Opening in April
April 4–August 4
Wolfgang Tillmans is among the artists whose work is included in Ecstasy at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern. The show features artworks selected for their relationship to intense pleasure and passion in order to explore "the great diversity of ecstatic phenomena," its meaning and representation in art.
April 4–August 31
On April 4, HERE, ANOTHER NIGHT COMES FROM TRILLIONS OF LIGHT YEARS AWAY: Eternal Infinity opens at the Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo. The exhibition is focused on early works from the artist’s continuing Infinity Nets series, as well as photographs and documents relating to the production of the series. In late 2017, a selection of Infinity Nets paintings was presented at David Zwirner in New York.
April 5–September 8
Previously on view at S.M.A.K in Ghent, Raoul De Keyser – Oeuvre travels to Pinakothek der Moderne, Sammlung Moderne Kunst, in Munich. This is the first major survey of the Belgian artist’s work since his passing in 2012. The exhibition encompasses over one hundred and twenty paintings and more than fifty watercolors and drawings spanning De Keyser’s full career. A comprehensive catalogue includes texts by Martin Germann, Steven Jacobs, Luk Lambrecht, Bernhart Schwenk, and Philippe Van Cauteren, with artist contributions by Tomma Abts, Maria Eichhorn, Werner Feiersinger, Suzan Frecon, Mary Heilmann, Roland Jooris, Thomas Scheibitz, and James Welling. Oeuvre seeks to explore the artist’s working process and his enduring experimentation with painting. Composed of basic but indefinable shapes and marks, his works often invoke spatial and figural illusions, though they remain elusive of any descriptive narrative.
April 5–October 27
A five-part painting by Rose Wylie titled Yellow Strip (2006) is included in a group exhibition called Football Is Art at the National Football Museum in Manchester, UK. A vibrant work that depicts football players in yellow jerseys playing in various positions across the panels, Yellow Strip is an apt example of the way in which Wylie draws from wide-ranging cultural areas such as film, fashion photography, literature, mythology, news images, and sports to create colorful and exuberant compositions that are uniquely recognizable.
April 9–June 23
Central to this major solo exhibition by Oscar Murillo at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge is the first public presentation of a new painting created over a period of four years, from 2014 to 2018. Titled violent amnesia and measuring almost ten feet in height, this work adapts the format of Murillo’s well-known "banner paintings," in which an unstretched canvas dangles loosely as though it were a flag. The characteristically dynamic and diverse installation at Kettle’s Yard makes use not only of the galleries themselves, but also the window on Castle Street, the adjacent St. Peter’s Church, the lower floor of the Kettle’s Yard House, and the research space, as well as areas between the galleries.
April 12–July 28
Opening in April at The Drawing Center, New York, Neo Rauch: Aus dem Boden/From the Floor is the first exhibition in the United States to focus on the artist’s works on paper. First presented at Des Moines Art Center in Iowa (September 28, 2018–January 6, 2019), the show has been organized by Des Moines director Jeff Fleming and Brett Littman, former executive director of The Drawing Center. Aus dem Boden includes some one hundred and eighty large- and small-scale works on paper, the majority of which have not been shown before. Like Rauch’s paintings, these works are characterized by a distinctive combination of figurative imagery and surrealist abstraction. While some of the drawings are finished works in their own right, others are sketches that help to reveal the artist’s process or record an idea. Rauch leads a walkthrough of the exhibition with Littman on Friday, April 12, at 6 PM.
April 12–August 11
Baselitz – Richter – Polke – Kiefer presents early works by Sigmar Polke alongside those by Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, and Anselm Kiefer. Focusing on works from the 1960s, the show aims to explore the artists’ engagement with their time and with recent history in Germany. On view at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, the exhibition also features a panorama of concurrent political, social, and cultural events; a catalogue by Götz Adriani contains interviews with the artists about their early work.
April 13–November 3
La Source (The Source) at Fondation Carmignac’s outpost on Porquerolles Island off the southern coast of France includes work by Francis Alÿs, Sigmar Polke, and Thomas Ruff. Curated by historian and curator Chiara Parisi, the exhibition is inspired by its surroundings on the island and the villa in which it is being presented.
April 27–September 1
Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Thomas Ruff are included in a group show titled There I Belong: Hammershøi by Elmgreen & Dragset at Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen.
Image: Neo Rauch, Hauptquartier, 1996 (detail)