Pick of the events coming up over the next few months

Words By Emily Martin

Summer Exhibition 2023
13 June – 20 August
Royal Academy of Arts

British artist and Royal Academician David Remfry has coordinated the 255th Summer Exhibition that explores the theme ‘Only Connect’. Some 1,200 works have been selected to go on display for this year’s event, by members of the Summer Exhibition Committee, including Peter Barber who explores the theme by focusing on the hand-made within the design process. www.royalacademy.org.uk  exhibition/summerexhibition- 2023

Herzog & de Meuron
14 July — 15 October
Royal Academy of Arts

Herzog & de meuron, elbphilharmonie hamburg, 2001-16. Image Credit: Iwan baan

This exhibition looks at a selection of works from cutting edge design Swiss architecture practice Herzog & de Meuron. On display are a selection of projects, both complete and still in the works. Using film and digital experiences, models, material samples and prototypes, the showcase invites us to explore the perception and experience of architecture and its surrounding contexts. www.royalacademy.org.uk

Ai Weiwei: Making Sense
Until 30 July
Design Museum, London

Ai weiwei, han dynasty urn with coca-cola logo, 2014. Image Credit: Courtesy ai weiwei studio

Now in its final weeks, this is Ai Weiwei’s first exhibition to focus on design and architecture and his biggest UK show in eight years. The exhibition features work never shown before in the UK, as well as major new pieces displayed for the very first time. Large-scale works are also installed outside of the exhibition gallery, in the museum’s free-to-enter spaces, as well as outside the building. designmuseum.org

La Biennale di Venezia, 18th International Architecture Exhibition
20 May – 26 November
Venice, Italy

Andrea avezzu

Venice is the destination for the next edition of the Italy’s famous Biennale series. Titled ‘The Laboratory of the Future’, 89 participants respond to various briefs. There is a strong emphasis on diversity and sustainability, with organisers of the event challenging the roles of architects, architecture and the practices that form them. www.labiennale.org/en

After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art
Until 13 August
The National Gallery

Paul cézanne bathers (les grandes baigneuses), about 1894 – 1905 oil on canvas 127.2 × 196.1 cm Image Credit: National gallery, london

Some 100 paintings and sculptures are on display at the National Gallery, including some of the most important works created between 1886–1914, from the likes of Cezanne, Van Gogh, Rodin and Picasso. While celebrating Paris as the international artistic capital, it also focuses on the often revolutionary artistic developments occurring in other European cities during this period. www.nationalgallery.org.uk

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