Art restarts in 2021!December 16, 2020
Like every other industry, the art world has undergone unprecedented change this year yet has adapted and evolved to bring culture and entertainment to homes across the globe. Online exhibitions, art fairs and auctions have shone a light on the power of technology and its ability to allow audiences and creators to stay connected during a tremendously challenging year.
That said, news of a vaccine has brought some much needed optimism as we approach the year’s end. Art enthusiasts miss the powerful feeling of entering a museum or gallery and being immersed in the creations themselves, sharing the experience with fellow guests. It is a remarkable feeling, difficult to replicate in a virtual setting.
With this in mind, we have compiled a list of the top exhibitions and art fairs to look out for in 2021. As we’ve learned at length this year, the details of these events are subject to change outside of anybody’s control but we remain optimistic there will be plenty for art-lovers to look forward to in 2021 and beyond.
The Making of Rodin
Ernst and Young’s new exhibition at the Tate Modern will offer a unique insight into Rodin’s processes displaying lesser-known pieces and giving fresh insights into his iconic works. While Rodin is best known for his bronze and marble sculptures, the role of plaster was crucial in many of his creations – a key focus for the exhibition. The Tate Modern has collaborated with the Musée Rodin to bring visitors a unique collection of 200 works, many of which have not traveled outside of France.
A unique exhibit that shows the biggest works on paper from the Rijksmuseum. Among other large works, the exhibit will display actual-size design drawings for the stained-glass windows of Haarlem’s St Bavokerk dating from 1541. The drawings are so immense in size, the museum has had to employ a giant skateboard ramp just to display them. A sight to behold in person.
Madrid’s Museo Del Prado has partnered with the National Gallery, the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston to bring together six mythological paintings based on classical poetry. Brought together for the first time since the 17th century, the “poesies” were painted by Titian for Philip II between 1551 and 1562, and considered to be the most significant of the artist’s works.
Art Basel Hong Kong
After being postponed earlier this year, the 2021 edition of Art Basel Hong Kong will take place at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 21 to May 23, 2021, with Preview Days on May 19 to May 20. Featuring modern and contemporary works, curated art from 1900 to the present day and immersive large-scale projects, the fair is a staple of the Asian art scene. Further details and a list of participating galleries will be announced early next year.
Singapore Art Week
Singapore Art Week is an annual celebration of visual arts that is set to take place in January 2021. Featuring artists, collectives, organizations and other art intermediaries, the week exhibits dynamic and unique visual art projects to both local and international audiences.
Tokyo Art Fair
Tokyo Art Fair focuses on the fact that art is not merely entertainment but essential to our lives. The oldest art fair in Asia and the largest in Japan, it features a wide range of works from antiques and crafts to nihonga painting, modern art and contemporary art. It seeks to present historically-inspired artistic contexts and connect past and present alongside Asia and the West.
Van Gogh Alive
Several uniquely interactive Van Gogh exhibits are currently on display and set to continue into 2021. Van Gogh Alive is currently displaying at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, immersing guests in a world of Van Gogh works beamed onto a diverse range of surfaces around them while simultaneously being set to music. A similar exhibit will open at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in June 2021 surrounding audiences with iconic paintings, including Sunflowers and The Starry Night in a three dimensional experience. Previous global locations for the exhibit include Taiwan, Mexico and Spain.
Goya’s Graphic Imagination
The Met is set to display a fascinating new exhibit on Goya focusing on how his graphic imagination allowed him to artistically respond to the turbulent social and political changes in the world around him. Around one hundred works on display will largely be drawn from The Met collection with other works coming from New York, Boston, and Madrid’s Museo Nacional del Prado and the Biblioteca Nacional.
While Van Gogh Worldwide brought over 1,000 of the artist’s masterpieces to the virtual public, there are hopes that audiences may be able to enjoy the works in-situ over the next few years. The Art Newspaper takes a look at shows coming up in Dallas, Amsterdam, Detroit, Vienna, Assen, Columbus and Santa Barbara. Highlights include exhibitions such as Van Gogh and the Olive Groves (traveling from the Van Gogh Museum to the Dallas Museum of Art) and Van Gogh in America (Detroit Institute of Arts).