Celebrating All Things Art

April is an artsy month, with shows at world-renowned galleries as well as solo exhibitions

Published: 05 April 2018

Pablo Picasso, Portrait de Dora Maar, Paris, 1937, Huile Sur Toile, 92 x 56CM, Musee National Picasso-Paris, MP159 © RMN-Grand Palais/Mathieu Rabeau © Succession Picasso 2018
Pablo Picasso, Portrait de Dora Maar, Paris, 1937, Huile Sur Toile, 92 x 56CM, Musee National Picasso-Paris, MP159 © RMN-Grand Palais/Mathieu Rabeau © Succession Picasso 2018

Painting A Masterpiece

  • When: 27 March-29 July
  • Where: Paris, France

Some 80 years after its creation, the Musée national Picasso-Paris in France, in partnership with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía of Madrid, Spain, presents the story of Picasso’s La Guernica, one of the world’s most famous works of art. The astounding artwork, created after the bombing of the town Guernica during the Spanish civil war, was an anti-Franco masterpiece and has since become a symbol of anti-fascism. The painting itself will remain in its permanent location in Madrid, however, on display in Musée Picasso will be a vast collection of sketches and preparatory works as well as an in-depth historical insight into the events surrounding its conception. 

Solo Exhibition

  • When: 7-27 May
  • Where: National Art Gallery

Malaysian artist Ronnie Mohamad presents his most recent creations from the Pollution and Tug of War series. He also introduces his Gossip Series at his Solo Exhibition organized by the Malaysian National Art Gallery. Through a variety of human interactions he expresses tradition and modernity, energy and serenity combined. He also explores environmental issues impacting daily life. Dramatic effects are introduced in some of his paintings by the inclusion of sporadic colors within the immensity of his mono-chromatic charcoal creations. His signature fingerprints, which are present in a confident manner through the canvas, adorn the scene in an unassuming manner.

Ivan Navarro, Murio Le Verdad (2013). Neons, synchronizer, wood, paint, mirror, one-way mirror and electric energy, 121.9 x 121.9 cm x 25.4 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Hyundai.
Ivan Navarro, Murio Le Verdad (2013). Neons, synchronizer, wood, paint, mirror, one-way mirror and electric energy, 121.9 x 121.9 cm x 25.4 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Hyundai.

Art Of The Senses

  • When: 20 April-27 May
  • Where: Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea

Chilean artist Iván Navarro returns to Gallery Hyundai for a solo exhibition entitled ‘The Moon in The Water’, his second solo effort at the venue. Featuring works from the past decade, as well as a new series, Navarro invites visitors to enjoy a three-stage sensory experience of sound, sight and movement. His work is characterised by the use of neon lights, mirrors and a politically charged sub-text, and ‘The Moon in The Water’ exhibition sees no exception with pieces entitled Bomb, Bomb, Bomb and Revolution IV.

French Fancies

  • When: 5-8 April
  • Where: Grand Palais, Paris, France
Julie Polidoro
Julie Polidoro "Tutti Paesi Grandi Ugall,2017", Courtesy of Art Paris 2018

Truly get to grips with the French art scene at this year’s edition of Art Paris. Since 1999, the fair has grown to become a high international event, with more than 140 participating galleries presenting pieces from over 900 individual artists. To celebrate the fair’s 20th birthday, Art Paris’ exhibit curator and renowned art critic François Piron will select 20 French artists and provide an in-depth analysis of their work. This will shed light on artists from the 1960s to the present day and help visitors gain a deeper understanding of their approach to art.

Personal touch

  • When: 28 April-13 May
  • Where: At various locations across Margaret River Region, Australia.
Cate Edwards
Cate Edwards

Some 130 local artists across the Margaret River Region will open their studio doors to the public this month, allowing visitors to meet with them face-to-face in their working environment. Jim Davies, the chairman of Margaret River Open Studios says: “(The) programme for this year is packed with a wealth of diverse artistic talent, allowing visitors to pick out their favourite artists, mediums, styles, days or locations to create a personal DIY experience.” From jewellery designers to landscape painters and glass blowers, there is a chance to be inspired by all these creatives this spring.

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