April is that time of the year where the sun really starts to come out and it’s finally bearable to leave your house to actually do things. To celebrate the good weather, we’ve come up with a list of shows, exhibitions and events, whether it be in Milan, Paris or Tokyo. From exploring 50 years of hip hop’s culture and history to viewing some of the greatest artists’ works, there’s something for everyone, everywhere.
MILAN DESIGN WEEK IS HIGHLIGHTING THE BEST OF LUXURY PRODUCTS
The artistic Milan Design Week has kicked off, showcasing artists and designers’ creations until April 23. From Bottega Veneta’s “Vieni A Vedere” and Loewe’s range of chairs shown at the Salone Del Mobile fair to Kiko Kostadinov redesigned Kazuhide Takahama’s Naeko collection with Paradisoterrestre, the week’s exhibitions are filled with creativity from all over the world.
PARIS CELEBRATES THE RECORD WITH DISQUAIRE DAY
The French capital will be honouring the vinyl record on April 22. Celebrating music for the 13th year, Disquaire Day will be host to an array of concerts, vinyl exchanges, DJ sets, and more. The event will also be expanding to different parts of France, with fairs and pop-ups taking place in Normandy, Brittany, Corsica and other major cities and regions.
SOUTHBANK IS CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF ALADDIN SANE
50 years ago, David Bowie released his Aladdin Sane album, one of the most culturally significant works of music to come out of the 70s. To celebrate the late artist’s work, London’s Royal Festival Hall in Southbank Centre opens its doors until May 28 to an exhibition that dives into Brian Duffy’s creation of the iconic album cover.
CELEBRATE THE HISTORY OF HIP HOP AT NYC’S FOTOGRAFISKA
Titled “Hip Hop: Conscious, Unconscious”, NYC’s Fotografiska space will explore 50 years of hip hop’s history and culture, a genre that is said to have kickstarted in 1973 during a Bronx basement party. Working with Mass Appeal, the space brings together a range of images of iconic figures from Tupac to The Notorious B.I.G. as well as newer stars such as Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj.
THE ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON EXHIBITION HITS TOKYO
Born out of the Instagram account @accidentalwesanderson that showcases scenic backgrounds that look like they could have been taken out of the director’s films, the exhibition is now opening in Tokyo until May 26. The photographs showcased have been taken by different people from all over the world, including America, Italy and Slovakia.
LACMA SCOURS ITS COLLECTIONS FOR A NEW EXHIBITION “LIGHT, SPACE, SURFACE”
California’s 60s and 70s artists have been known to play with light, space and surface, which is exactly what the LA County Museum of Art is celebrating with its new exhibition. Showcasing pieces from the museum’s expansive collection, the exhibition highlights works from the likes of Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Helen Pashgian, Peter Alexander and more.
THE TATE IS SHOWCASING HILMA AF KLINT & PIET MONDRIAN
Juxtaposing two different artists’ works has always showcased the art in question in a different light, which is what London’s Tate Modern is doing. Highlighting Swedish painter Hilma Af Klint and Dutch painter Piet Mondiran, the abstract artists will share a space in the museum, opening on April 20, both exploring similar ideas and themes through their pieces.
STEP INSIDE A RECREATION OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT’S STUDIO IN LA
After a successful showing in New York, “King Pleasure”, the exhibition presented by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s family, arrives at the Grand LA. Featuring over 200 unseen works of arts, the exhibition recreates Basquiat’s very own studio, as well as showcasing personal artefacts that intertwine the artist’s creative ventures with his personal life.
MOMA OPENS UP ITS DOORS TO GEORGIA O’KEEFE
NYC’s Museum of Modern Art is celebrating one of the greatest artists of the 20th century Georgia O’Keefe. For the first time ever, this exhibition titled “Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time” will focus on the artist’s drawings rather than paintings. From graphite to watercolour, the MoMA will be exhibiting over 120 works till August 12.
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