18 January 2012

2012′s Top Global Exhibitions

If you’ve got a passion for the arts, however zealous, there’s no doubt that passion flickers inside you like a little amaranthine flame. With our list of 2012′s top exhibitions we’re tickling your inner art loving flame; hoping to ignite the innate wanderlust in your soul and get you travelling the globe in search of some awe-inspiring, innovative, not to mention, unforgettable international art exhibitions. Take a look.

DAVID HOCKNEY: A BIGGER PICTURE, THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ART, LONDON, JANUARY 21st- APRIL 9th.

With this exhibition of landscape paintings, Pop art icon, David Hockney is not offering us an ending, but a beginning. All the work in the show is recent, including small oil-painted canvases, watercolours and drawings, as well as commissioned work depicting the East Yorkshire countryside. The show also includes Hockney’s iPad drawings.

LUCIEN FREUD, NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON, FEBRUARY 9th- MAY 27th.

Celebrated painter, influential artist, lothario; Lucien Freud is one of the most inspiring characters of his generation. This major exhibition, spanning over seventy years, is the first to focus on his portraiture.

ROYAL MANUSCRIPTS: THE GENIUS OF ILLUMINATION, THE BRITISH LIBRARY, LONDON, UNTIL MARCH 13th.

More than 150 medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts collected by kings and queens of England, dating from the 9th to the 16th centuries. This exhibition is truly magical, demonstrating the range of material that shaped monarchs’ understanding of their role and the world at large.

XU BING: TOBACCO PROJECT, THE ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM, USA, JANUARY 29th- JUNE 10th.

Xu Bing, one of China’s most innovative contemporary artists has studied tobacco culture over a 12 year period. The exhibition spans Bing’s work over this period, from early projects to new works inspired by visits to tobacco farms, warehouses and factories in Virginia. We’re most excited about the tiger-skin-pattern rug made from over half a million cigarettes standing on end.

FRANK OSCAR LARSON: 1950s NEW YORK STREET STORIES, QUEENS MUESUM OF ART, NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 5th- MAY 20th

This exhibition is a veritable treasure trove of Larson’s photographs, which depict beautifully, life on the streets of New York in the 1950s, from Chinatown to Times Square. The exhibition has been compiled from a cache of negatives which were discovered in his daughter-in-law’s home in Maine in 2009.

GUSTAV KLIMT 150th ANNIVERSARY, VIENNA

If you’ve ever fancied a trip to Vienna, then 2012 is the year to do it as the country celebrates the 150th anniversary of renound artist, Gustav Klimt, most famous for his iconic artwork ‘The Kiss’. A series of special exhibitions will mark the anniversary in what will be an unmissable event on 2012′s cultural calendar. Exhibitions will be held at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Leopold Museum and the Albertina.

ROY LICHTENSTEIN: A RETROSPECTIVE, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, MAY 16th- SEPTEMBER 3rd.

This exhibition which considers all periods of Pop art legend Roy Lichtenstein’s career, is the first full retrospective since his death in 1997. Presenting over 130 paintings and sculptures, as well as over 30 little or never-before-seen drawings and collages, this exhibition is the Holy Grail for Lichtenstein fans. Alongside the artist’s Pop art, there will be cartoon paintings, late nudes and Chinese landscapes.

THE MAD SQUARE: MODERNITY IN GERMAN ART 1910-1937, NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, MELBOURNE, UNTIL MARCH 4th.

This major international travelling exhibition of the Art Gallery of New South Wales features 200 works, all of which are products of the avant-garde art movement. Centred on Berlin between the 1910′s and 1930′s when the avant-garde movement blossomed into radical artistic experimentation. The exhibition will feature works by George Grosz, Otto Dix, Max Beckmann and K├Ąthe Kollwitz.

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