Jean-Michel Basquiat, *Untitled,* 1982, is on display at the Barbican Centre in London.
Photo: Studio Tromp. Courtesy of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

15 Must-See Fall Exhibitions Around The World

As the new art season officially opens, mark your calendars with this list of thought-provoking exhibitions from London to Indonesia


The Jewish Museum, New York
“Modigliani Unmasked”
September 15, 2017–February 4, 2018

This exhibition of the artist’s early drawings—many shown for the first time in the U.S.—pulls from the private collection of his close friend and first patron, Dr. Paul Alexandre.

Amedeo Modigliani’s Lunia Czechowska, 1919, oil on canvas. Photo: João Musa, Courtesy of Museu de Arte de São Paulo

The Getty Center, Los Angeles
“Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas”
September 16, 2017–January 28, 2018

Bringing together recent archaeological finds, this show displays stunning objects made of gold, jade, and shell across 16 centuries, including items from the Incas, Mayas, and Aztecs. getty.edu

Mouth Mask with Feline Creature and Human Figures, 800 – 550 B.C. Photo: Image © Kuntur Wasi Museum. Museo Kuntur Wasi, Ministerio de Cultura del Perú

Museum of Modern Art, New York
“Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait”
September 24, 2017–January 28, 2018

Giving insight into the French sculptor’s creative process through her little-known prints and illustrated books, the exhibition draws primarily from the last two decades of her life. moma.org

Louise Bourgeois, No. 13 of 14 from the installation set “À l’Infini,” 2008, soft ground etching, with hand additions. Photo: © 2017 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY.

The Bass Museum of Art, Miami
“Ugo Rondinone: good evening beautiful blue”
October 8, 2017 – February 19, 2018

The inaugural show of the Bass’s much-anticipated expansion is part of a multi-museum retrospective of the New York-based mixed-media artist known for his totems of colorful stacked boulders. thebass.org

Ugo Rondinone, clockwork for oracles II, 2008, mirror, color plastic gel, wood, paint, mixed media. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
“Walker Evans”
September 30, 2017–February 4, 2018 

The retrospective of this master photojournalist’s work is unusually complete, showcasing more than 300 prints on loan from major museums and private collections. sfmoma.org

Walker Evans, Subway Portrait, 1938–41, gelatin silver print. Photo: Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
“Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil”
October 8, 2017–January 7, 2018

The first in North America dedicated to this pioneering Brazilian painter, the exhibition includes her landmark paintings from the 1920s that merge Latin American culture with French Cubism. artic.edu

Tarsila do Amaral. City (The Street) (Cidade [A Rua]), 1929, oil on canvas. Photo: Tarsila do Amaral Licenciamentos

High Museum, Atlanta
“Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design”
October 14, 2017–January 7, 2018

A traveling exhibition organized with the Vitra Design Museum and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, this eclectic survey celebrates creativity in all its forms—art, fashion, furniture, film—in a rapidly changing region. makingafrica.net

Duro Olowu, Look 12, from Birds of Paradise Autumn/Winter 2013/2014 collection, 2013–2014, cape: embroidered silk; pants: silk and viscose; top: viscose, georgette, and silk. Photo: © Photo by Luis Monteiro. Courtesy of Duro Olowu.

North Adams, Massachusetts
“Liz Glynn: The Archaeology of Another Possible Future”
October 7, 2017–September 4, 2018

The L.A. artist’s latest project takes over several floors of the museum for a multi-sensory experience that incorporates elevated catwalks and scaffolding. massmoca.org

RANSOM ROOM: (Stage II: Accumulation), 2014, an installation view at the SculptureCenter in Long Island City, NY, in 2014. Photo: Jason Mandella


Design Museum, London
“Ferrari: Under the Skin”
15 November, 2017–15 April, 2018

Marking the 70th anniversary of this iconic Italian brand, this show traces the company’s history with intricate sketches, early wooden models, race photos, and, of course, vintage cars. designmuseum.org

A photograph of a Ferrari in production. Photo: Courtesy of the Design Museum, London

The Barbican Centre, London 
“Basquiat: Boom for Real”
September 21, 2017–January 28, 2018

Despite the prolific artist’s market success, this is one of his first posthumous surveys in the U.K.—and includes a restaging of a seminal 1981 MoMA PS1 installation. barbican.org.uk

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jennifer Stein, Anti-Baseball Card Product, 1979 Photo: Jennifer Von Holstein and The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York.

Palais Galliera, Paris
“Fortuny, a Spaniard in Venice”
October 4, 2017–January 7, 2018

A retrospective of the couturier—known for his inventive designs with pleated silk—showcases more than 100 pieces, including gowns designed for Countess Greffulhe, Proust’s muse.

A gown from circa 1940 made of pleated white cotton, white silk, and glass beads. Photo: Collection Palais Galliera © Françoise Cochennec / Galliera / Roger-Viollet

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
“The Dutch in Paris 1789 – 1914”
13 October, 2017–Jan 7, 2018

Displaying works by Dutch masters like Van Gogh and Mondrian alongside those from their French contemporaries Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, and Braque, the exhibit demonstrates how the artists and friends influenced one another’s work in 19th century Paris. vangoghmuseum.nl

Vincent van Gogh, Montmartre: Behind the Moulin de la Galette Paris, July 1887, oil on canvas. Photo: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Shekou Museum, Shenzhen
“Values of Design”
Scheduled for a December opening

In a new museum by Pritzker prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki, this collaboration with London’s V&A celebrates the universality of design, with 250 objects from 31 countries. vam.ac.uk

The Shekou museum is currently under construction. Photo: ©Design Society

Museum MACAN, Jakarta
“Art Turns. World Turns. Exploring the Collection of Museum MACAN”
November 4, 2017–March 18, 2018 

This exhibition puts Indonesia’s dynamic art scene—from 19th-century masters to current stars like FX Harsono—in context to inaugurate the country’s first contemporary art museum.

A rendering of the exterior of Museum MACAN, by MET Studio Design Ltd. Photo: Courtesy of MACAN


Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 
“Pipilotti Rist: Sip My Ocean”
November 1, 2017–February 18, 2018

Three decades of the Swiss artist’s kaleidoscopic, immersive video projections and dreamy soundtracks fill the waterfront museum. mca.com.au

Pipilotti Rist’s Administrating Eternity, 2011. Photo: Lisa Rastl. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine © Pipilotti Rist
Cover: Jean-Michel Basquiat, *Untitled,* 1982, is on display at the Barbican Centre in London.
Photo: Studio Tromp. Courtesy of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam


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