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The Best International Art Exhibitions Opening In 2018

London will showcase Picasso and Frida Kahlo's wardrobe, Van Gogh's tribute to Japan opens in AmsterdamEugene Delacroix at the Louvre, and Melbourne's NGV shares the best of New York's MoMA masterpieces.

It’s somehow almost the end of 2017, and time to start mapping out our annual leave for the year ahead. Art lovers are in for a treat come 2018, with sizeable art exhibitions hitting major cities including New York, Paris and London. Located in favoured tourist destinations in their own right, these spectaculars are turning next year’s overseas and interstate jaunts up to 10. It’s going to be a bumper year for arts lovers, so start brushing up on your knowledge of Cubism, read up on Pop Art and prepare to soak up some of the most impressive art the world has to offer.

Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe, V&A, London

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Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird. Photo: © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc, 06059, México D.F.

As famous for her iconic and unique sartorial efforts as for her art, Frida Kahlo has been cited as a fashion inspiration by everyone from Beyoncé to Dolce & Gabbana. And next year, for the first time ever outside of Mexico, her colourful wardrobe will be on display in London. Proving she was anything but a minimalist, Frida’s frocks, corsets, jewellery and other accessories will be exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum alongside photographs, letters and even medicine bottles. The personal effects were discovered in 2004 after sealed rooms in her home were opened for the first time in 50 years.  Open from June 18, 2018.

Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863), Louvre, Paris

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Eugene Delacroix’s Barque of Dante

Considered the leader of the French Romantic school, Delacroix’s use of colour, evocation of movement, and masterful brushstrokes inspired a slew of other artists, particularly the Impressionists. For the first time since the 1960s, 180 of his works will be on display in the galleries of the Louvre. With pieces ranging from the artist’s entrance into the art world at the Salon of 1820, up until his final, enigmatic religious and landscape portrayals, the exhibition is dedicated to exploring his career, and the tensions and conflicts he experienced over its course. Not just an artist, but also a writer, Delacroix’s works span political commentary — his most celebrated work, Liberty Leading the People, depicts the 1820 revolution against Charles X — nature, and even self portraits.  From March 28 – July 23, 2018.

Masterworks from MoMA, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

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Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989), The Persistence of Memory 1931 Oil on canvas. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria has struck jackpot after jackpot with their annual Winter Masterpieces series, pulling in big names like Degas, Van Gogh and Monet over the past few years. They’re following up this run with 150 works from New York’s legendary Museum of Modern Art. Cezanne, Dali, Koons and Pollock will all be making appearances, and the exhibition aims to show how artists have been forces for change in society — and how technological innovation has changed art itself. From June 9 until October 7, 2018.

Andy Warhol, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City

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Ethel Scull 36 Times, by Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Photo: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Jointly owned by the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Gift of Ethel Redner Scull

Even those who don’t give a fig about art can recognise an Andy Warhol piece. In the first comprehensive retrospective of the Pop Art icon’s career since 1989, New York’s Whitney is bringing together the various mediums, styles and periods of Warhol’s practice in one show. From his early illustrations to his instantly recognisable Campbells soup cans and ultra-experimental films, attendees will have the privilege of viewing the evolution of Warhol’s work over the years, all in the city most synonymous with his name. From November, 2018.

Van Gogh & Japan, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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Vincent van Gogh, Courtesan (after Eisen), 1887. Photo: Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh may never have been to Japan, but that didn’t stop the country — and its specific artistic style — from influencing his work. During Vincent’s time, Japan was opening up to the rest of the world. He and his brother collected wood-block prints and he even wrote in a letter to his brother, “All my work is based to some extent on Japanese art”.

See Van Gogh’s collection of Japanese artworks and prints at the Van Gogh Museum, as well as his own works that were inspired by his love of the colour and unusual spatial approaches utilised by Japanese artists. From March 23 till June 24, 2018.

The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932, Love, Fame, Tragedy, Tate Modern, London

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Pablo Picasso’s Nude in a Black Armchair (Nu au fauteuil noir) 1932 Photo: Ricard Gray Gallery/Succession Picasso/DACS 2017

Nineteen thirty two was a big year for Picasso — so much so, that it’s been called the artist’s ‘year of wonders’. In what London’s Tate Modern describes as one of the most significant shows it has ever staged, the gallery will exhibit more than 100 of Picasso’s works from this year. Guests will be taken through his 1932, month by month, via paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Some of his most-loved pieces will be shown, including Nude in a Black Armchair and The Mirror — part of a series of four artworks featuring his lover, all painted in just five days. Some of the pieces are being shown together for the first time since their creation and, grouped together, they reveal Picasso’s prolific, restless spirit during this time. From March 8 till September 9, 2018.
(Lead image: Pablo Picasso’s Nude in a Black Armchair (Nu au fauteuil noir) 1932 Photo: Ricard Gray Gallery/Succession Picasso/DACS 2017)

Published 09 November, 2017