What's Happening in Art This Week
1.Exhibit - Exhibitionism
After the successful 'David Bowie is', it's time for the Rolling Stones to get their own exhibit. The Saatchi Gallery in London presents EXHIBITIONISM, showing over 500 original Stones artefacts like stage designs, costumes, artwork and personal diaries. There will also be a focus on the collaborations between the Stones and visual artists and designers like Andy Warhol and Alexander McQueen. The exhibit has been made with full cooperation of the members of the band and will be shown in 9 thematic galleries.
Exhibitionism is at the Saatchi Gallery from April 5th until September 4th 2016.
2.Warhol and Banksy side by side
And again, a new museum opens in Amsterdam. In between the Van Gogh and the Rijksmuseum is now the Moco (Modern Contemporary Museum), an art space dedicated to showing internationally famous (modern) artists to a wide audience. The museum is a private initiative of gallery owners Lionel and Kim Loghies, who will tap into their international network of underground and street art artists to fill their rooms. The Moco opens on April 9th with two exhibitions, showing work of Andy Warhol and Banksy. “Royal” is the title of the Warhol exposition, but unfortunately it is still unclear which works of Warhol will be shown. The Banksy display is called “Laugh Now” and will, among others, show his 2009 work Beanfields.
“Royal” is shown in Amsterdam between April 9th and July 3rd, while “Laugh Now” stays on display until September 4th.
3.20th Sydney Biennale
The 'prophet noir' of cyberpunk, writer William Gibson, once said: “The future is already here, it's just not very evenly distributed.” This quote has been taken as the theme for the 2016 Sydney Biennale, taking place all through April and May in the Australian city. This innovative art event boasts a lot of potential interesting exhibits, from Richard Bell's re-staging of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy (the world's longest running protest) to an overview of the action-based works of Lauren Brincat. And don't forget to visit Malevich's Black Square, a work lacking any external referent that is definitely an icon of modernity and fits very well within the theme of the 20th Biennale.
The Biennale takes place from March 18th until June 6th 2016 on various locations in Sydney.
4.Haute-a-Porter, the art of fashion
The Fashion Museum in Hasselt, Belgium, is opening a new exhibition about the changing boundaries between couture and ready-to-wear. Garments and photographs from 1980's until now show how pret-a-porter has moved forward over the last decades, with famous designers making more and more collections for the masses and couture changing into artistic statements that are less about wearability. The exhibit is curated by designer and journalist Filep Motwary.
Haute-a-Porter starts at April 3rdand is shown until September 11th 2016.
5.Olafur Eliasson in China
The Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson celebrates his first career-spanning exhibition in China. “Nothingness is not nothing at all” is the title of his exhibit at the Long Museum in Shanghai, which opened on March 20th. Next to a survey of his oeuvre of installations, sculptures, paintings and film, there is also a number of new works on display, conceived especially for this exhibit. One of the highlights is the large installation The open pyramid, which is in perfect harmony with the large hall it is displayed in. The Long Museum is a perfect fit for Eliasson's large works and offers the visitor a chance to interact more than usual with the art, all bearing natural elements and an ever-changing perspective. Eliasson is hoping that visitors will be inspired to look at the world outside of the exhibition in different ways as well.
“Nothingness is not nothing at all” is in Shanghai from March 20th through June 19th 2016.