Exhibitions review

Our columnists write a summary of shows and contextualise exhibitions that are taking place. They give their honest insights, using simple language and making it easier for you to understand what it is all about. This BLOG section is updated weekly.
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Pierre Huyghe: Liminal (Punta della Dogana)

The highly anticipated 60th iteration of the Venice Biennale opened to the public in April, attracting hundreds of artists, curators, cultural practitioners, and aficionados to the Floating City.

The Last Caravaggio (National Gallery)

If you had to sum up the life and work of Michelangelo Merisi Da Caravaggio in one word, it’d be drama. A dramatic life, with equally dramatic paintings.

The Secret Lives of Plants (Gallery of Everything)

The exhibition borrows its title from the controversial book, published in 1973, ‘The Secret Lives of Plants’, in which the authors claimed that plants are beings with emotions and are able to communicate with other creatures like humans.

Yinka Shonibare CBE: Suspended States (Serpentine)

The first major exhibition of Yinka Shonibare in over twenty years, Yinka Shonibare CBE: Suspended States, on view at the Serpentine South Gallery until early September, features recent sculptures and installations.

Mark Rothko (Fondation Louis Vuitton)

Displayed across four floors of the Frank Gehry designed building, this show features over 115 works from major global institutions and smaller collections, some of which have been rarely displayed.

Some May Work as Symbols: Art Made in Brazil, 1950s-70s (Raven Row)

Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, Lygia Pape, Ione Saldanha, Willys de Castro, Djanira, Abdias do Nascimento. These are only a few of the thirty artists featured in Some May Work as Symbols: Art Made in Brazil, 1950s-70s, currently on view at London’s Raven Row until early May

Dutch Masters (National Gallery)

Investigating the figure of the brilliant, prolific and fascinating Rembrandt Van Rijn (Leiden, 1606 – Amsterdam 1669) is not easy.

Oscar Murillo: Masses (WIELS)

Turner Prize winner, Oscar Murillo, is a multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on issues such as migration, globalisation, and identity.

Indigenous Histories (MASP)

‘Indigenous Histories’ is one of the four shows now on display at MASP, not to mention their long-term show with European and Brazilian art pieces. It is part of the theme of the year 2023 at MASP: Indigenous Histories, which has been orienting the events and shows held at the museum.

Pope.L: Hospital (South London)

William Pope.L, better known as Pope.L, was an artist and educator who confronted and changed the mainstream contemporary art scene through his provocative, often absurdist works that explored issues of race, gender, and class in the United States.

Philip Guston (Tate)

Philip Guston (1913-1980) was born in Montreal, the youngest of seven children of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Machine (Hayward Gallery)

In Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Machine, a large retrospective of the great Japanese artist at the Hayward Gallery, the visitor is introduced to a rich and vast landscape of photographs that spans his 50-year practice.

Antônio Obá: Revoada (Pinacoteca)

The show consists of 20 paintings and one site-specific installation. The paintings develop themes relating to childhood and are constructed upon a vertical movement.

Re/Sisters: A Lens on Gender and Ecology (Barbican)

RE/SISTERS: A Lens on Gender and Ecology exhibition featuring 250 works by nearly 50 women and gender nonconforming artists. Photographs, films, installations exploring the relationship between gender and ecology, spanning decades, continents, and media, offering perspectives on our ongoing ecological crisis.

Claudette Johnson: Presence (Courtauld)

At a time when prominent UK arts institutions are amplifying women’s voices, The Courtauld has taken a significant step by presenting its first-ever exhibition dedicated to a black woman

Frieze London 2023

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Frieze London returns to Regent’s Park, showcasing art from 160 galleries spanning 46 countries.

Marina Abramović (Royal Academy)

Marina Abramović’s major retrospective, the largest in the UK to date, is currently on display at the Royal Academy of Arts in London until January 2024.

Sarah Lucas: Happy Gas (Tate)

Tate cleverly used the walls surrounding this exhibition to engage in a fun conversation between young Sarah and today’s Sarah.

Mediation: Bonds and Narratives

Based on the inspirational phrase of the artist Lygia Clark (1920-1988), I developed my role as an art educator, awakening the public’s memory and nurturing it.

Ai Weiwei: Making Sense
Design Museum, Spring 2023

Ai Weiwei: Making Sense (Design Museum)

Using objects to try and make sense of the world is the core of the current Ai Weiwei’s
exhibition at the Design Museum. He questions the value of things and if time changes that.

Brazilian Art History and Markets Through the Work of Adriana Varejão

Essay on Adriana Varejao

This essay considers the intersections between the Brazilian past – starting from its colonisation by the Portuguese in 1500 – and the art of Adriana Varejao, illustrating the parallels between the Brazilian cultural, social and political context and her oeuvre.