Your monthly cultural crib sheet compiled by Citizen Femme.
Designed for cosmopolitan globetrotters – based anywhere from London to New York – we’ve rounded up the best exhibitions to see, the films to watch, and the events to catch in your chosen city this month.
Agnes Martin: Distillation Of Color, PACE Gallery, New York
Agnes Martin: The Distillation of Color spotlight’s the Canadian-born American artist’s work from the 1970s to the early 1990s. Bringing together a range of paintings from this period, including Martin’s multicoloured striped paintings, Pace Gallery’s monographic exhibition examines Martin’s attentive use of colour and traces the evolution of her work and vision during the latter half of her career. Opens 7 May.
Joséphine Et Napoléon, Une Histoire (Extra)Ordinaire, Maison Chaumet, Paris
Discover the rich and abundant heritage of the first jeweller to set up shop on Place Vendôme; Chaumet. This summer, Maison Chaumet will be hosting an exclusive exhibition (entry is free) at their private salon, titled Joséphine Et Napoléon, Une Histoire (Extra)Ordinaire. Marking the bicentenary of the Emperor’s death, the exhibition will look back on the highlights of this iconic couple’s life together, to which Chaumet’s founder Marie-Étienne Nitot was a unique witness. Curated by Pierre Branda, explore some 150 examples of jewellery from Chaumet’s historical collection, paintings, works of art, correspondence, and illustrated documents.
CF Top Tip: Further enhance your experience of the exhibition by booking into Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa. The hotel have partnered with Maison Chaumet to offer its guests a private viewing of the exhibition, combined with a stay in the hotel’s Joséphine Suite (named after Joséphine Napoléon) or Marie-Louise Suite.
Stop Painting: An exhibition by Peter Fischli, Fondazione Prada, Venice
Stop Painting, the forthcoming exhibition at the historic palazzo of Ca’ Corner della Regina, Fondazione Prada’s Venetian venue, is the colourful conception of Swiss artist Peter Fischli. Divided into five sections, spanning the history of painting within the past 150 years, Fishcli spotlights works from Niki de Saint Phalle, Marcel Duchamp, Lynda Benglis, John Baldessari, and more. Visitors can expect to encounter a riotous and vibrant celebration of paint’s great innovators.
Miles Aldridge – Virgin Mary. Supermarkets. Popcorn. Photographs 1999 to 2020, Fotografiska, New York
Miles Aldridge – Virgin Mary. Supermarkets. Popcorn. Photographs 1999 to 2020 opens at Fotografiska New York this May. Celebrating the extravagant universe of British artist and photographer Miles Aldridge, the retrospective will feature over 80 images, shot across the artist’s two-decade career. On display: his striking technicolour portraiture, capturing the likes of Donatella Versace, Viola Davis, and Marina Abramović, plus cinematically inspired tableaus and much much more.
Matthew Barney: Redoubt, Hayward Gallery, London
Exploring the “dynamic relationship between humanity and the natural world, and the role of artistic creation”, Matthew Barney: Redoubt marks the artist’s first solo museum presentation in the UK in over a decade. Featuring the UK premiere of a new feature-length film (which the New York Times has described as “breathtakingly beautiful”) the exhibition reveals a major new direction in the work of a renowned artist and filmmaker. One for the diary.
Night Fever: Designing Club Culture, V&A Dundee, Scotland
Dying for a dance? Abate your appetite with Night Fever: Designing Club Culture, a new exhibition from V&A Dundee. Delving into iconic clubs from New York to Paris, Manchester to Berlin, the exhibition uncovers the “progressive and subversive history of nightclub design, and its far-reaching influence on popular culture”. Spanning the 1960s to today, examining venues from Studio 54 to Berghain, and beyond, the exhibition considers the “immersive sensory experience” for clubbers.