Museum shows we’re looking forward to in 2023

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“Keith Haring: Art is for Everybody,” at The Broad, Los Angeles, May 27–October 8, 2023, is going to be the first Keith Haring`s museum show in Los Angeles.

“María Berrío: The Children’s Crusade,” at the ICA Boston

February 16–August 6, 2023

María Berrío, Cavalry, (2022). Private Collection. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro

This art show is featuring incredible collages by New York-based Colombian-born artist Maria Berrio. They are made from torn Japanese paper and watercolors and become a museum display. Her Children’s Crusade series draws on medieval history, comparing the legend of children sent to the Holy Land to convert to Islam in 1212 with 21st-century migrant children crossing international borders, often unaccompanied. The works of contemporary art are permeated not only with a sense of loss, but also with childish surprise and a sense of magic. Some of Berrio’s figures are hybrids of animals and humans.

“Wangechi Mutu: Intertwined,” at the New Museum, New York

March 2–June 4, 2023

Wangechi Mutu, In Two Canoe (2022). Photo: © Wangechi Mutu, courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery

The new museum is currently bringing together more than 100 works by Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu, who over the past 25 years has expanded her practice from jewel-like collages to paintings, films, performances and large-scale sculptures. The emerging artist touches on the themes of globalization, the African diaspora and the legacy of colonialism, creating figures of Afrofuturists, proudly feminist.

“Simone Leigh,” at the ICA Boston

April 6–September 4, 2023

Sculpture by Simone Leigh located in the garden outside of the Arsenale. Photo: Sarah Cascone.

Simone Lee, who just won the Golden Lion as the U.S. representative at the 2022 Venice Biennale, traveled to Beantown to participate in the artist’s “first comprehensive poll”. Accompanied by a weighty monograph, the ICA exhibition looks back at Lee’s ceramics, sculptures and other work over the course of roughly two decades.

The emerging artist quickly became one of the defining ones of our current era. The exhibit will also visit the Hirshhorn Smithsonian Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC (November 10, 2023 – March 3, 2024).

“Bruce Onobrakpeya: The Mask and the Cross,” at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta

April 7–July 30, 2023

Bruce Onobrakpeya, Station VII: Jesus falls the second time (1969), linoleum block print on rice paper, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, gift of Mr. George A. Naifeh

This spring, Bruce Onobrakpeya, known as the father of Nigerian modernism, is holding his first solo exhibition at an American museum. The works of contemporary art by Bruce Onobrakpeya explore religious imagery as well as Nigerian folklore, themes that have come to define post-colonial art and culture in Nigeria.

“Josh Kline: Project for a New American Century” at the Whitney Museum of American ArtApril 19–August 2023

Josh Kline, Adaptation (2019–22), film still. Courtesy of LAXART

Few emerging artists have dealt with the anxieties of the past decade with as insight and humor as Josh Kline. During a relatively short career as an artist, he imagined trips through a flooded New York, dressed the Teletubbies in protective gear, and used deepfake video technology to depict Bush, Cheney and other leaders of the War on Terror era begging for forgiveness.

Many of his works featured in the art show, as well as several new ones, will be included in the Project for a New American Century, Kline’s first museum study in the United States.

“Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

May 5–July 16, 2023

Fashion designer and creative director of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld at the press preview for “Chanel”, an exhibition of the history of the fashion house’s history, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2005. Photo: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images.

Three years after the death of the legendary designer, his legacy lives on. He is one of the most important figures in the fashion world. But did you know that Lagerfeld was also an artist? Then you just need to visit this art show. The Met is going to host a special review of his designs for fashion houses including Balmain, Patou, Chloé, Fendi and Chanel, accompanied by original sketches made by Lagerfeld himself.

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