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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute spring 2016 exhibition will be “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”, featuring more than 120 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear, from an 1880s Worth gown to a 2015 Chanel suit. “Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made, but recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other,” says Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. “‘Manus x Machina’ will challenge the conventions of the hand/machine dichotomy and propose a new paradigm germane to our age of technology.”
* May 5–August 14, www.metmuseum.org/ManusxMachina

Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo by Jean-Baptiste Mondino.



For Louise Bourgeois, the word “cell” had many connotations, as it refers to the biological cell of a living organism
as well as the isolation of a prison or monastic cell. The exhibition “Structures of Existence: The Cells”, at the
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, presents an ample selection of her innovative sculptural works.

* Until September 4, www.guggenheim-bilbao.es

Courtesy Hauser & Wirth and Cheim & Read / Photo: Christopher Burke.






Ever since the invention of photography in the 19th century, artists’ studios have fascinated photographers. The exhibition “Dans l’atelier.
L’artiste photographié d’Ingres à Jeff Koons” (In the studio. The artist photographed from Ingres to Jeff Koons), at the Petit Palais, will bring
visitors as close as possible to the creative process of some of the world’s most famous creators, through more than 400 photographs presented
along with paintings, sculptures and videos.

* April 5–July 17, www.petitpalais.paris.fr

© ADAGP, Paris / © Gérard Rondeau.

© SFP.

© André Villers, Adagp, Paris 2016/ Coll. Bibliothèque Nationale de France © Succession Picasso.






“Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium” is a major retrospective examining the work and career of the photographer who died of AIDS
in 1989 at the age of 42, having left behind a provocative body of work. What might seem unusual, that the exhibition is split between the
J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), has one simple explanation: Those two major institutions jointly
acquired almost two thousand of the artist’s limited-edition photographs from the New York City-based Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in 2011.
The works on display provide new context for understanding the key genres that Mapplethorpe pursued: portraiture, the nude, and still life.

* Until July 31, www.getty.edu & www.lacma.org

© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.






The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is bringing Pompeii back to life, in the largest exhibition ever to be presented in Quebec on this iconic
Roman city at the time when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. It includes frescos, mosaics and statues in various materials, luxurious accessories, silverware,
everyday utensils, religious paraphernalia and an exquisite selection of erotica from the Secret Cabinet of the National Archaeological Museum in Naples.

* Until September 5, www.mbam.qc.ca

Photo © Bettmann / CORBIS.

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (MANN).






With “Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds”, the British Museum will shed light on impressive underwater discoveries, showing how the exploration of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus – two important ancient cities submerged at the mouth of the River Nile for over a thousand years – is transforming our understanding of the relationship between ancient Egypt and the Greek world. 300 outstanding objects will be brought together for the exhibition, including more than 200 spectacular finds excavated off the coast of Egypt near Alexandria between 1996 and 2012. Among them will be objects from Naukratis, the first Greek settlement in Egypt.
* May 19–November 27, britishmuseum.org/sunkencities

© Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation – Photos: Christoph Gerigk.






Issey Miyake might have gained global recognition as a fashion designer, but his work philosophy places him in a league of his own. The National Art Center,
Tokyo, makes it clear with the “MIYAKE ISSEY EXHIBITION: The Work of Miyake Issey”, covering the entirety of his career, from 1970 to the present.
With its vastness, depth and detail, it shows the basic principles of his design drive and the ever-evolving solutions he has developed, as he has been trying
to answer one challenging yet elementary question: how to wrap the body, which is three-dimensional, with fabric, which is two-dimensional, without forgetting
that the body is also alive and moving.

* Until June 13, www.nact.jp & 2016.miyakeissey.org

Photos: Hiroshi Iwasaki.




Every year since 2007, Monumenta invites an artist with an international reputation to take on the Nave of the Grand Palais, an immense 13,500 m2 glass dome,
35-metres high. For Monumenta 2016, Huang Yong Ping (born in China in 1954, living in France since 1989 and currently based in Ivry-sur-Seine) will create
“Empires”, a spectacular symbolic landscape of today’s economic world.

* May 8–June 18, www.grandpalais.fr

Fabrice Seixas.






Shanghai | Los Angeles

Raining or not

You will enter a room where it’s raining, but don’t be afraid of getting wet. Welcome to the “Rain Room”, a large-scale environment of perpetually falling water that ceases to pour wherever a person walks. The installation has been conceived by the London-based artist collective Random International and is currently on view at both The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Shanghai Yuz Museum, with a forthcoming tour in China and Asia starting from Beijing in spring 2016. Encouraging people to become performers on an unexpected stage, the “Rain Room” creates an intimate atmosphere of contemplation, inviting the audience to explore the roles that art, science, technology, and human ingenuity can play in stabilizing our environment.

* Yuz Museum: Until December 31, www.yuzmshanghai.org | LACMA: Until March 6, www.lacma.org





Washington | Usa tour

 Artistic integrity

An obituary in the New York Times hailed Irving Penn as “one of the 20th century’s most prolific and influential photographers of fashion and the famous, whose signature blend of classical elegance and cool minimalism was recognizable to magazine readers and museumgoers worldwide”. Now on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, “Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty” is the first retrospective of his work in nearly 20 years, featuring photographs from all stages of a career that spanned nearly seven decades. Following its presentation in Washington, D.C., the exhibition will tour the U.S. with Dallas, Cambridge, Nashville, and Wichita being among the confirmed venues.

* Smithsonian American Art Museum: Until March 20, americanart.si.edu




Urban solutions

“Re-Living The City” is the central theme of the 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (2015 UABB), the world’s only biennale dedicated to the themes of urbanism and architecture, based in Shenzhen. The exhibition enables participants to explore the reimagining, repurposing, and remaking of existing urban spaces and architecture, aiming to show ways in which designers can work with people to make a city more useful, just, and sustainable. Over 70 exhibitors from six continents present new and innovative ideas in five primary components: ‘Collage City 3D’, ‘Maker Maker’, ‘Pearl River Delta 2 0’, ‘Radical Urbanism’, and ‘Social City’.

* December 4 – February 28, www.szhkbiennale.org




Global tour

 A female perspective

In 1999, world-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz presented a unique interpretation of womanhood through a series of portraits published in a book titled “Women”. The intellectual Susan Sontag, with whom she had collaborated on the project, had called it “a work in progress” and now the time has come for a new chapter, as global financial services firm UBS has commissioned Leibovitz to expand her exploration of the subject. Along with portraits from the original series as well as other photographs taken since, her new work will be presented in “WOMEN: New Portraits”, an exhibition set to open in London in January 2016, at the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, and then travel to Tokyo, San Francisco, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York, and Zurich.

* www.ubs.com/annieleibovitz





Usa tour

Glorious nature

It is anything but easy to assemble a collection of 39 masterpieces spanning five centuries, by artists such as Cezanne, Monet, Klimt, Hockney, O’Keeffe, Richter and Turner. They are all exhibited in “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection”, now on view in Portland and set for a two-year U.S. museum tour which will bring them to Washington, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and Seattle. “There’s something about landscapes that is universally attractive, which is why I find them so interesting,” says Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist. “By sharing these paintings with the public, it is my hope that people will have the same eye-opening experiences I had when I first saw these pieces.”

* Portland Art Museum: Until January 10, portlandartmuseum.org/seeingnature





Behind the lens

Often dubbed the “Kaiser of fashion”, Karl Lagerfeld – creative director of Chanel, Fendi and his own fashion label – has proven to be an astute photographer as well. The exhibition “Karl Lagerfeld, A Visual Journey”, on view at the Pinacotheque de Paris, explores his intensely personal interpretation of photography, showing a wide range of subjects and media, including daguerreotypes, platinotypes, Polaroid transfers, resinotypes, Fresson prints, screen- prints and digital prints. Just don’t ask him what his photographic style is. “I can’t say,” he explains. “Those who look at my pictures should say. I don’t have any style, but many or none. You must not stand still, not in life, not in fashion and not in photography.”

* Until March 20, www.pinacotheque.com




The styLe bible

In case you ever wondered why Conde Nast authorised a British edition of Vogue magazine in 1916 – despite the fact that the American one was in English and already available in the UK – the answer is rather simple: the First World War had made transatlantic shipments of issues impossible. As part of the British Vogue’s centenary celebrations, the National Portrait Gallery in London will host the exhibition “Vogue 100: A Century of Style”, with over 280 prints from the Conde Nast archive and international collections being shown together for the first time. And it’s not just top-notch fashion that will be on display, but also many of the faces that have shaped the cultural landscape of the twentieth century, from artists and athletes, to actors and royalty.

* February 11 – May 22, www. npg.org.uk/vogue100





New York

In three dimensions

Pablo Picasso was trained as a painter but not as a sculptor. Nevertheless, over the course of six decades he redefined the terms of sculpture again and again, setting himself apart not only from what his colleagues were doing but also from what he had previously done himself. The exhibition “Picasso Sculpture”, on view at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, brings together approximately 140 sculptures from his entire career, spanning the years from 1902 to 1964. If that doesn’t convince you it’s worth visiting, the rave reviews – from “a dumbfounding triumph” to “a once-in-a-lifetime event” - can certainly do.

* September 14 – February 7, www.moma.org






Underwater awe

Shortly before Easter 1900, sponge divers from the Greek Island of Symi discovered a shipwreck at a depth of over 40 metres, off the coast of Antikythera. The large cargo ship had sunk in the 1st century BC on its way from Greece to Italy, carrying magnificent marble and bronze statues, coins, luxurious glass vessels, jewellery, furniture, large amounts of pottery and a mysterious machine with several gears, the so-called Antikythera mechanism. The exhibition “The sunken treasure. The Antikythera shipwreck” – organised in collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum in Athens – has carried those sensational findings beyond Greece for the first time, to the Museum of Ancient Art in Basel. The original mechanism was deemed too fragile to risk the journey to Switzerland, but a replica and several models and videos give a precise idea of it.

* Until March 27, www.antikenmuseumbasel.ch




Los AngeLes | Tokyo

The power of ideas

A building by Frank Gehry has the power to turn an unassuming city into a coveted destination, as was the case with the stunning Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. “Gehry’s buildings are not based on overnight thoughts, cheap ideas, and spurs of the moment,” says Tsuyoshi Tane, director of the exhibition “Frank Gehry: I Have an Idea” at Tokyo’s 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT. “Ideas are tested, built up and broken down, beaten and examined, bullied, and abandoned. Gehry believes in the toughest, most resilient ideas that survive the jealousies, temptations, and meddling of others”. The architect’s ingenuity is also celebrated at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), with a major retrospective examining his prolific body of work.

* 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT: Until February 7, www.2121designsight.jp | LACMA: Until March 20, www.lacma.org