With the easing of restrictions on the horizon, some galleries will be opening, but in the meantime, there are still many exhibitions you can enjoy online. Here’s our selection for April
Cleveland Museum of Art
Desktop Dialogue: An Art Anthology
7 April, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
Part of an extended series of talks looking at how storytellers interpret art, and how artists research the pieces they create, this talk can be watched live but will also be available for any interested parties over subsequent weeks. It is a fantastic opportunity to get into the minds of numerous artists, learn more about their techniques, and get a better understanding of why they were initially drawn to the art world.
Female Voices of Latin America
8 March – 2 May
This incredible exhibition, launched on International Women’s Day but running through April and into May, proudly displays the works of 150 female artists that have created pieces in the last 60 years. Many of the pieces on display have not been given the recognition and time they undoubtedly warrant, and this exhibition is playing a key role in ensuring that art – especially when created by those who have struggled to have a voice in years gone by – can be seen by the masses.
Hauser & Wirth
Charles Gaines: Multiples of Nature, Trees and Faces
29 January – 1 May
This wonderful solo exhibition has been running since January, but we’re highlighting it here because if you haven’t yet ventured into the mind of Charles Gaines and his love of colour and numbers, you only have a few weeks left to experience his genius! This is Gaines’ first ever UK exhibition, and judging by the critical response it has received, unlikely to be his last.
Copenhagen Contemporary and Chronus Art Center
21 November 2020 – 23 May 2021
Though this display has been around for a few months now, it hasn’t been widely advertised in the UK, and so most probably hasn’t crossed your radar yet. This superb exhibit has been designed to showcase the work of contemporary Danish artists, and due to its success in Denmark as well as the other Nordic countries, it is likely that the exhibit will be expanded so that it can welcome international visitors once tourism begins again in earnest.
Dreaming of Alligator Head
21 January 2021 – 12 January 2022
This is another display that has been running for a few months but has not been marketed to audiences in England (or anywhere outside of Germany, for that matter) particularly well. However, this virtual display is well worth your time and something you should definitely experience. It’s probably best if you go into this knowing as little about the display as possible, but let’s put it this way: it’s something the like of which you will never have seen before.
A Recipe for Disaster
29 January onwards
This online film is part of a wider series called Schaufenster designed to showcase the impact of modern mass media, its influence on society, and how it can be used for malicious purposes by those with ulterior motives. The film, created by Carolyn Lazard, was originally available until March 2021, but due to its popularity and because the Covid pandemic means people from around the world remain in some form of lockdown, it seems likely that it will be available for longer (though the new end date is yet to be confirmed).
Various venues across Liverpool
20 March – 6 June
This edition of the Liverpool Biennial – the eleventh in the series – was due to take place in 2020 but was postponed for twelve months. The event, which takes place every two years, is designed to give local artists an opportunity to display their works, to showcase the very best of what Liverpool has to offer, and to transform the city’s array of incredible buildings, galleries and public areas. There are a number of events, lectures and experiences to enjoy – some online, some physical – so it is worth checking online to see the schedule and find out what is best for you.
Royal Academy of Arts, London
David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020
Online and in person
27 March – 22 August
You won’t have seen Hockney pieces like these before. Created during the very first Covid lockdown, which took place in the first half of 2020, these works – 116 in total – were produced entirely via Hockney’s iPad, then subsequently printed onto paper. The works are largely focused on Hockney’s depictions of the season of spring, showcasing plants blossoming, trees blooming and the sun shining. Though the display will initially be available to be viewed online, the Royal Academy of Arts expects to be able to open the display for physical viewings during the summer of 2021.
The V&A, London
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
Online and in person
27 March – 31 December
If this display seems familiar, then it’s probably because it was originally penned to be part of the V&A’s 2020 summer line-up but was postponed due to the Covid pandemic. This show is meant to be an immersive experience, and so it remains unclear as to whether it will take place online in any form, or if it will only be possible to enjoy it in person. However, what is clear is that this collection of memorabilia and fare from every Alice in Wonderland adaptation you can think of is simply not to be missed.
Tate Modern, London
Infinity Mirror Rooms
29 March 2021 – 27 March 2022
This is yet another exhibition that was originally due to come into being in 2020 but was put on hold due to the pandemic. The organisers seriously considered trying to transform the exhibit into a virtual display, but ultimately, they concluded that the concept – a room which gives the visitor the idea that they are in a room filled with infinite chandeliers – was only really viable to be experienced in person. Though currently penned to open at the end of March, it seems more likely that it will now open in April, so keep an eye on Tate Modern’s social media channels to find out when you can book your tickets.