In this week’s Around The World, artists and photographers are being celebrated with a series of exhibitions. In Hong Kong, M+ is opening the biggest Yayoi Kusama exhibit in Asia outside of Japan while in Antwerp, the famed fashion photographer Man Ray will be looked at under various lenses. Keep reading to find out what you should be getting up to this week, no matter where in the world you are.
MAN RAY IS BEING CELEBRATED IN ANTWERP
The famed artist and photographer’s works will be put up in the Mode Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, in an exhibition titled “Man Ray and Fashion”. Open now, the space will showcase some of Man Ray’s most iconic photographs, including some of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel, as well as early childhood influences. The exhibition will also feature garments that Man Ray encountered in his life, such as a gown from Maison Martin Margiela SS90 collection.
SPOTIFY IS HOSTING A 3-DAY POP UP EVENT
Hitting up East London’s Shoreditch, Spotify will be hosting its ‘Our Generation’ pop up event over the weekend. From performances to workshops, the event will highlight some of the most exciting up-and-coming musical artists of this generation, including Lava La Rue and Holly Humberston. There will also be a temporary tattoo parlour held by Thomas Headon and a party hosted by Loud LDN.
BANKSY RETURNS TO NEW YORK CITY
The Banksy in New York exhibition returns, with over 80 artworks on display. The famously anonymous artist has made its mark on the American city during his multiple decade-long career. To commemorate that fact, the exhibit, which will stay open til May, will showcase some of Banksy’s most iconic work, including “Girl with Balloon” and “Gangsta Rat”.
SIMONE LEIGH LANDS AT BOSTON’S INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Open now until September, Simone Leigh explores Black femininity at Boston’s ICA. The exhibition will highlight some of Leigh’s pieces presented at the 2022 Venice Biennale presentation, including the “Cupboard”, “Sentinal” sculptures as well as “White Teeth”.
TOKYO’S MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART HIGHLIGHTS CHRISTIAN DIOR
After a successful showing in Paris, London and New York, the “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” exhibit has opened its doors in Tokyo at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The retrospective curation showcases over 75 years of work, including the couturier’s admiration for Japan’s rich artistic creativity. On display will be an array of pieces such as the Lady Dior bag and the J’adore perfume, among others that reflect the timeless impact of Christian Dior.
PAUL KOOIKER’S FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY ON DISPLAY IN AMSTERDAM
Known for his unconventional take on beauty, photographer Paul Kooiker’s works are being shown at Amsterdam’s Foam museum. Known for transporting his subjects outside the confines of a specific time period, each artwork on display at the “Fashion by Paul Kooiker” exhibit has been taken on an iPhone, which includes a timeless image of Kim Kardashian among others.
HONG KONG’S M+ SHOWS YAYOI KUSAMA’S WORK
Celebrating M+’s first year anniversary, the Hong Kong-based museum will be displaying over 200 artworks made by Yayoi Kusama. Titled “Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now”, the exhibition will highlight 6 different themes – Infinity, Accumulation, Radical Connectivity, Biocosmic, Death, and Force of Life – in the largest showing in Asia outside of Japan of the influential artist’s work.
LUYANG’S VIBRATORY FIELD ARRIVES IN BASEL
On view until May 21 at Kunsthalle Basel, the emerging Chinese artist LuYang uses multiple media, from video installations to paintings, explores what it means to be human. The exhibition titled “LuYang Vibratory Field” is filled with manga-inspired characters and dystopian robots that have been created over the last decade of LuYang’s life.
AI WEIWEI LANDS AT LONDON’S DESIGN MUSEUM
In this new exhibition, Ai Weiwei explores the underlying tensions between human and machine, past and present, as well as construction and destruction. Presented at London’s Design Museum until July 30, “Ai Weiwei: Making Sense” draws on Chinese artefacts, looking into the country’s rich history and old practices.
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