London’s Royal Academy of Arts (RA) is an art education institution and museum that presents exhibitions of artists from the past and present. Through October 15, the RA presents “Herzog & de Meuron” (Jacques Herzog, b. 1950, Pierre de Meuron, b. 1950), the world-renowned Swiss architectural duo.
Herzog & de Meuron gained international acclaim in 2000 when they transformed a former power station in London into the Tate Modern contemporary art museum. Tate Modern, utilizing the image of the existing building rather than destroying it, was immediately considered one of the best achievements of 21st-century museum architecture. It greatly influenced the paradigm of museum architecture, earning the duo the Pritzker Prize in 2001. Today, the duo’s worldwide museums, music hall, hospitals, and industrial buildings are among the most acclaimed.
The exhibition presents architecture models, archives, and furniture designs Herzog & de Meuron have worked on throughout their careers. Faced with the challenging task of bringing architecture into the gallery, the duo and the exhibition’s curator relied on augmented reality technology. Visitors are to use augmented reality devices to explore models of various buildings and even walk through rooms of the duo’s children’s hospital, which is planned to be completed next year in Basel, Switzerland.
Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi Museum of Art presents “Yan Pei-Ming: Painting Histories” through September 3. This is the largest solo exhibition in Italy of the Chinese-born artist Yan Pei-Ming (b. 1960), who has lived in France since his twenties. More than 30 paintings, including new works, are on display.
The foundation of Pei-Ming’s oeuvre is Western classical art. Traditional genres and forms of Western paintings, such as portraiture, landscape, still life, and history, are the roots of his paintings, and he sometimes copies and transforms classical works.
On the other hand, Pei-Ming’s paintings are acclaimed as contemplating the place of painting in contemporary art, as he mixes modern pop culture with classic Western painting conventions. From photographs taken by the artist to magazine covers, movie stills, celebrity faces, and globally circulated images of disasters, modern images become paintings of gigantic scale. Pei-Ming’s monumental portraits of Mao Zedong, Bruce Lee, and Barack Obama are particularly famous.
Arles in France has hosted an international photography festival (Les Rencontres d’Arles) every summer since 1970. This year’s theme is “A State of Consciousness.” On the occasion of the festival, LUMA Arles presents “Diane Arbus: Constellation” through next year, an exhibition dedicated to the American female photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971).
Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was a photographer who captured marginalized groups of people in 20th-century American society. Despite her untimely death, she was the first photographer to have her work exhibited at the Venice Biennale posthumously. Her photographs of dwarfs, giants, transgenders, homosexuals, third-rate circus performers, and nudists are among the most influential works of the 20th century.
This exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of her birth. It features more than 450 prints of Arbus’s work printed by Neil Selkirk (b. 1947), one of her students and the only person authorized to make negatives of Arbus’s photographs. The photographs depict couples, children, female heads of households, families, and pedestrians, some of which are open to the public for the first time.