Today’s Seven in the Sunday Telegraph had “2013 – The 100 Things You Should Know”, a nine-page preview of the arts in 2013. It included theatre, TV, music, dance and so on, but I’m extracting the visual arts exhibitions. (As usual I can’t find the electric version on the interweb thingy, but at least I can link to the galleries so you can get further details if you want.)
The list is very London-centric. I intend doing a North West of England-centric list once I’ve done a bit of research. I’ll allow my overseas readers to preview what is happening in their part of the world. The numbers are as they appeared in the magazine. I couldn’t find any significance in the order. Events happening this month are next to ones for the autumn, and ballet is next to cinema and pop music.
20 Columbian Gold. The British Museum and the Gold Museum of Bogotá are teaming up for a show of 150 works made in the most precious of metals. Expect a retelling of the myth of El Dorado. (British Museum, from September 12th.)
24 Looking at the View Ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous (JMW Turner to Tracey Emin), this Tate Britain Show will showcase British landscapes over the past 300 years. As well as spotting continuities, it’ll hopefully explore the role that landscape scenes have played in shaping the nation’s cultural identity. (February 12th – June 2nd.)
29 Sarah Lucas After this year’s excellent Gillian Wearing show, the Whitechapel Gallery is to stage a major retrospective of another female YBA: the wildest partier of them all. Sarah Lucas. With her fried eggs, old tights and casts of a boyfriend’s penis, for some she’s plain vulgar. For others, she’s recast the very language of sculpture. (October 2nd – December 15th)
32a David Bowie is A V&A show about Bowie’s fashion legacy seems such a brilliant idea one can’t believe it wasn’t thought of before. Or perhaps it was, but only now is the star-man granting curators access to his vast personal archive… Among the highlights will be 1972’s Ziggy Stardust bodysuits designed by Freddie Burretti, as the show tries to keep up with Bowie’s chameleonic style shifts across five decades. (March 23rd – July 28th)
32b Glam! Tate Liverpool, meanwhile, will aim to set Bowie’s rise in the context of the androgynous, glitter-dappled movement he was once part of. Art by the likes of Hockney, Warhol, and Cindy Sherman will appear beneath mirror balls and strobe lighting. (February 8th – May 12th)
35 Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 600-1900 Need help telling your Tang dynasty from your Shang dynasty? Fear not, because this V&A exhibition will provide a crash course in Chinese history through the prism of its painting and calligraphy. (October 26th – January 2014)
47 Vermeer and Music “If music be the food of love, play on,” says Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night . And certainly, in the paintings pf Vermeer and his contemporaries, there’s more than a hint of amorousness connected to musical activity. This National Gallery exhibition will look at the complex role that guitars, virginals and lutes played in 17th century Netherlands. (June 26th – September 8th)[I will need to go to this exhibition as I have not yet been able to tick off The Guitar Player in my I Spy Vermeer book.]
52 Ice Age Art Who knew that reindeer antler or mammoth ivory could be quite so captivating? This British Museum exhibition will present some of the world’s oldest known sculptures, dating back 30,000 or so years to the last Ice Age. It’ll also include modern responses to such pieces by Picasso and Henry Moore. (February 7th – May 26th)
53 Australia The UK’s first survey of Australian art in 50 years. Taking the Aussie landscape as its theme, this Royal Academy show will cover two centuries of art, including work by Aboriginal artists an the earliest European settlers. (September 21 – December 8th) [I wonder if it will include Rolf Harris??]
61 Lichtenstein: A Retrospective Think you have the measure of Roy Lichtenstein? In his most comprehensive ever exhibition, Tate Modern will aim to prove there was much more to the Pop Art pioneer than comic-strip imagery and Benday dots. He was, apparently, a lover of art history and in later life mastered female nudes and Chinese landscapes. (February 21 – May 27)
65 Treasures of the Royal Courts This V&A exhibition celebrates 500 years of Anglo-Russian exchange, focussing on the chivalric, ruby-studded relationship between the two nation’s royal families. (March 9th – July 14th)
73 Manet I lose track of the number of artists for whom the title ‘father of modern art’ has been claimed, the latest candidate being Edouard Manet, who gets his biggest UK show ever. The Railway, painted in 1863, is among the star loans, though the main focus will be on portraits. (Royal Academy January 26th – April 14th)
74 Murillo Rehabilitation for the 17th century Spaniard is long overdue – though for many there’s no forgiving his saccharine Holy Families. Perhaps a new show at Dulwich Picture Gallery will finally change things. (February 6th – May 19th)
75 LS Lowry After a celebrity campaign by fellow Lancastrians, accusing the Tate of anti-Northern bias, Lowry gets a major retrospective. It’ll reconsider his role as chronicler of city life in early 20th century Britain. (Tate Britain June 25th – October 20th)
76 Henry Moore/Auguste Rodin Another year, another major Moore exhibition, this time pitting him against the pioneering Rodin. Showing in such august company [what a witty pun!] should expose Moore as a good, but not great, sculptor. (Henry Moore Foundation March 29th – October 27th) [Translation: Don’t worry, fellow Londoners, you won’t have to go all the way up to Hertfordshire!]
78 Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns You might reckon Marcel Duchamp to have been the Antichrist, after whom art sped relentlessly down a conceptualist dead end – and you’d probably be right. But this Barbican show looks at the lesser known influence he had, after moving to the US, on forthcoming greats across all art-forms. (February 14th – June 9th)
86 Paul Klee He’s best remembered as Kandinsky’s pal, Bauhaus teacher amd quirky painter of suspended fish.
88 Chagall: Modern Master For those of us who missed the Tate’s last major Chagall exhibition, in 1948, here’s a chance to familiarise ourselves with the Russian-Jewish emigre’s dreamlike remembrances of his home village of Vitebsk. (Tate Liverpool June 8th – October 6th)
93 Man Ray Portraits One of the most innovative and influential artists of his generation, Man Ray has never had an exhibition devoted entirely to his portraiture. Until now. A show at the National Portrait Gallery will include more than 150 prints from between 1916 and 1968.
Ingre’s Violin – Man Ray
94 The Portrait in Vienna 1900 Prepare for a Viennese whirl at the National Gallery from October 9th, when the avant-garde portraits of Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka et al are set in the context of the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s rise and fall. Did the artists sustain long-standing traditions or sunder them? (October 9th – January 12th 2014)
And I’ve not mentioned Kraftwerk ‘working their way chronologically through eight studio albums on consecutive nights’ in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in February!
According to the clock in the corner of my computer, 2013, when you’ll be rushing off to see all these exhibitions, is only half an hour away. May I wish all my readers a happy, peaceful and art-inspired new year!