4 summer exhibitions not to be missed in Europe

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4 summer exhibitions not to be missed in Europe


Summer exhibitions are one of the world’s largest art shows, that bring together paintings, film, photography, sculpture, architectural works, created by leading artists as well as new and emerging talent. Below we present guide to the best shows in Europe this summer.

Christian Dior Designer of Dreams Exhibition at the V&A Museum,London, until 1 September 2019

‘I love being in a country where the past lies so vividly around me’ says Christian Dior in his autobiography explaining affection for England. Fascinated by British culture- the grandeur of the great houses and gardens of Britain, British-designed ocean liners, including the Queen Mary, he created a collection, that is legendary till our times. On exhibition are represented the knife-edged pleats and full-bodied skirts, which offered women the chance to be beautiful again after the Second world war, while the highlight will be the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations.

Princess Margaret (1930-2002) in a Christian Dior dress, photographed by Cecil Beaton in 1951. © Cecil Beaton, Victoria and Albert Museum

Van Gogh and Britain at the Tate Britain, London, until 11 August 2019

This major exhibition brings together from around the world over 50 works by Vincent van Gogh to reveal how he was inspired by Britain and how he inspired British artists, including Francis Bacon and David Bomberg. Do not miss to see the highlight of the exhibition -’’Prisoners Exercising’’ (1890), the picture he made while a patient at the Saint-Paul Asylum, what inspired him to commit to making ‘art for the people’.

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Prisoners Exercising, 1890. Oil paint on canvas. 800 x 640 mm © The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

Lee Krasner: Living Colour at the Barbican, London, until 1 September 2019

‘I like a canvas to breathe and be alive. Be alive is the point’ says Lee Krasner, a key figure of American Abstract Expressionism, whose energetic work reflects the spirit of possibility in post-war New York. The exhibition pulls together pieces from 50 international collections, including the striking early self-portraits as well as her acclaimed ‘Little Image’ paintings from the 1940s. Do not miss to the “ Combat” (1965), the work, showcase in the UK for the first time, which stretches more than four metres in length.

Photograph by Irving Penn, Lee Krasner, Springs, NY, 1972© The Irving Penn Foundation

Cindy Sherman at the National Portrait Gallery, London, until 15 September 2019

‘I’m disgusted with how people get themselves to look beautiful.’- Cindy Sherman. Along with being a photographer and filmmaker, Sherman has pushed at the boundaries of identity and the manipulation of self-image too. The exhibition selects 150 works from the mid-70s to the present day, including ‘Untitled Film Stills’- the groundbreaking feminist series, which embody various female movie stereotypes.

© Cindy Sherman. Image courtesy of National Portrait Gallery


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