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The Biggest Art Exhibitions To Catch Around The World in 2023

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Shraddha Chowdhury

From tributes to Karl Lagerfeld to commemorating 50 years of Picasso’s death, here’s a look at the biggest and most fascinating exhibitions, shows, surveys and photo fairs in the pipeline for 2023.

Celebrating Picasso: A Worldwide Guide

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While Pablo Picasso’s fame is such that there’s always a show on somewhere in the world that’s dedicated to him — not to mention the myriad museums that feature the Spanish master’s works exclusively — this year will see even more of them to commemorate his 50th death anniversary on April 8. Here are the most prominent ones:

Show: ‘Picasso: Matter & Body’

Locations & Dates: The Museo Picasso, Málaga, Spain, May 8-Sept 10; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain, Sept 29-Jan 14

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Show: ‘Picasso 1906: The Turning Point’

Locations & Dates: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, Nov 14-March 4

Show: ‘Picasso in Fontainebleau’

Locations & Dates: The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, Oct 1-Feb 2

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Other shows

  • Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso Münster, Germany, Ongoing till Jan 21
  • Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland, Ongoing till May 1
  • Brooklyn Museum, New York, June 2-Sept 24
  • Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, June 13-Sept 17
  • Museu Picasso, Barcelona, Oct 19-Feb 25
  • Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, Sept 13-Jan 28
  • Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal, Germany, Sept 17-Jan 7

Here are other art shows scheduled for the upcoming months

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1. ‘Egon Schiele: Young Genius in Vienna 1900’ (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jan 26-April 9)

This is the first major retrospective of Egon Schiele’s work to open in Japan in nearly 30 years. Drawn from the collection of Vienna’s Leopold Museum, this exhibition of more than 50 of his drawings and paintings will include the artist’s early mannered studies, produced as a teenager, his renowned self-portraits, haunting paintings of mothers with children, erotic nudes and landscape scenes.

2. ‘Hokusai: Inspiration & Influence’ (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, March 26-July 16; Seattle Art Museum, Oct 19--Jan 21)

The Boston museum will present more than 90 works by the internationally admired artist, with a central room devoted to ‘The Great Wave’. Its first half will trace Hokusai’s relationship with his teacher Katsukawa Shunshō, his links with other Japanese artists, and his influence on late-19th century European admirers. The second will focus on the 20th and 21st centuries, chronicling how he became the most famous Japanese artist.

3. The Rossettis (Tate Britain, London, April 6-Sept 24)

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Around 90 works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti will be displayed at his first retrospective at the Tate. In the hang will be paintings like ‘Beata Beatrix’ and ‘Proserpine’, to be reunited with ‘The Blessed Damozel’and ‘Mnemosyne’ in a recreation of the triptych from the drawing room of Rossettis’ early collector, Frederick Leyland. Dante’s sister Christina will be represented by recordings of her poetry, while their brother William wrote the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood’s original manifesto. A fascinating addition is work by Dante’s wife Elizabeth Siddal, famously the model for John Everett Millais’ ‘Ophelia’.

4. Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, May 5-July 16)

Soon after the death of the German-born, Paris-based designer, in 2019, did the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art begin to put together this exhibition of the whole of Karl Lagerfeld’s career. On display will be around 150 of his garments, while the highlight of the show will be his S-shaped serpentine line.

5. The Culture: Hip Hop & Contemporary Art in the 21st Century (Baltimore Museum of Art, April 5-July 16; Saint Louis Art Museum, Aug 25-Jan 1)

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Bringing together painting, sculpture, photography, poetry, film and fashion, this show will examine the development of hip-hop as an artform over the past 50 years, exploring themes from activism and racial identity to the culture’s relationship to gender, sexuality and feminism. There’ll be around 70 objects on show by fashion designers like the late Virgil Abloh, many artists, streetwear brand Cross Colours and luxury handbag brand Telfar.

6. Simone Leigh Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, April 6-Sept 4; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC, November 3-March 3)

Simone Leigh’s getting her first museum survey after a career-defining presentation at the 2022 Venice Biennale. The show will explore the past two decades of her work, focusing on her sculptures in bronze, porcelain, terracotta and glass, highlighting how her practice weaves together domestic architecture and feminine forms to create monuments to Black womanhood.

7. ‘Michelangelo and the Consequences’ (Albertina Museum, Vienna, Sept 15-Jan 7)

Nine of the 13 Michelangelo drawings at Vienna’s Albertina Museum will serve as the centrepiece of this show on the great Renaissance master. Featuring around 170 works, ‘Michelangelo and the Consequences’ will track the artist’s influence on draftsmanship and ideas about beauty across half a millennium. On display will be celebrated works like ‘Seated Young Male Nude’ and ‘Studies of a Seated Female Nude’, which will be complemented with female nudes by Rembrandt, Dürer and Hans Baldung Grien.

8. Frieze London (London, the UK, Oct 11-15)

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Frieze London turns 20 this year! From a single event in Regent’s Park, it’s grown into an industry-leading brand spanning three continents. While Frieze has so far kept things hush about how it plans to celebrate this milestone, we can expect something big. Meanwhile, Frieze New York is scheduled for May 17-21 at The Shed, and Frieze Seoul’s from Sept 6-9 at COEX. Details of Frieze Los Angeles at Santa Monica Airport will be announced soon.

9. Photofairs New York (New York, USA, Sept 8-10)

The sister event of Photofairs Shanghai and the first edition in the city, this event will be New York’s largest contemporary photography fair. To be held next door to the Armory Show in Manhattan’s Javits Center, plans to expand on the concept of photography with digital works and NFTs.

Ahead, we’ve compiled the ultimate art calendar for you. Block your dates, now!

  • Art Fair Tokyo, March 10-12
  • TEFAF Maastricht, Netherlands, March 11-19
  • Antik Passion Almoneda, Madrid, March 18-26
  • Salon du Dessin, Paris, March 22-27
  • Art Basel Hong Kong, March 23-25
  • MIA Fair, Milan, March 23-26
  • Superfine, San Francisco, March 23-26
  • SP-Arte, Sao Paulo, March 29-April 2
  • PAD Paris, March 29-April 2
  • Art Expo New York, March 30-April 2
  • Art Dusseldorf, Germany, March 31-April 2
  • Urban Art Fair, Paris, April 13-16
  • Superfine, Washington DC, April 13-16
  • Expo Chicago, April 13-16
  • Miart, Milan, April 14-16
  • Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, April 18-23
  • The Open Art Fair, London, April 19-23
  • Art Brussels, Belgium, April 20-23
  • Photofairs Shanghai, April 20-23
  • Discovery Art Fair, Cologne, Germany, April 21-23
  • Kunst RAI, Amsterdam, May 3-7
  • Art Vancouver, Canada, May 4-7
  • Art Karlsruhe, Germany, May 4-7
  • Arte Genova, Italy, May 5-7
  • Art Revolution Taipei, Taiwan, May 5-8
  • Future Fair, New York, May 10-13
  • Photo London, May 10-14
  • Independent, New York, May 11-14
  • Superfine, Seattle, May 11-14
  • Taipei Dangdai, Taiwan, May 12-14
  • TEFAF New York, May 12-16
  • Frieze New York, May 17-21
  • Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair, Scotland, May 19-21
  • ARCO Lisbon, Portugal, May 25-28
  • Arch Moscow, Russia, June 7-10
  • Art Basel, Switzerland, June 15-18
  • Tokyo International Art Fair, June 23-24
  • Seattle Art Fair, July 27-30
  • Art-o-rama, Marseilles, France, Aug 31-Sept 3
  • Affordable Art Fair Melbourne, Aug 21-Sept 3
  • Art Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept 6-10
  • Frieze Seoul, South Korea, Sept 6-9
  • Art Beijing, China, Sept 9-12
  • Vienna Contemporary, Austria, Sept 7-10
  • Design London, Sept 20-23
  • Contemporary Istanbul, Sept 27-Oct 1
  • Lausanne Art Fair, Switzerland, Sept 28-Oct 1
  • British Art Fair, London, Sept 8-Oct 1
  • PAD London, Oct 10-15
  • Frieze London, Oct 11-15
  • Art International Zurich, Oct 13-15
  • Paris+ par Art Basel, Oct 19-22
  • Art x Lagos, Nigeria, Nov 2-5
  • Art San Diego, USA, Nov 3-5
  • Salon Art + Design, New York, Nov 9-13
  • Paris Photo, Nov 9-12
  • West Bund Art & Design, Shanghai, China, Nov 9-12
  • Art Cologne, Germany, Nov 16-19
  • PAN Amsterdam, Netherlands, Nov 19-26
  • Abu Dhabi Art Fair, UAE, Nov 22-26
  • Art Basel Miami Beach, USA, Dec 7-9

This has been adapted for the web from a story originally published in the March 2023 issue of HELLO! India. Get our copy of the latest issue right here!