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18.11.20 Until 9 May 2021 Lynette Yiadom-Boakye – Tate Britain

Despite the UK’s museum closures over lockdown, audiences will hopefully still get to see the first major survey of the celebrated London-based painter, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, come spring. Widely considered to be one of the most important painters of her generation, Yiadom-Boakye is known for her enigmatic portraits of fictitious people. Through her focus on the depiction of imagined black characters, the artist’s work raises important questions of identity and representation. The exhibition, showing at London’s Tate Britain, will include over 80 paintings and works on paper, comprising a collection of works from 2003 to present day. Yiadom-Boakye was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Prize in 2018 and was the 2012 recipient of the Pinchuk Foundation Future Generation Prize. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2013.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG, United Kingdom

Tie the Temptress to the Trojan, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye 2018, Collection of Michael Bertrand, Toronto, © Courtesy of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye


Until 7 August 2021

Alexander Calder Modern from the Start – MoMA Museum of Modern Art

One of the world’s most well-known modern artists, Alexander Calder reimagined sculpture as an experiment in space and motion, rejecting conventional ideas around sculpture as static, grounded, and dense. His artworks often move freely, interacting with their surroundings and the audience members who walk around and past them. Bringing together early wire and wood figures, works on paper, jewellery, mobiles in motion, and monumental abstract sculptures, the new MoMA exhibition immerses into the full breadth of Calder’s varied career. Work are drawn from MoMA’s collection along with key loans from the Calder Foundation. The exhibition celebrates one of the most beloved artists of the 20th century and presents rarely seen works, including the large-scale Man-Eater with Pennants, which will be on view in the Sculpture Garden for the first time in more than 50 years after new conservation.

MoMA, 11 West 53 Street, New York, New York, NY 10019, United States

Installation view of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14, 2021 – August 7, 2021 © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt


Until 31 May 2021

Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America – MoMA Museum of Modern Art

Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America is MoMA’s first exhibition exploring the relationship between architecture and the spaces of African American and African diaspora communities. The show presents 10 newly commissioned works by architects, designers, and artists that shed light on the ways in which histories can be made visible and equity can be built. Reconstructions includes works by Emanuel Admassu, Germane Barnes, Sekou Cooke, J. Yolande Daniels, Felecia Davis, Mario Gooden, Walter Hood, Olalekan Jeyifous, V. Mitch McEwen, and Amanda Williams, as well as new photographs by artist David Hartt.

11 West 53 Street, New York, New York, NY 10019, United States

Fabricating Networks: Fabricating Networks: Transmissions and Receptions from Pittsburgh’s Hill District, Felecia Davis, 2020, Digital file, 24 × 24″ (50.8 × 50.8 cm). Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York


Until 11 July 2021

Mars. The red mirror – CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona presents a fascinating project that looks at Mars from different approaches and disciplines. The exhibition’s story unfolds as open and with multiple meanings, mirroring current knowledge of the ultimate nature of the universe. With more than 400 objects, including incunabula, sculptures, drawings, comics, films, manuscript documents, collector’s items and even a Martian meteorite, the exhibition presents a comprehensive commitment to knowledge of artistic, literary and scientific creation based around the red planet. Mars. The Red Mirror is curated by Juan Insua, bringing together the views of a variety of audiovisual and digital creators, artists, scientists, experts and inquiring minds.

Montalegre 5, Barcelona, Barcelona 08001, Spain

Missió LATAM III realitzada a les instal·lacions de la Mars Desert Research Station, a Utah (USA), el maig de 2019. © Mariona Badenes Agustí


Until 24 May 2021

Ai Weiwei. History Of Bombs – Imperial War Museum

The globally renowned artist, Ai Weiwei, will take over the atrium space at London’s Imperial War Museum with a new artwork. Viewers will be immersed in a site-specific installation, with the atrium being given in its entirety to an artist for the first time in the history of the building. Interrogating ‘international migration, conflict as a root cause of human flow, and the relationship between the individual, society and the state’, History of Bombs draws on the artist’s ongoing investigation into politics and power. Commenting on the work, Ai Weiwei has said; “History of Bombs is about the essential facts of our modern history, which have not been shown all in one space to the public. The work focuses on our human capacity for destruction; how we attempt to solve political, religious, and economic crises through the use of explosives, which is against any humanity and rationality. Today, we have many more bombs with unthinkably destructive power, capable of reducing civilization to dust and smoke. This is the first time the work has been presented in such a unique museum. The space allows for a total viewing, experiencing and understanding of human behaviour today, and perhaps the future as well”.

Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ, United Kingdom, Imperial War Museum   

© IWM Ai Weiwei’s commission History of Bombs forms part of IWM’s Refugees season and is on display at IWM London


Until 06 January 2021

Salon Real / Virtual 5# Salon: Veronika Merklein / Der Wunde Punkt (The Sore Spot) – Galerie Michaela Stock

Galerie Michaela Stock presents the fifth exhibition series of Salon Real / Virtual shows. In this edition, the gallery exhibits works of the young performance artist, Veronika Merklein. The solo exhibition, designed for both a real and virtual gallery under the title Der wunde Punkt (The Sore Spot), shows the artist focusing on silent pain, nightmarish life events, depressing emotional intensity and muted conversations. Veronika Merklein’s work personal, but not necessarily autobiographical. Using imagery and poetic language, Merklein displays a sober understanding of unchangeable situations. Her strategy is to capture unspeakable personal, social and political problems in ways ranging from humorous to painful, making them visible and speaking for those who are incapable of doing so. The exhibition’s works initiate a sequence of return (recollection), liberation (imagination) and reinvention (storytelling).

Schleifmühlgasse 18, Vienna, Vienna, 1040, Austria

Sitting in the closet, Veronika Merklein, 2020, photography, 46 x 70 cm, photo: Julia Kujat


Until 31 January 2021

Architectures of Life – Galleria Raffaella Cortese

Galleria Raffaella Cortese in Milan presents the fourth solo show by Czech photographer, Jitka Hanzlová. This exhibition follows her first major presentation in her native country at the National Gallery Prague in 2019, SILENCES, curated by Adam Budak. In the past 30 years, Hanzlová has repeatedly depicted portraits of a world in which subjects exist in a non-hierarchical composition: people, nature, animals, architecture exist in a unity of sense, shown in all their specificity and contradicting moments. In each of her series, Hanzlová composes her vision in sequences, displaying a self-evident constellation of relationships that draw on the structures of existence. The exhibition Architectures of Life allows these relationships to become evident in a new composition – one that collects images from a variety of series spanning through the years.

Via A.Stradella 7, Via A.Stradella 1-4, Milan, Lombardy, 20129, Italy

Architectures of Life, Jitka Hanzlová, 2021, Installation view at Galleria Raffaella Cortese, via Stradella 1, Milan

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