There will be a whole cornucopia of delights to meet your art needs across the UK in 2018. From the big names like Lucian Freud and Picasso to new interpretations and emerging artists, there’s a lot to enjoy, challenge and ultimately appreciate. We have made things easier and collated the exhibitions that you shouldn’t miss.
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
This exhibition at the V&A will be the first outside of Mexico; a collection of Kahlo’s personal possessions, including her iconic clothing and shoe collection displayed in June in London. Kahlo’s work was always fiercely personal, and this exhibition will be a must for any fans of her work, as well as a fascinating insight into the life of an extraordinary artist, whose work inspired across the creative disciplines to this day.
Opens 16 June
America’s Cool Modernism
Oxford University’s lovely museum the Ashmolean has a great sounding exhibition from March on those spreading ‘cool’ into the art of America and beyond. The description for this exhibition mentions names such as O’Keefe, Hopper and Charles Demuth, so this is bound to be a sure-fire winner to visit in 2018 because you can’t really go wrong with this lineup.
22 March – 22 July
Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy
In what seems like a year of firsts, 2018 also harks the Tate’s first-ever Picasso exhibition. Featuring over 100 paintings, sculptures, and drawings, as well as family photographs, this curation is of particular interest because of a series of three paintings of Picasso’s lover Marie-Thérèse Walter. These were all painted over the course of five days and will be seen together for the first time since their conception. A great aspect of a large solo artist retrospective is the opportunity to compare works to each other, and this will offer the chance to do this in person for the first time which is rather exciting.
8 March – 9 September
Magritte: The Lost Painting
You may remember the story of the subject of this exhibition– in 2014, a painting by René Magritte, previously only known through black and white photographs, was discovered underneath another painting in the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. Magritte recycled the original canvas and only recent x-rays made the lost painting; found. Art ‘archeology’ is a fascinating growing arena and exploring one of the best surrealist painters through it is a great start to the subject.
Until July 2018
Life in Motion: Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman
There is something so raw about Egon Schiele’s portraits, and this exhibition at the Tate Liverpool will be exploring themes of movement in drawing and photography. Both Schiele and Woodman championed the Austrian Expressionist movement, and pairing the two together will bring out a personal and intimate look at an aesthetic which influenced the modern art scene in a profound sense.
24 May – 23 September
Pin Ups; Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity
Walter Benjamin was right, and art in the world of mechanical production made a series of fascinating progressions which are still happening today. Toulouse-Lautrec worked at the close of the 19th century, an area of time and series of ideas known as fin-de-siècle in Paris. They created prints and lithographs in relation to the moulin rouge and other venues in Monmatre. In this way, they started to create the celebrity image culture we have today, and at the National Gallery in Edinburgh, you can enjoy seeing what started the train of culture which led to the Kardashians. Well, kind of.
6 October 2018 – 20 January 2019
Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works
The Hepworth Wakefield has a reputation for engaging exhibitions with an interactive element, and Solid Light Works is no exception. Featuring Anthony McCall’s first UK exhibition in 10 years, The Hepworth bounces off their Art Fund Museum of the Year award 2017 with a UK premiere of three new ‘Solid Light’ installations. We are certainly looking forward to seeing how McCall responds to physical environments with light, which is such an interesting material for art practice.
16 Feb – 3 June