Throughout January, we’ll be rounding up our top picks of exhibitions from the coming year – a Cultural Calendar of art, if you will. We launched with the best of the best – five exhibitions ranging from January onwards that really stood out. They were: the entire production of a musical, staged in an art gallery (O.K – The Musical), a prescient response to post-truth politics (brilliantly titled How much of this is fiction at FACT) and a highly evocative look at childhood themes in art (Tread Softly at YSP), an exhibition charting the progression of LGBT rights – fiercely titled Never Going Underground – and the stunning Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors as part of Chinese New Year 2017 in Manchester.
Now, photography and fashion has come to the fore; including Disobedient Bodies at The Hepworth, curated by award-winning designer J.W. Anderson, and North: Identity, Photography and Fashion at Open Eye Gallery.
Here are our top 5 picks
One for the diary: don’t miss the opening of this exhibition at The Hepworth, curated by award-winning fashion designer J.W. Anderson. Disobedient Bodies looks at the human form in art, subverting gender and creating provocative combinations. Featuring Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Lucas, Christian Dior, Helmut Lang and Issey Miyake.
An internationally acclaimed art work is coming to Manchester’s Exchange Square: on display as part of the city’s 2017 Chinese New Year celebrations (a four-day programme that looks set to be bigger and better than ever) is Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors, 40 lanterns in the shape of warrior figures standing at over two metres tall. To discover the astonishing history behind the installation, read our preview.
Tate Liverpool have announced that six drawings by German painter Otto Dix that have never before seen in the UK will be part of this exhibition, which combines over 300 works by Dix and photographer August Sanders to reflect on the glamour and misery of the Weimar Republic.