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These are the art exhibitions you have to see before the end of the year

The new Great Egyptian Museum in Cairo is about to attract all eyes and contemporary art strikes back by taking out its artillery

Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Marilyn Diptych, 1962. Tate, London; purchase 1980. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

The ordago is already launched. Antiquities Minister Khaled El Anany announced that Egypt plans to open the first phase of the Great Egyptian Museum in December and the art junkies are already upset. What will be the largest archaeological museum in the world attacks (for the moment only) with Tutankhamen's entire collection -including the six funeral cars of the pharaoh-, waiting to properly present the almost 50,000 pieces of Egyptian art that will occupy its 48 hectares of land.

Meanwhile, and before all the cultural attention is focused on the Nile country, contemporary art wants to remind you of the best of the last centuries and counterattacks by taking out its artillery: Miró, Warhol, Khalo, Guggenheim ... These are the exhibitions that you still have to cross out of your 2018 art list.


In a chronological way, this way the 150 works of Joan Miró are ordered with the intention of explaining better the technical and stylistic evolution of the artist. The biggest retrospective dedicated to Miró in years collects paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculptures: "To discover or rediscover the life and work of a committed man," said in the triptych of the exhibition, curated by Jean-Louis Prat, who was director of the Maeght Foundation and friend of the painter.

The Parisian exhibition includes from the first works, of greater contact with the earth and inspired by the landscapes of Mont Roig, to the firm and late brushstrokes, passing through their dream skies and the picture of La ferme, They assure Hemingway bought him after spending an entire night from bar to bar raising francs until he collected the agreed amount.

Joan Miró, Le Carnival d'Arlequin 1924-1925. United States, Buffalo. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1940. © Successió Miró / Adagp, Paris 2018 Photo Albrigth-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo / Brenda Bieger and Tom Loonan


Frida Kahlo's life told through her clothes and belongings. This would be the simple way to summarize a sample that collects -among jewelry, cosmetics, photos, letters, indigenous garments and other objects- more than 200 items of the painter. But no, it's much more than that, it is the first time that these intimate belongings leave their Blue House of Coyoacán located in 2004 behind the door of a bathroom.

It was the own muralist Diego Rivera, her husband, who sent them there and public opinion did not know about their existence until 2007. Today, thanks to the excellent conservation and restoration work of Hilda Trujillo, director of the Frida Kahlo Museum, we can discover at Victoria & Albert in London how Frida enhanced her identity thanks to Revlon's Everything's Rosy lipstick and an ebony eyeliner. Also observe her colorful Mexican indigenous garments with portraits or self-portraits in which the artist was wearing them and thus verify firsthand how her styling was a fundamental part of the message she intended to convey with her works.

Frida Kahlo on a bench carbon print 1938, photo by Nickolas Muray. © The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and The Verge Nickolas Muray Photo Archives


Is about the most important monographic exhibition on Warhol to date and from the first retrospective on the artist organized by an American institution since 1989. Only for this reason the visit to this New York museum is obligatory. In addition, some of the more than 350 pieces that make up the sample is the first time they share space, so Andy Warhol-From A to B and Back Again It is essential to understand the artist's work as a continuous whole in which his iconic pop screen prints are of vital importance, but also his initial illustrations or his experimental cinematographic work of the 70s.

"Few have had the opportunity to see such a profound presentation of his career and explain the scale, vibrant color and material wealth of the objects themselves. This exhibition, which will be presented in three cities, will allow visitors to experience the work of one of the most important cultural figures in the United States, as well as to better understand Warhol's artistic genius and his bold experimentation, "says Adam D. Weinberg, director of the Whitney Museum.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Mao, 1972. The Art Institute of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Logan Purchase Prize and Wilson L. Mead funds, 1974. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York


The art world does not value Peggy Guggenheim's role enough in its most recent history. U.S we love his nonconformity, his rebellion, his 'good eye', his patronage and late collecting and his interest in safeguarding great works of Nazi destruction. That is why it does not hurt that from time to time they remind us of the artistic milestones achieved by the niece of Solomon R. Guggenheim, (yes, her uncle was the one who instituted the homonymous Foundation that manages and directs the museums in New York and Bilbao).

This exhibition aims to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the exhibition of the Peggy Guggenheim collection in the Greek pavilion at the 24th Venice Biennale. For this - and thanks to documents, photographs and letters of the time - the stage designed in 1948 by the Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa will be partially recreated to host the selected works, which will be joined by others granted by several institutions, such as the Composition No. 113 (1939) of Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart (Guggenheim) or the Composition (1936) of Jean Hélion (Tel Aviv Museum of Art ).

Peggy Guggenheim in the Greek Pavilion next to two works by Joan Miró, at the Venice Biennale of 1948. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice, photo Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche. Gift, Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia, 2005

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