Of the Star-Cabinet staring up to the fanfare openings and reopenings, surreal theatrics, the Paris pleasures, and Michael Jackson, there is a lot to offer: from the arts to fill the world your diary from spring to winter in the coming year.
To keep people, the wardrobe, and what you choose, in you, is your thing. Unless you are very famous, if you look to our business.
Or a good business, in the case of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). With headquarters in London, to South Kensington, the V&A is one of the UK’s leading arts venues – specialist to that of a celebrity-wardrobe -. It did very well with an exhibition of David Bowie’s outfits in 2013, followed in 2015 by another dedicated to the fashion designer Alexander McQueen.
The next popular icon to the museum blockbuster-dress treatment of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, in their summer exhibition: Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe (16 June-4. November).
The wardrobe in question, The blue house (Casa Azul) was sealed for 50 years at her home in Mexico city. This was on the instructions of her husband, the muralist Diego Rivera, Kahlo died at the age of 47 in 1954
Other art highlights for the year 2018 Bridget Riley, David Zwirner Gallery (19. January – 10. March)Charles I: king and collector in the Royal Academy (27 Jan – 15 April)Bacon and Freud at the Tate Britain (28. February 27. August)Picasso 1932: love, fame, tragedy in the Tate Modern (8. March – 9. September)Egon Schiele, at Tate Liverpool (24. May – 23. September)Ed Ruscha at the National Gallery (11. June – 7. October)Mantegna and Bellini in the National Gallery (1. October 27. January 2019)
In the year 2004, some of the curators dared a glance, only to discover to her delight, inspired by a rainbow-colored treasure trove of Goodies from the late painter’s love of Mexican folk art.
It examples for your brand “Tehuana” cowls, hand-made accessories, love letters, head-dresses, and various decorated plaster corsets, and dentures, the long-suffering artist was Contracting polio as a child and then were crushed accident, in a tram as a teenager.
This is the first time the collection has travelled outside of Mexico and is just about a perfect theme for a summer show, as you will probably ever get. Photo renaissance
The Hayward Gallery on London’s Southbank has closed only for a relatively short period of time. It shows its renovated concrete galleries with his first major UK retrospective of Andreas Gursky’s monumental photographs (25. January 22. April).
Like Kahlo, the German photographer fell out of fashion for a while, but this show will help rebuild him as an important and insightful documenter of life in the wealthy West.
The wonderful Kettle’s Yard was closed in Cambridge, for a much longer two-and-a-half years for his makeover treatment. It will re-open with the new four-floor education wing at 10. February and an installation of the British artists from Bangladesh, Rana Begum.
Ragnar Kjartansson is another contemporary artist presents a seductive show in 2018. He has become in the last few years, from Iceland in the hipster scene, the darling of both the art world and art lovers with its surreal, theatrical works.French flair
Kjartansson was unlucky not to win the prestigious Cardiff art prize, Artes Mundi, 2014, with its fascinating multi-screen video installation, The visitors (Abba, 1981 album).
He returns to Wales, the National Museum Cardiff with a new performance piece (co-commissioned, Artes Mundi). It means that The sky In the room after a ’60s Italian song” Il Cielo In Una Stanza, which is played by a rotating roster of organists. It sounds strange. It will be odd. And probably a visit (3 is worth it. February – 11. March).
Good news if you are looking for an excuse to get to go to Paris, there are at least two more reasons for a trip to the city of lights this spring. The first is the check-out Rem Kookhaas is the re-modelling of the Galeries Lafayette, the historic buildings in 9 Rue du Platre in a vertical, versatile, “curatorial machine”.
It is due to open to the public on 10 March. Nineteen days later, an exhibition, the rush of painters all over the world come to the Louvre. For the first time since 1963, the grand museum, the installation of a large Eugene Delacroix show, with more than 180 works, from his early salon days, his mystical late works. Do. Not. Miss.
Paris comes to London in April in the rugged Form of Auguste Rodin’s sculptures. The British Museum presents an exhibition of the Frenchman in his work (26. April – 29. July), together with pieces from ancient Greece, which inspired him, in particular, the work of Phidias carved the sculptures on the Parthenon. Rodin used to sketch a visit to the British Museum, and you, and you seek inspiration.
If sculpture is your thing, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a summer treat for you. From the 26 of may in the greenhouse, it will be the host of the UK is the most extensive exhibition of Giuseppe Penone’s work. There are few better places to enjoy on the planet, the Italian is of the nature-inspired sculptures.
In the following month in the National Portrait Gallery in London offers something totally different. Michael Jackson: On The Wall (28. June 21. October) marks what would have been the late singer’s 60th birthday and includes works of art, to call in response to the man and his music – Andy Warhol, Grayson Perry, and Kehinde Wiley, to name but three.
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A sure-fire great event in the second half of the year was the opening of the V&A Dundee, on the banks of the river Tay. Designed by Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates, the £80m statement building is a place of international design in a Scottish context: Charles Rennie Macintosh meets Coco Channel.
It looks fantastic. As the Scottish National Gallery, Rembrandt-exhibition (7. July – 14. October), this has changed with the Dutch master’s work and how the public opinion in the direction of him.
It is one of the hundreds of exhibitions to look forward to in the year 2018. There are far too many to mention. But hopefully here, with those already in ink in my diary, to the car, she was inspired to one or two.
Happy New Year.
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