Royal Academy of Arts, London
24 September–2 January 2017
The first major survey of the movement in Europe since 1959, with 163 works spanning four decades and including sculpture, photography, and prints as well as the legendary paintings. Many significant and difficult loans have been secured, including a room of paintings by Clyfford Still, and Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles (1953), which has left the National Gallery of Australia for the first time since 1973.
Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison
4 September–4 December 2016
This ambitious project devised by Artangel has seen the opening of Reading Prison (where Oscar Wilde was incarcerated) to the general public for the first time in its history. A range of art, writing, and performance has been commissioned and installed, including work by Marlene Dumas, Nan Goldin, and Wolfgang Tillmans.
Jheronimus Bosch – Visions of a Genius
Het Noordbrabants Museum, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
13 February–8 May 2016
To mark 500 years since Bosch’s death, this exhibition in his hometown of Den Bosch brought together 17 of Bosch’s 24 attributed paintings (nine of which were restored in preparation), six from his workshop, and 19 (of 20) of his drawings – to a museum whose collection includes no Bosch paintings of its own. The exhibition, which took nine years to plan (coinciding with a major research project), drew a record number of visitors to the Noordbrabants Museum.
Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
18 April–17 July 2016
This was the first major international loan exhibition in the US to focus on the Hellenistic period. Over 265 objects in a diverse range of media were on view, approximately a third of which were drawn from the Pergamon Museum’s famous collection, and many of which had never before left their museum collections since being accessioned.
Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
17 June–18 September 2016
Celebrating the Asian Art Museum’s 50th anniversary before travelling to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (until 29 January 2017), this major loan exhibition brought together over 150 objects from one of the richest collections of Chinese art. It has been nearly 20 years since the National Palace Museum has loaned work to a US museum, and more than half of the objects were exhibited in the US for the first time.
Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture
Frick Collection, New York
2 March–5 June 2016
The first major exhibition of Van Dyck’s work in the US in more than 20 years included several new discoveries and reattributions. This comprehensive look at Van Dyck’s portraits featured approximately 100 works by the artist, including a special installation of his portrait print series Iconographie, galleries dedicated to portrait drawings, and a selection of comparative works by contemporaries such as Rubens, Jordaens and Lely.
The Apollo Exhibition of the Year Award is kindly supported by the law firm Blaser Mills.
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