The finest art-related events and happenings happening across Europe and in Australia in the coming months.
In 1873 a young Vincent Van Gogh moved to London and worked as an art dealer. During his time in the city, he fell in love with authors such as Charles Dickens and George Eliot and was inspired by the exhibitions he saw by the likes of Constable and Millais. The time he spent in London had a significant impact on the art of his later years. The ‘EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain’ at the Tate Britain gathers some 45 of the Dutch painter’s most celebrated pieces, including the very rarely lent Sunflowers masterpiece from 1888, and explores how Britain and the experiences he had there influenced their creation. The show also includes works from artists who were greatly inspired by Van Gogh, such as Francis Bacon, David Bomberg and a group of British post-impressionists known as the Camden Town Painters.
- When: Until 11 August
- Where: Tate Britian, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG United Kingdom
Wimbledon isn’t only famous for its tennis tournament; this London hotspot is also the location of the Wimbledon Art Fair. In support of London’s creative community, the event is situated in the Wimbledon Art Studios, a private studio complex used by some 290 artists and designers. Visitors to the Wimbledon Art Fair are given access to these studios, affording them the chance to meet with creators and buy directly from them. The fair offers an insightful peek into the daily lives of artists and the work that goes into their finished products. All kinds of affordable art are on display here, from bespoke clothing to ceramics and paintings. If you’re in the city, be sure to visit Wimbledon Art Fair, browse the wares and be inspired by the resident talent.
- When: 9-12 May
- Where: Wimbledon Art Studios,10 Riverside Yard, London SW17 0BB United Kingdom
Lost In Time And Space
The Moco Museum in Amsterdam is a boutique establishment that strives to present cutting-edge, contemporary and modernist art. This month, the venue hosts Connecting Time, a solo show from New York-based artist Daniel Arsham. The mixed-media retrospective gathers work from Arsham’s vast career, including installations such as his eye-catching Amethyst Ball Cavern and Eroded Wall Paper Room. On display also is a new interactive installation created especially for Moco Museum, titled Calcified Room. The artist’s fascination with architecture and pop culture is evident; in his work, he seeks to turn conventions on their head, presenting the viewer with a surreal take on reality, in which objects and spaces feel familiar but look totally different.
- When: Until 30 September
- Where: Moco Museum, Honthorststraat 20, 1071 DE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The NGV International in Melbourne launches its Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series this month, kicking off with a dual show celebrating Chinese culture and art of past and present. Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality comprises a large-scale installation of Qin Emperor’s Terracotta Warriors (221–207 BCE) and is presented in parallel with an exhibition from contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang, titled The Transient Landscape. Discovered in 1974 in China’s Shaanxi province, thousands of terracotta figures poised for battle were unearthed in the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di. The Terracotta Warriors are regarded as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century and sometimes referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. The NGV exhibition will feature eight of these incredibly preserved statues alongside a vast display of more than 150 ancient Chinese art and design treasures. Cai’s parallel exhibition is equally breath-taking and showcases China’s contemporary culture and enduring traditions.
- When: 24 May – 13 October
- Where: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006, Australia
The Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner in Paris is a venue dedicated to the works and influences of 19th-century French painter Jean-Jacques Henner. This month is your last chance to catch temporary exhibition Roux! (Red Hair!), which explores his fascination with the fiery hair colour. Henner is known for his sensuous depictions of nymphs and naiads, as well as his portraiture. The artist’s first red-haired woman appeared as a flutist in Idylle, which was created in 1872, and since then, the hair colour has played a crucial role in his portraits and other scenic paintings. The exhibition presents a variety of the artist’s redhead works, seeking to explain how the colour was perceived by 19th-century French society and how it’s viewed today.
- When: Until 20 May
- Where: Musée Jean-Jacques Henner, 43, avenue de Villiers, 75017 Paris, France