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Must-see Exhibitions to See This Autumn 2021

From annual favourites at the Royal Academy and unique curations at The Drawing Centre, to the newly opened Boijmans Depot where conservators can be seen in action making for a live action exhibition in its own right! Which ones will be making it onto your must-see list?

Summer Exhibition

Where: Royal Academy of Arts

When: 22 September – 2 January 2022

A celebration of contemporary art and architecture, this years exhibition is truly the tonic we all need as the worlds most joyful art exhibition. Under the theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic’, anyone can enter their work, making for a wonderfully diverse showcase of talent alongside leading artists in the field and household names.

Sebastião Salgado: Amazônia

Where: Science Museum, London,

When: 13th October - March 2022.

For some, it can be hard to see the direct impact the climate crisis is having on our planet in day to day life which is why this exhibition is so important and has even been hailed “the most urgent exhibition of the year.” Salgado reveals the hidden worlds in the Brazilian Amazon through his mesmerising photography, showing us all what needs to be and must be saved.

Boijmans Depot

The newly opened Boijmans Depot in Rotterdam doesn’t hold exhibitions but is a new open-storage facility for Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Not only can the public now view it’s enormous 150,000 item collection but can also see conservators and activists in action. The building is a piece of art in itself in the form of a huge mirrored vessel with trees protruding from the top of the building giving a surreal head of hair to curvaceous structure.

Masterpieces in Miniature: The 2021 Model Art Gallery

Where: Pallant House Gallery

When: From 13th November

In 2020, Pallant House Gallery asked Wright & Wright architects to design a model art gallery to house original miniature artworks from over 30 of the most exciting contemporary British artists, including John Akomfrah, Tacita Dean, Lubaina Himid, Damien Hirst, Magdalene Odundo, and Gillian Wearing. These works were created during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown – a time when artists could not get to their studios, exhibitions were cancelled, and many people spoke of being creatively blocked.

Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective

Where: Tel Aviv Museum of Art

When: 2 November - 23 April 2022

Eight of Yayoi Kusama’s most important exhibitions, which took place between 1952 and 1983, will be recreated for a retrospective of the Japanese artist’s work for the first time in Israel this Autumn/Winter. The restaging of the shows will illustrate how the artist’s use of space developed and how she harnessed a multitude of mediums in her career, which now spans 70 years.

Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy

Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection

Where: The Drawing Centre, 35 Wooster Street, New York, NY, 10013

When: Take One: Jack Shear, Oct 2–Nov 7, 2021

Take Two: Arlene Shechet, Nov 13–Dec 23, 2021

Take Three: Jarrett Earnest, Jan 15–Feb 20, 2022

This a three-part exhibition focuses on the extraordinary drawing collection of artist, curator, and President of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, Jack Shear.

Shear’s expansive collection consists of nearly 700 drawings by figures as diverse as Lee Bontecou, Vija Celmins, Edgar Degas, Eugène Delacroix, Tom of Finland, Adolph Friedrich Erdmann von Menzel, Robert Gober, David Hockney, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Elaine de Kooning, Kazimir Malevich, Alice Neel, Pablo Picasso, Walter Price, Jan Toorop, and Stanley Whitney, among many others.


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