Art events in 2018

Art events in 2018

Anthea Hamilton’s Tate Britain Commission

Tate Britain, London
21 March – 7 October 2018
In 2017, Anthea Hamilton prized apart a pair of buttocks to greet visitors to Tate Britain’s Turner Prize exhibition and in March 2018, she’ll return to the galleries to unveil her Tate Britain Commission. As the museum’s Director Alex Farquharson has said, Hamilton’s work produces “unforgettable experiences that both provoke and delight”, but all that’s been revealed of this particular commission so far is that it will be a major new work combining sculpture and performance.

Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe

V&A, London
16 June – 4 November 2018
Frida Kahlo’s vibrant outfits are a recognisable hallmark of her work – from floral headdresses and traditional Mexican skirts to hand-decorated medical corsets and a prosthetic leg wearing a bright red lace-up boot with bells. This fashion exhibition explores her clothes alongside artworks, photographs and letters to build a portrait of the artist and her life. As she said herself: “I am my own muse. The subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”

Joan Jonas

Tate Modern, London
14 March – 5 August
In the 1970s, Joan Jonas (along with Marina Abramovic and many other women) was using bodies, mirrors and rituals to pioneer performance and video art in the US and beyond. This exhibition makes good use of Tate Modern’s specially designed performance art galleries to show her seminal works from the late 1960s, along with recent installations exploring climate change and species extinction – including performances from the artist herself.

A new Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts, London
Opens 19 May 2018
From one transformed building to another – and this time it’s our own! On 19 May 2018 we’ll open the doors to A New Royal Academy of Arts: a two-acre campus with new spaces to display our Collection, immersive architecture installations, projects by students from our art school and much more. Inaugurating the new galleries will be the pioneering, poetic work of Tacita Dean, exploring the genre of landscape. See you there.

Scotland’s first design museum

V&A Dundee
Opening September 2018
And from two transformed galleries to an entirely new one: V&A Dundee will be Scotland’s “first dedicated design museum”, housed in specially built, curvy, concrete structure nestled on the city’s waterfront. The building has been designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma (who is also responsible for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic stadium) and is due to be finished in 2018. Once open, the galleries will tell the story of Scotland’s design heritage – the first confirmed object to be displayed is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 13.5 metre oak tea room interior, constructed of over 600 pieces.

The tenth Liverpool Biennale

Venues across Liverpool
14 July – 28 October 2018
2018 marks 20 years of Liverpool’s bi-annual art fair. This year over 30 artists’ work will be stationed throughout the city in a 15-week invitation to “reflect on a world of social, political and economic turmoil”. This year’s theme is based on a poem by the German poet Friedrich Schiller which asks: “Beautiful world, where are you?” When Schiller wrote the line, France’s imminent revolution was sending ricochets throughout Europe, but this biennale finds plenty to explore in his question in 2018.

Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018

Design Museum, London
28 March – 1 August 2018
At the Design Museum too there’s a chance to reflect on recent political stormclouds. From the Arab Spring to Black Lives Matter to Je Suis Charlie to Women’s Marches – this decade has seen more and more citizens use innovative graphic design on placards, banners and memes to capture the world’s attention. This exhibition looks at how both the marginalised and the powerful have harnessed type and image to change the world.

NOW: Jenny Saville and others

Scottish National Gallery of Art, Edinburgh
24 March – 16 September
Jenny Saville graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1992 and has spent the past 25 years painting and drawing big, fleshy, female bodies from angles that art history would perhaps prefer not to see. Her work is full of thighs, bellies, wounds, surgeries and corpses, spread out on monumental canvases in thick oil and murky charcoal. In 2018, she returns to the country where she learnt her craft for a major career-spanning exhibition.

Modern Couples: Art Intimacy and the Avant-garde

Barbican Centre, London
10 October 2018 – 27 January 2019
The Barbican is doing away with the myth of the solitary artist genius and presenting an exhibition of the complex, supportive creative exchanges between fellow artists in intimate relationships of all shapes and sizes. Explored in artworks, correspondence and photographic documentation, peer into the inspiring close spheres of Dora Maar and Pablo Picasso, Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst, Mary Reynolds and Marcel Duchamp and 40 other artist couples.

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