From impressionism to cubism, surrealism and conceptual art through a century, from the 1860s to the 1970s that is, modern art defines a myriad of movements and artists. Some of the best art curators in the world have put together the most peculiar modern art exhibitions, with unseen material and unique artwork on show: here are 2018 modern art exhibitions not to be missed.
Modigliani Unmasked, The Jewish Museum, New York Sep 15, 2017–Feb 4, 2018
When Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884-1920) arrived in Paris in 1906, anti-Semitism was still permeating the streets of the city: this modern art exhibition will explore Modigliani’s background and what shaped his cultural identity. Paris as an artistic melting pot created a social reality that was unparalleled: an emerging artist discovering himself and what portraiture meant in such a complex racial environment.
Cézanne Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, 26 Oct 2017 – 11 Feb 2018
Cézanne has been defined by Matisse and Picasso with the statement “He is the father of us all.” Clarity and true-to-life gravity are his distinctive traits and that were created with planes of colour and small brushstrokes, that build up to form complex fields. But he’s not an icon of portraiture: 200 portraits, 50 of which are borrowed, might prove this time, he should be. Never seen before artwork make this modern art exhibition a unique opportunity, including ‘Self Portrait in a Bowler Hat’ and ‘Boy in a Red Waistcoat’
Bauhaus in motion, Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin March 1, 2017–March 5, 2018
From world famous Bauhaus teachers of the like of Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer, László Moholy-Nagy to several students, The Bauhaus Archiv is presenting highlights of a multifaceted movement, starting from the preliminary course works and workshops, including furniture ceramics and graphic arts. The movements and the relocations from Weimar to Dessau, Berlin and to the point of exile are also documented in the exhibition through a selection of photographs.
Dalí / Duchamp, Royal Academy of Arts, London 7 Oct 2017 – 3 Jan 2018
These two titans of the 20th century are presented at the Royal Academy of Arts through a different point view: the exhibition is a conversation taking place thanks to art and the relationship between Dalì and Duchamp will be at centre stage. Their friendship is represented by a collection of 60 works, which explore the influence that Dalì in Surrealism and Duchamp in conceptual art had on each other. Photographs and other less famous material will be in the show, including the correspondence between the two.
The Hansen's Secret Garden The Ordrupgaard Collection Jacquemart-André Museum, 15 September 2017 to 22 January 2018
Amongst modern art exhibitions in 2018, the ‘Secret garden’ gathers the widest range of name in only one place. Assembled by two art lovers, the Danish couple Wilhelm (1868–1936) and Henny (1870–1951) Hansen, the exhibition will show a collection of 40 works of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works from the second half of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Ranging from Corot to Cézanne and Matisse, the changing landscapes of Monet, Pissarro, and Sisley, and the tender portraits of Renoir, Morisot, and Gonzalès, this is an opportunity to see relatively unknown work from some of the most important names in modern art: the works of emblematic artists such as Degas, Manet, Courbet and Gauguin will make this modern art exhibition one on top of your list.