WORLD CAPITAL OF ARCHITECTURE 2020
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Most famously home to the mightiest art deco creation – Paul Landowski’s 38 metre sculpture of Christ the Redeemer, looking out over the city from atop Corcovado Mountain – Rio boasts a multitude of other treasures. Together they are worthy of making Rio the inaugural World Capital of Architecture – Oscar Niemeyer’s saucer-shaped modernist triumph, the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum for example, or the art nouveau masterpiece that is Confeitaria Colombo. A series of events are planned to celebrate the urban environment, under the theme: ‘All the worlds. Just one world.’
L’ISLE-SUR-LA-SORGUE INTERNATIONAL FAIR
What Hay-on-Wye does for books, the beautiful L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue does for antiques. Only more so. More than 300 antiques and art businesses are to be found year- round in a place with the same population as Godalming. And then we come to the biannual international fairs (10th-13th April, 13th-16th August), when a further 450 exhibitors and 120,000 visitors turn this Provençal town into a quality-validated antiques hunter’s heaven.
THE OPEN ART FAIR 2020
Duke of York Square, London
For more than a quarter of a century, the BADA Fair was the British Antique Dealers’ Association’s flagship event, gathering 5,000 antiques, design pieces and artworks – ranging from 16th-century paintings to contemporary furniture – from 100 specialists worldwide. In September, it was sold to the co-founders of Masterpiece London, and is set to return (18th-24th March) with a blend of old (content, location) and new (name, more affordable stand prices).
BAUHAUS CHICAGO: Design in the City
Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Some places get all the luck. Already blessed by Frank Lloyd Wright adorning its suburbia with copious examples of visionary architecture, in 1937 Chicago opened the New Bauhaus, four years after the Nazis closed the art and design school’s Berlin home. Led by László Moholy- Nagy – a ‘modernist so far ahead of his time he’s almost out of sight,’ noted the Chicago Tribune – the refugee’s avant- garde ideals made a striking impression on the area, as this fascinating exhibition (until 26th April) makes clear.
A former electric substation in Berlin offers 6,500 square metres of space to a biennial international art exhibition promising a diverse show – including paintings, sculpture, installations, photography, video art and concept art – that is big on accessibility and giving lesser-known artists a chance (June – exact dates TBC). Or, as organisers put it: ‘The main criterion for selection will be the artists’ uniqueness of expression, rather than any current international trends in art.’
TWISTS AND ROUNDABOUTS AROUND SURREALISM
National Museum of Art, Bucharest, Romania
This historically fascinating building – a former royal residence seized by the post-war Communist government, ravaged by demonstrators during the 1989 revolution – is an apt place to host a retrospective of a movement that sought to turn the establishment on its head (until 2nd Feb). Expect the crème de la crème of surrealist artists – Max Ernst, Camille De Taeye, Joan Miró, Jorge Camacho and Alberto Gironella.
RHS GARDEN BRIDGEWATER
When it opens in the summer (exact date TBC), the Royal Horticultural Society’s first new garden in 18 years also promises to be one of its most spectacular. Comprising 154 acres of woods, lakes, meadows and streams, Europe’s biggest garden project is a community-centred enterprise transforming the derelict grounds – and using the surviving outbuildings and walls – of a demolished stately home, Worsley New Hall, in the heart of Salford.
Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, Italy
After 2019 saw major exhibitions marking Leonardo da Vinci’s 1519 passing, 2020 is all set to honour Raphael. Nowhere more so than in Rome (5th March-14th June), the city in which he lived his final years and, in the Vatican Palace, where he completed his most celebrated work. Most of the pieces will come from Florence, with mooted loanees including the 1504-06 self-portrait and the Madonna of the Goldfinch.
Various venues in the UK, Netherlands and USA
More than 100 institutions worldwide are sending artefacts to Plymouth for ‘Legend and Legacy’, an exhibition marking the 400th anniversary of the Mayflowercarrying pilgrims. It’s but a part of the wider commemoration (until November), with 400 ‘signature events’.