What's Happening In Art This Week
English Year of the Garden
It's the English Year of the Garden, and for this reason the National Gallery in London is exhibiting 22 flowerpaintings of Dutch Masters. The roots of this form of painting lie in the Dutch tulip-mania at the beginning of the 17th century; obviously this famous flower can requently be found on the paintings that are shown. The art was mainly used to decorate the walls of large mansions but here it's shown in a smaller, atmospherically lighted gallery setting. The main piece on display is the extravagant stillife of Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder.
“Dutch flowers” can be visited free of charge until the 29th of August 2016.
Hong Kong Architecture
The Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre has an exhibition on display of historic buildings. Through photographs they show over 30 historic buildings and compare they way they look now to how they looked in the past, by showing pictures from different eras and different angles. The exhibition wants visitors to reflect on their changing relationships with buildings in general.
This exhibit runs in the Thematic Exhibition Gallery daily except Thursday until June 19th 2016.
Guggenheim Collections in Florence
“From Kandinsky to Pollock. The Art of the Guggenheim Collections” celebrates the birth of the Neo-Avantgarde movements after the seconds World War. It has also been 67 years since the first exhibition by leading American art collector Peggy Guggenheim at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy – an exhibition that would eventually lead to a permanent collection in Venice. Now, over a hundred masterpieces from the 1920's through to the 1960's are shown, reconstructing the relationship between European and American art in that period. Art on display is by European masters like Picasso, Duchamp and Man Ray and by American counterparts like Pollock, Rothko and Cy Twombly.
The Guggenheim Collections can been seen until July 24th 2016.
George Desvallieres: the body and soul of painted
In an unprecedented retrospective, the Petit Palais in Paris, France is showing the work of portrait painter George Desvallieres (1861-1950). Desvallieres is no stranger to Petit Palais, as he was one of the initiators of the annual Salon d'Automne, that was held for the first time in 1903. Desvallieres was intersted in symbolism, religion and mythology, which eventually led him to found the Workshop of Sacred Arts. His experiences in the first World War had left him even more religious and you can see examples of this all throughout his mystical portrait work.
Desvalliers is shown in Paris until July 17th, 2016.
Don't look back
The MOCA in Los Angeles is doing a retrospective on their own art collection rom the 1990s. Their “Don't Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA” shows works from the permanent collection that define the 1990s, and a lot of those works have not been on display since they were originally acquired. There is art by Catherine Opie, Paul McCarthy and Sara Sze, and the exhibit is divided into thematic sections: Installation; the Outmoded; Space, Place and Scale; Touch, Intimacy and Queerness; Place and Identity and Noir America
The 90s can be relived in Los Angeles until the 11th of July, 2016.