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5 Must See Exhibitions In 5 Cities

Culture & Lifestyle Jul 22, 2014

Whatever city you’re living in, there’s always an oasis in a gallery or museum to escape the sweltering summer heat.  

Whether it’s the stark photography of the late Dennis Hopper, or the fashionable pictures by Ram Shergill in Mumbai, there is plenty of art and craft exhibitions to soak in this summer if you’re on holiday or homebound.


Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album
Royal Academy of Arts, June 26 – 19 October

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Dennis Hopper, Roy Lichtenstein, 1964

Dennis Hopper was a renegade in Hollywood, disrupting the studio system with his iconic film Easy Rider and frighteningly good performances in Apocalypse Now and Blue Velvet. However, his other outlet was his stunning photography during the 60s, a time of turmoil and upheaval with Hopper and 35mm camera around to document it all. The Royal Academy of Arts in London recreates Hopper’s first exhibition in 1970, with each of the 429 photographs chosen by him and the vintage prints he produced. It’s a beautiful exhibition that follows Hopper on his journeys to communes, riding with the Hell’s Angels, and the historic March on Washington with Martin Luther King Jr,


Ram Shergill – Kaleidoscope
Tasveer Gallery, August 13 – August 24

Ram Shergill, Kaleidoscope, 2014

A chance meeting with hat designer Philip Treacy and fashion force Isabella Blow propelled Ram Shergill into the world of fashion photography. Soon after, Shergill’s dreamlike and ethereal aesthetic made its way into Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Dazed & Confused, and W Magazine.  A project with Abhishek and Shweta Bachchan was the turning point in Shergill’s career that led him to India, where he has captured the world of Bollywood and Indian fashion. His work with Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla revitalized their usual ad campaigns, which now focused on extravagant texture of the garments.  Kaleidoscope is likely to be a gorgeous showcase of Shergill’s work in India and those swooning gowns.

New York

The Paris of Toulouse Lautrec: Prints and Posters
Museum of Modern Art, July 26, 2014 – March 1, 2015

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901). Jane Avril. 1899

You’ve likely seen Lautrec’s famous poster “Le Chat Noir” as the poster on your wall or the magnet on the fridge, but this month the MoMA is showcasing more of Lautrec’s oft-forgotten work. The MoMA takes spectators back to La Belle Époque to highlight Lautrec as a cultural bridge between the low and high culture patrons he connected through his work. It’s a must-see exhibit to see how his work influenced much of the advertising and Pop Art to come in future decades. The exhibition will be divided into five sections to create a full portrait of Lautrec’s Paris from nightclubs and cabarets to his muses.


Syria’s Apex Generation
Ayyam Gallery, June 9 – August 2

Abdul-Karim Maidal Al-Beik, Damascus-Beirut, 2013

Dubai is a hub for contemporary Middle Eastern and North African artists to showcase their work that often challenges and comments on their society. This year the Ayyam Gallery in Dubai is highlighting the work of Syrian painters and artists, amidst the expansion and disintegration of Damascus, the original centre for the new school. The exhibition will focus on artists who launched their careers in 2000s during the Damascus expansion and before the onset of war. It will feature work from Nihad Al Turk, Abdul Karim Maidal Al-Beik, Othman  Moussa, and Kais Salman who form part of the Apex Generation.


The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors
Royal Ontario Museum, June 7 – September 1


This is a family friendly exhibition that is bound to dazzle the young ones with the stunning treasures on display from gold-decorated armour to Emperor Puyi’s elaborate gowns. The exhibition reveals long-hidden artefacts that are travelling outside of China’s Forbidden Palace for the first time. The ROM is ensuring that this exhibition is a very interactive one as spectators can touch the objects and play with the imperial toys used by the late Emperors. One of the most intriguing aspects of the exhibition is the Last Emperor, Puyi’s fascinating array of clothing that gradually went from opulent gowns to urbane suits due to wartime and Western influence. 

Images courtesy of the galleries

Rumnique Nannar

Rumnique Nannar


Rumnique Nannar is a new journalist with a passion for all things pop culture, film, and art. Rumnique was born in London, with a predilection for devouring English chocolate with her Vogue, ANOKHI, and Glamour magazines in tow. She is currently in her Journalism Masters at UBC. Connect ...


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