Silver: Light and Shade

Silver has been fashioned into stunning works of art for centuries. This exhibition explores how silversmiths can transform the colour of the metal and create a variety of textures and patterns, with techniques such as gilding and patination. Some 70 works from the last 500 years and contemporary pieces from UK collections have been brought together to show continuity in metalworking methods and to reflect the lasting appeal and visual impact of silver.
The Holburne Museum
+44 (0)1225 388569
Until 22 January 2017.

Buried Treasures: Uncovering Hoards
This exhibition examines eight of the 48 hoards in the Barber Institute's coins collections, including the Dorchester Hoard and the Appleford Hoard. These coins provide a glimpse of the Roman, Byzantine and Turkman worlds and raise questions about who buried them and why. The show also explores the fascinating stories of the discoveries of the hoards and the ways in which we can preserve this heritage today.
Barber Institute of Fine Arts
+44 (0)121 414 7333
Until 26 February 2017.

Warrior Treasures: Saxon Gold from the Staffordshire Hoard

Discovered in a field near Lichfield in 2009, the Staffordshire Hoard consists of around 4000 pieces that exhibit the finest quality Anglo-Saxon craftsmanship. Some 100 spectacular artefacts, predominantly fittings from swords and seaxes (fighting knives) made of gold and silver and adorned with gems – like this gold and garnet bird of prey (above) – are on show, some for the first time, in this touring exhibition, which tells the story of their discovery and of the elite warrior class during turbulent times in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
+44 (0)117 922 3571
Until 23 April 2017.

Viking Voyagers

Take a look behind the popular myth of Vikings as brutal invaders and discover what they were really like. This exhibition, which includes significant loans from the British Museum and the National Museum of Denmark among other institutions, humanises the Vikings. Visitors will learn that they took pride in their appearance, that they wore jewellery and combed their hair, and that their mastery of maritime technology was the secret of their success. Many were entrepreneurs who used smaller boats and ships to seek new trading opportunities far from their Scandinavian homelands.
National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
+ 44 (0) 13 26 31 33 88
From 20 March 2015 until
22 February 2017.

Animal Mummies Revealed

In the UK's first exhibition on Egyptian animal mummies, the ancient practice of preparing animals as offerings to the gods will be examined through more than 59 specimens, including mummified jackals (above), crocodiles, cats
and birds. Alongside the mummies and other artefacts, photographs, archive material, and travel journals tell how the mummies were excavated and came to be distributed outside Egypt. The role of modern techniques such as X-ray and CT-scanning in investigating what remains of the animals under wraps is also explored.
World Museum
+44 (0)151 478 4393
Until 26 February 2017.

Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line

Charting the history of the 20th century through its maps, the British Library presents an impressive array of beautiful and curious artefacts relating to some of the century's most important events and developments. Highlights include 3D relief models of the Western Front, a First World War handkerchief showing a map of the UK (above), a dress made from Second World War escape maps printed on silk, an early sketch for the London Underground map, a Russian moon globe, and a map of the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. Fictional worlds are also represented by the totally blank map from Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark and EH Shepard's map of Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood.
British Library
+44 (0)330 333 1144
Until 1 March 2017.

Places of the Mind: British Watercolour Landscapes 1850–1950
The perception that the 'Great Age of British Watercolours' ended when Turner died in 1851 is being challenged in this display of 125 landscapes. Ranging from Pre-Raphaelite works by George Price Boyce and Alfred William Hunt to more abstract pieces by Henry Moore, the selection shows a variety of techniques, styles, and responses to the cultural and social shifts of the time. The landscapes bear witness to the effects of tourism, urbanisation, artists' colonies and the aftermath of war. Highlights include John Singer Sargent's View from a Window, Genoa, circa 1911 (above).
British Museum
+44 (0)20 7323 8299
From 23 February to 27 August 2017.

Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)
The first major exhibition of the work of Vanessa Bell, a key figure of the Bloomsbury Group, takes a close look at her pioneering work in portraiture, still life and landscape, and in decorative arts. With some 100 oil paintings on show, along with fabrics and works on paper, Bell's experiments with abstraction, colour and form will be explored. Among the key works on display are her portraits, including one of her sister Virginia Woolf (above right), and her decorative designs for furniture.
Dulwich Picture Gallery
+44 (0) 20 8693 5254
From 8 February to 4 June 2017.

War in the Sunshine: The British in Italy 1917-1918

After extensive refurbishment work, the Estorick Collection reopens in January 2017 with an exhibition commemorating the centenary of the First World War and focusing on the little known topic of British troops in allied Italy. On loan from the Imperial War Museum, 25 rarely exhibited drawings and paintings will be shown with 50 documentary photographs from the time.
Estorick Collection
+44 (0)20 7704 9522
From 13 January to 19 March 2017.

Shaping Ceramics: From Lucie Rie to Edmund de Waal
Telling the story of Jewish émigré ceramicists in British studio pottery, their revolutionary work, and their influence on subsequent generations, this show covers 80 years, showing how Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Ruth Duckworth, brought Modernist ideas from central Europe and influenced later artists, Edmund de Waal and Antonia Salmon, whose Dark Touch Point, 2016 is shown above.
Jewish Museum
+44 (0)20 7284 7384
Until 26 February 2017.

Portrait of the Artist

Exquisite portraits of, and by, some of the world's greatest artists in the Royal Collection have been amassed by monarchs since Charles I, one of the first European royal collectors. More than 150 works explore how the image of the artist has changed from the 15th century to the present day. Among the highlights are Artemisia Gentileschi's Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura) circa 1638–39 (above), one of Rembrandt's many self-portraits, and a self-portrait by Rubens, which he gave to Charles as an apology for sending him a work by studio assistants. Self-portraits by Lucian Freud and David Hockney, which have been presented to HM The Queen, bring the collection up to date. As well as self-portraits, depictions of artists by their contemporaries are featured, including Francesco Melzi's drawing of his teacher Leonardo, and Rubens' portrait of his friend and former assistant, Van Dyck.
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
+44 (0)20 7766 7300
Until 17 April 2017.

Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932
Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, this exhibition surveys Russian art from 1917, the year of the October Revolution, to 1932, when Stalin began to suppress the Avant-Garde. Among more than 200 works on show will be pieces by Avant-Garde artists, such as Chagall and Kandinsky, in a variety of media, including paintings, photography, posters, sculpture and film, as well as Suprematists and Socialist Realists. Many of the works are on display in the UK for the first time and are on loan from the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow; they include Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev's Bolshevik, 1920 (above).
Royal Academy of Arts
+44 (0)20 7300 8090
From 11 February to 17 April 2017.

America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s

A critical period of the 20th century for America was the Great Depression, which followed the Wall Street Crash. Changes such as mass urbanisation, industrialisation and immigration are all reflected in American art of the 1930s. Among the 45 paintings in this exhibition are works by Jackson Pollock, Georgia O'Keefe, Edward Hopper and Grant Wood, whose iconic American Gothic, 1930 (above), travels outside North America for the first time.
Royal Academy of Arts
+44 (0)20 7300 8090
From 25 February to 4 June 2017.

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection

One of the world's greatest private collections of photography forms the basis of the exhibition, which showcases over 150 examples of classic modernist work from the 1920s to the 1950s. Over 60 artists are represented, including André Kertész, Berenice Abbot, Alexander Rodchenko and Edward Steichen, plus Man Ray's portraits of Matisse, Picasso and Breton and his Les Larmes (Glass Tears) 1932 (below).
Tate Modern
+44 (0)20 7887 8888
Until 7 May 2017.

Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered
Taking a look the development of the board game – from the ancient Egyptian game Senet to modern digital board games – the examples in this display comes from the V&A's collection. It celebrates both the design of the games and the fun that players can have. As well as iconic 20th-century games, such as Monopoly, Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, historical games, like the Game of the Goose, will also be on show. The ancient game of chess is represented and it includes an Alice in Wonderland set (above) made by Robin and Nell Dale in 1983.
Victoria and Albert Museum
of Childhood
+44 (0)20 8983 5200
Until 23 April 2017.

Electricity: The Spark of Life
How have people tried to understand and master the power of electricity throughout history? This exhibition centres on the generation, supply and consumption of this powerful but deadly force that we all depend on today, exploring these themes through photography, paintings and a variety of objects, including electrostatic generators and ancient amber used to make sparks.
Wellcome Collection
+44 (0)20 7611 2222
From 23 February to 25 June 2017.

South Africa: The Art of a Nation
South Africa's rich and extremely long history is told through 100,000 years of its arts, from prehistory to the present, in this, the first major UK exhibition on the region. Covering aspects such as colonialism and apartheid, the works on show include some of the British Museum's recent acquisitions of contemporary African art as well as objects on loan to the UK for the first time. Among the highlights are the gold treasures of Mapungubwe,
the capital of the first known kingdom in southern Africa, which flourished between AD 1220 and 1290. These gold figures include such high status animals as the cow, wildcat and the rhinoceros, which would go on to become the symbol of the Order of Mapungubwe, awarded to Nelson Mandel in 2002.
British Museum
+44 (0)20 7323 8299
Until 26 February 2017.

Australia's Impressionists
Some 40 loans from Australian public and private collections, and from private collections in the UK, are brought together to present a wider view of Impressionism. Many of the works on show have never been seen in the UK before. They show how a distinctive Impressionist movement took root in Australia and helped to establish a new national identity. Paintings by Charles Conder, John Russell, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton, such as the latter's Ariadne, 1895 (above) all feature.
National Gallery
+44 (0)20 7747 2885
From 7 December to 26 March 2017.

Seduction and Celebrity: The Spectacular Life of Emma Hamilton
Born the daughter of a Cheshire blacksmith in 1765, Emma, Lady Hamilton embodies an extraordinary example of social climbing. She was renowned for her beauty and her relationship with Horatio, Lord Nelson. While still in her teens, she became George Romney's muse and several of his paintings and drawings of her are on show, along with works by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Thomas Lawrence and others, including Tomas Prioli (above, he portrays Emma in a Classical pose). Among the 200 objects on show are letters between Emma and her lovers, some of which reflect her political influence, her songbooks, clothing and jewellery, including the betrothal ring given to her by Nelson.
National Maritime Museum
+44 (0)20 8858 4422
From 3 November to 17 April 2017.

Picasso Portraits
Over 75 portraits, including Woman in a Hat (Olga), 1935 (above), by Picasso, both well-known and less familiar, feature in this exhibition. The works span the artist's entire career and include examples in all media. There are a number of self-portraits on show, as well as depictions of his children, friends, lovers and wives, including Olga Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Igor Stravinsky, Guillaume Apollinaire, Carles Casagemas, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar and Lee Miller. Not only do the works explore how Picasso was able to have greater creative freedom by only portraying people in his intimate circle, rather than working to commission, but they also reflect how he was influenced by previous great Masters, particularly Velázquez and Rembrandt.
National Portrait Gallery
+44 (0)20 7306 0055
Until 5 February 2017.

Opening up the Soane
The seven-year Opening up the Soane programme has now been completed, and Sir John Soane's Museum has been returned to the architect's original design for his Georgian house-museum, allowing it to be seen as he intended. A number of lost spaces have been re-created and opened to visitors for the first time, and the museum now has full step-free access. Among the restored areas are the kitchens, the ante-room and the catacombs in the basement, the lobby to the breakfast room (above), and the Apollo recess. The museum's candlelit evenings will continue to take place on the first Tuesday of each month.
Sir John Soane's Museum
+44 (0)20 7405 2107

Defacing the past: Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome
A look at the fascinating Roman act of damnatio memoriae, where a mention of a particular person – be it their name or image – is struck from the record. For instance, an overthrown emperor's memory could be condemned or erased in this way by his successors. Though the focus is primarily on coinage (above), inscriptions, papyri and sculpture will also be on show.
British Museum
+44 (0)20 7323 8299
From 13 October 2016
to 7 May 2017.

Fire! Fire!
In 1666 much of London went up in smoke; now, 350 years later, Fire! Fire! recreates Pudding Lane (where the fire started) and tells the story of the Great Fire, seen in a view from Ludgate, painted circa 1670-1678 (above). It looks at life in London on the eve of the blaze and at how the city recovered. On display are letters with eyewitness accounts, paintings, and surviving damaged artefacts that reveal the full force of the flames.
Museum of London
+44 (0)20 7001 9844
Until 17 April 2017.

Paul Nash
This exhibition shows how Paul Nash, one of Britain's greatest war artists, used his landscapes depicting the destruction of nature, such as the iconic We Are Making a New World, to express the devastation of conflict. It also charts how Nash engaged with Surrealism, Abstraction, photography and Britain's ancient past, blurring the boundary between dream and reality.
Tate Britain
+44 (0)20 7887 8888
From 24 October 2016 to
5 March 2017.

Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery
A vast array of the most spectacularly beautiful embroideries associated with key medieval figures, such
as Edward I, Eleanor of Castile, Edward the Black Prince and Thomas Becket, are displayed in this exhibition. But, as well as showing the finished masterpieces, it also takes a closer look at their makers (mainly women in the City of London) and the tools and materials they use. Highlights include the Steeple Ashton Cope with its winged angel playing a lute, thought to be the first depiction of a lute in medieval art, and the red silk velvet Chichester-Constable Chasuble, circa 1335-45 (above) embroidered with images of saints and scenes from the life of the Virgin, and once adorned with seed pearls, too. As well as these luxurious textile works, panel paintings, sculpture, metalwork and manuscripts will also be on display.
Victoria & Albert Museum
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
From 1 October 2016 to
5 February 2017.

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
Undressed is the largest museum exhibition of underwear ever staged. It brings together some 140 items of both men's and women's clothing, as well as fashion plates, photographs and film clips, advertisements and packaging, and examines the practical function of underwear, its role in fashion, its sensual appeal, and changing notions of the ideal body. Among the undergarments on display are a man's waist belt used on the wearer's wedding-day in 1842, a late 19th-century cycling corset and a pair of silk chiffon knickers from the 1930s with exquisite lace appliqué (detail shown above), and a brass bra made by jeweller Helen Newman in 1970.
Victoria & Albert Museum
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
Until 12 March 2017.

Out of Chaos

Highlighting the outstanding contribution of artists from overseas to Britain's cultural heritage, works from the Ben Uri Gallery's collection examine the relationship between migration and art. With sculptures, paintings and prints on display by artists such as Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Marc Chagall, Edith Kiss and others, this exhibition covers more than a century of art with a range of important movements and styles showing different responses to the
ever-present issue of identity.
Laing Art Gallery
+44 (0)191 278 1611
Until 26 February 2017.

The View from Here: Landscape Photography from the National Galleries of Scotland

As part of the Institute for Photography in Scotland's Season of Photography 2016, views of landmarks from across the world from the 1840s to today are now on show. The works include inspiring images of historic sites, such as the 1858 albumin print of the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx (above) by Francis Frith, and of natural wonders like Niagara Falls. It also reveals the evolving photographic processes.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
+44 (0)131 624 6200
Until 30 April 2017.

Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden
Gardens have been being designed as versions of an earthly paradise since 6th-century BC Persia. The long history of the garden is reflected in a stunning array of paintings, books, drawings, manuscripts and decorative arts, which show how ideas about paradise and trends in garden design changed over time. There are over 75 works on display dating from the 16th to the early 20th centuries. Highlights include: intricate botanical studies made by Leonardo, and Jan Brueghel the Elder's Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, 1615 (above) which, with its rich woodland setting and varied menagerie, shows a marked contrast from the more formulaic depictions of the Garden of Eden in manuscripts during the preceding centuries.
The Queen's Gallery,
Palace of Holyroodhouse
+44 (0)303 123 7306
From 5 August 2016 to
19 February 2017.

Bridget Riley: Paintings, 1963-2015
This exhibition charts Bridget Riley's dramatic use of monochrome and colour throughout her career, from her exclusively black and white paintings in the early to mid-1960s, to her transition to grey in the late 1960s and, then, on to colour. More recently she has returned to monochrome but, although Riley has taken up a palette from the past, her latest monochromatic works show new ideas developed from her paintings in colour.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
+44 (0)131 624 6200
Until 16 September 2017.

Scots in Italy: Artists and Adventurers
Italy has a long history as being the essential destination for anyone wanting to complete their cultural education and make important connections. Through paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints this exhibition presents the experiences of notable Scots who travelled to Italy in the 18th century. One of the highlights is Gavin Hamilton's portrait, Douglas Hamilton, 8th Duke of Hamilton and 5th Duke of Brandon, with [his tutor] Dr John Moore and Sir John Moore as a young boy (shown above). With the ruins of the Roman Forum and the Temple of Concord in the background, it suggests that the duke is in Rome to learn lessons from ancient history.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
+44 (0)131 624 6200
Until 3 March 2019.

Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus

In a curious pairing, Tracey Emin's infamous work My Bed is displayed in the north of England for the first time in an exhibition, which explores the links between her and poet and artist William Blake. Born some 200 years apart, both artists' work shows a preoccupation with spirituality, birth and death. Among pieces on show by Blake are his colour print, Pity, circa 1795 (above The Blasphemer and The Crucifixion: 'Behold Thy Mother'.
Tate Liverpool
+44 (0)151 702 7400
Until 3 September 2017.


Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific

In the largest, most comprehensive exhibition on Fiji to date, more than 270 works of art chart the Pacific island's cultural history since the late 18th century. European paintings, including Victorian watercolours, and historic photographs are shown alongside Fijian textiles, ceramics and ivories, such as the double-figure hook (below left), reflecting the country's diverse cultural relationship with Britain.
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
+44 (0)1603 593199
From 15 October 2016 to
12 February 2017.

Constable in Context: Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows in Perspective

Of his painting Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, 1831 (above), John Constable wrote, 'I am told I got it to look better than anything have yet done.' One of the artist's vast canvases, he called it 'The Great Salisbury'. Now, after touring the UK, the work has reached home as the centrepiece of an exhibition of images of the city's cathedral, from the 17th to the 21st centuries. These include works by JMW Turner, Frederick Nash, Henrick de Cort and Frederick MacKenzie. But, as The Great Salisbury shows, Constable was not just another artist who painted a view of the cathedral; his canvas had a notable impact on later artists, and marked a transition from purely architectural representation to personal expression, with a real feeling for the subject.
Salisbury Museum
+ 44 (0)1722 332151
Until 25 March 2017.


LOS ANGELES, California
The Art of Alchemy

Known as 'The Great Art' in medieval Europe, alchemy was a mysterious subject that combined science with spirituality, and is today seen as a precursor of modern chemistry. A silver plate (above) shows Hermes Trismegistos Teaching Ptolemy the World System, circa AD 500-600. Hermes Trismegistos is the father of alchemy, which, as this exhibition reveals, has influenced art from Antiquity to Enlightenment Europe and helped to forge the continuing relationship between art, science and natural philosophy.
Getty Center
+1 310 440 7300
Until 12 February 2017.

NEW YORK, New York
Infinite Blue

The colour blue has been used to represent spirituality, power, status and beauty in a range of cultures throughout history. Following one common strand, the blue artworks on display from across the globe reveal information about cultural values, technological advances, and international trade. As part of  A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum (a series of exhibitions celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A Sackler Center for Feminist Art), Infinite Blue features paintings, prints, drawings, decorative arts, printed books and more. Among the highlights are illuminated manuscripts exemplifying the use of blue in Christian iconography, early Chinese blue-and-white porcelain, and a stunning blue faience, late 2nd-century statuette of Aphrodite (above) from Ptolemaic Egypt.
Brooklyn Museum
+1 718 638 5000
Until 5 November 2017.

A Woman's Afterlife: Gender Transformation in Ancient Egypt
Also part of the Brooklyn Museum's series A Year of Yes, this exhibition delves into the ancient Egyptian belief that to make rebirth possible for a deceased woman, she must briefly turn into a man long enough to create a foetus. This is because, according to Egyptian medicine, the man creates the foetus and passes it on to the woman during sex. Evidence for this post-mortem gender transformation can be seen in coffins on which a woman is depicted with red skin (more commonly a male attribute) and on which spells that address the deceased with masculine pronouns are recorded. As well as painted sarcophagi, like the Coffin of the Lady of the House, circa 1292-1190 BC (above), small statuettes are on display, showing the woman returned to her female state after recreating herself for rebirth.
Brooklyn Museum
+1 718 638 5000
Until end 2017.

Max Beckmann in New York
Although the German painter Max Beckmann lived in New York only briefly before he died there in 1950, his work had been entering collections in the city decades before. Now some 25 works from New York collections are on display alongside 14 paintings created when the artist lived in New York from 1949 and 1950. They include self-portraits and portraits of women – one of his wife, Mathilde, is entitled Quappi in Grey, 1948 (above) – and of performers. There are also some of his landscapes and triptychs.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
+1 20 27 37 45 15
Until 20 February 2017.

Velázquez Portraits: Truth in Painting
The Met has recently examined and treated two portraits by Velázquez from the collection of the Hispanic Society of America: one of a young girl was painted circa 1640; the other, of Cardinal Camillo Astalli-Pamphili, circa 1650. Conservers have removed layers of discoloured varnish to reveal the artist's technique and subtle use of colour. The idea is that these paintings, presented along with five other portraits by the artist, can be used to show how he captured the personalities and preoccupations of the sitters.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
+1 20 27 37 45 15
Until 12 March 2017.

Native American Masterpieces from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection
Native American works of art, made in a variety of media and dating from the 2nd to the 20th centuries, have been selected from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection for this exhibition, to show artistic traditions in regions across the USA and Canada. Among the exhibits are abstract and representational sculptures and rare items of dress and personal accessories, such as this shield, circa 1885 (above). Other highlights include: basketry by Native California women artists (with master weavers Louisa Keyser, Elizabeth Hickox, and Carrie Bethel) from the early 20th century, and ceramics from the Southwest, which show continued engagement with ancient artistic practices.  
Metropolitan Museum of Art
+1 20 27 37 45 15
Until 19 March 2017.

Renaissance Maiolica: Painted Pottery for Shelf and Table
Maufactured in Italy from the 15th to the 17th centuries, this beautifully painted and tin-glazed earthenware took the form of many practical objects, such as tableware, serving vessels, storage containers and desk accessories, as well as devotional objects and sculpture. Maiolica works were created with harmony between form and function, and were immensely valued for artistic reasons by Italy's elite. Renaissance Italian potters drew on techniques that were used in the Islamic world, which they combined with innovations in contemporary goldsmithing, sculpture and painting to create exquisitely decorated pieces of maiolica. These in turn influenced tin-glazed pottery elsewhere in Europe.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
+1 20 27 37 45 15
Until 29 May 2017.

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania Magic in the Ancient World
Closely connected with science and religion, magic was very much a part of life in many ancient cultures. More than 80 artefacts from the Penn Museum's collections conjure up mystical worlds of rituals in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. Protection amulets, rings, curse tablets, anatomical votives, magical stones and incantation bowls all reflect how ancient people turned to the supernatural for a wide range of reasons, from health and well-being to protection from evil, to revenge and special help in the afterlife.
Penn Museum
+1 215 898 4000
Until 30 April 2017.

CHICAGO, Illinois

The art of tattooing has been in practice for more than 5000 years. Among the objects on show in this exhibition are a commemorative 17th-century tattoo stamp for Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem, a female figurine from Alaska with the chin tattoos once worn by Yupik women (above) and contemporary tattoos on silicon models.
Field Museum
+1 312 922 9410
From 21 October 2016 to
30 April 2017.

Red: Ming Dynasty/Mark Rothko

The Sackler is debuting a new acquisition, a rare Ming dynasty, Xuande period (1426-35) copper-red-glazed dish (above) – the first of its kind in their collection – in this exhibition that looks at the colour red, a hue particularly celebrated in China. Monochrome porcelain is highly prized, especially the difficult copper-red glaze. The richness of this object is complemented by another red work, created five centuries later in 1959 by Mark Rothko, which demonstrates the artist's own complex methods of dealing with red pigments. By pairing these two works, the power of the colour red, its abstract qualities, its universal symbolism, and its ability to transcend time and place, are all made apparent.
Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
+1 202 633 1000
Until 20 February 2017.

The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

More than 60 stunning Qur'an manuscripts span nearly 1000 years of Islamic history, from 8th-century Damascus to 17th-century Istanbul. The manuscript (above) is from Shiraz, Persia, and dates from 1580. Many were owned and valued by powerful figures in the Islamic world, and they played a key role in the history of the art of the book.
Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
+1 202 633 1000
From 15 October 2016 to
20 February 2017.

Sculptor Walter McConnell's new installation, A Theory of Everything: Dark Stupa consists of more than 50 pieces of blue-and-white Chinese porcelain from the Kangxi period (1661-1722), and a hanging piece he has made from 3D scans of them. Also on show are two vast sculptutures, which McConnell terms stupas (one is shown right). Each made of more than 800 of his own porcelain figures, they present a striking contrast between the historic originals and their mass-produced imitations.
Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
+1 202 633 1000
Until 4 June 2017.

Curious Beasts: Animal Prints from Dürer to Goya

Prints dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries from the British Museum's collection show how curiosity about the animal kingdom is nothing new. As both an art form and a communication tool, printmaking was immensely valuable and allowed for the much more rapid spread of ideas and images. Featuring prints by artists including Dürer, Goya and Stubbs, and items from South Australian Museum's own collections, the exhibition shows how these works on paper contributed to our knowledge of animals and how the animals themselves have long been a source of inspiration for artists.
South Australian Museum
+61 8 8207 7500
Until 5 February 2017.

From the Lands of Asia: The Sam and Myrna Myers Collection

Sam and Myrna Myers, an American couple living in Paris, have been collecting Asian art for more than 50 years, resulting in one of the world's largest privately owned collections of Chinese jade and Asian objects, totalling around 5,000 works. This selection of some 400 artefacts represents the breadth of their collection, which includes stones, icons, textiles, ceramics, ivories and porcelains from the entire expanse of the continent. Among the highlights are ancient Chinese jade works and items of clothing, such as kimonos, Noh theatre costumes and samurai outfits, which reveal how different people lived.
Pointe-à-Callière Museum
+1 514 872 9150
Until 19 March 2017.


Particularly popular with Surrealists, the wonderful world of dreams has long been a source of inspiration for artists. For millennia, people have been interested in unlocking and understanding this realm of imagination, symbolism and the subconscious. Themes explored cover sleep, night scenes (popular with the Symbolists from the end of the 19th century), dreams themselves and the emergence of psychoanalysis in 1900. There are fantasises, hallucinations, nightmares and awakening, and the figure of Dalí looms large. Other artists featured include Rodin, Picasso and Man Ray.
Musée Cantini
+33 4 91 54 77 75
Until 22 January 2017.

Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection

As part of the 2016-17 France-Russia Year of Cultural Tourism, this celebration of Sergei Shchukin (1854-1936), a leading Moscow industrialist and great collector of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, includes 130 pieces from his collection. Among the highlights are works by Monet, Cezanne, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, Degas, Renoir and Van Gogh.
Fondation Louis Vuitton
+33 1 40 69 96 00
From 22 October 2016 to
20 February 2017.

The Body in Movement: Dance and the Museum

Spanning antiquity to the 20th century, this new Petite Galerie exhibition presents some 70 pieces that highlight diverse responses to the challenge of capturing movement in artworks that are, by nature, static. Together, they offer a chance to examine conventions of the representation of movement and postures, including walking, running, stopping in one's tracks, and even the movement of the soul, for example through fear. The history of artists' attempts to anatomise movement, long before the advent of chronophotography, is told through the work of artists such as Degas and Rodin, and famed dancers, such as Isadora Duncan and Vaslav Nijinsky. Highlights of the exhibition include Ancient Egyptian figures, such as this ofine example that dates from circa 1800 BC (above), and images on Ancient Greek red and black figure vases. The show includes loans from Musée Rodin, the Musée d'Orsay and the Centre Pompidou.
+33 1 40 20 53 17
Until 3 July 2017.

Mexico 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco and the Avant-garde

This exhibition tells the fascinating story of Mexican art in the first half of the 20th century, and indeed beyond, with a few contemporary works on show. Organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais and Mexico's Secretaría de Cultura, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo Nacional de Arte, it starts with Symbolism and Decadentism at the turn of the century, then explores how artists like Diego Rivera responded to the Parisian avant-garde. The Mexican Revolution (1910-20) is a critical event in the nation's history and led to a new national identity, with muralism becoming a popular
mode of creative expression, as exemplified by the works of Rivera (again), David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco. The Revolution meant that women could take a much more active role in contributing to the economy, in turn allowing them to become prominent artists and benefactresses. A number of female painters such as Frida Kahlo, Nahui Olin and Rosa Rolanda, and photographers Tina Modotti and Lola Álvarez Bravo are also featured.
Grand Palais
+33 1 44 13 17 17
Until 23 January 2017.


Dangerous Perfection: Ancient Funerary Vases from Apulia

Some 13 impressive funerary vases from Ceglie del Campo in Apulia (recently conserved as part of a joint project with the J Paul Getty Museum in LA after enduring wartime and postwar damage) are on show. The vases, which shed light on ancient upper-class burial customs, are richly decorated with scenes from Greek mythology, such as the fight against the Chimera shown on the one (above). They were restored in the 19th century by Raffaele Garguilo (1785–1870); at the time his reconstructions were described as a 'dangerous perfection'.
Altes Museum
+49 30 266 42 42 42
Until 18 June 2017.

Bulgari and Rome

A rich offering of glittering jewels from the Bulgari Heritage Collection (including some pieces owned by Elizabeth Taylor) and from private collections (such as that of Baroness Thyssen) are presented alongside paintings – including Coliseo, 1847 (above) by Ippolito Caffi – drawings photographs and sculptures, to reveal how the art and architecture of the Eternal City have influenced their design. Classical motifs can be seen in necklaces, while the shapes and lines of brooches have been borrowed from the Colosseum, the Piazza Navona and Rome's many domes, above all that of St Peter's.
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
+34  917 91 13 70
Until 26 February 2017.

Osiris: Egypt's Sunken Mysteries
After successful runs at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris and at the British Museum in London, the exceptional finds from underwater excavations made by a team led by Franck Goddio at the sites of the ancient Egyptian port cities Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, are now visiting Zurich. Paired with loans from museums in Cairo and Alexandria, some on show for the first time outside of Egypt, the artefacts explore the cult of Osiris, the god of the underworld and a key figure in ancient Egyptian religion, with such objects as The revival of Osiris in gneiss, gold, electrum and bronze, 664-332 BC (above).
Museum Rietberg
+41 44 415 31 31
From 10 February to 16 July 2017.

Rembrandt at the Vatican: Images from Heaven and Earth

With his exceptional eye for detail, Rembrandt's remarkable works reflect an exploration of the naked truth. This exhibition highlights his extraordinary skill as an etcher through 55 engravings and two paintings loaned from the Zorn Museum in Sweden and the Kremer Collection in the Netherlands, with subjects including religious scenes from the Old and New Testaments, landscapes, and depictions of the female body.
Musei Vaticani
+39 06 69884676
Until 26 February 2017.

Classical Archaeology Seminar 2016-17: Global Antiquities and Classical Archaeology at the Institute of Classical Studies:

Theorising from the frontier in Roman archaeology
Andrew Gardner
11 January

The impact of global connections and the formation of the Roman Empire (200–30 BC)
Miguel John Versluys
25 January

Ghosts in the Mediterranean: tracing Lycia's income and identity during the period of the Delian League
Catherine Draycott
1 February

Kandahar under Darius, Alexander and Asoka: Alexandria in Arachosia in Global Empires (4th-3rd centuries BC)
Rachel Mairs
8 February

The grapevine motif from the Classical world to East Asia: iconographic transfers across Eurasia in the 1st millenium AD
Marta Zuchowska
1 March
Court Room, Senate House,
University of London

Qusayr 'Amra and the continuity of post-classical art in early Islam: Towards an Iconology of Forms
Nadia Ali
8 March
Seminars are held on Wednesdays at 17.00 in Room 349 of Senate House, University of London, unless otherwise stated.

London Roman Art Seminar
Supported by the Institute of Classical Studies:

The Elizabethan discovery of Roman coins as a source for history
Andrew Burnett
16 January

Context and experience of unfinished art in the Roman world
Will Wootton
30 January

Technical analysis of the construction methods of Roman floor decorations
Alessandro Lugari
13 February

The Hypogeum of the Aurelii: a new interpretation as the collegiate tomb of professional scribae John Bradley
27 February

All seminars are held on Mondays at 17.30 in Room 243, South Block of Senate House, University of London (
Royal Numismatic Society Lectures:
Era Names and Power Regalia on Song coinage, China
Lyce Jankowski
17 January, 18.00-19.30

Mehmed II and Constantinople:
An Early Portrait of the Ottoman Prince Christopher Eimer 21 February, 18.00-19.30
The Warburg Institute.

The Iris Festival of Ancient and Modern Science

Offering a chance to find out about many types of scientific understanding, both ancient and modern, this festival has a range of activities, from exhibitions to music and drama – with events suitable for all ages. Professor Robert Winston will open the festival and the speakers will include: Kyle Grant on Growing Plants on Mars; Ben Kane on Archimedes and Ancient Weaponry; Professor Helen King on What's Wrong With Me? Symptoms and Labels in Hippocratic Medicine, and Professor Anthony Grayling on The Scienc of the Presocratic Philosophers.
Cheney School
Tuesday 7 February,

After last year's record visitor attendance with a total of more than 58,000, BRAFA, one of the world's oldest
and most prestigious art and antiques fairs, returns to Brussels on 21 January for the first major art event of the year. Some 132 exhibitors from 16 countries, offering masterpieces from Antiquity to the 21st century, will be taking part.

This year, BRAFA will pay homage to Julio Le Parc. Born in Argentina in 1928, Le Parc was a pioneer of kinetic art  and Op Art, a founding member of Groupe de Recherché d'Arte Visual, and winner of the Grand Prize for Painting at the 1966 Venice Biennale. Dealers in contemporary art, Old Masters, sculpture, photography, cartoons, contemporary glass and porcelain, pre-Colombian art, Asian and African art, jewellery, silverware, carpets and furniture will all be exhibiting at the fair.

As always antiquities will be well represented by Galerie Chenel, J Bagot Arqueología - Ancient Art, Galerie Cybele, Gallery Desmet, Finch & Co and others. Brussels dealer Jacques Billen, whose Galerie Harmakhis has been specialising in ancient Egyptian and Classical art since 1988, will show this Nummulitic limestone statue of Herieus (left) from Ptolemaic Egypt (H. 103cm). Herieus is the prophet of 'Harpocrates, the Great God who resides in Mendes'.
BRAFA Tour & Taxis
21-29 January 2017



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