And again we’re ready to present you a review of MUST SEE shows in May of 2015!
Of course, it’s logical to start from the major event in the world of contemporary art everyone has been waiting for – the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. The curator of this year, Okwui Enwezor, entitled it “All the World’s Futures” and divided its project into three parts, so-called “Filters”.
The first one, “Liveness: On epic duration” contains an event that will take place in the space of the main venue. As the curator’s statement notes, viewers will be able to see already completed art objects along with the works that will be created especially for the show. The second part, “Garden of Desorder”, will take place in in the Giardini and the Central Pavilion, Corderie, Giardino delle Vergini in the Arsenale. Here Enwezor suggests the artist to dive into exploration of the “state of things” and present new pieces that refer to the problems of ecology, national and geopolitical conflicts, etc. The third “filter” – “Capital: A Live Reading” – will include literary reading of “Das Kapital” by Karl Marx in in the Central Pavilion.
This way, Okwui Enwezor tried to embrace deep philosophical issues of “appearance of things” and “state of things” through various contemporary artistic practices. Apart from that you will be able to visit traditional projects of various countries in their national pavilions in Cardini, Arsenale and historical part of Venice.
East has always been attracting us with its mysteriousness and sublime aesthetic. For all, who are in love with Oriental art we highly recommend to plan a visit to the Met Museum in May, where “China: Through the Looking Glass” show will take place. It will guide you through the world Western Fashion and demonstrate the impact of Chinese culture on it. High fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery. As the curators of the exhibition states, “From the earliest period of European contact with China in the sixteenth century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashions are infused at every turn with romance, nostalgia, and make-believe. Through the looking glass of fashion, designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions”.
Whenever Chinese art is more or less popularized, culture of Latin America is less known to the wide audience. Between April 1932 and March 1933, Rivera created one of his most accomplished mural cycles—Detroit Industry—on the four walls of a centrally located courtyard at the DIA. At the same time and largely unnoticed, Kahlo developed her now-celebrated artistic identity.
Exclusively on view at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit brings together nearly 70 works of art that depict the evolution of these two extraordinary artists’ careers, including eight of Rivera’s epic preparatory drawings for the Detroit Industry murals and 23 pieces by Kahlo. The period prior to Rivera and Kahlo’s time in Detroit will be anchored by the loan of Kahlo’s great double portrait of the newlywed couple (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) and Rivera’s ravishing Flowered Barge (Museo Olmedo, Mexico City) that reveals his adoration of Mexican life. Among works in the post Detroit section are Kahlo’s Self Portrait with Cropped Hair (Museum of Modern Art), and Self Portrait with Small Monkey (Robert Brady Museum, Cuernavaca), paintings in which her face became the centerpiece of her imagery.
The next visit we recommend you to make is in New York. From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola is the first major exhibition to focus on the individual accomplishments and parallel developments of two of the foremost practitioners of avant-garde photography in Europe and Latin America – jthe German-born Grete Stern and the Argentinean Horacio Coppola. The exhibition traces their artistic development from the late 1920s, when Stern established a pioneering commercial studio, ringl + pit, with her friend Ellen (Rosenberg) Auerbach, and Coppola began groundbreaking experimentations with photography in his native Argentina, to their joint studies at the Bauhaus and travels through Europe in the early 1930s, through the mid-1950s, by which time they had firmly established the foundations of modern photography in Buenos Aires. The couple effectively imported the lessons of the Bauhaus to Latin America, and revolutionized the practice of art and commercial photography on both sides of the Atlantic by introducing such innovative techniques as photomontage, embodied in Stern’s protofeminist works for the women’s journal Idilio, and through Coppola’s experimental films and groundbreaking images for the photographic survey Buenos Aires 1936.
All guests and citizens of Amsterdam, who will visit the Stedelijk museum in May, are the lucky ones, since they have a unique opportunity to enjoy on of the biggest shows of Henri Matisse that has ever been in Netherlands – “The Oasis of Matisse”. Apart from the delightful paintings, sculptures and paper-cuttings from the museum’s collection, the exposition will be enriched with pieces by his contemporaries, teachers, and followers. There’s no need to talk much about the exhibition – you just have to see it!
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