Maria & Anastasia from the art partners - exclusive insights on what to visit this Summer

This summer sees not only a great deal of unmissable exhibitions around the world but also an alignment of highly regarded events of contemporary art’s: the 57th Venice Biennale and Documenta in Kassel/Athens. If you already been to these destinations, here is our pick of the best art shows to see during the last holiday month:


 David Hockney, A Bigger Splash (1967), image courtesy of the artist

French capital offers its visitors to experience a David Hockney’ retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, celebrating the artist’s 80th birthday. Made a huge success at London’s Tate Britain previously, the show will travel to New York’s Met Fifth Avenue in the end of the year closing its world tour. Additionally we highly recommend to see Kiefer/Rodin exhibition at the Musee Rodin. To mark the centenary of the death of great sculptor, the exhibition will demonstrate the unusual juxtaposition of these two giants, shaped with freedom and liberated from all artistic contingencies.

 View of the exhibition Kiefer Rodin. Courtesy Musée Rodin.


 Pablo Picasso, Guernica (1937). Courtesy Museo Reina Sofia.

In honor of the 80th anniversary of Pablo Picasso‘s famous Guernica, the Museo Reina Sofía will be hosting a major exhibition highlighting the artist’s depictions of warfare and his approach to violence and sexuality. “Pity and Terror: Picasso’s Path to Guernica” demonstrates the way in which Guernica has transcended its own physicality and how its widespread recognition has led to its artistic value and political value.


Monument au fantôme (1969–1971) Fondation Dubuffet, Paris. ©2017 Fondation Dubuffet, Paris / Pictoright, Netherlands. Photo Johannes Schwartz

The French artist Jean Dubuffet will be the focus of two concurrent exhibitions in Amsterdam: the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum. The Rijksmuseum presents sculptures by the artist in the museum gardens and, for the first time, the Stedelijk is exhibiting the entire group of Dubuffet works in its collection. The exhibition “The Deep End” is unified by the driving interrogation behind Dubuffet’s artistic expression: „How can you capture thoughts that shoot off in all directions, in a painting? And how can you represent a world that is beyond objective reality in a work of art?“


Yayoi Kusama. Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls. 2008. Mirrors, wooden panels, LED lights, metal, acrylic panels. 287.4 x 415 × 415 cm. ©YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore, Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

Yayoi Kusama: Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow is a solid survey of the artist’s extremely complex life and practice and the first major survey of her work in Southeast Asia. With 120 artworks spanning 70 decades of prolific art-making, discover Kusama’s creative vision through paintings, sculptures, videos and installations, including works never shown before. No exhibition in Singapore has had so much buzz and hype months in advance.


Lee Krasner, Gaea. 1966. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Kay Sage Tanguy Fund, Fund, 1977 © 2017 Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction shines a spotlight on the stunning achievements of women artists between the end of World War II (1945) and the start of the Feminist movement (around 1968). Drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection, the exhibition features nearly 100 paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, prints, textiles, and ceramics by more than 50 artists. This major show includes works that range from the boldly gestural canvases of Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, and Joan Mitchell; the radical geometries by Lygia Pape; and the reductive abstractions of Agnes Martin, Anne Truitt, and Jo Baer and many more.