2017 is looking to be a promising and exciting year for art exhibitions around the world. Art exhibitions are usually between one to three months depending on the institution displaying the artworks. Curators first have to narrow down the type of art they want to show in the exhibition and generally they present a unified theme. Many times the theme will reflect current issues taking place in the world or sometimes they will highlight an era of art or an artist. There are always numerous exhibitions taking place. We thought we would share a few of Artlink Canada’s top picks to go see this year. Mark down the following exhibitions in your calendar!
When: May 13th to October 1st 2017
Where: The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
"Their Mortal Remains" is an exhibition focusing on the life of the musicians in the band called Pink Floyd. The exhibition showcases the time period from the debut of the band in the 1960s through to the present day. The exhibition will be an audio-visual journey of over 360 artefacts of the band's five-decade span chronicling their music, design and staging of the band. Aubrey Powell and Victoria Broackes are the curators behind this exciting exhibition and there has been close consultation with Rodger Waters, Nick Mason and David Gilmour.
When: February 17th to May 29th, 2017
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), New York City, New York
The MET Museum’s thematic exhibition “Seurat’s Circus Sideshow” focuses on the heritage and allure of the painting Circus Sideshow (Parade de Cirque) painted by the late French post-impressionist artist Georges Seurat in 1887 to 1888. There will be more than 100 paintings, prints, period posters, drawings and illustrated journals by Georges Seurat and other artists fascinated by the seasonal fairs and traveling circuses of the 19th century. Highlights of the exhibition include works by Pablo Picasso, Honore Daumier and Fernand Pelez.
When: November 23rd, 2017 to April 2nd, 2018
Where: Tate Modern, London, England
“Modigliani” is an exhibition documenting the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani (1884 to 1920) who produced some of the most memorable art of the 20th century. Although Modigliani had a short lifespan, his artwork produced, had a profound impact on the visual culture of his time. He constantly experimented with different materials and the exhibition will include a vast array of his sculptures, portraitures, nudes and paintings of young peasants. Alongside Modigliani’s artwork in this exhibition will be pieces by his contemporaries including Constantin Brancusi and early works of Pablo Picasso.
When: March 4th to May 28th, 2017
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
The artwork of Hong-Kong based artist Tsang Kin-Wah will be gracing the walls of the Vancouver Art Gallery in the exhibition entitled “Tsang Kin-Wah: Welcome to Hongcouver”. Tsang Kin-Wah will be creating a site-specific text work for the exterior of the Vancouver Art Gallery involving issues and generalizations made on the cultural climate of immigration from Hong Kong to Vancouver. The text work will be in Chinese and English and will be based on editorials taken from Vancouver newspapers in the 1980’s to 1990’s.
When: January 27th – April 15th, 2017
Where: Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Italy
“Equivalenze: Guiseppe Penone” is an exhibition based on new sculptures by the renowned Italian artist Guiseppe Penone. The sculptures in “Equivalenze: Guiseppe Penone” depict and reveal the corresponding systems in organic bodies and materials. Penone creates fist-sized terracotta mouldings that are appended to iron plates and oxidized in certain areas by repeated strokes. Through Penone’s sculptures he is able to show the ambiguous zone between nature and art in a lively abstract manner.
When: October 2017 to January 2018
Where: The Broad, Los Angeles, California
The Broad’s “Yayoi Kusuma: Infinity Mirrors” exhibition is the Broad’s first exhibition displaying the intriguing installation artworks by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Kusuma is 87 years old and is still actively creating works in her Tokyo Studio. Included in the exhibition will be Kusama’s world-renowned immersive installation Infinity Mirror Rooms alongside vibrant coloured paintings, sculptures (specifically her signature bright yellow dotted pumpkins) and works on paper from the early 1950s to the present. These works contextualize the concept of infinity, which has been a major theme in Kusama’s work over many decades. Infinity Mirror Rooms includes six different Kusama infinity rooms with Kusama’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments. New works by Kusama will be debuted in this exhibition and should not be missed!