In celebration of its 200th anniversary, the Städel Museum presents this major exhibition based around one its most prized works, Claude Monet’s The Luncheon (1868–69). Monet and the Birth of Impressionism offers a chance to engage with the radical developments made by this visionary artist and his contemporaries in the late 19th century. Drawn from some of the most venerable collections of Impressionist work — namely the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York — here are over 100 paintings that express the light and ingenuity of Manet, Degas, Sisley and many more.
Claude Monet, The Luncheon, 1868–69. Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main. Photo: Städel Museum – ARTOTHEK © Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Showing work by a great number of top Norwegian and international artists associated with Arte Povera as well as related practices such as conceptual art, land art and minimalism, Poor Art–Rich Legacy provides a vivid picture of the late 1960s, when artists took a stance against consumerism and the increasing commercialisation of the art world. The exhibition also traces the lasting influence of the Arte Povera movement on following generations of artists, through the work of Camilla Løw, Ida Ekblad, Elmgreen & Dragset, Matias Faldbakken, Mario García Torres and others.
Mario Merz, Movements of the Earth and the Moon on an Axis, 2002. © All rights reserved. Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Morten Thorkildsen
Issued by King John of England in 1215 to resolve a political crisis, the Magna Carta subjected everyone to a ‘rule of law’, thereby providing the judicial foundations of the modern nation state. To mark the 800th anniversary of this watershed moment, the British Library is exploring the lasting importance of the charter through rare and original manuscripts, including Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten Declaration of Independence and one of the original copies of the US Bill of Rights, both on display in the UK for the first time, along with paintings, statues and royal relics revealing a fascinating history of the use and abuse of power.
The poisoning of King John, 13th century © British Library
Focusing on the explosive and turbulent but immensely productive relationship between two of Mexico’s most important painters, this new exhibition explores a formative year spent by Rivera and Kahlo in the Motor City. While in Detroit to prepare a new body of murals between 1932 and 1933, Rivera created some of the most resonant statements on the shared ground of art and industry, while Kahlo — whose work was largely unknown at this stage — continued to develop her art and politics into the mystical and brutally confessional oeuvre for which she later became renowned.
Diego Rivera, Detroit Industry, north wall (detail), 1932. Courtesy Detroit Institute of Arts
LAST CHANCE TO SEE
The Elgiz Museum opened in 2001 with the intention of nurturing contemporary art in Turkey, providing space, support and international visibility to projects by young Turkish artists. Now coming to a close, this latest exhibition showcases key works of portraiture from the Elgiz collection, and questioning the nature of our encounter with these faces, large and small. Works by 47 artists are on display, including Cihat Burak and Nuri İyem, two pioneers of Turkish contemporary painting.
Small Faces Large Sizes, installation view, 2015 Left: Hande Şekerciler, Deep In My Heart, 2014; Right: Ebru Alpagut, Untitled, From the ‘Exploitation’ series, 2010