Five Centuries of German and Austrian Graphics in Montreal

Grafik! Five Centuries of German and Austrian Graphics These Montreal Museum of Fine Arts exhibitions were available online in recent months, but can be viewed in person as of 12 February 2021. It’s not every day you get to stand in front of a leaf from the 1455 Gutenberg Bible. And that’s just one item among the 90-plus on display in Grafik! Five Centuries of German and Austrian Graphics, a printmaking show of stunning historical and stylistic range. It includes a who’s who of seminal artists, from Renaissance giant Albrecht Dürer to the iconic Viennese secessionist Gustav Klimt. Fans of German expressionism and the Bauhaus school will be especially well served; these genres have never stopped looking modern in the

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Sydney Mardi Gras in restricted mode

This year the parade will not be free to attend, the first time in its 40 year history. Sydney’s annual Mardi Gras celebration will look very different to previous years, but even in a global pandemic the city’s most colourful show must go on. Here’s everything you need to know about the event on March 6, 2021: Will there be a parade this year? Due to concerns around crowd control and COVID-19 restrictions there will be no parade down Oxford Street to celebrate this year’s Mardi Gras festival. Instead, more than 30,000 people will gather at the Sydney Cricket Ground for an official ticketed event with police issuing a warning to those planning to celebrate in the city. The SCG

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The Art of Banksy in London

This news will delight some and appal others, but there’s soon going to be a whole lot more Banksy in London. ‘The Art of Banksy’, the world’s largest touring exhibition of the street artist’s work, opens on May 20, 2021 at a central London gallery space. The exhibition was due to open in April this year following a global tour that has so far taken in Melbourne, Tel Aviv, Auckland, Toronto, Miami, Gothenburg and Sydney – but obviously its opening in London was pushed back. The show contains the largest collection of official works by the artist, made from 1997 to 2008, including now-iconic images like ‘Girl and Balloon’ and lesser-known pieces. The artworks are all on loan from private collections and the show is entirely unauthorised by the artist – as organisers put

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Mardi Gras House Floats in New Orleans

The pandemic can’t stop the party in New Orleans, where residents have transformed their homes into stationary Mardi Gras floats to help adapt the city’s traditional pre-Lenten celebrations for the age of social distancing. Last year’s festivities were among the nation’s first superspreader events, so there are no parades this year. Instead, in the interest of public health, Carnival has become a drive-through affair, with homes festooned with beads and all manner of decorations. “We’re doing this. Turn your house into a float and throw all the beads from your attic at your neighbors walking by,” wrote Megan Joy Boudreaux on Twitter on November 17, the day that the city called off Mardi Gras 2021. What began as a joke was

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Hockney and Van Gogh paintings meet in Houston

Hockney-Van Gogh: the Joy of Nature The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) has managed to pull off the show Hockney-Van Gogh: the Joy of Nature, to bring much-needed delight in these difficult times. David Hockney, however, has apologised for missing the coming opening, citing Covid-19 travel problems. The exhibition will open on 21 February and runs until 20 June. With the coronavirus restrictions—and assuming the museum can continue to remain open for the duration of the show—it is estimated that the exhibition will accommodate around 66,000 visitors for the four-month run, about two thirds of their number in normal circumstances. When a similar show was presented in 2019 at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum (which always attracts huge crowds), it

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A stunning multi-sensory Monet exhibition is opening in Sydney

The Impressionists’ works have been displayed and enjoyed around the world for almost two-hundred years – but never like this. A new exhibition is opening in Sydney that pays homage to the paintings of artist Claude Monet through light, color and sound. It also uses immersive technology to trace the history of the Impressionist movement of the mid-19th century through to the early 20th century. Monet & Friends – Life, Light & Colour premieres at Sydney’s Royal Hall of Industries in March. The paintings are projected on an enormous scale, illuminating the bold brushstrokes of Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and more. It takes visitors back to a time when the face of European art

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What to expect at the Star Wars Identities Exhibition in Singapore

If you are in Singapore, you need not travel to a galaxy far, far away to get up close and personal with the original costumes, props and artefacts from the hallowed and beloved Star Wars film series. After travelling the world for more than eight years (after its 2012 inception in Montreal, Quebec), Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition has finally landed at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum, marking the 12th and final stop of its global tour. It’ll run from Saturday (Jan 30) till Jun 13. Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition (Photo: Genevieve Loh) Showcasing over 200 original costumes, props, models and pieces of conceptual artwork from the extensive Lucas Museum of Narrative Art archive, the exhibition focuses on the first six films in

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