Edition: January 1st 2019, Written By: Eda Yozgyur
Sebastião Salgado – Genesis
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Zurich / Switzerland
Nov. 16, 2018 – Jun. 23, 2019
Those of us living in urban areas share a general impression that original and pure places in the world - geographical sites unspoilt and in their original conditions - are long gone. But, the Brazilian documentary photographer and photojournalist Sebastião Salgado proves us wrong by travelling to the pristine places on the planet and recording them through photography. In his exhibition, Salgado captures the indigenous people and cultures of the planet, along with breath-taking landscapes and animals in his own unique black and white style.
Anton Corbijn – The Living and the Dead
Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg / Germany
Jun. 7, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019
When does photography transform into art? Where does that fine line cross between commercial and artistic photography? The exhibition represents Corbijn’s search for answers to these fundamental and widely expressed questions. With this exhibition, Corbijn creates an autobiographical series in which he is the subject of his works, disguising himself as deceased iconic musicians and rock stars like Kurt Cobain and John Lennon, and capturing this transformation in his birthplace and rural hometown of Strijen - a thought-provoking way of demonstrating his artistic freedom, and a distinction between the commercial and the artistic.
Japan Fever. From Monet to Manga
Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen / Germany
Aug. 26, 2018 – Jan. 20, 2019
The cultural exchange between Japan and the Western world has had an extended history, with both cultures being the receiver and influencer at times. This German exhibition focuses on the Japanese influence over Western art since the end of Japan’s 200 Years of Isolation (1639-1853). After the period, the island nation opened its doors to the rest of the world, introducing previously unknown artists and artistic works. Consequently, and inevitably, a great artistic revolution occurred throughout the West, with masterworks produced by Monet, Van Gogh, and many others in the 19th century adopting the styles of the newly found art culture. As such, Japan became and continues to be a fundamental and integral part of modernism and Western culture.
Gaugin & Laval in Martinique
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam / The Netherlands
Oct. 5, 2018 – Jan. 13, 2019
Discontent with the uninspiring, overly familiar Persian way of life, post-impressionist artists Paul Gaugin and Charles Laval embarked on a 1887 visit to the Caribbean island of Martinique in search of raw inspiration. Within the trip, the artists found what they were looking for, creating a huge body of work that will be displayed together for the first time and at the remarkable Van Gogh venue. The impact of the change of environment (on the works) can be observed in the artists’ warm, vivid paintings alongside preliminary artistic sketches and pastels.
Bruegel – Once in a Lifetime
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna / Austria
Oct. 2, 2018 – Jan. 13, 2019
Dubbed a "storyteller, a satirist, and a social critic," Pieter Brugel’s 450th anniversary brings us this wonderful exhibition in Vienna, where half of the surviving works of the most significant renaissance painter in the Netherlands will be on display. Perhaps most notably, one of the artist’s most famous paintings, The Tower of Babel which usually hangs in Rotterdam, will be for the first time displayed together with its second version that alternatively hangs all the way in Vienna in an outstanding event. The difference between the paintaings (apart from content)? The Viennese version of the painting is almost four times the size of its counterpart in Rotterdam.
Thrill of Deception. From Ancient Art to Virtual Reality
Kunsthalle München, Munich / Germany
Aug. 17, 2018 – Jan. 13, 2019
Optical illusions date back to ancient times, where artists went to lengths to throw our senses of reality off-balance and distort reality altogether. The Munich gallery Kunsthalle München invites art enthusiasts to marvel at the works of some of the great names in artistic optical illusion history, showcasing works by Andy Warhol, Cornelis Gijsbrechts, Jean Paul Gaultier, Gerhard Richter, and more. The extraordinary experience aims, if anything, to turn our view and perception of the world up-side-down. According to the gallery, the exhibition enlists technology to “transform over four millennia of optical illusions into an exciting art experience,” using technologies to enhance the eye-fooling experience like never before.
Zoe Leonard. Aerials
Hauser & Wirth, London / The United Kingdom
Nov. 30, 2018 – Feb. 9, 2019
According to the American photographer Zoe Leonard, “Photography can be a means to document the real world – to convey information – but at the same time, it is a highly subjective medium, inherently reflecting the viewpoint of the photographer.” This is Leonard’s first exhibition in the London gallery Hauser & Wirth, and it focuses on a series of aerial photographs taken in the 1980s. According to the gallery, the hugely experimental works of the New York-based artist is known to touch on themes such as “loss and mourning, gender and sexuality, migration, displacement, and the urban landscape.”
An Exile on Earth
Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul / Turkey
Nov. 27, 2018 – Feb. 2, 2019
The exhibition presents spectacular works by Antonio Cosentino, Manad Halbouni, Hiwa K. and Zeynep Kayan, all of whom have one key quality in common: their migrant experiences in Germany. Each of the renowned artists experienced a unique struggle and journey taken in search of a better life. The anticipated exhibition is a contemporary art collection by all four artists, centring on their identity struggles, feelings of alienation experienced in a different territory than their original, and the overall feelings of exile.