Start the New Year as you mean to go on and check out the best exhibitions that the world has to offer in January 2013.
5 of the Top Art exhibitions
30 Jan – 28 April
Hayward Gallery, London
From David Batchelor to James Turrell and Doug Wheeler, and from the 1960s to present day, Light Show explores the captivating and inspirational nature of light, bringing sculptures and installations that use light in different ways together. This exhibition showcases the way in which like is used to sculpt, shape and distort space and those within it, affecting our state of mind and altering how we see the world around us. Light and dark, also seen as good and evil, have always fascinated us and the Hayward Gallery gives us all the chance to see light as we’ve never seen it before.
Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX 0844 875 0073
From the Collection: Art in Berlin, 1933-1938
30 Jan – 12 Aug
Berlinishce Galerie – Berlin
With forgotten or discredited artists at the core of this exhibition, Berlinishce Galerie looks back at the artists whose careers were broken or destroyed through the years of Nazi rule. This is an extremely rare opportunity to gain an insight into the work of those who were at large during the Nazi rise to power and how they documented history as it was being made.
Berlinishce Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124-128 10969 Berlin Germany
Zarina: Paper Like Skin
25 Jan – 21 April
Guggenheim – New York
Another retrospective that requires your attention is that of Indian-born American artist Zarina Hashmi, which serves as the first major exploration of the artist’s career. Born 1937, Zarina is known for her carvings, printmaking and etching. Known as an artist he prefers to carve rather then draw a line, to gouge the surface rather than build it up, this retrospective uses works from the late 1960s and early 1970s to provide an insight into her work, which usually involve subjects such as displacement, divides and terrain. Worth a look.
Guggenheim, 1071 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10128
Irving Penn: Underfoot
Jan 17 – April 28
The Art Institute of Chicago
Famed for his fashion photography, portraits and still life, Irving Penn is one of the most celebrated photographers and is still referred to and informs even after his death. The collection Underfoot catalogues what Penn found on the sidewalks of Manhattan and the odd beauty he discovered in the likes of cigarette butts, chewed gum and dashed concrete. The 36 images were kindly offered to the Art Institution by The Irving Penn Foundation. Don’t miss it.
Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404
Robert Adams – The Place Where We Live
16 Jan – 20 May
Reina Sofia – Madrid
Opening on the 16th is a retrospective of the work by photographer Robert Adams, who has been noted as one of the original chroniclers of the American West. Inspired by the changing topographical aspects of Denver, Adams took up photography in order to document it. This exhibition highlights the relationship that Adams had with the beauty of humanity and nature through his photography. A must see.
Reina Sofia, Santa Isabel, 52 28012 Madrid Tel. (+34) 91 774 10 00
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14|14: Art of last century is the ambitious exhibition held at PLASMA in Milan, where 23 artists show their work, investigating the parallelism between the years 1914 and 2014. Swide has interviewed the curator of the exhibition, Georgios Vogiatzakis.
From Paris to Berlin and various art galleries in between, there are exhibitions for you and perhaps your loved ones too. This December, if you’ve run out of Christmas present ideas, give the gift of culture… well, perhaps not to kids. Either way, here are 5 of the best exhibitions to check out this