Sultans of Deccan India, 1500–1700: Opulence and Fantasy
20 April – 26 July
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Deccan plateau of south-central India was ruled by a succession of great Muslim kingdoms, whose patronage made the region a hub for some of the greatest artists, writers, poets and musicians of the period. The influences of Iran, Turkey, eastern Africa and Europe combined with Indian traditions to create the magnificent Indo-Islamic art and culture that is now being celebrated at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with some 200 works, including painting, metalwork, spectacular painted and printed textiles, and some of the world’s finest diamonds from the Golconda mines.
A Parrot Perched on a Mango Tree, a Ram Tethered Below, Golconda, c. 1630–70.
Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art, Hyderabad
Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson: Consider the Belvedere
22 April – 16 August
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Canadian collaborative duo Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson began working together in 2009 while studying at Frankfurt’s Städelschule. This exhibition began with a period of research by the artists at the Historical Wine and Spirits Museum in Stockholm, and is presented as a kind of theatre set, with two 16mm films. Think drinking songs and dream states, film sets and figurative glass. The set will also be used for a series of performances on select dates, and a specially produced artist book will accompany the show.
Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson, Consider the Belvedere, 2015 (production still).
Courtesy of the artists; Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver; and Rodeo, Istanbul/London
Tracey Emin – Egon Schiele: Where I Want To Go
24 April – 14 September
Leopold Museum, Vienna
Following blockbuster Egon Schiele shows in New York and London in recent months, Vienna’s Leopold Museum shifts perspective with Where I Want To Go. In presenting over 80 works by Tracey Emin alongside her personal selection of Schiele’s drawings, the exhibition explores interesting parallels and raises provocative questions about the politics of gender and nudity, as well as narcissism and confessional art.
Tracey Emin, Lonely Chair drawing, 2012.
© Tracey Emin. Courtesy Lehmann Maupin Gallery/Bildrecht, Vienna
Welcome to Birdhead World Again
25 April – 7 June
ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai
Birdhead is the collective name for artists Ji Weiyu and Song Tao, who have worked together since 2004, compulsively photographing their hometown of Shanghai. Welcome to Birdhead World Again surveys the past 10 years of their work, but also includes a new collection, a statement of future intent to seek out the most common, and commonly ignored, in society. Presented in three stages, or ‘jin’ (meaning enter, progress, forward), Birdhead invite you into increasingly private and puzzling worlds.
Kristin Oppenheim: White Rabbit
Until 25 April
Born in Honolulu and now based in New York, Kristin Oppenheim’s audiovisual installations often incorporate her own, somewhat melancholic vocals, as in Where Did You Sleep Last Night?, the sound piece exhibited at the Frieze London sculpture garden in 2014. Oppenheim uses her own voice again in White Rabbit, a theatrical light and sound installation on show at greengrassi alongside Pool of Tears, a series of 16 short films. A new vinyl LP has also been released in conjunction with the exhibition.
Kristin Oppenheim, White Rabbit, 2015.
Photo: Marcus Leith. Courtesy greengrassi, London
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