Exhibitions happening now in the art world.
Madrid’s Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza presents a vast exhibition of work by French-Polish artist Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (1908-2001), known as Balthus. The painter, who often rejected contemporary painting trends and techniques, was known for forging his own style of modern art that later was coined ‘post-modernist’. The Balthus exhibition, which is open until the end of May, presents pieces from every stage of the artist’s long and prosperous career, which saw him experiment with 19th-century children’s book illustrations, surrealism, and the relationship between the figure and object, among other features. His unique style treads in between surrealism, modernism and classical art, and by evading classification, Balthus was both fiercely celebrated and reviled by his peers. He is considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century and a true unique thinker.
- When: Until 26 May
- Where: Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Paseo del Prado, 8, 28014 Madrid, Spain
The Grand Palais in Paris serves as a magnificent venue for prestigious contemporary art fair Art Paris. Now in its 21st year, the fair continues to grow, this time presenting some 150 galleries and 45 monographic exhibitions that focus on the work of an individual artist. This year, Art Paris is working with AWARE: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions, which was founded by art historian Camille Morineau in 2014 to give women artists more representation. Art Paris has selected some 25 female artists working in France and presented their projects in four categories: abstraction, the feminist avant-garde, image and theatricality. As well as home-grown female talent, this year’s fair also showcases work from women artists in Latin America, with an extensive selection of work highlighting the ‘southern stars’ of this region.
- When: 4-7 April
- Where: Art Paris, Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, France
British artist Phyllida Barlow has taken over the Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts in London with a newly created range of site-specific, towering sculptures. Barlow uses raw materials such as cement, plaster, metals and cardboard to create large and often overwhelming installations. For cul-de-sac at the Royal Academy, she presents a collection that is exemplary of her style and approach to sculpture. “My relationship with making sculpture has to be adventurous, almost on the edge of being beyond my control,” she explains. “I find a work that’s bigger than myself can provide a very exciting adventure. There is the adventure of going into spaces with an object and a material that take your physical self beyond your physical self. You’re using sight or you’re using a longing to climb or reach up there.”
- When: Until 23 June
- Where: Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD
Life Through A Lens
Delve into the private collection of renowned Montreal photography enthusiast Jack Lazare with his exhibition Of Individuals and Places: Photographs from the Lazare Collection at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Lazare was bitten by the photography bug just 20 years ago and has been gathering images from well-known artists and anonymous photographers ever since. The exhibition presents a wide selection of imagery, with works from celebrated American documentary photographer Dorothea Lange, whose famous Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California photograph is part of the show, and prints from British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), as well as more contemporary works by Thomas Struth, among others. Lazare was thrilled to be able to share his enthusiasm with the public and inspire others to start their own collection, saying: “It has given me great pleasure to live with these images, and I’m delighted to be able to share them.”
- When: Until 28 April
- Where: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 185 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H2X 3X5, Canada
For The Love Of Animals
Penang-born Malaysian artist Ethen Ng is participating in the spring edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show as part of Hong Kong’s Art Week, alongside Art Basel and Art Central. He will be featuring some of his ballpoint on paper artwork depicting a variety of animals. From cats and dogs to owls and tigers, he aims for his work to gradually cultivate public awareness toward the protection of animals and to encourage unconditional love for them. “I am a pet lover. I dedicate my art to create awareness for animal protection and stand against animal cruelty,” he says. Ng started out as a fabric designer but eventually returned to his childhood love for fine art, especially painting. The artist uses ball pens in his work as “every single line and stroke (must be) planned carefully”, a process he thoroughly enjoys.
- When: Until 1 April
- Where: Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong.