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10 exhibitions you have to see: Places to visit this fall

Basking in the sun may be all well and good, but art lovers such as ourselves long for darker evenings and openings. Most of all, we long for a great autumn season of art experiences. Here are some of the upcoming nearby and distant events that we’re the most excited about: 

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A Genuine German Character at Waldemarsudde
September 15, 2018 — January 27, 2019

After their hugely successful Sigrid Hjertén exhibition, Waldemarsudde are already hard at work on their next show, which will feature a most interesting expressionist: Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876–1907). Her bold painting paved the road for some of the most important expressions of modernism. One of her most famous works is a self-portrait in which she painted herself fully nude. The exhibition will also feature works by her contemporaries at the artist community in Worpswede, which she was also a part of. A classic, and a must-see! 

Photo: Paula Modersohn Becker, 'Weidender Schimmel in Mondlicht', 1901.
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Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde
Prins Eugens Väg 6
Stockholm, Sweden

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William Morris at Millesgården
September 15, 2018 — February 3, 2019

Yep, it’s more 19th century stuff. However, looking back does seem to be part of the current zeitgeist – not as an act of nostalgia, but rather as a way of going back to the sources, as a manner of speaking. Artipelag showed the Bloomsbury Group last spring, and now, Millesgården brings us the related, more radical Arts & Crafts movement, which had grand visions of a better society for all. Their most famous member was William Morris (1834–1896), who is perhaps most known for his floral patterns.

This is an opportunity for the Stockholm audience to explore some surprisingly modern thinking in depth.

Photo: William Morris, 'Wandle', 1884.
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Millesgården
Herserudsvägen 32
Lidingö, Sweden

 
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Eugène Delacroix at the Metropolitan Museum
September 17, 2018 — January 6, 2019

When did the modern era begin? A few wise individuals would probably single out the years preceding and following 1830: The second birth of liberalism, and the dawning of what would eventually become state-level democracy. Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) is the artist who most accurately captured these moods. In his vibrant paintings, classicism has given way to a more agitated state of mind. Everything seems to be trembling. Most of you will have seen his most famous painting – Liberty Leading the People, from 1830 – somewhere or other. One can’t help but wonder if this exhibition might not be intended as a subtle response to the increasingly authoritarian leadership in the US? 

Photo: Eugène Delacroix, 'La liberté guidant le peuple', 1830.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, U.S.A.

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Going on a Long Journey? Monster Exhibition in South Africa
September 22 — December 30, 2018

Artists from countries in the African continent are beginning to attract increasing attention at art fairs and major gallery exhibitions. If you’re fortunate enough to have a trip to Cape Town planned, all we can say is congratulations. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting an enormous selection of the 50 most exciting names around today. This is the perfect opportunity to get yourself a crash course on contemporary African art. Here, you’ll be able to see world-renowned artists like Isaac Julien, Chris Ofili, El Anatsui, William Kentridge and Kehinde Wiley (who made the official portrait of Obama).

Photo: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, 'Sunday Morning', 2014.
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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
V&A Waterfront, Silo District, S Arm Rd, Waterfront,
Cape Town, South Africa

 
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Fondation Louis Vuitton: Egon Schiele + Jean Michel Basquiat
October 3, 2018 — 14 January 2019

One of them would have turned 100 this year, and the other would have been 58 years old. One of them was born and raised in Vienna, the other in the streets of New York. Both of them passed away at 28, and they have both left behind intensely psychological bodies of work that continue to have a striking impact on new generations of viewers. CFHILL can guarantee that an exhibition like this one will draw quite the crowd. You might want to book your tickets well in advance.

Photo: Egon Schiele and Jean Michel Basquiat.
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Fondation Louis Vuitton
8, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
Bois de Boulogne, Paris, France

 

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Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim, NY
October 12, 2018 — February 3, 2019

At the dawn of the century, the brilliant, intellectual artist Hilma af Klint (1862—1944) dreamed of a temple, built for a new, visionary religion, where she could show her abstract, spiritual paintings. She was way ahead of her time, and few if any understood what she was up to. Now, an exhibition of her works titled 'Paintings for the Future' is going to be shown at the temple-like Guggenheim Museum in New York. We hope she will send an angel to witness this long-overdue victory lap. Af Klint mania is about to erupt. 

Photo: Hilma af Klint, 'Group IV, The Ten Largest, No. 7', 1907. 
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Guggenheim
1071 5th Ave
New York, U.S.A.

 
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The event of the year in Stockholm
October 13, 2018 — January 13, 2019

Nationalmuseum is set to reopen after five years of renovations. What anticipation! What excitement! Whispered rumours from inside sources hint that the museum, which collects art dating from the Middle Ages until the last turn of the century, has received an extensive facelift. On top of that, we're all going to get to see 'Bringing Home the Body of King Karl XII of Sweden' and 'The Lady with the Veil' again! CFHILL would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newly appointed director Susanna Pettersson, who joins the museum from Ateneum in Helsinki. Sensationally, their first exhibition will feature John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), a contemporary of our own Anders Zorn. Expect shimmering portraits and stunning romantic landscapes. 

Photo: John Singer Sargent, 'Near the Mount of Olives', 1905.
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Nationalmuseum
Södra Blaiseholmshamnen 2
Stockholm, Sweden

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Mikael Jansson at Kulturhuset
October 18, 2018 — January 6, 2019

October 18 is the date. That’s when Kulturhuset will be opening the sensational 'Witnesses' exhibition, which features newly taken portraits by Mikael Jansson. As they depict Holocaust survivors, these portraits are very topical at this time in history. They are all between 80 and just over 90 years old. These people brought their memories along with them when they made new lives for themselves here. Their faces, and their stories, will live on forever. The exhibition is curated by Moderna Museet’s director Daniel Birnbaum, with funding from the Micael Bindefeld Foundation.

Photo: Mikael Jansson, portrait of Tauba Katzenstein, 2018.
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Kulturhuset Stockholm
Sergels torg
Stockholm, Sweden

 
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The Moderna Exhibition 2018
October 20, 2018 — January 6, 2019

In 2006, then-director Lars Nittve came up with the idea of repeating an exhibition format every four years, to investigate what’s going on in contemporary Swedish art. The fourth edition of the exhibition is set to open on 20 October, and it’s not going to be all about the younger generation–the idea is to acknowledge any bodies of work that are significant in the light of the present. In 2006, for example, the oldest participating artist was Elis Eriksson, then 99. Curators are Moderna Museet’s Joa Ljungberg, artist Santiago Mostyn, and writer and publisher Lawen Mohtadi. Some of the artists featured in previous editions of the exhibition have also passed through CFHILL: Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Ann Edholm, Goldin+Senneby and, of course, Karin Mamma Andersson and Jockum Nordström.

Photo: This editions curators; Santiago Mostyn and Joa Ljungberg.

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Moderna museet
Exercisplan 4
Stockholm, Sweden

 

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Louise Bourgeois at Long Museum, Shanghai
November 3, 2018 — February 24, 2019

We’re not exactly spoilt for choice when it comes to Chinese art in Europe. In China, however, the demand for European art is great, and the large museums, which possess impressive financial means, have spent the last few years presenting the great European 20th century artists. On 3 November, Long Museum in Shanghai will open an extensive exhibition featuring surrealist Louise Bourgeois. It’s going to be exciting to see how the public will respond to her works. This is also our cue to reveal that Chinese contemporary art will be making an appearance in Stockholm this fall. Stay tuned for more news!

Photo: Louise Bourgeois, 'Arch of Hysteria', 1993.

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Long Museum West Bund
3398 Longteng Avenue
Xuhui District, Shanghai, China