“Anselm Kiefer, for Velimir Khlebnikov: Fates of Nations” at the State Hermitage Museum, May 30– September 9, 2017
The German artist Anselm Kiefer (1945–) gets his first Russian solo show, featuring 30 new works inspired by Russian futurist-poet Velimir Khlebnikov. Based on Khlebnikov’s theory that history’s major battles often repeat themselves, the works often feature rusted vehicles, relics of war that speak to themes of war and peace.
“Derain, Balthus, Giacometti: An Artistic Friendship” at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, June 2–October 29, 2017
Three great modernists, André Derain (1880–1954), Balthus (1908–2001), and Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966), and their strong friendships with one another make up the backbone of this exhibition at Paris’s Musée d’Art moderne. The show brings together over 350 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs, mainly dating from the 1930s–1960s.