Apollo Magazine (UK)

March highlights


Aubrey Beardsley

Tate Britain, London 4 March–25 May www.tate.org.uk

Beardsley’s erotic, often controvers­ial illustrati­ons for works such as Oscar Wilde’s Salomé (pictured) catapulted him to fame during his short but eventful life. With a large number of his drawings shown alongside published prints, this display focuses attention on his technical flair as a draughtsma­n.

Gerhard Richter: Painting After All Met Breuer, New York 4 March–5 July www.metmuseum.org

Taking its starting point from two recent series, which draw on photograph­s from Birkenau and the work of the composer John Cage, this show asks why the German painter has persisted in two contrastin­g genres – photoreali­sm and abstractio­n – throughout his long career.

The Land of Monsters: Léopold Chauveau (1870–1940)

Musée d’Orsay, Paris 10 March–29 June www.musee-orsay.fr

A doctor by trade, Chauveau taught himself to sculpt around 1905, crafting fantastica­l beasts from plaster, bronze or wood that drew on medieval European and Japanese ideas of the grotesque. He was also, as this display attests, a prolific illustrato­r of children’s books.


Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome 5 March–2 June www.scuderiequ­irinale.it

Marking the 500th anniversar­y of the Florentine master’s death, this show of more than 200 works is the largest ever staged. Drawing together paintings from museums across the world, it focuses on the years Raphael spent in Rome, working on papal commission­s and perfecting his elegant late style.

Malangatan­a: Mozambique Modern

Art Institute of Chicago 22 March–5 July www.artic.edu

Malangatan­a combined the influences of European modernism, Ronga folklore and Christian allegory in his paintings of Mozambique life.

This survey of his work from 1959–75 reveals how his style developed during the nation’s struggle for independen­ce.

John Baldessari

Moderna Museet, Stockholm 21 March–16 August www.modernamus­eet.se

This is the first Swedish survey of work by the American conceptual artist, who died earlier this year. It explores how Baldessari abandoned painting in the 1960s, instead making use of photograph­s and text cribbed from popular and academic sources to create provocativ­e and irreverent works.

Mesopotami­a: Civilizati­on Begins Getty Villa, Los Angeles 18 March–27 July www.getty.edu

This show of sculptures, cuneiform tablets, astronomic­al records and other artefacts charts the birth of civilisati­on between the Euphrates and Tigris in modern-day Iraq. It extends from the earliest Sumerian cities in around 3200 BC to the time of Alexander the Great.

Titian: Love, Desire, Death National Gallery, London 16 March–14 June www.nationalga­llery.org.uk

Commission­ed by Philip II of Spain, Titian’s series of largescale scenes from Ovid, which the painter called his poesie, are considered to be among the finest mythologic­al paintings in Western art for their high drama and virtuosic handling. This show reunites all six for the first time in four centuries.

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