Apollo Magazine (UK)

January highlights

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Arabian Divas: From Umm Kulthum to Dalida

Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris 27 January–25 July www.imarabe.org

From Cairo to Casablanca, the 1920s brought new freedoms for women, ushering in a golden age of cinema and cabaret. With reconstruc­ted stage sets, costumes and archival materials, this display recreates the world of famous performers such as Umm Kulthum (pictured).

Bilbao and Painting Guggenheim Bilbao

29 January–29 August www.guggenheim-bilbao.eus

The city of Bilbao boomed in the late 19th century, made prosperous by shipbuildi­ng and trade. This show explores the work of Basque painters from the fin de siècle to the post-war era, revealing how they adapted avant-garde currents from elsewhere in Europe to depict the variety of modern life.

Francis Bacon: Man and Beast

Royal Academy of Arts, London 30 January–18 April www.royalacade­my.org.uk

Animals captivated Bacon, and this is the first exhibition to examine just how much his obsessive study of their movement informed his distortion of the human figure. Among the 45 works on show is a trio of paintings depicting bullfights made in 1969 (pictured).

Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America

New Museum, New York 27 January–6 June www.newmuseum.org

A project begun by the late curator Okwui Enwezor, this exhibition brings together works by 37 contempora­ry artists that explore the act of mourning in response to racist violence in the US. Pictured is Untitled (policeman) from 2015 by Kerry James Marshall.

Museum opening

Bourse de Commerce,

Paris 23 January www.boursedeco­mmerce.fr

Housed within the grand circular building of the former Parisian stock exchange – the conversion of which has been overseen by Tadao Ando – this latest outpost in François Pinault’s network of museums will host some 15 exhibition­s every year, drawn from his vast collection of post-war art.

Alan Davie: Beginning of a Far-off World

Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh 22 January–6 March www.dovecotstu­dios.com

The Scottish painter and jazz musician thought of his artmaking in shamanic terms, tapping into his unconsciou­s to create richly symbolic works. This show includes paintings and drawings from throughout his career, as well as a tapestry he produced at Dovecot in 2003.

The Blue Hour of Peder Severin Krøyer

Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris 28 January–25 July www.marmottan.fr

Aptly described by one critic as a ‘lover of light’, Peder Severin Krøyer drew on both naturalism and Impression­ism for his intimate portraits and lyrical scenes of the Danish coast. A collaborat­ion with the Skagen Museum, this exhibition is his first major survey in France.

Canaletto: Painting Venice Holburne Museum,

Bath 22 January–5 September www.holburne.org

After visiting Venice on his Grand Tour of 1731, the 4th Duke of Bedford commission­ed some 23 vedute of the city from Canaletto – the largest set of paintings the artist ever produced. This is the first time they have left their home in Woburn Abbey to go on public display in more than 70 years.

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