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To Visit: 8 Art Exhibitions Opening their Doors in June

Summer is upon us, restrictions are lifting, and exhibitions are finally starting to open their doors. We previously listed a bunch of exhibitions opening in May, and now that a new month is here, we’re doing it again for June. So scroll down to discover eight exhibitions around the world that are opening their doors in June.

1. Forest for Change — Somerset House (London, UK)

In the heart of central London, citizens and tourists alike can discover a newly planted forest. As part of the London Design Biennale, set designer Es Devlin will fill the entire courtyard of the Somerset House with 400 trees, labeled Forest for Change. The 400 trees will consist of 23 different varieties that are native to the UK and northern Europe. 

‘Forest for Change’ at Somerset House, London, will run from 1 June – 27 June. For more information, visit London Design Biennale’s website.

Art Exhibitions June 2021

A mock-up of 'Forest for Change'

2. Van Gogh Alive — Kensington Gardens (London, UK)

With already having bagged 7 million visitors in 65 cities worldwide, Van Gogh Alive is a highly anticipated event. Set to a classical score, over 3,000 inspirational images transport you into the paintings of the famous painter. Hosted in a 25,000ft2 purpose-built venue in Kensington Gardens, it’s been described as an unforgettable multi-sensory experience that’s been going viral on social media. 

‘Van Gogh Alive’ at Kensington Gardens, London, will run from 4 June – 26 September. For more information, visit Van Gogh Alive’s website

Art Exhibitions June 2021

Inside the Van Gogh Alive exhibit

3. Damien Hirst — Galleria Borghese (Rome, Italy)

Galleria Borghese will host a new exhibition by the infamous British contemporary artist Damien Hirst. Alongside ancient masterpieces, there will be over 80 works displayed from Hirst’s Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable Series. The series showcases Hirst’s exceptional skills when it comes to working with different materials and techniques. 

‘Damien Hirst’ at Galleria Borghese, Rome, will run from 8 June – 7 November. For more information, visit Galleria Borghese’s website.

Art Exhibitions June 2021

Damien Hirst, Neptune, 2011

4. James Coleman — Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)

Centre Pompidou is holding a retrospective exhibition called James Coleman about Irish artist James Coleman. Since the early 60s, his major works have continued to deconstruct how images work, balancing on the edge of different traditions: painting, photography, and film. The exhibition brings an ode to Coleman’s nature of artistic production, which has served as a source of inspiration for many contemporary artists. 

 ‘James Coleman’ at Centre Pompidou, Paris, will run from 9 June – 23 August. For more information, visit Centre Pompidou’s website

Art Exhibitions June 2021

Working Arrangement, Horoscopus, 2004

5. Nocturne — Design Museum Brussels (Brussels, Belgium)

Design Museum Brussels is hosting a nocturne aka a night where they open their doors after hours. You’ll be able to take a look behind the scenes of the museum, discover exhibitions, and see the reserves of the Plastic Design Collection, exclusively opened for the nocturne. All in all, this nocturne offers you a unique chance to discover more about what the Design Museum Brussels has to offer. 

‘Nocturne’ at Design Museum Brussels, Brussels, will only open for one night on 10 June. For more information, visit Design Museum Brussels’s website.

Art Exhibitions June 2021

Inside the Design Museum Brussels

6. Documenting Diversity: How Anthropologists Record Human Life — National Museum of Natural History – Smithsonian (Washington D.C., USA)

The exhibition Documenting Diversity: How Anthropologists Record Human Life examines the different ways in which anthropologists recorded and shared field observations using the technologies of their time. With collections of the National Anthropological Archives, Human Studies Film Archives, and Smithsonian Libraries, the exhibition highlights the importance of these records of our global diversity. 

‘Documenting Diversity: How Anthropologists Record Human Life’ at National Museum of Natural History – Smithsonian, Washington D.C., will run from 18 June – 18 July. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s website


Art Exhibitions June 2021

A calendar from 1905, drawn by Kiowa master illustrator Silver Horn.

7. The Obama Portraits — Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, USA)

Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, the Obama Portraits show the first African American president and first lady (Barack and Michelle Obama). Not only that, but they are also the first portraits to be painted by two African American artists (Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald). The Obama Portraits are part of a five-city tour organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, with its first stop being the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago.

‘The Obama Portraits’ at Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, will run from 18 June – 15 August. For more information, visit the Art Institute of Chicago’s website

Art Exhibitions June 2021

Kehinde Wiley’s painting of former President Barack Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama

8. The Medici Portraits and Politics, 1512-1570 — The Met (New York City, USA)

Representing the political and cultural ambitions of its subjects, The Medici Portraits will introduce visitors to the powerful Italian Medici family. Featuring over 90 works—from paintings to sculptures and medals to drawings—this exhibition showcases works by the period’s most celebrated artists. 

‘The Medici Portraits and Politics, 1512-1570’ at The Met, New York City, will run from 26 June – 11 October. For more information, visit The Met’s website.

Art Exhibitions June 2021

Portrait of a young (unknown) man by Bronzino "Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano" (1530s)

Photo credits: London Design Biennale, @southsidedistrict, Galleria Borghese, James Coleman, Design Museum Brussels, Smithsonian, Art Institute of Chicago, and The Met

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