Art Basel Hong Kong: No, China’s art market isn’t a mirage

‘Asia’s Precarious Rise’ was the headline the Wall Street Journal ran across its front cover not long ago. In fact, the eyes of the world are turned towards the great Chinese Leviathan to see whether this boom is not in fact a mirage, none more so that the art market. It is a particularly pertinent question at the moment in Hong Kong where Art Basel Hong Kong has just opened.

Tate Modern | Fahrelnissa Zeid

As the first UK retrospective of Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-1991), this major exhibition will gather paintings, drawings and sculptures that span over 40 years in the career of this pioneering artist, revealing her to be a pivotal figure in the international history of abstract art.

Rembrandt and the Golden Age: In Paris after Washington, the secrets of the masters

An exceptional new show that looks into the creative process behind Dutch masterpieces of 17th century has just opened in Paris. It involved a police-like investigation of history to locate the drawings that helped to create paintings during what is known as the Dutch Golden Age.

Tate Modern | Alberto Giacometti

This summer Tate Modern will present the UK's first major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti (1901 -1966) for 20 years.

Peter Campus: When America fails to recognise one of its own geniuses

In art, even contemporary art, chronology matters. In other words, who did what before whom. In video art, we often reference pioneers like Gary Hill, Bill Viola and Bruce Nauman. But a huge injustice has been committed and it goes by the name of Peter Campus (born 1937).


Every month, MetCollects introduces one work of art recently acquired by the Met. We invite you to have a first look with us.

Maastricht: In wonderland among Tefaf’s masterpieces

There isn’t another fair in the world that assembles this many treasures for lovers of art history, from ancient to contemporary art. The most striking booth at this year’s edition of Tefaf Maastricht belongs to Dickinson, the London and New York-based gallery, and serves up a breathtaking list of credits.

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between at The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute spring 2017 exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, on view from May 4 through September 4, will examine Kawakubo’s fascination with interstitiality, or the space between boundaries.

Italy's Role in the Early History of Photography Highlighted in Exhibition at The Met

Opening March 13 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paradise of Exiles: Early Photography in Italy will focus on Italy’s importance as a center of exchange and experimentation during the first three decades of photography’s history—from 1839, the year of its invention, to 1871, the year Italy became a unified nation.

Landmark Exhibition of Ancient Chinese Art Opens at The Met This Spring

A major international loan exhibition featuring more than 160 ancient Chinese works of art—including renowned terracotta army warriors—will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning April 3.

Villa Medici: in the sublime Renaissance palace, Annette Messager speaks about blood, hair and desire

The most powerful pieces of art are the ones that offer the potential for multiple readings. In the work of the French artist Annette Messager (born 1943) ambiguity itself becomes an art form. Messager is the first to be invited to a season at Villa Medicis curated by Chiara Parisi which is dedicated exclusively to female artists.

The Armory Show: the first major art market event in Trump’s America

New York is the international epicentre of the art market. And it’s here, from 2 until 5 March, that The Armory Show, a fair that is emblematic of the city, takes place, assembling 210 contemporary and modern art galleries along the banks of the Hudson. It is also the first major art market event to take place in the Trump era.


Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that Oscar L. Tang has donated Riverbank, one of the most important Chinese landscape paintings in existence, to the Museum.

Paul Rosenberg exhibition: Picasso’s art dealer and the Nazis. His granddaughter Anne Sinclair speaks

This exhibition is the first of its kind. It doesn't just tell the history of an art dealer but also the history of art, the history of a family and plain History with a capital H, filled with the blood and tears of the Second World War. ‘21 rue La Boétie’ is the title of the exhibition and also the address of Paul Rosenberg’s gallery in Paris from 1910 to 1940.

Thomas Kaplan: the world’s largest private collector of Rembrandts refuses to have any at home

The New York businessman Thomas Kaplan (born 1962), along with his wife Daphne Recanati Kaplan, is the world’s largest private collector of art from the Dutch Golden Age. For many years he was close-lipped about his acquisitions and his numerous museum loans. But not any longer.

The Diego Giacometti bronzes owned by Hubert de Givenchy’s: when the metal turns into gold

Diego Giacometti (1902-1985), the brother of the illustrious sculptor Alberto Giacometti, has a seat in the pantheon of 20th century decorative arts. Hubert de Givenchy (born 1926), whose creations were made famous by the actor Audrey Hepburn among others, has a seat in the pantheon of 20th century couture. The pair are reunited at Christie’s in Paris on 6 March.

Exhibitions in GARAGE: February 2017

On February 13, with one month to go before the opening, we announced the much-anticipated list of sixty-eight artists who will take part in the first Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art.

ARCO Madrid: Is Buenos Aires a new eldorado?

Arco in Madrid has not only become the Spain’s most important commercial and cultural event for contemporary art but is also a European platform for current Latin American output, including Brazil. The guest country for this 2017 edition is Argentina.

Venice Biennale: curator Christine Macel opens up in person about her Biennale

The press conference for the Venice Biennale, arguably the world’s most important contemporary art event, takes place three months earlier and is usually quite a confusing affair. Not this time.

Claude Monet and modern art at the Beyeler Foundation: supreme beauty

The greatest artists present us with endless opportunities to discover new sides to their work. A perfect example is at the Beyeler Foundation in Basel, Switzerland, where 62 paintings by Claude Monet are currently on display.

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