What's Happening In Art This Week
Animators in Moscow
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art is hosting the Animators. Life Behind the Scenes project. The exhibition comprises prints, videos, cartoon sketches, photos, illustrations to animations, puppets and collages by Russian animators like Stepan Grudinin, Alina Tatarskaya and Aleksey Chistov. They have all made groundbreaking animation films and music videos but this exhibit shows more than just their finished work: the whole process of making animated films is presented through sketches, storyboards and other work-in-progress.
Life behind the scenes has a limited run until the 3rd of July, 2016
Blue Portrait (Nokia N82)
A very special exhibit takes place outside of the Whitney Museum in New York from June 7th. Torbjørn Rødland's Blue Portrait (Nokia N82) is the fourth work in a series of public art installations by American artists on the facade of 95 Horatio Street, across from the Museum’s building. In Blue Portrait (Nokia N82), photographer Rødland uses his camera to create a mysterious combination of images, juxtaposing a Nokia mobile phone and a portrait of Anne Frank. Rødland is interested in the way that events get turned into mythology, transcending facts and reducing complexities to simple representations of good and evil. He often uses images and objects from history and politics to insist on the openness of meaning in the photographic image.
The Whitney Museum of Art is opened daily from 10.30-18.00 except for Tuesdays.
Lines of Time
The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, Portugal is showing paintings from their own collection in the theme of “contemporary paths”. This exhibition takes 1956 as its point of departure, the year that the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation was established. From that date, the museum takes us back 60 years and subsequently guides us up to the present day, linking two collections: the collection acquired by Calouste S. Gulbenkian up to 1955 and the Modern Collection of works ranging from the 20th century to now. By establishing points of convergence or divergence the exhibition seeks to encourage unexpected linkages on various levels.
Lines of Time starts on June 23rd 2016 and runs until the end of the year.
Hats at the Wien Museum
Chapeau! Eine Sozialgeschichte des bedeckten Hauptes looks at the social history of the covered head from 9 June to 30 October 2016. So that means an exhibition full of hats in all shapes and sizes! Although the focus is on the important role of hats in Viennese society in especially the 19th century, many of the hats on display come from major historical fashion collections from all over Europe.
This exhibit is on at the Wien Museum Karlsplatz from the 9th of June until the 30th of October 2016.
Double Take in London
The new, yearlong exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery is highlighting its early photography collection. Double Take: Daguerrian Portrait Pairs will showcase fourteen daguerreotypes (two portraits each) of seven subjects: George Bancroft, Jenny Lind, Zachary Taylor, Frederick Douglass, Jefferson Davis, Daniel Webster and John Quincy Adams. By featuring two portraits of each famous sitter, the museum encourages visitors to consider the ways in which different daguerreotypists approached the same subject and how different the results turned out. The exhibit discusses the early history of portrait photography and compares images made for public consumption with those produced as personal keepsakes.
Double Take: Daguerrian Portrait Pairs can be visited from June 17th 2016 to June 4th 2017.