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Art in 2021: The highlights to hope for

  • May 10, 2021
    This time last year I was enthusiastically recommending you look
    forward to the opening of the Academy Museum in Los Angeles, the ninth
    edition of Artes Mundi in Cardiff, and the long-awaited launch of the
    Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza near Cairo.To get more art in the news 2021, you can visit shine news official website.



    I made no mention of the imminent pandemic, which caused the
    postponement of all three events. And so, once again, I enthusiastically
    recommend…The opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is due
    to happen at the end of September in LA. It is a funky-looking
    institution dedicated to the art and science of movie-making that is
    finally becoming a reality in Tinsel Town, the spiritual home of the art
    form.



    Artes Mundi has established itself as the pre-eminent art prize in
    the UK, bringing an international rigour and scope that is missing from
    the ageing Turner Prize - a one-time guide to the zeitgeist, which now
    feels like Lewis Hamilton's tyres at the end of a hard race: worn out
    and off the pace.



    Not so Artes Mundi 2021, which opens across three venues in Cardiff
    in February, with a stellar list of artists from across the globe vying
    for a prize that has been won in the past by Theaster Gates and Teresa
    Margolles.The Grand Egyptian Museum is another project that's been
    waiting in the wings for ages before making its long-heralded appearance
    on the public stage. All being well, that will happen at some point in
    the second half of the year, when the self-proclaimed home of "the
    world's greatest ancient treasures" - including Tutankhamun's
    world-famous burial artefacts - will finally open having been delayed
    more times than the 7:21am train to Reading.



    London has its usual array of eye-catching openings and exhibitions,
    not least the return of a fully refurbished Courtauld gallery late in
    2021. It was close to perfect before the makeover, so expectations will
    be high to see what more it could do with its exquisite collection of
    Impressionist, post-impressionist and Barque paintings.



    It'll be a very warm welcome back to Édouard Manet's Un Bar Aux
    Folies-Bergère, Vincent Van Gogh's Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear,
    and the most wonderful collection of Cézanne paintings in the UK.



    Meanwhile, on the south side of the Thames at Tate Modern, crowds
    will be forming a socially-distanced queue to step into one of Yayoi
    Kusama's Infinity Mirror Rooms.I know things are a little uncertain at
    the moment, but my tip would be to book your spot sooner rather than
    later for a show that is due to open 29 March.



    Staying with the world's most popular museum of modern art, it is
    worth noting Lubaina Himid, the Turner Prize-winning artist, is the
    subject of a monographic show from 25 November. Expect theatre and
    politics.



    Over at the National Gallery - which has been on excellent form of
    late - you can embark on Dürer's Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance
    Artist from 6 March to 13 June, taking in his inspirational visits to
    the Alps, Venice and the Netherlands.



    If the master of the northern renaissance is a bit old school for
    you, why not give the Liverpool Biennial (20 March to 6 June) a try? It
    is the largest contemporary art festival in the UK and always has
    unexpected treats to discover and enjoy.



    And while we're on the subject of contemporary art, hop across the
    water from Liverpool to visit the splendid Ulster Museum, which nestles
    in Belfast's beautiful Botanic Gardens. From 30 April it will be
    presenting a career retrospective of Willie Doherty, the two-time Turner
    Prize-nominee who remains one of the most thought-provoking artists of
    his generation.