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Joseph Beuys: Utopia at the Stag Monuments
Here’s the Joseph Beuys myth: the hugely influential German artist was a pilot in World War II. He crashed his Stuka over the Crimea and was found by a tribe of nomadic Tartars who wrapped him in fat and felt to keep him warm. They saved his life. Out of that fable came a whole career based on felt, fat, electricity and medicine – the building blocks of survival, used to help deal with his country’s tormented recent past.
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You’ll surely know Dorothea Lange’s photograph ‘Migrant Mother’: an intimate yet tough image of a mother and her starving children, tuning away from the camera, it encapsulated the hardship of the Great Depression in 1936 and became that rare thing, a genuinely iconic image. A tough cookie herself, Lange (1895-1965) continued to train her camera on human suffering, starkly revealing the human stories behind economic crises, war, displacement and migration. So this should be a tartly timely retrospective at the Barbican; expect Lange's black and white images to still speak potently today.
The EY Exhibition Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy
Did you know that Tate Modern has never held a Picasso exhibition? This, their first, is an exploration of a pivotal year in his career is indeed their first. 1932 was when Picasso made many of his most-loved paintings, sculptures and drawings. This show will include a whopping 100 of these and promises to take you on a month-by-month visual tour of what is known as his 'year of wonders'.
Klimt and Schiele were both working in Vienna in the early 1900s and saw the world changing around them. Both known for their particular drawing and painting styles, as well as controversial for their very sexually explicit nudes, they were friends and shared a love of drawing. This collaboration between the Royal Academy and the Albertina Museum in Vienna marks 100 years since both these great artists died.
Tacita Dean: Landscape
There’s not one, not two, but three Tacita Dean shows on this year; the RA hosts the ‘Landscape’ branch, while the National Gallery shows ‘Still Life’ and the National Portrait Gallery offers ‘Portrait’, funnily enough. The centre of ‘Landscape’ will be a major new experimental video work ‘Antigone’ – featuring poet Anne Carson and actor Stephen Dillane – and combining multiple places and geologies into one analogue cinematic image. The show is housed in the newly opened Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, and will also feature a massive drawing on a blackboard and a series of cloudscapes in chalk on slate. Dreamy stuff.