, Viola Frey, Hope Gangloff, Nancy Graves, Guerrilla Girls, Ellen Harvey, Barbara Kruger, Elizabeth Murray, Wangechi Mutu, Dona Nelson, Louise Nevelson, Debra Priestly, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Miriam Schapiro, Sylvia Sleigh, Becky Suss, Mickalene Thomas, Marie Watt, and Dyani White Hawk.

One of three exhibitions at PAFA in 2020–2021 celebrating women artists in honor of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, it will invite viewers to consider how size and repetition can be interpreted as political gestures in the practices of many women artists.

The exhibition Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale will be on view at PAFA Boston from November 19th, 2020 until April 11th, 2021.

Featured image: Deborah Willis - I Made Space for a Good Man, 2009. Courtesy PAFA Boston.

Chicano Graphics at SAAM

After decades of social and economic discrimination, a sense of self-determination and a desire for immediate social change served as a catalyst for the Mexican-American population of the U.S during the 1960s. The revolt gave birth to the Chicano Movement, a civil rights movement which sought to bring equality and ethnic empowerment and pride to the Mexican-Americans.

During this period, Chicano artists forged a remarkable history of printmaking that remains vital today. The upcoming exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum will explore these innovative printmaking practices. Titled ¡Printing the Revolution!, the exhibition will present more than 120 works, examining the rise of Chicano graphics within these early social movements and the ways in which these artists have further advanced innovative printmaking practices attuned to social justice. Among featuring artists are Rupert García, Ester Hernández, the Royal Chicano Air Force, Elizabeth Sisco, Louis Hock, Juan de Dios Mora, the Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA, Enrique Chagoya, René Castro, Juan Fuentes, and Linda Lucero.

¡Printing the Revolution! will be on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC from November 20th, 2020 until August 8th, 2021.

Featured image: Juan Fientes - Untitled (April), from Galeria de la Raza's 1975 Calendario, 1975. Screenprint on paper. Courtesy The Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Rodin/Arp at the Fondation Beyeler

The Foundation Beyeler will welcome visitors to an exhibition creating a dialogue between works by Auguste Rodin and Hans Arp.

What brings these two sculptors together is a unique artistic innovation and joy of experimentation. Both of them created sculptural milestones that illustrate in an impressive and exemplary way fundamental aspects in the development of modern sculpture. While revealing many points of reference, the exhibition also brings forth their differences. The exhibition will bring together sculptures by both artists, Arp's reliefs, as well as drawings and collages by both artists.

The exhibition Rodin/Arp will be on view at the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen from December 13th, 2020 until May 16th, 2021.

Featured image: Hans Arp - Schalenbaum, 1960. Bronze, 196 x 99 cm. Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Collection Beyeler © 2020 ProLitteris, Zurich. Photo by Robert Bayer.

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