19 September – 13 December
One of the most anticipated art exhibitions of 2015, September sees the innovative and provocative work of Ai Weiwei taking over the main galleries of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. One of the most influential artists of our time, this is the first large show of Ai Weiwei’s work in the United Kingdom. Showcasing over two decades of work, the exhibition charts Weiwei’s extraordinary career, from when he returned to China in 1993 from the US, right to the present day. The show was created in collaboration with the artist, and will include never-before-seen artworks that have been specially commissioned for the exhibition. Large-scale installations and multimedia creations are what visitors can expect to see at this ground-breaking show.
17 September – 24 January
Probing the global phenomenon that was Pop Art is The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop at the Tate Modern. Breaking new ground, this exhibition provides a different take on the art movement, by focusing on the genre’s wider social and cultural implications. Works from all corners of the globe are on display, from Latin America to Asia to the Middle East. The international responses to Pop Art are at the forefront of this captivating show. Furthermore, themes of politics, society and revolution are also analysed through the vibrant and affective multimedia works. Painted canvases, car bonnets and even pinball machines form the collection of works to be observed at this show. Focusing on the language of Pop as a form of protest rather than commercial culture, this exhibition reveals how the movement was more revolutionary than previously believed.
Tate Modern, Bankside, London, United Kingdom. +44 20 7887 8888
4 September – 18 October
A key figure in the realm of contemporary performance art, and a pupil of the notorious Marina Abramović, Amanda Coogan brings a new exhibition of work to the RHA Gallery in Dublin. Entitled I’ll Sing You Song From Around The Town, this exhibition includes both sculptural and performative works by the artist. The performative element of the exhibition will take place over six weeks, with Coogan performing the first piece in week one. Week two will see the artist beginning the second performance, while a collaborator performs the first piece. Week six will see a culmination of all six performances running at the same time. This exhibition develops Coogan’s recent practice of durational performances, and pushes the boundaries of performance art in Ireland.
RHA Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, Ireland. +353 1 661 2558
24 September – 24 January
Featuring more than 100 works of art by a host of Italian and international artists is the latest exhibition at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. Entitled Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana, this art show aims to investigate the didactic relationship between religion and art, particularly from the 19th and 20th centuries. Works by home-grown artists such as Gaetano Previati, Gino Severini and Emilio Vedova are displayed alongside international names such as Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch and Henri Matisse. Divine Beauty presents visitors which a rich panorama of artworks, each with different takes and interpretations of modernity and religion. Famous works of art taking new meanings and contexts at this exhibition.
Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza degli Strozzi, Firenze, Italy. +39 055 264 5155