Visual feasts - Issue 111 - Magazine | Monocle

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Paris, France

Lafayette Anticipations launch Lutz Bacher

10 March to 30 April

Guillaume Houzé, scion of the Moulin dynasty that owns the Galeries Lafayette department stores, is behind a new Parisian art space, Lafayette Anticipations. The opening installation will fill the five-storey building in the Marais with work by veteran multimedia artist Lutz Bacher. Rem Koolhaas has deconstructed the 19th century industrial space to create galleries and a large workshop.


Boston, US

Virtual reality

Jon Rafman’s View of Harbor, 2017

Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 until Today ICA Boston
Until 20 May

Canadian artist Jon Rafman’s latest work takes the setting of the ica Boston as its starting point. Visitors put on virtual reality headsets before being plunged down into the apocalyptic scenario of an extraordinary other world.


Washington, US 

Back to the 1980s

Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Until 13 May

Keith Haring, The Alphabet, Albertina, Vienna, 16 March to 24 June; Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 3 October to 14 January 2019; Julian Schnabel, Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 21 April to 5 August; Schnabel by Schnabel, Aros, Aarhus, 13 October to 3 March 2019.

Museums have caught up with 1980s revivalism; shows in Europe and America are bringing brash art and bullish egos to a new generation. The fun starts in the US capital with Brand New, a show of the big names of the era, including Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger and Jeff Koons.


Los Angeles, US 

Getty Villa

Antiquities galleries, open 18 April

Plato in LA: Contemporary Artists’ Visions
18 April to 3 September

The Getty Villa’s design was inspired by Herculaneum’s Villa dei Papiri, a first-century Roman home submerged by lava from Vesuvius. Cinema-goers may be more familiar with the villa from its cameo in All the Money in the World, the Ridley Scott film on the amorality of billionaire John Paul Getty. Next month, the museum completes a redisplay of its Greek and Roman collections.


New York, US

Contemporary African Art

1:54 art fair

4 to 6 May

Fresh from its first foray onto African soil, the 1:54 art fair opens its fourth edition at the Pioneer Works in Brooklyn in May. Interest in contemporary African artists has been growing rapidly since Angolan artist Edson Chagas and Ghanaian El Anatsui won Golden Lions at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and 2015 respectively.


New York, US

The New York art market

New York Impressionist, Contemporary and Modern Art sales, Sotheby’s, Christies, Phillips

David Rockefeller Collection sale, Christies
April and May 2018 (dates to be confirmed)

The art market ended 2017 cheerfully, after much better results than 2016. These were boosted by the startling $450m in November for Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (it had sold less than five years ago for $127.5m). Georgina Adam, an art market expert, believes it is not a blip. “The sale reset the clock,” she says. “The US stock exchange is riding high, while tax reforms mean US firms are repatriating large amounts of cash. There will be a lot of money to spend.” The biggest test will be the sale of the collection of David Rockefeller, who died last year.


London, UK

Royal Academy of Arts

250th celebration

19 May

The Royal Academy celebrates its foundation in 1768 with a £50m refurbishment designed by David Chipperfield. The most noticeable change will be spaces linking the original Burlington House to Burlington Gardens and opening up the art school. Space has been under pressure for years, thanks to a series of blockbuster exhibitions. Charles Saumarez Smith, the RA’s chief executive, describes it as a “psychological as well as physical change” to the institution.


Venice, Italy

Venice Architecture Biennale


26 May to 25 November

With its love of ideas not bricks and mortar, the Venice Architecture Biennale has become a fixture on the art world’s agenda. The curators this time are the Dublin-based architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, co-founders of Grafton Architects. The Vatican, which had presentations at the art biennale in 2013 and 2015, will take part for the first time, with 10 famous architects creating chapels around the island.


Palermo, Italy; Berlin, Germany; New York, US 

Trendsetting biennials

Manifesta 12, Berlin Biennial and the New Museum Triennial

16 June to 4 November; 9 June to9 September; until 27 May

Last year was the art world’s once-a-decade stocktake, thanks to the coincidence of the Venice Biennale, Documenta and Skulptur Projekte Münster. This year, it’s the turn of smaller-scale events. Manifesta and the Berlin Biennial have yet to reveal an artists’ list, but expect a politically charged offering from a young international team headed by South African curator Gabi Ngcobo.


Vienna, Austria 

Pieter Breugel the Elder

Pieter Breugel the Elder

2 October to 13 January 2019

Little more than 40 of Breugel’s paintings survive; the museum’s 12 panels will be joined by loans from around the world. The museum describes the exhibition as a “once in a lifetime” show, and given the rarity of the works, they are probably right.


London, UK 

Anni Albers

Tate Modern

11 October to 27 January

Tate Modern director Frances Morris has made no secret of her determination to unearth under-regarded female modernists but it is still surprising that this is the first UK show of Anni Albers most famous mid-century textile artist.


Basel, Switzerland

Bruce Nauman


17 March to 26 August

The Schaulager promises a complete retrospective of the 76-year-old artist, from his photographs and performance videos of the 1960s to his later neons and installations.


New York, US

Andy Warhol

Whitney Museum of American Art


Donna De Salvo, chief curator of the Whitney, is organising the biggest survey of Warhol’s work for 30 years (the last one in New York was in 1989). While details are still sketchy it will, of course, include the key prints from the 1960s, as well as works up to his untimely death in 1987.


Naples, Italy 

Art Destination

Thomas Dane

Glenn Ligon (21 April to July)

Naples has an increasingly dynamic contemporary art scene, one of the reasons that has persuaded London’s Thomas Dane gallery to open a gallery in a palazzo overlooking the Bay of Naples. François Chantala, a partner at Thomas Dane, says the city has been on the art world since the dealer Lucio Amelio opened in the city in the 1960s, bringing artists like Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly to Europe. “Naples is irresistible for artists,” says Chantala.

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