Barcelona’s Joan Miró Foundation presents “Imaginary Friends” an exhibition for young children, through July 2. Based on the idea that contemporary art in its various forms can include even the youngest of children in its audience, “Imaginary Friends” presents nine installations that children can touch and play with.
Contrary to the contemporary tendency for audience participation to rely heavily on digital technology, in this exhibition participation is tactile and physical. The participating artists are Paola Pivi, Kasper Bosmans, Polly Apfelbaum, Meschac Gaba, Afra Eisma, Pipilotti Rist, and Martin Creed. Known for their colorful and tactile works, the artists come from different generations and backgrounds and express topical perspectives on play and leisure.
March 17, 2023 – July 2, 2023
The Design Museum in London presents Ai Weiwei’s (b. 1957) solo exhibition “Making Sense” from April 7. In a series of large-scale installations central to the presentation, the artist expresses his interest in materials and craft, scattering objects from Stone Age materials to modern Legos across the gallery floor.
Ai Weiwei, a leading contemporary Chinese artist, is known for his work on freedom of expression and refugee issues. He works across multiple disciplines, including painting, photography, film, architecture, installation, public art, design, exhibition curation, and publishing. In this exhibition, the artist brings together traditional Chinese crafts and modern materials to reflect on the history of demolition and urban development in contemporary China, exploring the tension between past and present, handmade and machine-made, expensive and cheap, installation and destruction through the material.
Ai Weiwei: Making Sense
April 7, 2023 – July 30, 2023
The Lenbachhaus in Munich is Germany’s leading national museum with a collection focused on German and European art of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Lenbachhaus is currently presenting “Life or Theater,” an exhibition of 20th-century artist Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943), in collaboration with the Jewish Museum of Amsterdam.
Salomon, who died young in Auschwitz during the Holocaust in World War II, created 769 gouache drawings in her early 20s. The series of drawings, accompanied by texts, is like a theatrical script or foreshadowing of the graphic novel. Salomon called the series “Singespiel,” in which she and her family appeared as the main characters. Salomon’s narrative series is an artistic expression of her life, but its value is not limited to the autobiographical, conveying a vivid record of the culture of her time and the experience of Nazi oppression.
Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theater?
March 31, 2023 – September 10, 2023