The main event of the coming year will, of course, be the Venice Biennale’s 56th International Art Exhibition, to be held May 9, 2015, until November 22, 2015. It will be curated by Nigeria-born Okwui Enwezor, the director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst art museum. The subject of the main exhibition and the list of participating artists have yet to be released.
Let’s also take a look at some other exhibitions that will be opening around the world in the next three months:
1. China: through the looking glass
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (USA) From May 7 to August 15, 2015
How has China fueled the fashionable imagination? This exhibition wants to explore this topic: high fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, as well as films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery. From Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent, through the looking glass of fashion, designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.
2. “Burning Down the House” South Korea’s 10th Gwangju Biennale, is set to explore “the process of burning and transformation, a cycle of obliteration and renewal witnessed throughout history.” Asia’s biggest biennale will be curated by Jessica Morgan, a curator at the Tate Modern, and will include exhibits by 105 artists from 39 countries, including 35 new projects. It will be open September 5 through November 9. Participating artists include Akram Zaatari from Lebanon, Carsten Holler from Belgium, Yves Klein from France, Ulrike Ottinger from Germany, Yoshua Okon from Mexico, Tomoko Yoneda from Japan and Urs Fischer from Switzerland.
3. Goya: the portraits. National Gallery, London (England) Till January 10, 2015
For the first time an exhibition that focuses on the portraits by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, the Spanish leading artist in the late eighteenth century will be an highlight of autumn 2015 art exhibition in London. The show features also two masterful self-portraits: “Self portrait in the studio” and “Self-Portrait with Doctor Arrieta”.
4. An exhibition of Rembrandt’s late works will open at London’s National Gallery on October 15, the same day as the opening of the well-regarded art fair at Frieze London. This is a rare opportunity to see 40 paintings, 20 drawings and 30 prints by the master, which were borrowed from many museums (open through January 18).
5. The main event in the coming year will, of course, be the 56th Venice Biennale, which will open on May 9 and close on November 22, and will be curated by Okwui Enwezor. Enwezor, a curator, writer and art critic, is director of the Haus der Kunst art institute in Munich, and former artistic director of biennials in South Africa, Spain and South Korea, and of the Documenta exhibition in Kassel, Germany as well as of many other international shows.