Dorothea Tanning's *Eine Kleine Nachtmusik* (1943) will be on display at Tate Modern.
Photo: © Tate, 2017

6 Spring Exhibitions Not to Be Missed

From Dorothea Tanning at Tate Modern to an exploration of camp at The Met
David Hockney and a detail of May Blossom on the Roman Road, 2009. Photo: Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima

1. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Through May 26

Hockney–Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature

The work of Vincent van Gogh and David Hockney, who were born nearly a century apart, displays the artists’ penchant for vibrant colors and experiments in perspective. In this blockbuster exhibition, Hockney’s depictions of the English countryside are juxtaposed with some of Van Gogh’s most famous canvases, exploring the unmistakable influence the Dutch Postimpressionist had on the British painter. 

Detail of Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, 1914–17. Photo: Courtesy of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

2. De Young Museum, San Francisco

Through May 27

Monet: The Late Years

In the last decade of Claude Monet’s life, the artist produced increasingly bolder and more abstract works. The exhibition spotlights this fascinating period with 50 canvases created between 1913 and his death in 1926. Don’t miss the numerous examples of Monet’s beloved water lilies, painted in his garden at Giverny. 

Dorothea Tanning, Chiens de Cythère (Dogs of Cythera), 1963. Photo: Photography © Tate, 2017

3. Tate Modern, London

Through June 9

Dorothea Tanning

A provocative Surrealist painter who never found the fame of her male contemporaries, Dorothea Tanning is having her first major retrospective in 25 years. Organized in conjunction with the Reina Sofia in Madrid, the show features 100 works from her seven-decade career, including her magnificent 1942 self-portrait, Birthday, which caught the attention of her future husband, Max Ernst, as well as her pioneering soft textile sculptures, installations, and large-scale late works.

Jerry Hall with fashion designer Thierry Mugler. Photo: © The Helmut Newton Estate

4. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Through September 8

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime

With a distinctive futuristic-glam aesthetic, French designer Thierry Mugler staged some of the most spectacular fashion shows of his time. Expect to see more than 140 of his highly celebrated pieces, designed between 1973 and 2001, as well as collaborations with Helmut Newton, Dominique Issermann, and David LaChapelle. 

Jacopo Tintoretto, Summer, Italian, circa 1555. Oil on canvas. Samuel H. Kress Collection.

5. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

March 24–July 7

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice

Although considered one of the great late-Renaissance artists, Jacopo Tintoretto has never had a retrospective in North America. This exhibition includes a series of major loans previously unseen in the U.S. First shown last year in Venice in celebration of the 500th anniversary of his birth, the 50 paintings and more than a dozen works on paper will be complemented here by two separate exhibitions on Venetian prints and drawings from the same era. 

A look from Alessandro Michele’s Gucci fall/winter 2016–17 collection at The Met’s Costume Institute. Photo: Johnny Dufort, Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

6. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

May 9–September 8

Camp: Notes on Fashion

Curator Andrew Bolton will use Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp’  ” as the framework for this exhibit, charting camp’s trajectory from the court of Versailles—where the term was coined—to the present day, where designers push boundaries further each season. metmuseum.org

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Spring issue under the headline “What’s on View.” Subscribe to the magazine.

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