Must-see winter exhibitions

From the first UK exhibition devoted to early twentieth-century female artists working in Germany at the Royal Academy to a major survey of British photographer Hannah Starkey at The Hepworth in Wakefield, we take a look at some of the most exciting shows to see this winter. 

Bharti Kher during her residency at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2017. Photo Mark Pickthall. © Hauser & Wirth

Caragh Thuring: Hastings Contemporary, 8th October – 12th March 2023

Hastings Contemporary is presenting a major survey show of the work of Caragh Thuring (b. Brussels, 1972) – her first UK exhibition in six years. 

Thuring’s unique compositions oscillate between the humorous and the quotidian, juxtaposing signs and imagery from her recurring iconography of volcanoes, bricks, submarines, tartan, human silhouettes, and flora to explore where natural and manufactured worlds collide.

The show of more than 20 works will include paintings, drawings and monotypes created over the last 15 years. All works are on loan from the artist’s own collection, as well as public and private UK collections, in order to avoid the environmental impact of international shipping. Learn more.

Caragh Thuring,The Thüringer, 2021.Oil, pigment, graphite on woven linen and cotton 120 x 191 cm. 47 1/4 x 75 1/4 in©Caragh Thuring. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery.Photo: Richard Ive

Fuseli and the Modern Woman: Fashion, Fantasy, Fetishism: The Courtauld Gallery, 14th October – 8th Jan 2023 

One of the most original and eccentric artists of the 18th century, the Swiss-born Henry Fuseli (1741–1825) is the subject of a new exhibition at The Courtauld. 

Fuseli spent most of his career in London, where he established himself as one of 18th-century Europe’s most controversial artists. He deliberately courted notoriety with his most famous painting ‘The Nightmare’ and other sensationalistic images inspired by a wide range of literature and his own imagination. 

This exhibition focuses on Fuseli’s numerous private drawings of the modern woman. Blending observed realities with elements of fantasy, these studies showcase him as one of the finest draughtsmen of the Romantic period at his most original and provocative. Read more.

Henry Fuseli Two courtesans in a theatre box, with fantastic hairstyles (c. 1790-92) Pen and brown ink, brush and watercolour and opaque watercolour, over graphite 179 x 162mm mm Auckland, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965.

Neighbours in Space and Time: Grafton Architects at the Soane Museum: Sir John Soane’s Museum, 19th October – 8th January 2023

Sir John Soane’s Museum is collaborating with Grafton Architects on an exhibition that explores the relationship between two of the principal buildings on Lincoln’s Inn Fields: Grafton’s Marshall Building for the London School of Economics and Political Science and Sir John Soane’s Museum.

The exhibition examines shared themes and architectural values between the Marshall Building and the work of Sir John Soane. 

Located at 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the Marshall Building and Sir John Soane’s Museum were both created as spaces for learning and debate, but are also sites of architectural experimentation in function, space and light.  Read more.

A section through the Dome of Sir John Soane’s Museum, by George Bailey, 1810

Alexandra the Great: The Making of a Myth: The British Library, 21st October – 19th February 2023

From astrological clay tablets, ancient papyri, medieval manuscripts and comics, TV series and cutting-edge videogames, this major exhibition reveals how Alexander the Great’s character has been adapted and appropriated by different cultures and religions over 2,000 years. 

Featuring around 140 exhibits from 25 countries in over 20 languages, Alexander the Great: The Making of a Myth explores how his legacy turned into legend – a transformation that started while he was alive and continues today. 

With the oldest item dating from Alexander’s lifetime and the most recent (a graphic novel) still to be published, the exhibition considers how and why the tales surrounding Alexander became more fantastical as they spread across the cultures of Europe, Asia and beyond. Learn more.

© 2017 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are registered or unregistered trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries

Bharti Kher: The Body is a Place: Arnolfini, 22nd October – 29th January 2023

Arnolfini is exploring the alchemical practice of internationally renowned artist Bharti Kher in a major solo exhibition of drawing, sculpture, and the spaces that lie between.

Including new and previously-unseen works created during residencies in Somerset in 2017 and 2019, The Body is a Place also features Kher’s monumental bindi drawings, the playful and political drawing-based installation ‘Links in a Chain’, sculptures made from found objects and plaster casts, and a new encounter with her site-specific bindi work Virus; part of a 30-year project began by the artist in 2010.

A collector of materials and meaning, Kher’s work invites us into ‘a world of objects and a world of words’, weaving between magical, mythical, spiritual, and scientific realms. Learn more.

Bharti Kher during her residency at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2017. Photo Mark Pickthall. © Hauser & Wirth

Hannah Starkey: In Real Life: The Hepworth Wakefield, 21st October – 30th April 2023

The Hepworth Wakefield is presenting the first major survey of British photographer Hannah Starkey, tracing the development of her work across two decades. 

Throughout her career, Starkey’s meticulously choreographed photographs have determinedly engaged with how women are represented in contemporary culture, an issue which is now centre stage. 

Starkey reveals women in moments of private reflection, alienation or social interaction that might otherwise go unseen: a woman fleetingly fascinated by another woman’s reflection, or the attentive gaze of a mother carrying her child. Learn more.

Hannah Starkey, Untitled, August 2013, 2013. Frames c-type print mounted on aluminium © Hannah Starkey. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Making Modernism: The Royal Academy of Arts, 12th November – 12th February 2023

Making Modernism is the first major UK exhibition devoted to pioneering women working in Germany in the early 1900s: Paula Modersohn-Becker, Kӓthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin. 

Celebrated in their native homelands, this exhibition introduces their innovative paintings and works on paper, alongside key pictures by Erma Bossi, Ottilie Reylaender and Jacoba van Heemskerck. 

Bringing together 65 works, many never seen in the UK before, Making Modernism foregrounds the individuality of each artist whilst shining a spotlight on the strong affinities between them. Learn more.

Gabriele Münter, Portrait of Anna Roslund, 1917. Oil on canvas, 94 x 68 cm. Leicester Museums & Galleries. © DACS 2022

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