2019 is about to end and it is a good moment to recapitulate and list some of the great art exhibitions that have been enjoyed all around the world. Have a look at our top 10 exhibitions, hopefully you were lucky enough to visit some of them!
Women Artists in the Nationalgalerie Before 1918 at the Alte Nationalgalerie
Exhibitions like this survey of women artists in the permanent collection of Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie are such a treat. There’s depth and variation, in style, content, and talent. There are star artists such as Käthe Kollwitz, along with a host of obscure albeit compelling work; in its totality, it’s as much an historical snapshot as it is an art exhibition. Don’t miss it, it is still on until March, 2020!
When: Oct. 11 – Mar. 3, 2020
Where: Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Nam June Paik: The Future is Now at the Tate Modern
An exhibition devoted to video art might not have the popular appeal of, say, a Michelangelo blockbuster, but Nam June Paik, the so-called father of the medium, knew how to put on a show. His art isn’t just videos on screens. It’s often sculptures; weird, confusing, occasionally very large sculptures, including a room-sized installation, in which videos and televisions feature heavily. Much of Paik’s art is half a century old, but visitors will discover that almost all of it feels surprisingly current.
When: Oct. 17, 2019 – Feb 9, 2020
Where: The Tate Modern, London, UK
Joana Vasconcelos: I’m your Mirror at the Guggenheim Bilbao
Joana Vasconcelos, the most internationally reputed Portuguese artist of her generation, presented her first anthological exhibition in Spain at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. I’m Your Mirror, whose title is a tribute to Nico, the celebrated German vocalist who sang I’ll Be Your Mirror with the New York band The Velvet Underground, was a retrospective featuring some thirty pieces produced between 1997 and the present day. Some of the selected works are among the best known of her career, such as Burka and The Bride, while others are more recent or have been created especially for this occasion, like the monumental Egeria (2018), installed in the Atrium of the Museum, interacting with Frank Gehry’s architecture.
When: Jun. 29 – Nov. 11, 2019
Where: Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
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The Venice Biennale’s 58th International Art Exhibition
Every two years much of the art world congregates in Venice for what should, in theory, be a relic from another age: Dozens of countries fill their pavilions in the city’s formal gardens with contemporary art that establishes some approximation of national prestige. The show is augmented by a colossal exhibition in the Arsenale, a warehouse nearby, which this year will be curated by the director of London’s Hayward Gallery, Ralph Rugoff. Always the place to be!
When: May 11 – Nov. 24, 2019
Where: The Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
Maria Lassnig: I Is Someone Else, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
The late Maria Lassnig, who passed away in 2014, is widely regarded as one of the foremost artistic figures of the 20th century. She became particularly known for her Körperbewusstseinsbilder (body awareness paintings), through which she defined her relationship to the world by depicting the sensations experienced in different parts of her body. The exhibition featured paintings, drawings, films, sculptures, and many never-before-seen works.
When: Apr. 6 – Aug. 13, 2019
Where: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Gilbert & George, The Great Exhibition at the Moderna Museet Stockholm
Gilbert & George, the iconic British art duo who have been creating art that challenges the conventions of art and society for over five decades, have held an exhibition in Stockholm in 2019. With over 50 pieces selected by the artists, and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Daniel Birnbaum, promised to be a show that was thrilling, grotesque, surreal, and would turn things upside down.
When: Feb. 9 – May 12, 2019
Where: Moderna Museet Stockholm
Alberto Giacometti at the Prado Museum
As part of its Bicentenary activities, the Prado showed Alberto Giacometti’s works in dialogue with key works from its collection. Giacometti’s figurative sculptures had an incredible influence on the 1950s, abstract-dominated art world. They became a model of how the human figure might return to art. His figures represent solitary human beings attempting, yet tragically failing, to communicate with others. Giacometti’s figures interacting with the Prado’s great masters was a sight to remember.
When: Feb. 4 – Jul. 7, 2019
Where: Museo del Prado, Madrid
Oscar Rejlander: Artist Photographer at the Getty Center
When photography was in its infancy the camera operator was considered just that: someone who managed a machine and nothing more. A few early proponents, including the Swedish born, U.K.-based Oscar Rejlander (1813- 1875), made a concerted effort to change that perception. In a comprehensive new show that originated at the National Gallery of Canada, viewers could see the results of Rejlander’s efforts. This exhibition of 150 works included his undisputed masterpiece, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872), which he created by exposing 30 negatives then collaging them together to print a single picture.
When: Mar. 12 – Jun. 9, 2019
Where: J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
The Berlin based Japanese artist Shiota Chiharu weaves webs across gallery spaces. Depending on the color she chooses, they can resemble anything from a sticky mass of secreted silk to an artist’s impression of acid rain, but, as a new exhibition at the Mori Art Museum in Japan revealed, they are so tactile and immersive that it is almost as if they have created their own consciousness. They seemed to live, breathe and feel just as organically as we do.
When: Jun. 20 – Oct. 27, 2019
Where: Mori Art Museum
Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey: Stories of this Land at the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art
Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey (1920-1985) was an artist and illustrator and an eloquent writer who is perhaps best-known in Australia for a series of children’s books of Aboriginal folk stories. An activist and pioneer of indigenous art and culture, he brought the traditional practices of painting on bark to a wider audience in the 1960s. This touring exhibition is the first major retrospective in Australia celebrating the painter’s life and presents more than 70 works by the artist, including figurative pictures of tribal life and Aboriginal Dreamtime creatures.
When: Mar. 30 – Aug. 18, 2019
Where: Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane