Here is a list of October art exhibition openings in London, Paris, New York, Amsterdam and Bilbao.
Giacometti: Pure Presence
National Portrait Gallery
15th October 2015– 10th January 2016
Alberto Giacometti is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive artists of the twentieth century. A restless innovator, he explored a range of styles and subjects; and though he is most famous for his sculptures this major exhibition is the first to focus on Giacometti’s portraits and spans his entire career. The show includes important paintings, sculpture and drawings within sections devoted to each of his principal models, and illuminates Giacometti’s obsessive evocation of a human presence.
“Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist”
Whitney Museum of American Art
2nd October 2015 – 17th January 2016
When in New York, discover the Harlem Renaissance and visit the new Whitney Museum located at the opposite end of Harlem in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district. The exhibition looks towards Harlem with a retrospective on a key figure of the Harlem Renaissance, Archibald Motely. Often focusing on jostling throngs of passers-by inhabitants or revelers crowded on dance floors, Motley combined Expressionism and Social Realism into a dynamic style that captured the spirit of the 20th-century urban culture during the Roaring Twenties and beyond.
Fantastical Prints in the 19th Century
Petit Palais – City of Paris’ Museum of Fine Arts
1st October 2015 – 17th January 2016
From Goya to Odilon Redon, the 19th century prints and lithography in the exhibition on display in the Petit Palais, are full of fantastical themes. In lieu of the masters of this genre such as Eugène Delacroix, Grandville, Gustave Doré, Rodolphe Bresdin, Charles Meryon, Odilon Redon and Félicien Rops, the exhibition focuses on lesser known artists such as Alphonse Legros, François Chifflart, Félix Buhot, Eugène Viala and Marcel Roux whose works have long since deserved attention. The recurring themes featured include literary sources of inspiration, gloominess, fantastical creatures, and artistic interpretations of dreams and nightmares.
Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
October 30, 2015 – February 21, 2016
Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design showcases works from a diverse range of creative fields: object and furniture design, graphic arts, illustration, fashion, architecture, urban planning, art, craft, film, photography, digital and analogue approaches. Comprising 54 nations, more than 2000 languages and cultures and a billion inhabitants, the continent is simply too large, too complex and too diverse. What the exhibition offers is one possibility among many for looking at Africa and an invitation in this regard to embrace a whole new perspective.
Rome. Emperor Constantine’s Dream
3rd October 2015 – 7th February 2016
De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam
Rome. Emperor Constantine’s Dream offers Art Treasures from the Eternal City on loan from institutions such as the Vatican Museum which will illustrate one of the most fascinating themes from antiquity: the transformation of Rome in the fourth century AD from a multi-religious imperial capital full of temples with colossal statues of the emperor into the center of papal power dominated by churches with crosses under Emperor Constantine the Great.