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The Art Exhibitions to Know About in 2022 - Part 2

The Art Exhibitions to Know About in 2022 - Part 2

As promised, here is the second part to our exhibitions to have on your radar this year.

And if you missed the first article, be sure to check it out here 

Yves Saint Laurent aux Musées
Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris, Centre Pompidou, Musée d'Orsay, Musée National Picasso Paris, Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, Musée du Louvre
Paris, January 29-May 15 (closes April 15 at Musée Picasso)

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first fashion show by legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent and his eponymous brand, six Parisian museums will display his creations next to the artworks he sought inspiration from and each will have a different focus and theme.
For instance, The Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris will stand three spectacular dresses next to Dufy's "La Fée Electricité" ("The Electricity Fairy," 1937), whilst Musée d'Orsay will focus on his fascination with Marcel Proust, which was said to have inspired Saint Laurent's ‘Le Smoking’ the first tuxedo for women. And for the iconic 1988 Cubist collection, Musée National Picasso will show how influential the Spanish artist was to Saint Laurent.
This exciting, city-spanning exhibition aims to highlight the artistic value of YSL’s work, and to argue that he should be considered a true contemporary artist.

Carrie Mae Weems: The Evidence of Things Not Seen
Württembergischer, Stuttgart
March 12 - July 3

This will be the first comprehensive solo exhibition of the artist Carrie Mae Weems in Germany.
The powerful exhibition will feature 40 groups of works, including photographs, videos, and an immersive installation that is has been commission for the show.
Through her body of work, Weems investigates how photography as well as other media and forms of narration produce constructions of race, gender, and class.

“I’m trying to construct a new prism for looking at certain aspects of African-American culture and gender relationships— as James Baldwin said, ‘searching for the evidence of things unseen’.” Weems

Colour as Language, retrospective of Etel Adnan 
Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, May 20 to September 4

The exhibition ‘Colour as Language’ on display at the Van Gogh Museum, will be the first retrospective of works by the renowned Lebanese poet and artist Etel Adnan since her death aged 96 in Novemeber 2021.
The exhibition showcases Adnan’s colourful paintings, ‘leporellos’ and literary works, which are displayed in dialogue with several of Van Gogh’s works as a way to consider and compare their styles, particularly their explorations of colour and landscapes.
The exhibition promises to be a true explosion of colours from a multifaceted artist who moved between different cultures and languages for nearly a century
A Century of the Artist’s Studio 1920–2020
Whitechapel Gallery, London
February 17–May 29
A Century of the Artist’s Studio follows three years of extensive research into artists’ studios that range from a laboratory, abandoned factory, an attic & a kitchen table.
The exhibition will have two central themes: The Public Studio – Artists Together, which examines how artists have embraced the studio as a factory, exhibition space, arena etc; and The Private Studio – Artists Alone, which explores how the studio can be a home, refuge, laboratory or site of political resistance. 
This ambitious and fascinating show will include 100 works by 80 artists across the globe, with art by Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Lisa Brice, and Kerry James Marshall to be included.

Georgia O'Keeffe
Fondation Beyeler
Basel, January 23–May 22

“One rarely takes the time to really see a flower. I have painted it big enough so that others would see what I would see,” O’Keeffe

This early quote from 1926 has become a common thread in O’Keeffe’s art and life and the upcoming exhibition in Basel will focus on this bold and radical way of looking.

The major retrospective will showcase important works spanning six decades. From O’Keeffe’s earliest abstractions to her iconic depictions of flowers and landscapes of the American Southwest, the exhibition will offer an in-depth survey of the artist’s work including rarely seen paintings from public and private collections.