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Art in 2021: The highlights to hope for

Art in 2021: The highlights to hope for

This time last year I was enthusiastically recommending you look forward to the opening of the Academy Museum in Los Angeles, the ninth edition of Artes Mundi in Cardiff, and the long-awaited launch of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza near Cairo.To get more art in the news 2021, you can visit shine news official website.

I made no mention of the imminent pandemic, which caused the postponement of all three events. And so, once again, I enthusiastically recommend…The opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is due to happen at the end of September in LA. It is a funky-looking institution dedicated to the art and science of movie-making that is finally becoming a reality in Tinsel Town, the spiritual home of the art form.

Artes Mundi has established itself as the pre-eminent art prize in the UK, bringing an international rigour and scope that is missing from the ageing Turner Prize - a one-time guide to the zeitgeist, which now feels like Lewis Hamilton's tyres at the end of a hard race: worn out and off the pace.

Not so Artes Mundi 2021, which opens across three venues in Cardiff in February, with a stellar list of artists from across the globe vying for a prize that has been won in the past by Theaster Gates and Teresa Margolles.The Grand Egyptian Museum is another project that's been waiting in the wings for ages before making its long-heralded appearance on the public stage. All being well, that will happen at some point in the second half of the year, when the self-proclaimed home of "the world's greatest ancient treasures" - including Tutankhamun's world-famous burial artefacts - will finally open having been delayed more times than the 7:21am train to Reading.

London has its usual array of eye-catching openings and exhibitions, not least the return of a fully refurbished Courtauld gallery late in 2021. It was close to perfect before the makeover, so expectations will be high to see what more it could do with its exquisite collection of Impressionist, post-impressionist and Barque paintings.

It'll be a very warm welcome back to Édouard Manet's Un Bar Aux Folies-Bergère, Vincent Van Gogh's Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear, and the most wonderful collection of Cézanne paintings in the UK.

Meanwhile, on the south side of the Thames at Tate Modern, crowds will be forming a socially-distanced queue to step into one of Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Rooms.I know things are a little uncertain at the moment, but my tip would be to book your spot sooner rather than later for a show that is due to open 29 March.

Staying with the world's most popular museum of modern art, it is worth noting Lubaina Himid, the Turner Prize-winning artist, is the subject of a monographic show from 25 November. Expect theatre and politics.

Over at the National Gallery - which has been on excellent form of late - you can embark on Dürer's Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist from 6 March to 13 June, taking in his inspirational visits to the Alps, Venice and the Netherlands.

If the master of the northern renaissance is a bit old school for you, why not give the Liverpool Biennial (20 March to 6 June) a try? It is the largest contemporary art festival in the UK and always has unexpected treats to discover and enjoy.

And while we're on the subject of contemporary art, hop across the water from Liverpool to visit the splendid Ulster Museum, which nestles in Belfast's beautiful Botanic Gardens. From 30 April it will be presenting a career retrospective of Willie Doherty, the two-time Turner Prize-nominee who remains one of the most thought-provoking artists of his generation.



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