As well as the big-name artist blockbuster exhibitions coming up this summer, we have picked out three slightly more unusual shows which are well worth a visit.
Once described as “the grandmother of performance art,”the work of Hungarian born artist Marina Abramović provokes strong reactions. Known for her physically and mentally demanding works of body and performance art, she focuses on ideas revolving around body, gender, energy, time, pain, presence and identity, with the audience increasingly being drawn into participating in the works. This summer the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, just outside Copenhagen, will present The Cleaner, an exhibition spanning over fifty years of work and developed in dialogue with the artist. Prepare to be surprised at the first major retrospective of her work in Europe. 17 June – 22 October 2017.
Contemporary Calligraphy is currently taking centre stage at the Qatar Museum Gallery, Al Riwaq, until the 17th June 2017 with an exhibition of the Mehmet Çebi Collection of over 200 intricate and beautiful artworks dating from the 1960s to the present day. Two traditions of the glorification of the beauty of Islam through art are the main threads of the show; the first is a collection of Hilye-i Serif (The Noble Hilya), a form of classic calligraphic art, while the second is a collection of tesbih (prayer beads), used for ruminative prayer. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest collections of its kind in the world, don’t miss an opportunity to see these wonders.