Blenheim Palace.
Photo: Pete Seaward, Courtesy of Blenheim Palace

5 Must-See Summer Exhibitions Around the World

From Yves Klein at Blenheim Palace to spectacular Fabergé treasures at Hillwood, these shows are not to be missed
Yves Klein’s Blue Venus (S 41), 1962 and Untitled Anthropometry, (ANT 7), 1960 ca. Photo: Courtesy of the Yves Klein Estate

Blenheim Palace, England
“Yves Klein at Blenheim Palace”
July 18–October 7

In celebration of what would have been Yves Klein’s 90th birthday, more than 50 works by the late French artist will take over this spectacular 18th-century country estate. Highlights include key pieces from Klein’s “Monochrome” and “Fire” series as well as his “Anthropometries,” in which paint-covered female collaborators imprinted Klein’s canvases.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PP, UK

Siamak Filizadeh, Anis al-Dawla, 2014. Photo: Siamak Filizadeh, Courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
“In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art”
May 6–September 9

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” wrote William Faulkner. That much is clear in this enthralling group of 125 contemporary photographs, paintings, and sculptures—by the likes of Shirin Neshat, Parviz Tanavoli, Newsha Tavakolian, and Pouya Afshar—that draw on Iran’s rich history of storytelling.
LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

A Catherine the Great Fabergé egg at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Photo: Alex Braun, Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Washington, D.C.
“Fabergé Rediscovered”
June 9–January 13, 2019

Spectacular treasures from the legendary jeweler of the Imperial Russian court bring fresh discoveries about 19th-century goldsmithing and jewelmaking. Rare, stone-encrusted Fabergé Easter eggs from the collection of the museum’s founder, Marjorie Merriweather Post, are on display alongside loans from Prince Albert II of Monaco, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.

Donald Judd, Armchair, designed in 1984, fabricated 1998. Photo: Katherine Du Tiel, Courtesy of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
“Donald Judd: Specific Furniture”
July 14–November 4

Renowned for his minimal, rectilinear sculptures, Donald Judd also designed furniture for his five-story SoHo studio in the early 1970s. Now iconic, these pieces will be presented alongside furniture the artist collected, including items by Gerrit Rietveld, Mies van der Rohe, and Rudolph Schindler, among others.
SFMOMA, 151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 

Mary Corse, Untitled (Electric Light), 1968/2017. Photo: Mary Corse, Courtesy Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
“Mary Corse: A Survey in Light”
June 8–November 25

After a half-century under the radar, Mary Corse, a pioneer of the West Coast’s Light and Space Movement, is finally having her first museum survey. Expect to marvel at the experimental ways in which the artist has illuminated her paintings—with electric light, ceramic tiles, and glass microspheres.
The Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY

The Berkshire Botanical Garden Herb Garden. Photo: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, Massachusetts
“Beautiful Strangers: Artists Discover the Garden”
May 26–October 8

In this ambitious show, outdoor sculptures by Wendell Castle, Alice Aycock, Michele Oka Doner, and Robb Wynne find their place amid the verdant Berkshires landscape.
Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA

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