Prada. Front and Back
Described as “the first major museum exhibition of one of the world’s most influential fashion houses”, a show dedicated to Prada, particularly centered around heiress and designer Miuccia Prada, is arriving at London’s Design Museum this September. The museum, which has previously staged fashion exhibitions with Azzedine Alaïa and Paul Smith as the subjects, will be given access to Prada’s Milan headquarters to curate the collection.
Prada. Front and Back, Design Museum, London, from September 2020
About Time: Fashion and Duration
The Costume Institute’s spring 2020 exhibition (and thus the theme of this year’s Met Gala and part of the museum’s 150th-anniversary celebrations) is based around the topic of time. Through “flashbacks and fast-forwards” – using a disrupted chronological timeline for juxtaposition – it will showcase fashion from 1870 to the present. The final section will look at the future of fashion, in particular considering the importance of sustainability.
About Time: Fashion and Duration, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 7 to September 7
Peter Lindbergh: Untold Stories
Following the death of Peter Lindbergh in September 2019, MK&G Hamburg is presenting the first survey exhibition curated by the German photographer himself. “The first time I saw my photographs on the walls of the exhibition mock-up, I was startled, but in a positive way. It was overwhelming to be thus confronted with who I am,” Lindbergh is quoted in the catalogue. The collections shows 140 photographs, taken between the ’80s and not long before his death in 2019.
Peter Lindbergh: Untold Stories, MK& G Hamburg, June 20 to November 1
Christian Louboutin, Exhibition[niste]
Set in an institution close to where he was born and which served seminal significance to his career, a show dedicated to Christian Louboutin comes to the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris this year. A vast collection of Louboutin’s legendary designs – including some from his personal archive, which haven’t been exhibited before – will go on display, as well as works from exclusive collaborations.
Christian Louboutin, Exhibition[niste], Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, February 26 to July 26
Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures
“All photographs – not only those that are so called ‘documentary’… can be fortified by words,” Dorothea Lange was quoted as saying in her later life. In the first major MoMA solo exhibition in 50 years to be devoted to the photographer and photojournalist – who is best known for her powerful documentation of the Depression era – well-known images will be presented alongside her lesser-seen works.
Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, MoMA, New York, February 9 to May 9
Studio 54: Night Magic
The legendary nightclub is set to be the focus of a show at the Brooklyn Museum this year. More specifically, its “groundbreaking aesthetics” and penchant for drawing A-list crowds to its wild parties will be explored through fashion, photography and film. Going beyond the history of the former opera house turned club, the exhibition will also look at the influence it continued to have after its closure in 1980.
Studio 54: Night Magic, Brooklyn Museum, New York, March 13 to July 5
This retrospective will be Tate Modern’s first Warhol exhibition in two decades. In addition to his most familiar masterpieces – his iconic pop-art images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, for instance – works that have never been shown before in the UK will be displayed. Portraits from his Ladies and Gentlemen series – with drag queens and trans women as the subjects – will be presented, as well as one of his final pieces before his death: Sixty Last Suppers. Visitors will also be able to interact with his floating Silver Clouds and have a psychedelic multimedia experience entitled Exploding Plastic Inevitable.
Andy Warhol, Tate Modern, London, March 12 to September 6
Fashion in Japan 1945-2020
Showcasing 75 years of Japanese fashion – from the end of World War II to the present day – The National Art Center in Tokyo will bring together garments, magazines, photography and film to provide insight into those setting the trends and those wearing the clothes.
Fashion in Japan 1945-2020, The National Art Center, Tokyo, June 3 to August 24
Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things
The glamour, style and extravagance of the bohemian Bright Young Things, as captured by Cecil Beaton and a few of his fellow artists in the 1920s and ’30s, will come to life at London’s National Portrait Gallery this year. Curator Robin Muir has promised that this portrayal of British culture will combine “high society and the avant garde, artists and writers, socialites and partygoers, all set against the rhythms of the jazz age”.
Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things, National Portrait Gallery, March 12 to June 7
Christo et Jeanne-Claude: Paris!
The first exhibition dedicated to artist Christo and his late wife and collaborator Jeanne-Claude will chart their seminal period in Paris between 1958 and 1964. As part of the celebration, a project 60 years in the making will finally come to fruition. L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped will see the French landmark shrouded in 25,000 square meters of fabric and 7,000 meters of rope. The ambitious idea was first dreamed up by the couple, famed for bold public-space installations, during their time living in the city in the ’60s.
Christo et Jeanne-Claude: Paris!, Centre Pompidou, Paris, March 18 to June 15
There hasn’t been a large exhibition of Steve McQueen’s artwork in the UK since his Turner Prize win in 1999. London’s Tate Modern will showcase 14 of the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s most significant works – encompassing film, photography and sculpture – spanning two decades of his illustrious career. Two particularly anticipated features will be the first film he shot on a Super 8 camera, Exodus (1992/97), and End Credits (2012-ongoing), which was a tribute to Paul Robeson, the African-American singer, actor and political activist.
Steve McQueen, Tate Modern, London, February 13 to May 11