Now that you know what you’re going to be listening to this year with our 2013 playlist, it’s time to get your diaries out and pen in your cultural calendar, so you know what you’ll be seeing. We’ve picked our favourite exhibitions of the new year for your viewing pleasure.

1. Dalí

Pompidou Centre, Paris

Until 23 March 2013. For more info [click here]

If you see one exhibition in Paris this year, it has to be the Dalí retrospective. This is the biggest Dalí exhibition in over 30 years, so we suggest you make it your new year’s resolution to hot-foot it across the pond to Paris. Or if you’re already here – what are you waiting for?!

2.  Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NYC

Until 15 Apr 2013. For more info [click here]

Any art fan worth their salt should know how important abstract art is to contemporary art. And if you don’t, now’s the time to find out – after all, a new year is all about learning new things, innit?! The exhibition charts the life (through films, photographs books, drawings etc…) of abstract pictures, looking at its early days in the hands of Francis Picabia, Robert Delaunay and Vasily Kadinsky, through to how it was developed by modern artists, such as Marcel Duchamp and Piet Mondrian. Mind-blowing stuff.

 3. Juergen Teller: Woo

ICA, London

Jan 23 – Mar 17 2013. For more info [click here]

This show is sure to leave you feeling a tad starstruck. Teller is one of the most important photographers working today and one of our heroes here at Art Wednesday. Woo (great name) will chart his rise to photographic fame – from entering London and delving into the music scene – his photograph of Sinead O’Connor for her single Nothing Compares 2 You was a pivotal moment in his career – shooting for fashion magazines, including a young Kate Moss, to his high-profile campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Celine. Not to be missed.

4. Man Ray Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery, London

7 Feb – 26 May 2013. For more info [click here]

Believe it not, this is the first major museum retrospective of Man Ray portraits. Yep we were surprised too – seems like a no brainer to us. The show features over 150 prints that span his photographic career from 1916 to 1968 that will include images of lovers, mates and muses, such as Lee Miller, Pablo Picasso and Catherine Deneuve.

5. The Bride and The Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns

Barbican Centre, London

14 Feb – 9 Jun 2013. For more info [click here]

Here’s a meaty exhibition of contemporary art to really sink your teeth into. Starting with Marcel Duchamp, the godfather of modern art, the Barbican will map his legacy and influence on composer John Cage, choreographer, Merce Cunningham, and artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.

6. Iwan Baan: The Way We Live

Perry Rubenstein, Los Angeles 

20 Feb – 13 April 2013. For more info [click here]

Dutch architecture and sociocultural photographer, Iwan Baan’s breathtaking image of a battered and bruised New York post-Sandy became an internet sensation after it featured on the front cover of New York Magazine’s November 12 issue, The City and the Storm. Perry Rubenstein is putting on his very first exhibition next month, which is sure to be an eye opener. And that’s not all, editions of the photograph will be sold to benefit the Mayor’s Fund To Advance New York City in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. 

7. Lichtenstein: A Retrospective 

Tate Modern, London

Feb 21 – May 26 2013. For more info [click here]

The Tate don’t do things by halves, so true to style, this is one of the big hitters of the year. Lichtenstein: A Retrospective will feature work spanning 20 years of work that includes 125 of his most famous pieces, so if you’re a fan of Lichtenstein’s comic strip-inspired art, make sure you book this in now.

8. James Turrell: A Retrospective

LACMA, Los Angeles 

26 May – 6 April. For more info [click here]

James Turrell is a bit of a light whiz and he was one of the founding fathers of the Southern California Light and Space movement of the 60s and 70s. The exhibition covers nearly 50 years of work – light projections, installations, drawings and holograms, and details his plans for his current long-running project, the Roden Crater - a volcanic crater located just outside Flagstaff, Arizona, which he is attempting to turn into a naked-eye observatory, as you do.

9. Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s 

V&A, London

10 July 2013 – 16 Feb 2014. For more info [click here]

If you’re a child of the 80s, or better yet were busting out your best moves during the 80′s London club scene, you’ll appreciate this show – the V&A is hosting an exhibition celebrating all things fashionable (or not so fashionable, as is the case) from the 80′s London clubbing scene. Think Katherine Hamnett and early John Galliano. If you haven’t already, it’s time to revive that glitzy denim jacket and high top combo. 

10. Meret Oppenheim: Retrospective

Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

16 Aug – 1 Dec 2013. For more info [click here]

Meret Oppenheim was a German-born surrealist artist, and the main female member of the surrealist group made up of André Breton, Luis Buñuel, Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst – making her a rare breed and a fascinating subject for a retrospective. Her most famous art work is one of the icons of the Surrealist movement – a teacup lined with fur, ‘Object in Fur’, which she made in 1936. Tea – a woman after our own hearts.

Words by Marissa Cox.

Roy Lichtenstein, Whaam! 1963. Acrylic and oil on canvas support: 1727 x 4064 mm frame: 1747 x 4084 x 60 mm. Purchased 1966© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

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