15 Must-See Summer Art Exhibitions
Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends | the Museum of Modern Art, New York; through September 17
Unpacking: The Marciano Collection | Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles; through December 24
The inaugural exhibition of the Guess cofounders’ new museum, set in a former Masonic temple, showcases stellar works by Christopher Wool and Sterling Ruby, among others.
Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg | Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; June 6–September 24
A psychedelic retrospective spanning three decades of the Japanese cult artist’s career, including his most recent epic murals.
Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade | Legion of Honor, San Francisco; June 24–September 24
Art and fashion mingle beautifully in this imaginative pairing of Impressionist paintings by Degas, Renoir, and Manet with fanciful period hats.
Njideka Akunyili Crosby: The Predecessors | Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Ohio; July 15–October 1
This timely show features vibrant collagelike paintings by a rising Nigerian-born talent who tackles issues of immigration, Western art history, and colonialism.
Clifford Ross: Light | Waves | Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York; July 16–October 1
The multimedia artist transfers his images of violent waves onto monumental wood panels, while his video installations immerse viewers in virtual oceans.
Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical | The Met Breuer New York; July 21–October 8
Iconic works by the seminal Italian architect and designer are presented in dialogue with objects by artists who inspired him (Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Bauhaus talents).
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion | Victoria & Albert Museum, London; May 27–February 18, 2018
An homage to the renowned Spanish couturier, with 120 exquisitely crafted garments and hats, plus original archival sketches and swatches.
Fahrelnissa Zeid | Tate Modern, London; June 13–October 8
A dazzling showcase of the late Turkish princess’s kaleidoscopic canvases, which fuse European abstraction with Islamic and Byzantine influences.
New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century | Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; June 17–September 17
Beginning with photography’s advent in 1839, the exhibition highlights early masters of the medium: William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Gustave Le Gray, among others.
David Hockney | Centre Pompidou, Paris; June 21–October 23
Hockney’s blockbuster show—comprising his iconic California pool paintings, early self-portraits, and trippy iPad drawings—hits Paris before heading to New York’s Metropolitan Museum this fall.
Bill Viola: A Retrospective | Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; June 30–November 9
His all-immersive, emotion-packed video works from the last 40 years demonstrate why Viola is one of the world’s most celebrated multimedia artists.
Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now | Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; July 5–October 23
Top talents from Indonesia to Vietnam take over the 53rd floor of the striking Foster + Partners–designed skyscraper.
The Museum of Everything | Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania; June 10–April 2, 2018