Spring Art Exhibitions 2024: 5 Must-See Shows Around the Globe

Spring ignites a cultural renaissance, and the art world bursts with vibrant exhibitions! Explore our guide to 5 unmissable shows this season, featuring captivating works from Southeast Asia, introspective confessions by a master, and thought-provoking themes. Whether you’re an art aficionado or a curious explorer, these exhibitions offer a journey that will enrich your understanding and appreciation for contemporary art.

Ho Tzu Nyen: A for Agents

6 Apr – 7 Jul

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen’s films, video installations, and performances delve into historical events, political ideologies, and cultural identities of Southeast Asia. This exhibition traces his artistic journey, featuring six film installations and a new work titled “T for Time” (2023).

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo website

Georg Baselitz: A Confession of My Sins

10 Apr – 16 Jun

White Cube Bermondsey, London

This solo exhibition marks Georg Baselitz’s return to White Cube Bermondsey after eight years. It features a large body of new paintings and works on paper created in the past year. At 86, Baselitz reflects on his artistic career, paying homage to past influences and revisiting themes explored throughout his life.

White Cube website

1st Contemporaine de Nîmes

5 Apr – 23 Jun

Various venues, Nîmes

Nîmes’ first contemporary art triennial focuses on intergenerational dialogue and artistic transmission. The exhibition features a dozen original projects resulting from artist pairings at different stages of their careers, with a focus on the French art scene and the participation of Nîmes residents. Expect a mix of artistic collaborations, mentorships, and exhibitions alongside performative events and a closing artistic school fair.

1st Contemporaine de Nîmes website

Bienal de Coimbra

6 Apr – 30 Jun

Various venues, Coimbra

This year’s Bienal de Coimbra commemorates the 50th anniversary of Portugal’s Carnation Revolution and explores the concept of freedom. The exhibition features work by Fluxus pioneers, modern masters, and contemporary artists, displayed across various venues in Coimbra, including the botanic gardens and the medieval monastery.

Bienal de Coimbra website

Anxiety and Hope in Japanese Art

On view until 14 Jul, 2024

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This exhibition explores the themes of anxiety and hope in Japanese art, drawing from The Met’s renowned collection. The works on view explore human stories and emotions surrounding death, war, and uncertainty, alongside expressions of hope and resilience.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art website

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