Museums in the US and Europe start the year strong with pioneering shows by contemporary and historical artists. Browse our selection, click the slide shows below.

CHAGALL: COLOUR AND MUSIC

MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS JANUARY 28 TO JUNE 11

With more than 400 works, this monumental retrospective presents Marc Chagall’s wide-ranging oeuvre in direct relation to music for the first time. The exhibition, featuring largely unknown paintings, sculptures, stained glass windows, photographs, films, costumes and puppets, draws links between the French-Russian artist’s passion for music and his dynamic and colourful visual compositions. mbam.qc.ca

ARTGENÈVE

PALEXPO, GENEVA JANUARY 26 TO 29

Six years in, the fair maintains its small scale and intimate feel with a carefully selected list of international galleries presented alongside private collections. Beyond the walls of the convention centre, Artgenève’s exciting programme includes a sculpture park, musical performances and film screenings.artgeneve.ch

WADE GUYTON

BRANDHORST MUSEUM, MUNICH JANUARY 28 TO APRIL 30

In this multimedia exhibition, Wade Guyton, whose investigation of digital images spans more than a decade, steers away from his signature minimal paintings, favouring instead more complex motifs. Displayed for the first time, this series includes snapshots of New York, screenshots of online newspapers and extreme zooms of digital images. museum-brandhorst.de

SIMON DENNY

HAMMER MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES JANUARY 21 TO APRIL 23

The New Zealand-born, Berlin based artist’s first solo show in Los Angeles furthers his interest in contemporary media culture and the exchange of knowledge in the digital realm. Here, Denny explores the potential of blockchain technology— digital registration of online transactions— through three real-world companies, making tangible an otherwise immaterial flow of information. hammer.ucla.edu

JAPANOMANIA 1875-1918

NATIONAL GALLERY OF DENMARK, COPENHAGEN JANUARY 19 TO APRIL 23

Japanese and Nordic works hang side by side to demonstrate how Japan, with its exotic aesthetics, dramatic landscapes and refined crafts, captured the imagination of European artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.smk.dk

 

Tags: Culture, Art, Exhibition, Historical