The art world Is wide and varied. Here are Swide’s picks of must-sees in December: London, Berlin, New York, Madrid…
5 December – 27 January 2013
Serpentine Gallery, London
Lithuanian-born American filmmaker (1922), Jonas Mekas’s, work is going to be taking centre stage at the Serpentine Gallery this Christmas. Comprising of film, photography and video selected from the avant-garde artist’s prolific sixty-year career, the exhibition is a celebration of what Mekas has achieved up until this day, culminating in the premiere of his new feature length work, which is to be presented as an installation. He has worked with iconic artists such as Salvador Dali, Yoko Ono and Andy Warhol but it is the stills and portraits of friends and family that also bring this body of work to life. It’s an opportunity not to be missed, as are the various talks and events that will be happening during its time at the Gallery.
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA, tel. T (+44) 020 7402 6075
The Young van Dyck
Till 3 March 2013
Prado Museum, Madrid
This wonderful exhibition is set to explore the work of the famous Flemish artist, Anthony van Dyck (1599 – 1641) created before 1620, the year that he travelled from Antwerp to London, leaving the post of being Peter Paul Rubens’ main assistant. The exhibition exemplifies the immense skill that van Dyck displayed as a teenager and the effect that Rubens had on him. The work that can be found at Prado Museum is a glimpse at an artists early footings into a career which turned into a legacy.
Museo Nacional del Prado, Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid (Madrid), tel. +34 913302800
Paul Kos – Allegories and Metaphors
Till January 19, 2013
Vallois Galerie, Paris
This is the first time that those is Paris will get a chance to be study and experience the work of Paul Kos. Kos (1942 California) is one of the founders of the Bay Area Conceptual Art movement. The exhibition showcases works created between 1968 and today, exploring the contextual forces that play out in his work and the paradoxes that can be found in his creations. Kos is interested in the honesty of materials and a place where, ‘and in finding a place where material, play, chance and meaning can magically come together’. To find out more about this conceptual artist, head on down to the Vallois Gallery this December.
Vallois Galerie, 36, rue de Seine 75006 Paris, tel.+33(0)1 46 34 61 07
Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche
Till January 6, 2013
Metropolitan Museum, New York
The Museum continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene—embellished with a profuse array of diminutive, lifelike figures of those from the Nativity scene and silk-robed angels hovering above—adorns the candlelit spruce.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue New York, New York, tel. +1-212-535-7710
Kow Gallery, Berlin
Until February 3rd
"The right to blasphemy should become a human right. The special right to the protection of religious sentiments, by contrast, should not. Trampling on such feelings is not a very empathetic thing to do, but the fact that they seem to be particular sensitive is not the fault of those who do not share that sensitivity". This is the provocative intro to "Believers", a photography exhibition that is comprised religious blasphemy and related topic. The points of view raised are as important during this season as they are throughout the year.
Kow Gallery, Brunnenstr. 9, 10119 Berlin, tel. +49 (0)30 311 66 770
By: Elisa della Barba and Ben Taylor