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The CF To-Do List: May

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.

© Estate of Agnes Martin /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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.

Ceinture gothique Marie-Louise 1813 © Chaumet - Bruno Ehrs

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.

Lucio Fontana Io sono un santo, 1958 Ink on paper on canvas with cuts, 50 x 65 cm © Fondazione Lucio Fontana, by SIAE 2021

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.

Immaculee #3, 2007 © Miles Aldridge

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, Cosmic Hunt: MultiCam Virgin, 2019. Electroplated copper and brass plate with liver of sulfur in copper and brass frame. ©Matthew Barney, courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels

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.

Volker Hinz, Grace Jones at Confinement theme, New York, 1984

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.

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