One of the things that came alongside the new year, is my urge find new things to entertain myself in my spare time other than “socialising” with friends in bars and restaurants. Please don’t get me wrong, I love my friends, I love “socialising” and of course I love bars but sometimes we just need a break. It’s probably the whole festive season after effect that creates this drive, as I have spent all of December out “cheering” for the new year’s arrival. Pretty exhausting!
So following this productivity crisis of mine, I am here to give you some ideas on some of the best art exhibitions that will be taking place in London in 2018. If you see something you like, I’d suggest you plan in advance (put it in your diary and create alerts on your phone) as for some of the exhibitions the tickets will disappear in a blink of an eye.
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion (V&A)
Price:12£ // Website: https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/balenciaga-shaping-fashion#events
This exhibition examines the work and legacy of influential Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga. He started by opening his first boutique in 1919 and within a few years he had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as “the master of us all” by Christian Dior. Over 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’ of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative tradition.
Tove Jansson (1914-2001) (Dulwich Picture Gallery)
One of the most celebrated illustrators of the 20th century, Tove Jansson is known internationally as the creator of the Moomin characters and books, a phenomenon which continues to stretch across generations. Her wider outputs of graphic illustration and painting, however, are relatively unseen outside her home country of Finland.
150 works, including a selection of self-portraits and paintings never seen before in the UK will reintroduce Jansson as an artist of exceptional breadth and talent, and provide an insightful overview of the key stages of her prolific career. Ultimately, Jansson’s most enduring desire was to be an artist and this exhibition will reveal the unwavering passion that kept her working and exhibiting as an accomplished fine artist alongside her career in graphic illustration.
Dalí / Duchamp Exhibition (Royal Academy of Arts)
Price: £16,50 // https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/dali-duchamp
The two great artists of 20th century appear to be so different but yet so similar. This is the first exhibition that throws light in the life of those to giants of art and the influence that had on each other.
This original exhibition brings together around 80 works, including some of Dalí’s most inspired and technically accomplished paintings and sculptures, and Duchamp’s groundbreaking assemblages and readymades. It will also showcase the less familiar: photographs by Dalí, paintings by Duchamp, correspondence and collaborations between the two artists.
Modigliani (Tate Modern)
Price: £19,70 // http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/modigliani
Best known as a painter, before his death at the age of thirty-five, Amedeo Modigliani also created impressive sculptures and drawings. However, the legend of his troubled life and early demise – and the subsequent suicide of his young fiancée, Jeanne Hébuterne – has tended to overshadow his significant artistic achievements.
As author Arthur Pfannstiel wrote in 1929;
The life of Modigliani, wandering artist, so often resembles a legend it is difficult to determine fact from fiction
What remains of this extraordinary man is a body of work that modernised figurative painting. Often characterised by their elongated bodies and blank eyes, his subjects are distinctively ‘Modigliani’, each telling a different story about his life and art.
Until next time X