Jan 12, 2017

The Best UK Exhibitions in 2017

We take a look at some of the best art, photography and design exhibitions in the UK in 2017
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Hockney, Giacometti, Warhol, Tillmans – just some of the names that are set to be involved in major exhibitions across the UK this year covering art, photography and design. Here are some of the best:

Top Choice: David Hockney
(Tate Britain, London, 9 February – 29 May)

The Tate Britain is set to stage the world’s most extensive retrospective of the work of the much-loved British artist David Hockney. The exhibition will cover his work across painting, drawing, photography and video and following its completion will move to Paris and New York.

Now approaching his 80th birthday, his popularity has never waned, from his prodigal appearance as a student in 1961, through to his iconic works of the 60s and 70s and beyond.

The exhibition will look at a chronological overview of a career that has continually evolved, changing his style and embracing technology as he progressed. David Hockney has spoken of his delight at this retrospective:

‘It has been a pleasure to revisit works I made decades ago, including some of my earliest paintings. Many of them seem like old friends to me now. We’re looking back over a lifetime with this exhibition, and I hope like me, people will enjoy seeing how the roots of my new and recent work can be seen in the developments over the years.’

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Top Choice: Basquiat: Boom for Real
(Barbican Art Gallery, London, 21 September 2017 – 28 January 2018)

As the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) this exhibition is a must for any art fan.

Collating works from museums and private collections, Basquiat: Boom for Real will display over 100 works from the pioneering prodigy of downtown New York.

The exhibition will focus not only on Basquiat’s art, but also his relationship with music, text, film and television, aiming to bring a greater understanding to his work than ever before.

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The American Dream: Pop to the present
(British Museum, London, 9 March – 18 June)

This exhibition, focusing on American art in prints, looks at the progression of the print medium since Andy Warhol showed the world the potential of this art form. Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha and Andy Warhol are amongst the names included in this exhibition that aims to be as much a reflection on American life since the 1960s to the present as it is about the art form of printmaking.

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California
(The Design Museum, London, 24 May – 15 October)

Starting in the 1960s, this exhibitions aims to chart California’s growing importance to the design world, from mid-century modernism, to Silicon Valley’s tech culture, covering everything from LSD to skateboards to iPhones along the way.

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Deutsche Borse photography prize
(Photographers Gallery, London, 3 March – 11 June)

Sophie Calle, Dana Lixenberg, Awoiska van der Molen and the duo Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs vie for the Deutsche Borse photography prize, which aims to reward the photographer who has made the most significant contribution to the photographic medium in Europe over the past year.

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Alberto Giacometti
(Tate Modern, London, 10 May – 10 September)

The distinctiveness of Giacometti’s work often exceeds the recognition of his name. In this exhibition the Tate has been given unparalleled access to the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti’s collection and included some never before seen plasters and drawings, alongside more familiar bronze sculptures and oil paintings.

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From around the world:

Venice Biennale
(Venice, 13 May – 26 November)

The 57th edition of the Venice Biennale, curated by Christine Macel, has chosen a bold theme entitled ‘Viva Arte Viva’. In her own words:

‘In a world full of conflicts and jolts, in which humanism is being seriously jeopardized, art is the most precious part of the human being. It is the ideal place for reflection, individual expression, freedom and fundamental questions. It is a “yes” to life, although sometimes a “but” lies behind. More than ever, the role, the voice and the responsibility of the artist are crucial in the framework of contemporary debates’

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Documenta14
(Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany 8 April – 16 July)

Alongside the Venice Biennale, documenta is widely recognised as the most important, regularly occurring exhibition for modern and contemporary art in the world.

Occurring only every 5 years, the exhibition has been chosen to run in both Germany and Greece, and entitled ‘Learning from Athens,’ to consider the relationship between the two countries following Greece’s acceptance of a €240 billion ($308 billion) bailout from the E.U. and I.M.F. in 2010 and the on-going immigration challenges the country is facing.

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Louvre Abu Dhabi
(Opening 2017)

Ten years in the making, the Louvre's spectacular Abu Dhabi museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, will finally open in 2017.

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