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Indagare’s Fall Preview: Current Art Exhibits NYC—Plus, Must-See Shows in London, Paris and Beyond

With the fall season well underway, at Indagare we’ve been tracking the latest in art, theater, fashion, film and design around the world. What’s on our radar right now? Top art exhibitions and the best new plays and musicals in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Venice and beyond. From Broadway to the Grand Palais, this is Indagare’s guide to the must-see shows and openings this fall.

Contact Indagare to book a culture-filled fall trip to New York, London, Paris or other cities, with tickets to the best new shows and more. Indagare can also arrange expert-guided touring with special access and make reservations at the right hotels and restaurants for you.

NEW YORK

After a summer headlined by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s show-stopping exhibition Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, New York is welcoming a host of new collections that bring fresh perspectives and artists into the limelight.

Current Art Exhibits NYC

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Organized by the Tate Modern, this exhibition features over 150 works created during the period from 1963 to 1983 by more than 60 Black artists confronting social injustice, racial violence and Black American identity.
(September 14 – February 3; The Brooklyn Museum)

Delacroix
Curated in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre, this exhibition presents North America’s first comprehensive retrospective dedicated to the paintings, drawings, prints and manuscripts of the 19th-century French master Eugène Delacroix. (September 17 – January 6; The Met Fifth Avenue)

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future
This first major solo exhibition of the 20th-century Swedish abstract artist will reveal rarely seen and highly imaginative works characterized by geometric forms and strong color schemes. (October 12 – February 3; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum)

Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture 1963–2017
This exhibition displays the little-known sculptures of the late American artist Jack Whitten, whose work employs natural materials and evokes ancient Africa and the Mediterranean. (Through December 2; The Met Breuer)

Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again
Perhaps the biggest show of the season, this exhibition will mark the first Warhol retrospective organized in the U.S. since 1989. It is also the largest monographic exhibition ever displayed at the Whitney’s new location, and it will reveal new complexities and motifs present in Warhol’s body of work from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. (November 12 – March 31; The Whitney

NYC Theater Guide: The Best Plays and Musicals on Now

Girl from the North Country
Following a sold-out run in London,
Girl from the North Country uses the iconic lyrics of Bob Dylan to tell the story of a Depression-era boarding house in Minnesota. (Previews start September 11, runs October 1 – December 9; The Public – Newman Theater)

The Ferryman
This knockout, award-winning musical set in 1980’s Northern Ireland finally comes from West End to Broadway. (Opens October 14; Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 West 45th Street)

The Waverly Gallery
The latest acclaimed play from Academy Award winner Kenneth Lonergan grapples with a fiery grandmother’s final struggles with Alzheimer’s. (Previews start September 25, runs October 25 – January 27; Golden Theatre, 252 West 45th Street)

To Kill a Mockingbird
Written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin, this is the controversial world premiere of the play based on Harper Lee’s canonical novel about childhood, race and morality in 1930’s Alabama, with Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch. (Previews start November 1, opens December 13; Shubert Theatre, 225 West 44th Street)

Related: The Best New Restaurants in New York City This Fall

 

LONDON

Along with several anticipated restaurant and hotel openings, London’s fall season is peppered with contemporary art and fashion exhibitions and anticipated theater revivals that make a trip across the pond a must for the cultured traveler. Those who go in October will also enjoy the Frieze London art fair, which takes place in Regent’s Park and showcases works available for purchase from more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries (October 4 – 7). Other top tickets include:  

Current Art Exhibitions London

Fashioned from Nature
This thought-provoking display of designer clothing, fabrics and other historical artifacts deconstructs the uncomfortable and fruitful relationship between the natural world and fashion over the past century, with displays of pieces from such designers as Stella McCartney, Christian Louboutin, Calvin Klein and more.
(Through January 27; Victoria and Albert Museum, Gallery 40)

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
This exhibition showcases an impressive collection of Kahlo’s personal belongings that have never been seen outside of Mexico. (Through November 4; Victoria and Albert Museum, Gallery 38)

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier
Co-curated by the legendary designer before his death in 2017, this exhibition is the first-ever retrospective of Alaïa’s work and tells stories from his life and career alongside designs from his collections that he selected from the early 1980’s to present day. (Through October 7; The Design Museum)

Yayoi Kusama: The Moving Moment When I Went to the Universe
The artist returns to London with an exhibition that will feature new paintings, as well as her iconic pumpkin sculptures and a large (and highly Instagrammable) Infinity Mirror Room. (October 3 – December 21; Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road)

London Theater Guide: The Best Plays and Musicals on Now

The Lehman Trilogy
The most-coveted ticket in town, The Lehman Trilogy is a three-actor play, directed by Sam Mendes, that recalls the lives of well-known bankers Henry, Emanuel and Mayer Lehman and their firm’s collapse into bankruptcy. Although the show is now sold out, a limited number of additional tickets will be available for purchase through rush and day-of sales. (Through October 20; National Theatre)

King Lear
Ian McKellen has already garnered high praise for his portrayal of Shakespeare’s tragic, maddened ruler. (Through November 3; Duke of York’s Theatre)

Tina: The Musical
This chronicle of Tina Turner’s life and career debuted last spring to great acclaim and continues to draw crowds. (Through February 2019; Aldwych Theatre)

Company
Starring Patti LuPone,
Company is a gender-reversed production of Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 musical. (Previews start September 26, open October 17 – December 22; The Gielgud Theatre)

Related: What’s New in London: Summer 2018

 

PARIS

Ever the trendsetter, Paris is already in full swing for the fall season, with Design Week concluding on Saturday and the 30th Biennale des Antiquaires closing at the Grand Palais on Sunday. In October, this Beaux-Arts beauty—as well as the Tuileries Gardens, the Place Vendôme and the Petit Palais—is the destination of choice for design lovers flocking to FIAC, the international contemporary art fair exhibiting the work of over 1,500 artists (October 18 – 21). In between these events, iconic museums like the Musée D’Orsay and the Louvre will offer plenty to occupy visitors to the City of Light.

Current Art Exhibitions Paris

Gustav Klimt
This immersive exhibition will bring the golden works of Gustav Klimt—as well as his contemporaries—to new heights with vibrant, floor-to-ceiling projections packed with light, color and sound. (Through January 6; Atelier des Lumières)

Picasso. Chefs-d’oeuvre!
Picasso. Masterpieces!
challenges the very concept of what a “masterpiece” can be through a curation of the artist’s most significant pieces, along with reviews and exclusive archives. (Through January 13; Musée Picasso Paris)

Picasso. Bleu et Rose
In the first large-scale collaboration between the D’Orsay and the Picasso Museum, the exhibition features masterpieces from the Spanish artist’s Blue and Rose periods, along with fresh interpretations of their themes and inspirations. (September 18 – January 6; Musée D’Orsay)

Japonisms 2018: Souls in Harmony
In honor of the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and France, the Louvre and other French museums and design groups are hosting the Japonisms 2018 cultural exposition, which promotes Japanese art and culture overseas. Of the many installations that will fill the city, visitors should not miss the grand, gilded
Throne by Kohei Nawa, which is housed under the Louvre Pyramid. (Through January 13; Musée du Louvre)

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Egon Schiele
Both of these provocative artists—working at opposite ends of the 20th century—receive comprehensive, large-scale exhibitions of their art in separate but simultaneous shows.
(October 3 – January 14; Fondation Louis Vuitton)

Paris Theater Guide: The Best Plays and Operas on Now

Cyrano de Bergerac
Performed in French, with English subtitles, this French play recounts one of the most famous love stories in literature.
(Through January 13; Théâtre Le Ranelagh)

Wagner Weekend: The Ring
Led by conductor Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform Siegfried and Twilight of the Gods. (September 22 – 23; Philharmonie de Paris)

Related: Where to Go Next: Best Places to Travel in October

 

LOS ANGELES

L.A. is a sprawling, glamorous hotbed for new ideas in the arts, design and lifestyle—and this fall, the variety of exhibitions and shows offered does not disappoint.

Current Art Exhibitions Los Angeles

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s Tomb, the California Science Center is displaying the most complete collection of King Tut artifacts ever shown outside of Egypt.
(Through January 6; California Science Center)

Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011
Through more than 160 photographs—displayed alongside costumes, magazine covers, videos and advertisements—this exhibition deconstructs our society’s notions of style and beauty as shaped by the fashion photography industry, with work by such photographers as Edward Steichen, Baron Adolf de Meyer, Irving Penn, William Klein, Arthur Elgort, Corinne Day and Tim Walker on loan from the Danziger Gallery, J. Paul Getty Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vogue and others.  (Through October 21; The Getty Center)

The Renaissance Nude
Explore the controversial emergence of the naked human figure in art, philosophy and science through a display of more than 100 objects by such masters as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and Dürer. (October 30 – January 27; The Getty Center)

Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle
This solo exhibition of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei presents a large-scale, never-before-seen sculptural response to the global refugee crisis. (September 28 – March 3; Marciano Art Foundation)

Los Angeles Theater Guide: The Best Plays on Now

School Girls, or the African Mean Girls Play
Coming from Off-Broadway after a sold-out world premiere engagement,
School Girls is an incisive and high-spirited comedy that explores the similarities and differences between teenage girls around the world. (Through September 30; Kirk Douglas Theater)

Sweat
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play grapples with present-day political debates surrounding the issues of globalization and the decay of the working class in small American manufacturing towns.
(Through October 7; Mark Taper Forum)

Related: Los Angeles Dining: 9 New Restaurants Not to Miss

 

VENICE AND ROME

As one of the great birthplaces of art, drama and architecture, Italy and its major cities are home to some of the best collections in the world. The Venice and Rome Film Festivals taking place in September and October and the presentation of the 16th Venice International Architecture Biennale through November ensure that plenty of new work is on view in these two ancient urban centers.

Current Art Exhibitions Venice

1948: The Biennale of Peggy Guggenheim
2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the exhibition of Peggy Guggenheim’s collection in the Greek Pavilion at the 24th Venice Biennale—a landmark event in the European art world. Now, the Guggenheim Museum is presenting an homage to the original pavilion, along with works from Peggy’s private collection and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, among others.
(Through November 25; The Peggy Guggenheim Collection)

Tintoretto 1519–1594
Seventy autograph paintings and drawings are displayed with the famous cycles Tintoretto painted for the Doge’s palace (now arranged in their original position) in an exhibition celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of the 16th-century Venetian painter. (Through January 6; Palazzo Ducale)

Current Art Exhibitions Rome

Dream: L’arte incontra i sogni
Housed in a Renaissance cloister, this interactive exhibition immerses viewers in a surreal and psychological world of dream-themed works by such artists as James Turrell, Anselm Kiefer, Christian Boltanksi and Luigi Ontani. (September 29–May 5; Chiostro del Bramante)

Pollock and the New York School
Anticonformism, psychological introspection and experimentation come alive through the works of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and others. (October 10—2019; Complesso del Vittoriano ala Brasini)

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Contact Indagare to book a culture-filled fall trip to New York, London, Paris or other cities, with tickets to see the best new shows and more. Indagare can also arrange expert-guided touring with special access and make reservations at the right hotels and restaurants for you.

– Elizabeth Harvey on September 12, 2018

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