The 20 biggest art exhibitions of 2014
From international newcomers to titans of art history, 2014 looks set to be another awesome year of art
Wed Jan 1 2014
Bumper barely begins to describe the year of art ahead of us. In fact, we've already had to stretch our Top 10 shows of 2014 to 20. So, here they are, from bona fide blockbusters like Matisse at Tate Modern to the new names you'll definitely know about in 12 months time, like Ryan Trecartin, who will be bringing his carnivalesque video installations to Zabludowicz Collection in October. Don't forget to check our London Art Calendar, as we'll be updating with exciting projects by Tracey Emin, Marina Abramovic and others just as soon as dates are confirmed.
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The resurgence of interest in that most populist of art movements - the clue is in the name - pop art, continues with this long overdue retrospective of one of the genre's British founding figures, Richard Hamilton. His collages, drawings and paintings took in influences from advertising, design and television and are quite rightly iconic. Expect images of body builders, Marilyn Monroe and a swingin' image of Mick Jagger.
When illness took its toll and that giant of twentieth century French art Henri Matisse could no longer paint, he turned to to scissors and paper. The works he created in this very late period become some of his most iconic. Though he may have lost his ability to handle a paintbrush, he lost none of his brilliant vision and compositional know-how. The 120 works on display here will be amongst the best you will see in this country this year.
An early champion of feminist art and a celebrated member of the Berlin Dada movement, Hannah Höch’s collages commented on the social change and economic upheaval of Weimar Germany and Europe during the First and Second World Wars. Her contemporaries including George Grosz and Kurt Schwitters admired Höch’s unique satirical language that combined fashion images with symbols of industry. Over 100 works made between 1910-1970 display the depth and radical practice of this truly great collagist.
He won the Turner Prize by turning the lights one and off in the gallery, Olympic runners have sprinted through the Tate Britain for him and he’s scripted musical accompaniments for the lifts in the Royal Festival Hall. Now the cacophonous works of the British artist from his earliest pieces to large-scale installation can be experienced under one roof, oh and the outdoor terrace.
The LA-based artist brings the carnivalesque escapades of his absurd characters to London for the first time this autumn. Working with long-time collaborator Lizzie Fitch, ‘Priority Innfield’, which was originally shown at the 55th Venice Biennale, takes you on a rip-roaring roller coaster ride where dysfunctionality reigns supreme within the fabricated installations Trecartin builds to exhibit his bizarre filmed exploits.
Folk art has a long, deeply-rooted history in Britain, but has never gained the popularity - or even academic interest - that it deserves. This will be the first ever major exhibition dedicated to folk art in this country, and with over 100 different paintings, sculptures and objects is sure to paint a fascinating portrait of a sorely under-explored art form. Toby jugs, ships' figureheads and thatched sculptures will all feature.
It would appear that there is no such thing as too much Rembo. Especially when the shows are massive Autumn blockbusters providing an incredibly rare opportunity to see 40 of the Dutch master's late period paintings alongside 20 drawings and some 30 prints. The great man's work only got better with age, and this show will feature works lent by major museums across the globe.
Architecture shows, with all their blueprints and models, are rarely the most exciting of prospects. But this show promises something different, inviting major contemporary architectural firms from across the globe to create installations to showcase their work. Grafton Architects, Diébédo Francis Kéré, Kengo Kuma, Li Xiaodong, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Eduardo Souto de Mouro and Alvara Siza are the participants.
As one of the leading lights of the Venetian renaissance, Paolo Veronese crafted subtle, beautiful works that dealt with a wide breadth of topics and shined a light on the opulence of Venetian life in the sixteenth century. This will be the first show dedicated entirely to the artist in this country with loans coming in from the Louvre and the Prado, giving us a rare and all-encompassing glimpse into the monumental works of a master.
As we look back over 100 years since the end of the First World War, the Tate examines the - often uneasy - relationship between photography and conflict.
This celebrated annual photographic award exhibition is back with four new nominations who are all worthy of the £30,000 prize, but who will take home the coveted prize. Richard Mosse's visually and politically charged depiction of a turbulent Congo shot using military surveillance film was certainly a stand out at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Spaniard Alberto García-Alix presents his stark black and white self-portraits that span Franco’s dictatorship in the ‘70s to the present day, reflecting upon personal experiences. While the scientific approach of the originally trained biologist, Jochen Lempert offers studies of humans and the natural world, the American multi-media artist Lorna Simpson jazzes up the selection with her performative explorations of gender, culture and histories.
Beautiful eighteenth century landscapes from New York's Morgan Library and Museum are making the trip across the pond to sit next to the Courtauld's considerable collection of British works from the same period. Paintings by Turner and Samuel Palmer will hang next minor masterpieces by Caspar David Friedrich and Karl Friedrich Lessing showing the evolution of landscape painting at a pivotal moment in art history.
The National Gallery's fantastic collection of German renaissance paintings are the focus of this show, with stunning works by Hans Holbein the Younger, Albrecht Durer and Lucas Cranach the Elder, examining the evolution of their work.
Few people captured the human body with the obsessive fleshy intensity of Egon Schiele. The Viennese painter, and protégé of the great Austrian master Gustav Klimt, showed the human body in all its odd, contorted and bumpy glory. So it’s safe to assume that the title of this Courtauld show, ‘The Radical Nude’, is no exaggeration. It’s also Schiele’s first major solo museum show in this country, so will be our first proper chance to get our eyes around his provocative vision of men women.
As an artist who consistently looks to the new, his iPad drawings are no exception; Hockney started as a printmaker and has continued to champion the medium throughout his career. From his earliest lithograph's made whilst at the Royal College of Art through to his recent digital experiments, this exhibition charts the prolific diversity and technical abilities of one the UK's greatest artistic exports.
South America wasn't immune to the modernist movement that took hold in mid-twentieth century Europe, across the continent artists were producing vibrant, radical art to rival that being made over here. With artists like the brilliant Helio Oiticica and Juan Melé this is sure to be a colourful, and no doubt radical, showcase of South American modernism.
The late period of Turner's career saw him create some of his most recognisable and enduring works, so it's surprising that this is the first exhibition to look solely at that period. With over 150 works from all over Europe this is sure to be an eye-opener into a fascinating period for our most important painter.
Since 1987, Moscow-based art collective AES+F have been leaders of the contemporary Russian scene, with star appearances at a handful of Venice Biennales. This will be their first UK museum show, and will see the group showcasing a trio of video installations.
The man responsible for capturing the swinging 60s and creating some of the most iconic fashion images of the past fifty years selects over 250 portraits from famous sitters to unknowns. Organised thematically, the show will take you on a journey through rock and roll London all the way to Papua New Guinea showing the variety of Bailey’s lens.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, United Visual Artists have been commissioned to create one of their awe inspiring installations that immerses you into a digitally manipulated environment that will bring the child out in all of us. The Curve opening times: Mon-Wed, Sat, Sun 11am-8pm; Thu, Fri 11am-9pm; Bank Hols noon-8pm.
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