What’s on in 2021? - ART FIX

What's on in 2021?

While the pandemic put the brakes on many of our travel plans in 2020, there ain’t no stopping us in 2021. Many of us are planning our travel destinations for the year ahead, which is why Art Fix has curated some of the most exciting exhibitions and shows hitting the art scene in the upcoming months. From the German capital to China's leading contemporary art institution, we’ve got an art tip for every traveler in 2021.


Daniel Arsham, Rose Quartz Eroded Venus of Milo, 2019

UCCA Dune – Daniel Arsham

  • 10 July – 10 October 2021
  • Aranya Gold Coast, Beidaihe
  • ucca.org.cn

Art Fix favorite, Daniel Arsham, makes his way to China to present his first-ever solo exhibition at UCCA Dune, with a new body of work inspired by his fascination with history and relics of the past. This museum was designed by OPEN Architecture in the form of ten immersive cave-like galleries, making it a wonderful destination for all architecture junkies.

UCCA Beijing – Mirage: Contemporary Art in Augmented Reality

  • Until 10 February 2021
  • 798, No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Street, Beijing
  • ucca.org.cn

If you liked our third episode, “The Virtual as Reality”, then this one’s for you. Undertaken in collaboration with Acute Art, the world’s most extensive platform dedicated to AR art, these works can be viewed through an app in locations around the UCCA. The exhibition features a range of artists from Nina Chanel Abney and Cao Fei to KAWS and Alicja Kwade. 

Installation view

Power Station of Art – Zhang Enli: A Room That Can Move

On the third floor, fifth floor, and outdoor deck of PSA, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the most comprehensive solo exhibition to date by Chinese artist Zhang Enli. With more than one hundred paintings, you’ll be able to trace the stages of the artist’s 30-year career. 


Claude Lévêque, Aube bleue, 2018

Chateau La Coste – Claude Lévéque: Aube Bleue

  • Until Spring 2021
  • 2750 Route de la Cride, Le Puy- Sainte-Réparade, Provence
  • chateau-la-coste.com

Claude Lévêque’s “Aube Bleue” will be presented in an old wine store that has been converted into an art gallery. The installations of this modern romantic will make you daydream with their sensory effects of light and sound.

Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection

This year, the new museum of the Pinault Collection will be inaugurated inside Paris’s former stock exchange, Bourse de Commerce. While the building itself is property of the City of Paris, it has been leased to Pinault for a period of fifty years. The museum will present Pinault’s blue-chip art collection, as well as a number of star loans, through temporary exhibitions. It will be the talk of the town, so plan your visit in advance.


Gropius Bau – Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective

If you can’t make it to London this year to check out Kusama’s Infinity Rooms, you can make your way to Berlin for Gropius Bau’s comprehensive retrospective of Kusama’s work.  This exhibition will feature a number of works by the iconic Japanese artist, including an Infinity Mirror Room.

Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot Rooftop Installsation MET, 2019

Berlinische Galerie – Alicja Kwade: In Abwesenheit (In Absence)

The Berlinische Galerie will be home to Alicja Kwade’s “In Abwesenheit” exhibition for three months. The show will present the artist’s most recent works, where she seeks to describe the physical presence of humans in space.

Stephan Balkenhol, Kalender, 2020 © the artist and Stephan Friedman Gallery

Lehmbruck Museum – Stephan Balkenhol

Stephan Balkenhol’s comprehensive show at the Lehmbruck Museum was developed in close collaboration with the artist, and can be experienced until the end of February. The exhibition features works from his early days right up to present day.

Thomas Ruff in his exhibition in Kunstsammlung NRW, Photo Endermann

K20 – Thomas Ruf

You still have a chance to catch Thomas Ruff’s unique conceptual photographs at K20 this year, but not for long… Be sure to check it out before it’s gone!


Installation view, photo: KIOKU Keizo

21 Century Museum of Contemporary Art – Michaël Borremans, Mark Manders: Double Silence

  • Until 28 February 2021
  • 1 Chome-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa
  • Kanazawa21.jp

If you’re keen to start off the year in a unique and unconventional way, Double Silence might do the trick! The exhibition will present the works of two artists, Michaël Borremans and Mark Manders, who are known for their uncommon expression of the traditions of European art.

Phyllida Barlow, Untitled: Canvasracks, 2018-2019, Photo: Damian Griffiths

Mori Art Museum – Another Energy: Power to Continue Challenging – 16 Women Artists from around the World

  • 22 April – 26 September 2021
  • Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • mori.art.museum

This exhibition focuses on 16 contemporary female artists who are in their 70s or older. Given the inequalities faced in the art world today, these women share a determination to pursue their own distinctive creative path, a true must-see for feminists old and young alike! 


Daniel Firman, Nasutamanus, 2012, Courtesy the artist and Perrotin

Kunsthal – We are Animals

  • 5 Februari – 23 May 2021
  • Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341, Rotterdam
  • Kunsthal.nl

If there’s one thing we know, it’s that lockdown has deepened our relationships with our pets. Maurizio Cattelan, Candida Höfer, Paul McCarthy, David Shrigley, Paola Pivi, and more, will present a great variety of animal artworks in the Rotterdam Kunsthal this year. From cat paintings to sculptures of feathered polar bears, this exhibition will dive into the relationship between human beings and animals. 

KM21 – Lisa Brice: Smoke and Mirrors

  • Until 5 April 2021
  • Stadhouderslaan 43, Den Haag
  • km21.nl

In the exhibition “Smoke and Mirrors” by South African artist Lisa Brice, you’ll immediately notice how women are depicted: mostly naked and absorbed in everyday activities. In these paintings, women smoke and linger in front of mirrors, allowing Brice to reverse the portrayal of passive female figures. Their sexuality is for themselves rather than for the men watching, by which Brice returns the power to the women involved. An absolute must-visit for anyone in The Netherlands.


Kunstmuseum Den Haag – Bob Bonies

  • 6 February – 25 April 2021
  • Stadhouderslaan 41, Den Haag
  • kunstmuseum.nl

A staple name in the Dutch art scene, Bob Bonies is known for his iconic shaped canvases and colourful shapes. Catch Bonies’ infamous geometric compositions at the Kunstmuseum in The Hague, the artist’s hometown, this spring.


Serralves – Louise Bourgeois: To Unravel a Torment

  • Until 20 June 2021
  • R. Dom João de Castro 210, Porto
  • serralves.pt

Louise Bourgeois’ largest exhibition in Portugal since her death is a must-see this year, featuring works spanning seven decades of her oeuvre. 


Petrit Halilaj, installation view, 2020

Palacio de Cristal – Petrit Halilaj

If you’ve been to Madrid, you’ve probably heard of Parque del Buen Retiro, the city’s most renowned park and home to the Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace). Artist Petrit Halilaj has turned this beautiful metal and glass conservatory into a giant nest that connects the interior with the exterior with installations of plants, flowers and birds. Check out Halilaj’s “piece of his life” before it finishes in late February.


Olafur Eliasson, Your Spiral View, 2002 at the Fondation Beyeler

Fondation Beyeler – Olafur Eliasson

It goes without saying that any exhibition presenting Olafur Eliasson’s work is a definite must. For his solo exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler, Eliasson will transform the museum into an immersive exploration of ideas concerning nature and culture; and we simply can’t wait to experience it in person. 


JR, Still from The Gun Chronicles, 2018

Saatchi Gallery – JR: Chronicles

  • 28 January – 11 April 2021
  • Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, London 
  • saatchigallery.com

Of all the things to look forward to this year, JR’s exhibition at Saatchi Gallery is at the top for our (art) list! Get ready to experience the artist’s largest solo museum exhibition to date, featuring some of his most iconic projects from the last two decades.


Tate Britain – Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night 

This remarkable exhibition compiles around 80 works from 2003 to this day, in the most extensive retrospective of artist Yiadom-Boakye. If you’re curious to learn more about the featured works, you can check out our latest Story reflecting on our experience at the exhibition.

Yayoi Kusama, Chandelier of Grief, 2016-2018 © YAYOI KUSAMA

Tate Modern – Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Rooms 

  • 29 March 2021 – 27 March 2022
  • Bankside, London
  • tate.org.uk

The much anticipated Yayoi Kusama exhibition will finally open this spring at London’s Tate Modern. “Infinity Rooms” will give us the chance to experience two of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms for an entire year, and we can’t imagine a better way to jump into 2021 than with Kusama’s vision, “filled with the brilliance of life”. 

Artist Portrait with a Candle, 2012 © Marina Abramović.

Royal Academy of Arts – Marina Abramović: After Life

In 2021, the Royal Academy of Arts will present Marina Abramović’s first UK exhibition spanning her life’s work. Her work, never ceasing to amaze, reflects on the artist’s aging process, and explores her visualization of the transition between life and death.


Alexander Calder. Sandy’s Butterfly. 1964 © 2020 Calder Foundation

MoMA – Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start

  • 7 March – 7 August 2021
  • 11 West 53 Street,  New York
  • moma.org

One of the most beloved American artists of the last century, Alexander Calder reimagined sculpture as an experiment in space and motion. This exhibition looks at Calder’s work through the lens of his connection with MoMA. His work was first exhibited here in 1930, just months after the Museum opened its doors.

Yayoi Kusama at NYBG – New York

  • Spring – Fall 2021
  • 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY
  • nybg.org

Yayoi Kusama is truly taking over the art world this year. Next to her exhibitions in London and Berlin, she’ll decorate the New York Botanical Gardens with “Cosmic Nature”. The exhibition will include paintings, sculptures, Infinity Rooms (!), and a 13-foot high polka-dotted face called “I Want to Fly to the Universe”. It looks like 2021 will be the year of the polka dot.

Nicole Eisenman, Heading Down River, 2017

The Flag Art Foundation – Nicole Eisenman and Keith Boadwee

The FLAG Art Foundation presents more than 250 drawings by Keith Boadwee and Nicole Eisenman, depicting a large variety of scatological scenes. Together, they explore the individual’s perceived public and private boundaries, capturing awkward and cringe-worthy moments. 

Salman Toor, Bar Boy, 2019 © the artist and Luhring Augustine

Whitney Museum of Art – How Will I Know

  • Until 4 April 2021
  • 99 Gansevoort Street, New York
  • whitney.org

You may have caught him on our Instagram, but if you didn’t — meet the hottest new artist in town: Pakistani artist Salman Toor. Toor’s lush characters, often contemporary queer South Asian men, shuttle between the artist’s adopted home of New York and his hometown of Lahore, Pakistan. The exhibit’s title refers to Whitney Houston’s infamous jam “How Will I Know”. Toor says, “we took this title because, not only was it a song that I really like dancing to, but it also had a deeper resonance, thinking about the future.” 

Liza Lou, Kitchen, 1991-96 © Liza Lou. Photo by Tom Powel

Whitney Museum of American Art – Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019

  • Until February 2022
  • 99 Gansevoort Street, New York
  • whitney.org

Remember our seventh episode? Now is the chance to see Liza Lou’s Kitchen IRL. “Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019” foregrounds how visual artists have explored the materials, methods, and strategies of craft over the past seven decades. Some expand techniques with long histories, such as weaving, sewing, or pottery, while others experiment with textiles, thread, clay, beads, and glass, among other mediums.

The Met: Alice Neel: People Come First

  • 22 March – 1 August 2021
  • 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York
  • metmuseum.org

Alice Neel: People Come First will be the first museum retrospective in New York of American artist Alice Neel (1900–1984) in twenty years. This ambitious survey will position Neel as one of the century’s most radical painters, a champion of social justice whose longstanding commitment to humanist principles inspired her life as well as her art, as demonstrated in the approximately one hundred paintings, drawings, and watercolors that will appear in The Met’s survey.

Bisa Butler, Broom Jumpers (detail), 2019 © the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery

Art Institute of Chicago – Bisa Butler: Portraits

  • Until 19 April 2021
  • 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
  • Artic.edu

If you had the chance to watch our final episode from 2020, “These Girls Are on Fire”, you’ll recognize the name Bisa Butler. “Portraits” is Butler’s first solo museum exhibition, featuring over 20 textile portraits. Her extraordinary kaleidoscopic quilts, capturing her African American heritage, are works that truly must be experienced live.

Superblue – Miami

  • Opening in early spring 2021
  • 1101 NW 23rd St, Miami
  • superblue.com

Co-founded by current and former PACE gallery directors, a new art centre known as Superblue will open in Miami. Superblue will offer artists such as teamLab and James Turrell the space to showcase large-scale immersive installations.