Global exhibitions you won’t want to miss.

By Sienna Vittoria Lee-Coughlin

A Technological Trailblazer


In 2011, a 27-year-old Iris van Herpen presented her collection at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, becoming the youngest designer to join those prestigious ranks. Over the last decade, the Dutch fashion designer has made a name for herself with bold sculptural garments and experimentation with innovative techniques such as 3D printing. A travelling exhibition charting the evolution of her work is making its only Canadian stop at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, featuring 40 pieces of her intriguingly intergalactic-looking apparel.

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion runs until October 8, 2018 at the ROM in Toronto.

Light Up


Atelier des Lumiéres, an innovative gallery with digitally displayed art, opened its doors in Paris this spring with three inaugural exhibitions, including a stunning show featuring the artwork of Gustav Klimt. Experience Klimt’s works like never before as you walk through the immersive, large-scale, wall-to-wall projections of his dazzlingly bright and colourful paintings.

Gustav Klimt runs until November 11, 2018 at Atelier des Lumiéres in Paris.

A Revolutionary Retrospective


This monumental exhibition features the work of more than 60 African American artists, spanning 1963 to 1983 and covering a wide range of expression and innovation. It invites viewers to reflect on the history of the Black Power Movement and witness the diverse ways that painters, printers, photographers, performers, and sculptors participated in and responded to this historic period of social and political change.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power is on view at the Brooklyn Museum from September 14, 2018–February 3, 2019.

A Canadian Collaboration


Three Canadian art institutions—the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Photography Institute, and the National Gallery of Canada—have joined forces to create a large-scale project that investigates the complex ways humans have impacted the Earth. The exhibit will showcase a variety of mediums including massive high-resolution photography murals that depict themes of climate change and resource extraction. “By bringing together contemporary art with environmental science and anthropology, our two museums will lead a global conversation with a uniquely Canadian perspective about matters that impact us all,” said Stephan Jost, the AGO’s Michael and Sonja Koerner Director and CEO. This multidisciplinary art-meets-science undertaking will really make you stop and think.

Anthropocene runs September 28, 2018–January 6, 2019 at the AGO in Toronto, and September 28, 2018–February 24, 2019 at the NGC in Ottawa.

Käthe Kollwitz: Art and Life, a retrospective of German artist Käthe Kollwitz, who created striking and emotional pieces inspired by the lives of women in Berlin during WWI and WWII, is on display at the AGO until September 30. The exhibit showcases five decades of work with 170 prints, drawings, and sculptures, all donated to the AGO by Dr. Brian McCrindle, who has collected Kollwitz for many years.

Kaleidoscopic Chambers


In case you missed it in Toronto, the touring exhibition surveying the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is making a stop at the High Museum of Art. Explore her signature, immersive infinity-mirror rooms rendered in dizzying swirls and polka dots, and view other large-scale installations, sculptures, and paintings selected from her 60-plus year career.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors runs November 18, 2018–February 17, 2019 at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Old Meets New


In the 1960s, Indigenous communities in Australia and the Torres Strait began experimenting with traditional artistic techniques and motifs, reviving ancestral practices and adding a modern twist. Whistler’s Audain Art Museum will bring together a collection of these important contemporary artworks for a special exhibition this fall.

Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection runs October 6, 2018–January 28, 2019 at the Audain Art Museum in Whistler.

Healing from Disaster


A testament to the power of art to create beauty out of destruction, this exhibition features works by 40 artists who explore catastrophes like tsunamis, global financial crises, and wars, translating tragedy into visual stories that can be inherited by the next generation. Included are personal responses from international artists who directly experienced disasters such as the 2011 earthquake in Japan.

Catastrophe and the Power of Art runs October 6, 2018–January 20, 2019 at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.

Leading Lady


Thirteen large-screen projections, featuring Cate Blanchett playing 13 different roles—from puppeteer to scientist to homeless man and more—while reciting legendary manifestos, make up this innovative film installation. This fall, the touring installation makes its Canadian debut at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal.

Manifesto runs October 18, 2018–January 20, 2019 at the MAC in Montreal.

Design Darlings


Highlighting the rise in female leadership in a male-dominated industry, this exhibition brings together the work of modern women designers. View  architecture, products, fashion, jewellery, and more, from some of the world’s leading female creators over the last 40 years.

Designing Women runs September 28, 2018–March 24, 2019 at the NGV in Melbourne.

Life is a Cabaret


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec captured the spirit of turn-of-the-century Paris, with its cabarets, cafés, and bohemian culture, in his Post-Impressionist prints and posters. These images revolutionized the way that celebrity was cultivated, catapulting the nightlife personalities he depicted into stardom. A collection of his works, along with those of his contemporaries, has been selected for an autumn showcase in Scotland.

Pin-Ups: Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity runs October 6, 2018–January 20, 2019 at the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh.

A Technological Trailblazer: Hybrid Holism, Dress, July 2012. 3-D-printed UV-curable polymer. In collaboration with Julia Koerner and Materialise. High Museum of Art, Supported by the Friends of Iris van Herpen, 2015. 170. Photo by Bart Oames, No 6 Studios.
Light Up: © Culturespaces: E. Spiller. 
A Revolutionary Retrospective: Benny Andrews (American, 1930-2006). Did the Bear Sit Under a Tree? 1969. Oil on canvas with painted fabric collage and zipper, 50 x 61 ¾ _x 2 ¼ _in. (127 x 156.8 x 5.7 cm). Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York. Emanuel Collection © 2018 Estate of Benny Andrews/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY.
A Canadian Collaboration: Edward Burtynsky: Saw Mills #1, Lagos, Nigeria, 2016. Inkjet print, 58 ½ x 78 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © Edward Burtynsky, 2017.
Kaleidoscopic Chambers: Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo, 2016. Courtesy of the artist. Art © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Tomoaki Makino
Old Meets New: Spinifex Men’s Collaborative. Wati Kutjarra (Two Men Story), 2003. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas. 82 11/16 x 74 13/16 in. Promised gift of Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum. © Spinifex Men’s Collaborative, photo by Susan Cole. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.
Healing From Disaster: Yoko Ono, Add Color Painting (Refugee Boat), 2016. Mixed media installation. Dimensions variable. Installation view: “Yoko Ono: Installations and Performances,”  Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2016. 
Leading Lady: Julian Rosefeldt, Stills from Manifesto, 2015, 13-channel film installation. Julian Rosefeldt, Manifesto, 2015 © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017.
Design Darlings: Helen Kontouris designer, Australian born 1976, Schiavello Systems, Melbourne manufacturer, Australia est. 1966, 101 chair 2001 designed, 2017 manufactured wool, fiberglass, 86.0 x 86.0 x 77.0 cm. Forthcoming acquisition to be purchased with funds donated by Gordon Moffat AM, 2017.
Life is a Cabaret: High-Steppers (c.1938-39) by Walter Richard Sickert. Collection: National Galleries of Scotland, purchased 1979.