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Making Modernism:

Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin

12 November 2022 12 February 2023

Royal Academy of Arts / London

Gabriele Münter, Portrait of Anna Roslund, 1917.

Oil on canvas. 94 x 68 cm. Leicester Museums & Galleries. © DACS 2022.

 

The Royal Academy of Arts presents Making Modernism, the first major UK exhibition devoted
to women artists working in Germany in the early 20th century. It includes 67 paintings and
works on paper primarily by Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and
Marianne Werefkin, with additional works by Erma Bossi, Ottilie Reylaender and Jacoba van
Heemskerck. Most of these artworks have never been exhibited in this country before.
Although less familiar than their male counterparts, these artists were central to the
development and dissemination of modernism. Seen through the lens of its female
practitioners, key themes of modernism such as self-portraiture, still-life and urban and rural
scenes are re-evaluated, and attention is focussed on the female body, childhood and
maternal experience. Further Information www.royalacademy.org.uk

 

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The EY Exhibition Cezanne

5 October 2022 – 12 March 2023

Tate Modern London

Paul Cezanne. The Basket of Apples, c. 1893. The Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection.

A career-spanning survey of a pivotal figure in modern art

 

‘With an apple, I will astonish Paris’, Cezanne once claimed. Leaving his native Aix-en-Provence for the French capital in his 20s, this is precisely what he did. Cezanne’s still lifes, landscapes and paintings of bathers were to give licence to generations of artists to break the rule book. The history of painting was never to be the same again.

Focusing on the many tensions and contradictions in Cezanne’s work, this exhibition seeks to understand the artist in his own context, as an ambitious young painter proudly from the Mediterranean South, yet eager to make it in metropolitan Paris. Featuring many works shown for the first time in the UK, the show will follow his struggle between seeking official recognition and joining the emerging impressionists before relentlessly pursuing his own unique language. We will witness an artist wrestling with what it means to be a modern painter while remaining deeply sceptical about the world he lived in, from political unrest to a continually accelerating way of life.

 

Further Information www.tate.org.uk

 

Copyright Text: Tate Modern London


Africa Fashion

2 July 2022 – 16 April 2023

V&A London

 

Africa Fashion is a landmark exhibition celebrating the irresistible creativity, ingenuity and unstoppable global impact of contemporary African fashions. The exhibition is the UK’s most extensive exhibition of African fashions to date, celebrating the vitality and innovation of this vibrant scene, as dynamic and varied as the continent itself.

Over 250 objects are on display for the exhibition, with approximately half of these drawn from the museum’s collection, including 70 new acquisitions. Many of the garments on show are from the personal archives of a selection of iconic mid-twentieth century African designers – Shade Thomas-Fahm, Chris Seydou, Kofi Ansah and Alphadi, marking the first time their work will be shown in a London museum. The exhibition also celebrates influential contemporary African fashion creatives including Imane Ayissi, IAMISIGO, Moshions, Thebe Magugu and Sindiso Khumalo. Africa Fashion showcases these objects and the stories behind them alongside personal insights from the designers, together with sketches, editorial spreads, photographs, film and catwalk footage. Further Information www.vam.ac.uk

 

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