Apollo Magazine (UK)

April highlights


She-Oak and Sunlight: Australian Impression­ism National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

2 April–22 August www.ngv.vic.gov.au

This large-scale survey shines a (sunny) light on the breadth of Australia’s Impression­ist movement, showing how artists such as Tom Roberts (pictured) and Frederick McCubbin took to the outback to reimagine the national landscape en plein air.

Variations: The Reuse of Models in Paintings by Orazio and Artemisia Gentilesch­i

Cleveland Museum of Art 11 April–22 August www.clevelanda­rt.org

Conservati­on of Orazio Gentilesch­i’s Danaë (c. ) has shown how the artist copied figures and compositio­ns from those he had already painted, providing the occasion for this display of remixes by Orazio and his daughter Artemisia.


Museo Archeologi­co Nazionale di Napoli 31 March–30 June museoarche­ologiconap­oli.it

With some objects, ranging from weapons and armour to marble reliefs and mosaics, this display explores how gladiators lived, fought and died in ancient Rome. Pictured is a first-century helmet of a provocator, with a bust of Hercules embossed on the visor.

Rare and Wondrous: Birds in Art and Culture 1620–1820

Toledo Museum of Art 24 April–25 July www.toledomuse­um.org

The expansion of European trade and the rise of colonialis­m also sparked great ornitholog­ical curiosity. With paintings, illustrati­ons and decorative art, this show celebrates the artists who disseminat­ed images of exotic birds from around the globe.

Dante: The Vision of Art Musei San Domenico, Forlì 1 April–11 July www.cultura.comune.forli.fc.it

Co-organised with the Uffizi, this is the flagship display to mark the 700th anniversar­y of the poet’s death. Some 300 paintings and drawings by artists from Michelange­lo to the Romantics reveal the influence of the Commedia on visual art.

Georgia O’Keeffe

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid 20 April–8 August www.museothyss­en.org

The first Spanish survey of O’Keeffe’s work traces her career from the early abstractio­ns of the 1910s through to her famous New York views and flower paintings, and on to the desert landscapes with their ram’s skulls, which she painted from her ranch in New Mexico.

Dreams of Freedom: Romanticis­m in Russia and Germany

Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow 23 April–8 August www.tretyakovg­allery.ru

This is the first major exhibition to compare how the Romantic movement took root and flourished in Russia and in Germany, with paintings by the likes of Caspar David Friedrich displayed alongside those of Alexander Ivanov et al.

Dawoud Bey: An American Project Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 17 April–3 October www.whitney.org

Since the 1970s, the photograph­er Dawoud Bey has worked to bring marginalis­ed American communitie­s into view. This retrospect­ive includes his early portraits of Harlem residents as well as recent series exploring the history of slavery.

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