Summer is here at last and there is so much to look forward to! One of the things that we are most excited about is that there are some truly incredible art exhibitions to be seen all across the UK during summer 2022. Keep reading to discover five of our favourites that you should catch before autumn arrives.
Edvard Munch: Masterpieces from Bergen at The Courtauld
Until 4th September 2022
An icon of the Expressionism and Symbolism movements, Edvard Munch’s paintings are a wonder to behold for those who want to see some true classics. Being displayed in the UK for the first time, this major collection of eighteen paintings is making a summer home at The Courtauld in London. Coming from the private collection of Rasmus Meyer, an industrialist who lived at the same time as Munch, these works show an insightful cross-section of Munch’s work, from his early Realist art to his later more psychological work, such as Melancholy. Along with The Courtauld’s collection of Impressionist works, you will find a fascinating glimpse into the mood and movement of the time, Munch’s contemporaries, and more about his work thanks to an illustrated catalogue.
More at https://courtauld.ac.uk.
Tracey Emin: I Lay Here For You at Jupiter Artland
Until 2nd October 2022
Heading across the border into Edinburgh, modern powerhouse and innovator Tracey Emin is putting on her first exhibition in Scotland in almost fifteen years. This new show is a must-see for fans of Emin’s work and anyone who loves raw, unfiltered art. The first part of this exhibition is the show-stopping bronze situated outside in a wooded setting — six metres long and representing the position of women in nature, it strikes up a fascinating conversation with the Indian ink artworks that Emin has on display inside the gallery space. Love and warmth emanates from both the bronze and the artworks, with recurrent bed imagery that has become something of a motif in Emin’s work.
More at https://www.jupiterartland.org
In the Black Fantastic at The Southbank Centre
Until 18th September 2022
The Hayward Gallery is playing host to a stunning display of art by eleven members of the African diaspora. Inspired by African spiritualism, myths and more, this diverse exhibition has something for every art lover. You will discover sculptures and paintings, as well as mixed-media and other artforms, some of which encompasses the spirit of Afrofuturism and ideas of other worlds. Drawing on present day social issues, this exhibition also looks to the past that has gone and futures that may be, celebrating Black joy and excellence with enough creativity to leave you breathless.
Surrealism Beyond Borders at Tate Modern
Until 29th August 2022
The Surrealism movement is perhaps best known as a style that emerged from the post-war Paris of the 1920s and spread its influence across Europe. However, as this ground-breaking exhibition shows, there is much more to this style than we might imagine.
Weaving everyday scenarios and objects with strange and unusual threads to create a kind of dreamlike unreality, Surrealism has been adopted by voices from across the globe. Truly going beyond the imagined borders of the movement, this exhibition reveals how artists have embraced Surrealism to create a united voice — separated, yet connected by a wish to subvert how we see the world around us, and what it may look like in the future.
Expect to learn something new when you uncover artists from places such as Japan, South America, Korea, Europe and more, and challenge your own perceptions with this incredible exhibition.
More at https://www.tate.org.uk
Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man at Chatsworth
Until 1st October 2022
Nestled in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, Chatsworth is a historic home worth visiting at any time of year. With its current exhibition on display, you should make this the summer you finally make a trip. Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man at Chatsworth is a thoroughly modern exhibition dotting the parkland. It has been created with artists from the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada, with twelve sculptures in total — three of which will actually be formed in a participatory fashion over the summer.
If you want a taste of what it might be like to visit the legendary Burning Man festival, now is your chance to get up close to some of the sculptures that make this event so unique.
More at https://www.chatsworth.org
This is just a taster of the incredible amount of diverse and fascinating exhibitions to enchant and inspire art lovers this summer. From north to south, there is plenty to enjoy. Which will you be visiting first?
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