Culture Vulture: 2013's Must See Exhibitions

By Victoria Loomes

UK culture vultures have exhibitions a-plenty to keep them amused over the next 12 months. 2013 is shaping up to be (culturally and visually) bigger, badder and better than the vintage year that we’ve just left behind.

National galleries have stepped up their game as the art world moves away from London-centric events. Derry-Londonderry is the City of Culture – look out for Lumiere, a nocturnal winter-fest that will transform the historic city through the power of light. Inspiring and illuminating – 2013 is the year to rediscover Great Britain.


Juergen Teller: Woo

ICA, London from 23 January–17 March

Juergen Teller is one of a few artists who have been able to operate in the art world and the commercial – this exhibition explores his landmark fashion and commercial photography from the 90s.


Chagall: Modern Master

Tate Liverpool from 8 June–6 October

The first UK exhibition of the Russian painters work in over 15 years focuses on Chagall’s time in Paris during WWI and in Russia during the revolution.


The Green Donkey Marc Chagall 1911


Witches and Wicked Bodies

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh from 27 July–3 November

Exploring the visual representation of witches across the last 500 years, with work from artists including William Blake, Paula Rego and Francisco de Goya.


Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

The British Museum from 28 March–29 September

Offering a unique glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire, this major exhibition bring together over 250 fascinating objects, many of which have never before been seen outside Italy.


David Bowie is

V&A, London from 23 March–28 July

An international retrospective of a celebrated cultural icon, exploring the broad range of Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film.


Hans Josephsohn

Modern Art Oxford from 23 February–14 April

Powerful bronze and brass sculptures, focusing on the German artists’ incessant reworking of motifs – his highly personal exploration in plaster of the possibilities of dealing with figure, form and plane.


Andy Warhol

MAC, Belfast from 8 February–28 April

Coming to Northern Ireland for the first time through the Artist Rooms initiative, over 300 works span Warhol’s eclectic career, which shaped contemporary and modern art.


the bride and bachelors


The Bride and the Bachelors

The Barbican, London from 14 January–9 June

A complex exhibition, analysing Marcel Duchamp’s legacy and tracing his relationship with four ‘Modern Masters’, composer, John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham, and visual artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.


Outsider Art from Japan

Wellcome Collection, London from 28 March–30 June

Bridging the gap between psychiatry and art, the object-led exhibition features work from 46 artists who are residents and day patients at social welfare institutions across Honshu, Japan.


Diane Arbus

Moray Art Centre, Scotland from 14 September–11 Jan 2014

Influential American photographer Diane Arbus honest images paved the way for the work of contemporary photographers and artists. The exhibition features a selection of Arbus's images, spanning her work from the mid 50’s up to her suicide in the early 70’s. 


Main image: Marc Chagall 
I and the Village 
Oil on Canvas 
1921 x 1514 mm © ADAGP Paris and DACS, London 2012. Photo © SCALA, Florence

Marc Chagall image: The Green Donkey 1911, Gauache on board
 © ADAGP Paris and DACS, London 2012

Marcel Duchamp image: © Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1950 (replica of 1917 original); Philadelphia Museum of Art, 125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift (by exchange) of Mrs. Herbert Cameron Morris.© Succession Marcel Duchamp, 2012, ADAGP/Paris, DACS/London.

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 16:00 (GMT+00)
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