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8 Unmissable art exhibitions in 2019

 

We work with museums all year round, designing bespoke products for major exhibitions. In 2019, big artists and cultural icons including Van Gogh, Dior and Haring are amongst the lineup of unmissable shows, so follow our guide to the curations on our ‘must see’ list and how to bring a piece of museum style in to your home.

Fernand Léger: New Times, New Pleasures

Tate Liverpool
Now until 17 March 2019

La Parade, Musee de Lyon, 1955, rare poster by Fernand Léger

The first major UK exhibition dedicated to Léger in thirty years shines a light on the French Cubist painter, best known for his graphic style and depictions of the ‘mechanical age’. Spanning from 1914 to the artist’s death in 1955, the Tate Liverpool retrospective combines 40 works including paintings, drawings, prints, textiles, film and photography.

If you’re a fan of Picasso and Braque you’ll love Léger’s use of colour and figurative forms. Our special Léger collection includes original lithographs printed by Atelier Mourlot so you can bring a museum momento into your home.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

V&A
02 February- 14 July

Vogue October 1947 by Clifford Coffin. Image: @vintagecuratorinteriors

This February, the V&A will open its doors to a breathtaking display of the fashion super power, House of Dior. Alongside the couture gowns, fashion photography and illustrations will feature. For fans of fashion history and the sixties, look out for a spring line up of exhibitions including Swinging London at the Fashion and Textile Museum then Mary Quant at the V&A in April.

For a stylish interior inspired by one of our favourite bloggers, @vintagecuratorinteriors, delve into the Vogue archives for prints of the world's most iconic designers and models- captured by the leading photographers of their day. P.S these 6 prints feature Dior dresses!

Van Gogh and Britain

Tate Britain
27 March - 11 August

Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh 

This year’s EY blockbuster brings together 45 works by Van Gogh, including Sunflowers and Starry Night Over the Rhone. The Tate promises to shine a light on Van Gogh’s love affair with Britain, having lived in London for several years where he was delighted by the culture. Works by Francis Bacon and David Bomberg who were inspired by the artist will also feature. Plus, if you’re planning a city break, the Hockney - Van Gogh exhibition opens in Amsterdam on 1st March.

Take cues from Van Gogh’s colourful artwork to create eclectic interiors. Just like The Bedroom in Arles, don’t be afraid to mix woods and stains and hang a mixture of prints of different subjects and styles. Inject an uplifting cheer with the rich yellow’s of Sunflowers or create an atmosphere of magical romance with The Cafe Terrace at Night in a jet frame.

Edvard Munch: Love and Angst

British Museum
11 April-21 July 2019

Lithographs-Etchings-Woodcuts, 1969- rare poster by Edvard Munch

We’ve all seen images of Munch’s haunting face, The Scream but for the British Museum’s exhibition in April, a rare lithograph will take centre stage. The exhibition will feature 83 artworks by the Norwegian expressionist, best known for his symbolic and emotionally fraught paintings.

Munch’s work certainly boasts a talking point and can work well in maximalist interiors. For something particularly special, a lithograph used by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1966, and originally designed by Munch, is a striking image of the femme fatale.

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

The Design Museum
26 April - 17 September

2001: A Space Odyssey / 2001 Odyseja Kosmiczna (1968) from our Vintage Kubrick collection. £2,240 framed.

Later in April, a cinematic feast is in store for fans of the late director, Stanley Kubrick. Memorabilia will feature in abundance as will the stories behind his work. The exhibition will also offer insights into Kubrick’s eye for design and architecture, having worked with prominent designers of his era such as Saul Bass.

Since the beginning of cinema, the design of promotional posters has gradually become an art form in its own right. Explore our range of Vintage and collectible Kubrick prints, vintage movie posters and rare editions, perfect for indie film lovers.

Summer Exhibition 2019

The Royal Academy
10 June — 12 August 2019

Through and Beyond (Red) 1991-92 by Sandra Blow RA

A highlight of the summer art scene, The Royal Academy’s 251st exhibition collates artistic pieces across all mediums from established and emerging artists. After the success of Grayson Perry’s curation in 2018 which featured work from the likes of Tracey Emin and David Shrigley, we can’t wait to see what will make the cut this year.

Consider what colours and forms evoke within you and make a sweeping statement with an abstract expressionist design from contemporary artists like Fintan Whelan and Christina Fedyk. Check out our Painterly Abstract Edit for inspiration.

Keith Haring

Tate Liverpool
14 June - 10 November

Party of Life Invitation, 1986 by Keith Haring

In 1980s New York, Keith Haring’s work could be found in every subway station in the city. Since then, his name has moved from the street and into the galleries where Tate Liverpool will feature 85 works depicting universal themes such as birth, death, sexuality and war in Haring’s recognisably cartoon-like style.

Create a urban loft look by hanging prints against exposed brick or grey painted walls to make the art pop in a rustic fashion. Pair mid-century inspired furniture with monochrome prints in a satin black frame for a clean and modern finish. For more ideas, read Five ways to style street art in your home.

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits

The National Gallery
7 October 2019 – 26 January 2020

Tahitian Boys at Table by Paul Gauguin

Whilst Gauguin’s controversial life often eclipsed his work, The National Gallery is the first to showcase a curation dedicated to Gauguin’s portraits, offering a new perspective on his artistic influence. The distinctive style of Gauguin's stark contrasts and exaggerated body proportions set him apart from his contemporaries and would later inspire masters like Picasso and Matisse.

Bring Gauguin’s art prints to life by incorporating succulents and other greenery into your home. Choose an extra large print for a centrepiece in a dining room or a smaller landscape print like A Farm in Brittany to feature in a gallery wall.

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