Art Retrospective: The Art Exhibitions of 2012

2012 was undoubtedly amazing, here are the exhibitions that marked the art world in this year:

David Hockney: a Bigger Picture, The Royal Academy of Art, London

With this exhibition of landscape paintings, Pop art icon, David Hockney is not offering us an ending, but a beginning. All the work in the show is recent, including small oil-painted canvases, watercolours and drawings, as well as commissioned work depicting the East Yorkshire countryside. 

Frank Oscar Larson: 1950s New York Street Stories, Queens Museum of Art, New York

An auditor by trade, Greenpoint-native Frank Oscar Larson spent his spare time behind the camera, capturing street life in New York City. His “1950s New York Street Stories” are drawn from a recently discovered cache of negatives found in his daughter-in-law’s Maine home in 2009. Images of Chinatown, the LES, and more make up the extraordinary collection. A must for anyone with a photo fetish of their own, and for those with an undying love of the Big Apple.


Lucian Freud, National Gallery, London

Celebrated painter, influential artist, lothario; Lucien Freud is one of the most inspiring characters of his generation. This major exhibition, spanning over seventy years, is the first to focus on his portraiture.
I have already post a Visione about him this year, check it out here

Impressionism: Paris and Modernity, CCBB, Rio de Janeiro

The exhibition brings for the first time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a selection of 85 works from the collection of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris,one of the most visited and important museums in the world dedicated to the art of the nineteenth century and the holder of the most important collection of Impressionist. 

Gustav Klimt 150th Anniversary, Vienna

Gustav Klimt, most famous for his iconic artwork ‘The Kiss’ is A series of special exhibitions marked the anniversary in what was an unmissable event of 2012′s cultural calendar. Exhibitions have been held at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Leopold Museum and the Albertina.
There was also an exhibition on Getty Center (Los Angeles,USA) , “Gustav Klimt-the magic of the line” with sketches of the artist. 

Damien Hirst, Tate Modern, London

Hirst’s first substantial survey in a British institution, covering career highlights in sculpture and installation was impossible to ignore this Summer. Staged to climax with the Olympic Games, Damien Hirst’s influence is undeniable, regardless of what one thinks of his art.

Adriana Varejão – Stories on the margins, MAM, São Paulo

Adriana Varejão is one of the greatest contemporary artists in the world, with works in important museums around the world as Inhotim Centre for Contemporary Art (Brazil), the Stedelijk Museum (Netherlands), the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum (United States) and Tate Modern (England). An superexhibition in MAM São Paulo will cover many iconic works and other until then unreleased.

Impressionism and Fashion, Museé D’Orsay, Paris


Endeavouring to represent the daily life of their time, the Impressionists therefore left a valuable record of the habits of the time regarding fashion and beauty. An opportunity for the Musée d’Orsayto organize an exhibition on a subject that has rarely been addressed.
Manet, Renoir, Degas, Monet: nearly sixty major paintings of the great names of Impressionism are exhibited to illustrate this fascinating subject. The display is completed by more than fifty dresses and accessories for women, two dozen exhibits reflectingmen’s fashion of the time and several collections of prints, drawings, photographs and fashion magazines. At the heart of this brilliant overview of the historical context, don’t miss the ephemeral newspaper published in 1874 by Stéphane Mallarmé, La Dernière Mode.

Caravaggio and his followers, MASP, São Paulo


The MASP is an amazing museum in Sao Paulo with one of the best collections in the country and was with the exhibition “Caravaggio and his followers” which has known works of him, new discoveries and works that may be from him but are still under study.
Animal Beauty, Grand Palais, Paris

Through a set of major works, the exhibition looks at the relationships that artists, often great painters
 and sculptors, have developed with animals. It shows that there is still a close link between art and science, between our desire to know about animals and our fascination for their beauty. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, famous or unfamiliar… the exhibition brings together about 130 masterpieces of Western art from the Renaissance to the present day,from Dürer to Jeff Koons and takes a radical new approach by choosing works in which the animal is shown on its own and for itself, without any human presence. This marvellous menagerie, laid out in a clear design accessible to all audiences, mingle wild and domestic beasts, the strange and the familiar.
Roy Lichtenstein: Retrospective
The Art Institute of Chicago

Hard to believe that there hasn’t been a full retrospective of Pop art legend Roy Lichtenstein since his death in 1997, this exhibition which considers all periods of Pop art legend Roy Lichtenstein’s career. Presenting over 130 paintings and sculptures, as well as over 30 little or never-before-seen drawings and collages, this exhibition is the Holy Grail for Lichtenstein fans. Alongside the artist’s Pop art, there will be cartoon paintings, late nudes and Chinese landscapes.

Gauguin and the Voyage to the Exotic, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

Curated by Paloma Alarcó, Chief Curator of Modern Painting at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, this exhibition  focused on the results of the artistic explorations undertaken by artists including Gauguin, Matisse, Kandinsky, Klee and Macke. It also looked at Gauguin’s influence on the German Expressionists and the French Fauves, emphasising his role as the creator of a new and exotic canon, the starting point for the avant-gardeartistic idioms that arose in the early decades of the 20th century.

Capogrossi: A Retrospective, Guggenheim, Venice


This retrospective explores Giuseppe Capogrossi’s (1900–72) unique contribution to 20th-century art, tracing the evolution of his signature glyph in grandiose orchestrations of abstract mark and color. In collaboration with Rome’s Fondazione Archivio Capogrossi and with support from the President of the Italian Republic and the Italian Ministry of Culture, Capogrossi: A Retrospective brings together over seventy paintings and drawings in a long overdue examination of the artist’s career.

Dalí, George Pompidou Centre, Paris


The exhibition contains more than two hundred pieces, including paintings, sculptures and drawings. Dalí is alsopresented as a pioneering in performance art and happenings and author of ephemeral works. Some results are shown of his participation in the field of photography, theater and film. It is a selection of works from the collections of the Dalí Foundation in Figueres, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and the Dalí Museum in Florida, the three major organizers of the retrospective together with the Centre Pompidou. From 23 April to 2 September 2013 the exhibition will be hosted by the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid.



The world have not ended yet, then there is much to be produced and exposed, I hope that 2013 will be as good as 2012!


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