Art Exhibitions and Festivals: April 2015

From now on we offer to all art-lovers a monthly selection of the most interesting forthcoming art exhibitions and festivals all around the world, so you’ll be able to keep up with the intensive pace of contemporary life and plan your art route!


The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay.

Whenever you are interested in history of Avant-Grade, Tate Modern offers you a unique possibility to encounter the legacy of celebrated French abstract artist Sonia Delaunay “The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay”. Russian-born, she was one of pioneers of the Orphism Movement, established together with her husband Robert Delaunay. You can find out more details on her biography in our Sonia Delaunay article. Sonia Delaunay was one of key figures in development of contemporary design. “The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay” is the first retrospective of the artist in the UK, featuring painting, textiles and clothes, made during sixty years of her creative activity.

DATE & TIME: 15 April – 9 August 2015
WHERE: Tate Modern, The Eyal Ofer Galleries, Level 3. – London, Bankside, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom
PRICE: Adult £16.00 (without donation £14.50); Concession £14.00 (without donation £12.70). Under 12s go free (up to four per parent or guardian).
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Picasso/Dalí. Dalí/Picasso.

picasso-daliAnother must-see show in April takes place in the Museu Picasso – “Picasso/Dalí. Dalí/Picasso”. Organized in collaboration with the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg (Florida, USA), the exhibition is dedicated to the ‘rereading of the relationship’ between these two probably most influential masters of the 20th century art, both of whom were born in Catalunya. “We didn’t set out to show that these two artists are in some way similar, but to help visitors get a better understanding of them,” says the show’s co-curator, William Jeffett, from The Dalí Museum. You’ll be able to enjoy rarely loaned works (paintings, sculptures, engravings) from more than 25 international art museums and private collections from around the world.

DATE & TIME: 20 March – 28 June 2015
WHERE: Museu Picasso – Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain.
PRICE: 6,50€
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Exhibition of Diego Velazquez.

Diego VelazquezBaroque epoch is one of the most captivating and full of mysterious hypnotism periods in history of art. So, whenever you’re lucky to visit Paris in April, the exhibition of Diego Velazquez at the National Galleries of the Grand Palais is definitely not to be missed! The prominent painter of Golden Age in Spanish art, Velazquez is so famous that requires no detailed presentation (anyway, if you’re curious to know about his life – read the Diego Velazquez biography). The show redress the fact that no exhibition of this key figure in European culture had been previously organized in France; it presents his heritage in a dialogue with paintings by masters of his time that he knew, admired or influenced in turn. The exhibition retrospectively demonstrates gradual changes in style and subjects in Velazquez’s canvases (including landscapes, portraits and history paintings), the passage between naturalism and the influence of Caravaggio.

DATE & TIME: 25 March – 13 July 2015
WHERE: The Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées – Général Eisenhower Avenue, 3, 75008 Paris, France
PRICE: Adult €13; Concession €9
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Barocco a Roma. La meraviglia delle arti.

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The Fondazione Roma Museo-Palazzo Cipolla will present an ambitious cultural operation, mainly driven by the exhibition entitled “Barocco a Roma. La meraviglia delle arti” (Baroque in Rome. The Wonder of the Arts). Like the metaphorical ‘Barberini Sun’ the exhibition is in the middle of an original ‘heliocentric system’, where the rays are represented by a rich series of satellite events and projects held in some of the main Baroque sites in Rome: exclusive tours, thematic tours as well as study days, conferences, concerts and a historical commemoration of Castel San Angelo, featuring an exhibition, a boat race and the Girandola firework display to celebrate the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul. Exceptionally and exclusively during the exhibition period visitors may access sites that are normally out of bounds: the Chapel of the Magi (a work by Borromini and the arena where this artist challenged his old rival Bernini), the exclusive ‘Sala Borromini’ in the Oratory of Saint Phillip Neri. The exhibition displays unique loans granted by numerous museums, like Portrait of Costanza Bonarelli by Bernini (Museo di Capodimonte) or Time Vanquished by Love and Beauty by Simon Vouet (Museo Nacional del Prado).

DATE & TIME: 1 April – 26 July 2015
WHERE: Fondazione Roma Museo, Palazzo Cipolla – Via del Corso, 320 – 00186 Rome.
PRICE: Full price € 12,00 (for other offers visit the site of the exhibition)
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Written Works: Modernist Thought and Human Experience.

You can’t analyze but only FEE! art. Yet, it’s words of the artists that can probably make us closer to understanding of the eternal enigma of Creativity. MOMA’s show “Written Works: Modernist Thought and Human Experience” presents a selection of groundbreaking art texts written by iconic modern and contemporary artists – from Paul Gauguin to John Cage. Through their memoirs, biographies, diaries, letters, and essays you can acquaint with their views on spirituality, philosophy, aesthetics, politics, and the human experience. Each word there imprinted the atmosphere of the epoch and reveals the innovative thoughts that have sparked the creation of paramount works of art, many of which can be found in MoMA’s collection.

DATE & TIME: 1 April – 29 June 2015
WHERE: The Museum of Modern Art –11 West 53 Street New York, NY 10019-5497, USA
PRICE: Adults $25; Seniors $18; Students $14
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Jordi Fornies CounterpointDublin will enjoy a breath of fresh air of abstract art in April: The Oliver Corent gallery will held a show of a Spanish artist Jordi Fornies, called “Counterpoint”. The Counterpoint is a musical term that describes the combination of two or more melodic lines in such a way that they establish a harmonic relationship while retaining their linear individuality. Being an artist with solid scientific background, Jordi Fornies applied this definition to describe his pursuit of a complex materiality in painting, which expresses his desire to create multi-layered pieces of work. The master desires to achieve the synesthetic effect by combing in principles of visual and musical arts.

DATE & TIME: 12 April – 30 April 2015
WHERE: the Octagonal Room City Assembly house (home to the Irish Georgian Society), 58 South William Street, Dublin 2
PRICE: Free.
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