10 Must-See Exhibitions Opening in March

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A s the seasons slowly transition, and temperatures begin to shift around the world, museums undergo their own seasonal transformations – the mounting of spring exhibitions. From exploratory solo shows, exemplified by Rothko at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna to traveling blockbusters, such as Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 at the Broad – compelling artworks and their respective histories will soon adorn museum walls. Above, preview March's most anticipated exhibition openings.

10 Must-See Exhibitions Opening in March

  • Hockney-Van Gogh
    1 March - 26 May 2019 | Amsterdam

    At the Van Gogh Museum, the exhibition Hockney-Van Gogh compels museum-goers to meditate on the pastoral landscapes of David Hockney and Vincent van Gogh. Citing inspiration from van Gogh, Hockney has recently turned to painting large-scale, bright canvases that depict the English countryside. With this showcase, viewers are able to consider van Gogh's influence on the contemporary artist, as well as the beauty of nature illuminated in both artists' oeuvres:

    ‘… for Christ’s sake get the paint to me without delay. The season of orchards in blossom is so short, and you know these subjects are among the ones that cheer everyone up.’ - Vincent van Gogh

    David Hockney, More Felled Trees on Woldgate, 2008, Oil on 2 canvases (60 x 48" each), 60 x 96'' overall, © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt.
  • Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice
    24 March - July 7 2019 | Washington D.C.

    The Italian Renaissance painter Jacopo Tintoretto was born 500 years ago this year. Various events and exhibitions are planned around the world to mark the occasion; a noteworthy example is the National Gallery of Art's exhibition Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice, opening March 24th. Tintoretto seeks to reevaluate the artist's contributions and place him alongside Titian and Veronese as one of the most significant Venetian Renaissance painters.

    Jacopo Tintoretto, The Wedding of Ariadne and Bacchus, 1578. Oil on canvas, 143 x 166 cm. Palazzo Ducale, Venice. © Photo Archive - Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.
  • Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads
    6 March - 23 June 2019 | London

    Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads at the Wallace Collection investigates Henry Moore's Helmet Head series in tandem with the armory holdings of the Wallace Collection, which served as the artist's primary inspiration. The works on display include sketches, drawings, maquettes and full-sized sculptures formed from bronze, lead and plaster. The Helmet Heads is a 2018 Sotheby's Prize commendation.

    Portrait of Henry Moore with Helmet Head No. 2 (LH281). Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation. Photo: John Hedgecoe, 1967.
  • Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light
    18 March - 7 July 2019 | London

    Spanish Impressionist painter Joaquín Sorolla remains relatively unrecognized in art historical canon – especially when compared to fellow plein air modernists, such as Monet or Pissarro. The exhibition Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light at the National Gallery highlights the atmospheric quality of the artist's work; his mastery is immediately evident in Sewing the Sail, a canvas that exemplifies his striking depictions of light.

    Joaquín Sorolla, Sewing the Sail (Cosiendo la vela), 1896. Oil on canvas. Image courtesy of National Gallery.
  • Pipilotti Rist
    1 March - 23 June 2019 | Copenhagen

    Denmark's Louisiana Museum is displaying the first exhibition in Scandinavia devoted to the works of contemporary Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist. Pipilotti Rist will offer a comprehensive look at the artist's career – presenting a wide range of media, from large video installations to smaller televisual formats.

    Pipilotti Rist, Open My Glade (Flatten), 2000. Single channel video installation, silent, (video still). © Pipilotti Rist. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine.
  • Rothko
    12 March - 30 June 2019 | Vienna

    In Vienna, the Kunsthistorisches Museum unveils a major retrospective of Mark Rothko's art. Rothko will survey the influential artist's stylistic progression, from his early figurative paintings to his later abstract masterpieces.

    Mark Rothko, Untitled (Rot, Orange), 1968. Oil on canvas, 193 × 175 cm. © Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko/ Bildrecht, Vienna, 2018. Photo: Robert Bayer/Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Beyeler Collection.
  • Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950
    23 March - 9 June 2019 | Cleveland

    The Cleveland Museum of Art's exhibition Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950 examines the early work of 20th century African-American photographer Gordon Parks; formative years that Parks later considered to be fundamental to his artistic development. The exhibited photographs include some of his most well-known, such as Grain Boat taking on a load of wheat from 1945.

    Gordon Parks, Grain Boat taking on a load of wheat, Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada, October 1945. Gelatin silver print; 26.7 x 26.8 cm. George Eastman Museum, gift of Standard Oil of New Jersey, 1980.0536.0009. Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style
    15 March - 26 August 2019 | Liverpool

    Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh championed the Glasgow Style, which was the only Art Nouveau movement to emerge in the United Kingdom. Mackintosh was one of 'The Four' – a group of four designers who were considered the founders of the aforementioned style. Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style, mounted at the Walker Art Gallery, features over 250 objects designed by Mackintosh and his compatriots.

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Port Vendres-La Ville, c. 1925. Watercolor. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.
  • Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983
    23 March - 1 September 2019 | Los Angeles

    The Broad opens Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 on the West Coast, subsequent to the show's unveiling at London's Tate Modern and its installments on the East Coast at both the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition provides crucial context to the revolutionary work of over 60 African American artists, spanning from 1963 to the early 1980s.

    Barbara Jones-Hogu, Unite (First State), 1969. Screenprint. © Barbara Jones-Hogu.
  • Chrysanthemum and Dragon: The Art of Ornamentation in Japan and China in the 17th – 19th Century
    18 March - 15 August 2019 | Hong Kong

    With over 200 objects on display, Chrysanthemum and Dragon: The Art of Ornamentation in Japan and China in the 17th–19th Century at the Liang Yi Museum offers an unprecedented opportunity for a museum-goer to uncover the opulent designs found in Japanese and Chinese decorative arts. Despite both countries being geographically near, the exhibition examines the artistic disparities between the two cultures.

    Tabako-bon © Liang Yi Museum.

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