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5 Art Exhibitions We’re Excited About This Month


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Want to kick off your spring with some culture? Fortunately, exceptional art exhibitions are in full-bloom this month, making March a perfect time to step into a museum.

From a literature-inspired exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to a country-wide series of shows in the United Kingdom, there's something for everyone this month. So, whether you're interested in the Old Masters or looking for a new take on Vincent van Gogh, you won't want to miss this month's picks.

See five exhibitions we’re looking forward to this month.


Hockney – Van Gogh. The Joy of Nature at the Van Gogh Museum


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For months, we've been looking forward to Hockney – Van Gogh. The Joy of Nature—a landmark exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Intended to highlight Van Gogh‘s influence on David Hockney, one of the most prolific living Pop artists, this spectacle pairs paintings by the Post-Impressionist with 120 works by Hockney. These pieces include iPad drawings, videos, watercolors, prints, and his famous large-scale landscape paintings.

While Hockney himself has expressed an interest in Van Gogh's work, no museum has made the connection—until now. “This is the first ever exhibition to explore how Van Gogh influenced his work,” Axel Rüger, the museum’s director, says. “It is an absolute honor to have the opportunity to organize an exhibition such as this.”

Hockney – Van Gogh. The Joy of Nature is on view until May 26, 2019.


The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


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Are you familiar with The Tale of Genji? Written in the early 11th century, this piece of literature gives us a glimpse into Japan's contemporary aristocratic society. The Tale of Genji is widely praised for its witty humor and memorable characters, making it a perfect muse for creatives. In order to give a glimpse of Genji‘s lasting legacy, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Japan Foundation present The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated.

The Tale of Genji has inspired generations of artists over centuries, and ours is the first exhibition to explore this phenomenon in such a comprehensive way,” Max Hollein, the Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art reveals. “The magnificent works of art in the show will also offer a view into the development of Japanese art, a testament to the prevalence and impact of the renowned story.”

The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated is open until June 16, 2019.


Black Models: From Géricault to Marisse at the Musée d'Orsay


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Black Models: From Géricault to Marisse analyzes the ways in which artists have portrayed black subjects throughout history. With the maid in Manet's iconic Olympia as its poster child, this exhibition promises an array of major works by leading artists, including Théodore Géricault, Paul Cézanne, and Henri Matisse.

Taking a multi-disciplinary approach to a multi-layered concept, the Musée d'Orsay presents paintings, sculptures, engravings, and photographs that demonstrate the “aesthetic, political, social and racial issues as well as the imagery unveiled by the representation of black figures in visual arts.”

Black Models: From Géricault to Marisse is on view from March 26 until July 21, 2019.


Rembrandt Portraits at the Art Institute of Chicago


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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was called a “colossus of art” by prolific sculptor Auguste Rodin and a “magician” by Post-Impressionist pioneer Vincent van Gogh. This month, if you're in the Chicago area, you can see why—Rembrandt Portraits, a highly-anticipated exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, is finally open.

Rembrandt Portraits brings together four important pieces by the artist: Portrait of a BoySelf-PortraitOld Man with a Gold Chain, and Young Woman at an Open Half-Door. “Taken together,” the museum explains, “these four paintings show Rembrandt’s brilliant skill as a painter, especially as a painter of people, as well as his deep knowledge of historical subjects and art history.”

Rembrandt Portraits closes on June 9, 2019.


Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing at museums across the United Kingdom 


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Leonardo da Vinci died on May 2, 1519. In order to commemorate the 500th anniversary of this occasion, the Royal Collection Trust is putting on Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing. For this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle, 12 institutions across the United Kingdom are holding simultaneous exhibitions that present 144 pieces by the artist.

“Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing features 12 drawings at each venue, all selected to reflect the full range of Leonardo's interests—painting, sculpture, architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany,” the Royal Collection Trust says. The exhibitions will also shine a spotlight on his drawings and sketches, which have even been reproduced as commemorative stamps by Royal Mail.

You can find a full list of dates and venues for Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing on the Royal Collection Trust website.


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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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