Saturday 7 January 2012

Art Shows in Europe

Kunsthaus Zurich
10 February-29 April
Winter Tales: Winter in Art from the Renaissance to Impressionism Winter landscapes in art, on tapestries and plates as well as canvas. Armies stranded in snow, cosy interiors, skating jollity – from Monet’s Magpie to an empress's sleigh.

Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf
28 April-12 August
El Greco and Modernism The influence of the Greek-Spanish mannerist on early avant-garde artists like Cezanne, van Gogh, Picasso, Delaunay, Macke, Kokoschka and Beckman.

Tate Britain 15 Feb-15 July
Picasso and Modern British Art Will include Weeping Woman 1937 and The Three Dancers 1925, plus work by British artists Picasso influenced: Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Graham Sutherland and David Hockney. Will it show how Picasso’s limp, mawkish Blue Period had far too much influence on the twee, whimsical creations of artists of the 40s and 50s like Michael Ayrton? (Though he could draw better than Picasso.)

British Museum
020 7323 8181
26 January–13 April
Hajj: Journey to the heart of Islam The history and origins of the Hajj: the pilgrimage to Mecca which is central to the Muslim faith.

Shakespeare: Staging the World
19 July–25 November
Shakespeare's England through objects, digital media and performance.

Chinese ink painting and calligraphy
3 May–2 September
Traditional-style paintings from the 20th century. 40 works including landscapes, moonscapes in paper montage, visions of nature and statements of friendship or political dissent in calligraphy and caricature.

Warriors of the Plains: 200 years of Native North American Honour and Ritual
To 5 April.
The culture of Native North American Indians of the Plains between 1800 and now, putting feather headdresses, moccasins, pipes and tomahawks into context. Although these objects are familiar from popular culture, this show uncovers their deeper social and ritual significance. Tours to Exeter and Manchester in the autumn.

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