The Tate has announced its 2017 exhibition programme, which has some very exciting highlights. Among which is the major retrospective of contemporary artists, or modern masters, such as David Hockney and Alberto Giacometti, with exhibitions on impressionism featuring Monet and Pisarro.

Hockney’s exhibition opens in February 2017 at the Tate Britain. It is the most extensive survey of Hockney’s work to date (which as he approaches his 80th birthday, is quite a lot of work), exploring the artist’s imagination through different mediums: painting, photographing, video and drawing. The show will include some of his most famous works, such as, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) 1971 and landscapes that have never been exhibited before.

Also showing at the Tate Britain next year will be an exploration of British culture and society through the eyes of Impressionists Monet, Pisarro and Tissot. The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile is the first large-scale study of the art that was produced by French artists during their exile in London, either during or after the Franco-Prussian war in 1870.

At the Tate Modern, fifty years after his first show at the Tate, Giacometti’s idiosyncratic ghostly and spindly, post-World War II sculpture will be studied in rare depth. Featuring his famous bronzes and some never-before-seen oil paintings, plasters and drawings.

Also showing at the Tate Modern next year will be the Italian Amadeo Modigliani; an exhibition concentrating on his elongated portraits such as Portrait of a Girl, 1917, and his nudes. His work will be in conversation with that of many of his contemporaries. Many other fascinating exhibitions have also been announced, including Queer British Art (also featuring Hockney) at the Tate Britain, which will focus on the work produced by British artists tackling issues of gender or sexuality; at the Tate Modern an exhibition by Turner Prize winner Wolfgang Tillmans; and Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power will examine how the category ‘Black Art’ was defined, rejected and then re-defined.

Lots to look forward to!

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