The hottest events and happenings in the world of art.
Defining A Movement
The Montreal Museum of Fine Art presents a major retrospective of one of the late giants of the modern art movement, Alexander Calder. Known as the man who “made sculpture move”, the exhibition, Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor, delves into the American artist’s personal archives, showing how his masterpieces came to life, from page to podium. Over 150 of the artist’s iconic mobiles will be on display and set in motion every day by one of the museum’s expert handlers. In a tribute to the artist, at the entrance of the exhibition, visitors will be treated to a presentation, created by the museum in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, exploring the interaction between an object and the viewer.
- When: Until 24 February
- Where: Montreal Museum of Fine Art, 1380, Sherbrooke Street O, Montreal, QC, H3G 1J5, Canada
Food For Thought
It’s safe to say that most of us are guilty of taking the odd dinner shot. This month, the Foam Photography Museum in Amsterdam invites visitors to one of its most delectable exhibitions yet, Feast for the Eyes – The Story of Food in Photography. The show explores the significance of food and its role in images through the ages via three distinct courses: Still Life, Around The Table and Playing With Your Food. Through these categories, the show presents the evolution of food photography, with works from Andy Warhol, Nobuyoshi Araki, Guy Bourdin and many more on display.
- When: Until 6 March
- Where: Foam Fotografiemuseum, Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Till Death Do Us Part
The Berlin branch of the Blain|Southern gallery presents The Grinders Cease, a mixed-media exhibition by contemporary British artist Mat Collishaw. Collishaw’s works are characteristically preoccupied with death, destruction and decay, and the works in this show pose no exception. The Grinders Cease features works in a variety of mediums, including photography, sculpture and painting, thus showcasing the depth and breadth of Collishaw’s practice. One of the exhibition’s most haunting series is the Last Meal On Death Row photography sequence that pictures the final meals actually requested by prisoners in Texas before execution. The show is a must-see from one of the contemporary art world’s most exciting figures.
- When: Until 26 January
- Where: Blain|Southern Potsdamer Straße 77–87 (Mercator Höfe) 10785 Berlin, Germany
Larger Than Life
Towering installations and works from British artist Julian Opie will take over the NGV International in Melbourne and its Federation Court this month. One of Britain’s most unique and influential contemporary artists, this is Opie’s first major Australian exhibition and he certainly makes a huge impression, creating the tallest installation ever erected in Federation Court. Towering to 13 metres at its tallest point, Opie’s city of skyscrapers fills the court area, reaching right up to its glass ceiling. Adjacent to Opie’s ‘city’, visitors can see a school of digitally animated fish appearing to swim through the gallery’s waterfall. Many of the artist’s most recognised animated and still life images will be on display at the NGV, while an interactive exhibition, Julian Opie: Studio for Kids, will provide little ones with hands-on digital activities made in collaboration with the artist. Admission is free.
- When: Until 17 February
- Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004 Australia
Nature Of Art
The Piet Hein Eek, established by the Dutch designer of the same name, is an interior design studio, shop, restaurant and gallery all rolled into one. After stumbling across the works of Gabriel Roca on a trip to Tenerife, Eek felt compelled to introduce the artist’s works through his gallery. Gabriel Roca – Composing Nature will be on display until next month and explores the length and breadth of the artist’s oeuvre. Roca often uses objects found in nature, such pine needles, stones and volcanic sand from his local beach, to create intricate images preserved in glass. The images and patterns he creates with natural material redefines the natural world and provides the viewer with a reinterpretation of our reality and environment.
- When: Until 24 February
- Where: Piet Hein Eek, Halvemaanstraat 30, 5651 BP Eindhoven, the Netherlands