The exhibitions not to miss this winter
Looking for calendar inspiration this winter and a reason to escape the cold? Here are five exhibitions not to be missed before the new year.
Mary Sibande: I Came Apart at the Seams, Somerset House
Mary Sibande’s exhibition I Came Apart at the Seams opened in conjunction with the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair and it is filled with drama. Sibande is one of South Africa’s most celebrated contemporary artists – she represented her country at the Venice Biennale in 2011 – but this will be her first solo UK exhibition. This series of photographic and sculptural works explore the power of imagination and constructive anger in shaping identities and personal narratives in a post-colonial world.
Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits, Royal Academy
Lucian Freud’s analytic scrutiny of anatomy and psychology and his autobiographical approach to portraiture have earnt him worldwide recognition. This winter, the Royal Academy of Arts brings together more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings spanning nearly seven decades. His self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter – from his earliest portrait, painted in 1939, to his final one 64 years later.
Dora Maar, Tate Modern
Dora Maar (1907–1997) was a French-born photographer and painter with an eye for the unusual. In November a touring exhibition of her work arrived at the Tate Modern, with over 200 works spanning a sixty-year career, which will be on display until March 2020.
Dan Flavin: For Prudence, BASTIAN
BASTIAN presents a solo exhibition from the late pioneering American minimalist Dan Flavin (1933 – 1996), running from 21 November 2019 – 15 February 2020. Exhibiting significant works for the first time in the UK, Flavin’s works set the stage for much of the experience-oriented, immersive installations that are an integral part of popular culture and the contemporary art scene today.
The Clash: London Calling
When The Clash’s third album ‘London Calling’ was released in 1979, it was clear that the band had created an instant classic which still stands as one of rock’s all-time greatest albums. To celebrate their work, the Museum of London will showcase a collection of items from The Clash’s personal archive including notes, clothing, images and music – many of which are previously unseen. It will run until April 2020.