What's Happening In Art This Week
New museum in Brussels
The Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art, MIMA in short, has recently been opened in Brussels, Belgium. This museum, that also sports a giftshop and a restaurant, is led by Raphael Cruyt and Alice van den Abeele and focuses on street art and subversive modern art. MIMA sports a collection that exists of art from personal collections that have been given exclusively to the museum to shown, and there is art by Swoon (drawings), Brecht Vandenbroucke (comics), Fuzi (streetart) and Scarlett Johansson (film).
MIMA is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 to 6.
...and another new museum in Liege
Belgium is most definitely the place to go this month, because Liege, in the Wallonian part of the country, has also opened a new museum. La Boverie sits on an island in the Meuse River and will bring several annual exhibits of international masterpieces curated by the Louvre.
The first exhibition is called Open Air and presents 60 pieces by artists like Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir. The focus is on painters that worked outside of their studio, and the exhibit shows their representations of outdoor activities.
La Boverie is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 to 6.
Japanese art in Boston
In honor of the Year of the Monkey, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston shows 56 works that celebrate the important role of monkeys in Japanese culture. The highlight of the show is the complete set of the color print series Journey to the West by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–92), based on a Japanese translation of the same-named 16th-century Chinese novel. This story of the mischievous Monkey King, who helps a Chinese Buddhist monk travel to India on a quest for precious Buddhist scriptures, was featured not just in book illustrations and prints, but also in decorative art forms like tsuba and netsuke.
See the monkeys in Boston until October 10th, 2016.
The Reformed Romantic
The d'Orsay Museum has the very first solo exhibition in France, devoted to Charles Gleyre (1806-1874). For a long time, he was considered a conventional esthete blind to the revolutions of his time, but recent research shows that his studio did play an important role and gave us artists like Gérôme, Monet and Bazille. New interpretations of Gleyre's work, like the psychoanalytical analysis by Michel Thevoz in 1980, have also uncovered interesting contradictions of the artist and his work. This exhibition shows work on loan from the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts in Lausanne and was curated by staff from d'Orsay and the Louvre.
“The Reformed Romantic” can be seen until September 11th, 2016.
Cindy Sherman, Hollywood diva
Metro Pictures in New York is showing new work of famous photographer Cindy Sherman – the first new body of work since 2012. This new series of photographs show self-portraits of the artist as an aging starlet from the age of classic Hollywood. The portraits were shot before a green screen, after which complementing backgrounds were added digitally. Sherman makes fun of her own star status by recreating Hollywood stereotypes of elderly women in dreamy photographic settings.
Cindy Sherman's Hollywood series can be seen until June 11th, 2016.