1 – Bill Viola, A Retrospective
Until the 9th of November
The trip is worth the detour as much for the exhibition as for the building designed by Franck Gehry, extraordinary ship stranded in the heart of the Basque city of Bilbao. Until this fall, the museum devotes a retrospective to Bill Viola, one of the pioneers of video art, from his early experimental work in the 1970s to the latest developments using the most modern technologies. A must-see.
2- David Hockney – A Retrospective
The Centre Pompidou
Until the 23th of October
In collaboration with London’s Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Centre Pompidou is to present the most comprehensive retrospective ever devoted to the work of David Hockney. The exhibition celebrates the artist’s 80th birthday, retracing his entire career through more than 160 works (paintings, photographs, engravings, video installations, drawings and printed works), including his most iconic paintings (swimming pools, double portraits and monumental landscapes) and some of his most recent creations.
3 – Biennale Arte 2017
La Biennale di Venezia
Until the 26th of November
Every two years since 1895, Venice has hosted the most important contemporary art exhibition in the world. It will take you several days if you really want to go around the Venice Biennale, the inevitable rendezvous of contemporary art lovers. The place is perfect for discovering the most unusual creations from around the world in a city full of history and heritage. The Gardens and the site of the Arsenale, a little away from the city hosts the pavilions of more than 50 countries.
4- We Have a Dream
De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Until the 4th of February 2018
We Have a Dream is an exhibition about three world-renowned figures who profoundly influenced the course of the twentieth century: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.
They were ordinary people who led extraordinary movements against racial discrimination and social injustice. All three became role models around the world but also drew fierce criticism and opposition. Two were assassinated because of their ideas and activism.
5- Fragile State
Until the 7th of January
Kyiv is confirming its place on the world map of contemporary art with a new international exhibition. The double meaning of the show’s title, “Fragile State” – on at the PinchukArtCentre– is particularly relevant in Ukraine, and beyond the political notion, because it’s also about a personal fragility, both on a physical and a mental level. On display is the work of ten leading artists: Marina Abramovic, Jan Fabre, Urs Fischer, Douglas Gordon, Damien Hirst, Carlos Motta, Oscar Murillo, Santiago Sierra, Ai Weiwei and Barthelemy Toguo.
6- Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Until the 22nd of October
Soul of a Nation is an exhibition not to be missed if you are in London. With the Oscar awarded this year to Moonlight, black art is finally in the spotlight, in full light, and it is only fair. The exhibition covers the last twenty years of black art and activism in America, from the 1960s and the birth of Black Power until the 80s. Essential to understand America today.
7- Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon
La Sucrière and MAC Lyon
Until the 7th of January 2018
The 2017 Biennale de Lyon is the second volume of a trilogy around the word “modernity”, and it was with the concept of “Floating Worlds” that Emma Lavigne, Director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, imagine this 14th edition. t is in a context of galloping globalization generating constant mobility and accelerated flow – the “liquidity” of the world and of identities, that the Biennale is exploring the legacy and scope of the concept of “modernity” in the art of our time.
8- From Duchamp to Cattelan. Contemporary Art at the Palatine
Until the 29th of October
Another intriguing exhibition centred around the theme of contemporary art and archaeology, with over 100 masterpieces, including installations, sculptures, paintings, photographs and drawings, from 25 different countries.
The Palatine Stadium and the lower perystile of the Domus Augustana, the terrace and the Arcate Severiane are being re-opened especially for the occasion.
9- China and Egypt. Cradles of the World
Until the 3rd of December
In the exhibition China and Egypt. Cradles of the World, treasures of Ancient Egyptian and Ancient Chinese art can be seen side-by-side. For the first time the show features works of art from China that have never gone to Europe before. And the most surprising is to see certain similarities in the development of art and science…
10- Marina Abramović, The Cleaner
Until the 22nd of October
Few artists in the world today evoke such strong emotions and reactions as the pioneer of body and performance art Marina Abramović. Louisiana presents the first major retrospective presentation of Abramović‘s work in Europe, comprising more than 100 works and spans more than five decades