Arts, both performing and visual, are without any doubt part of our humanity, providing us a variety of ways to express ourselves. They can be seen as a reflection of their society and culture. Taking time to appreciate them is crucial and that’s way the have selected some of the best exhibitions around the world that will be opening in the next months. Take a look at this inspiring selection of exhibitions:
Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood
18 August — 17 January 2016
Once the most famous Australians in Hollywood, costume designer Orry-Kelly’s reputation faded along with the golden era of Hollywood film. Seeking to restore much-deserved recognition, this exhibition reveals the professional and personal life of a man who worked on around 285 films, dressing the likes of Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Errol Flynn, Katharine Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, among many others.
Bangkok-raised Korakrit Arunanondchai gets the Ullens Center spotlight treatment in a solo show that will include video, installation, painting and performance pieces. Arunanondchai presented his first solo museum exhibition, showcasing his characteristically diverse mixture of subjects, styles and materials.
Copenhagen Art Week 2015
21 — 30 August
Launched in 2012, Copenhagen Art Week brings a much-needed festival buzz to the art world’s summer slumbers. Museums, galleries, project spaces and fairs join forces to put on a programme that showcases the best the city has to offer, including exhibitions, salons, performances, symposia, guided tours, artist talks and parties.
Until 29 August
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
A highlight among a gaggle of recent and upcoming shows exploring Pop and its legacy from every possible perspective, International Pop at the Walker Art Center takes a global view, chronicling Pop art from its emergence in the 1950s through to the early 1970s.
Raw and Delirious
Until 30 August
The seductively titled Raw and Delirious is a group show dedicated to a defiant type of materiality in contemporary art. In contrast to the bright, elegant, polished surfaces produced in the age of the Internet and industrial production such as 3D printing and post-production methods like Chroma Key compositing, this show gives space to the aesthetically disturbing, the excessive, the embarrassing and the vulgar.
Alex Katz, This Is Now
Until 6 September
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Alex Katz, American painter, sculptor and printmaker, is known especially for his portraits and figurative work. Now, the High Museum of Art present a fresh perspective, presenting a major exhibition including 15 monumental landscape paintings. A rare opportunity to view many recent works, alongside earlier examples from throughout his career.
Until 6 September
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde
Marking 100 years since the women of Denmark achieved the right to vote, Women Forward! brings together works created by contemporary female artists in direct response to works by female artists from the early Modern period.
Lee Miller and Picasso
Until 6 September
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Absolute Beauty: Neo-Academism in Saint Petersburg
Until 13 September
Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Under the intellectual guidance of Russian artist, philosopher and theorist Timur Novikov, Neo-Academism brought a vital spirit of non-conformity to the art scene of 1990s Saint Petersburg. This exhibition looks at how these values were co-opted by totalitarian visions, and surveys this remarkable and little known moment in Russian art history.
Zurbarán: A New Perspective
Until 13 September
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Master of the Spanish Golden Age Francisco de Zurbarán is renowned for his religious paintings, as well as his striking use of chiaroscuro. Now, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza promise A New Perspective. The exhibition aims to present a fuller picture of Zurbarán’s career through the display of 70 works.
Tracey Emin — Egon Schiele: Where I Want To Go
Until 14 September
Leopold Museum, Vienna
Following blockbuster Egon Schiele shows in New York and London in recent months, Vienna’s Leopold Museum shifts perspective with Where I Want To Go. In presenting over 80 works by Tracey Emin alongside her personal selection of Schiele’s drawings, the exhibition explores interesting parallels and raises provocative questions about the politics of gender and nudity, as well as narcissism and confessional art.
Until 20 September
Carré d’Art–Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nîmes
Biographical Forms focuses on the contemporary period, with most works produced since the late 1950s. Posing questions about authorship, personal mythology and collective production, the exhibition explores the biographical form and the telling of stories.
Julião Sarmento: Easy, Fractals & Star Map
Until 26 September
Galpão Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo
Renowned Portuguese artist Julião Sarmento presents an exhibition of new work under the tantalising title Easy, Fractals & Star Map. Including paintings and sculptures, the show is one in a series that explores an imagined relationship between Edgar Degas and Marcel Duchamp, and more directly between specific works.
Jamie Wyeth has described his process of portraiture as not only a depiction in paint, but as a process of osmosis, of spending time with, absorbing and becoming his subject. This is just one of the works on display in an exhibition that surveys Wyeth’s six-decade-long career and the development of his distinct approach to realism.
Dinh Q. Lê: Memory for Tomorrow
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
In the first solo exhibition by Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê, viewers are invited to contemplate the past, present and future of Japan’s relationship with Vietnam. Lê’s work unveils memories and personal experiences that have been overshadowed by ‘official’ histories.
The 80s: Figurative Painting in West Germany
Städel Museum, Frankfurt
Surveying the development of figurative painting in Berlin, Hamburg and the Rhineland in the 1980s, this major exhibition brings together around 100 works by 27 artists. It’s a broad enough theme to allow for great complexity and diversity in works that critiqued painting’s past and present, and reflected on homosexual emancipation and the New Wave and Punk scenes.
2015 Pavilion by SelgasCano
Until 18 October
Serpentine Gallery, London
The Serpentine Pavilion has become a landmark event in the London summer art calendar and this year the project celebrates 15 years of architectural experimentation. Plans by Spanish architects SelgasCano, headed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano, have been circulating for some time and passers-by have been witnessing the construction of a translucent, colourful, chrysalis-like structure.
Until 18 October
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Following her spectacular sculpture for the Tate Britain Commission in 2014, Phyllida Barlow’s work will now be the subject of a major solo exhibition, on throughout the Edinburgh Festival. Her monumental work is made from simple materials such as plywood, cardboard, fabric, plaster, paint and plastic, often found on the street or recycled from one work to the next.
John Waters: How Much Can You Take?
Until 1 November
As a directorial force in independent cinema — and despite his famous proclamation that ‘contemporary hates you’ — John Waters’ radical and provocative work has been a major influence on countless artists. However, what this show reveals is Waters’ own artistic endeavours away from the silver screen. With around 35 small-to-large-format film photographs, assemblages and sculptural works, How Much Can You Take? is a revelatory show, illuminating a little known aspect of the filmmaker’s output.
The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now
Until 22 November
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Tracing the vibrant legacy of avant-garde jazz and experimental music of the late 1960s, particularly within the African-American arts scene in Chicago, and its continuing influence on contemporary art and culture today, The Freedom Principle is a celebration of experimentation, collective endeavour and improvisation.