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Art Highlights in Spring 2024

Pop art and performance: Vienna's Albertina celebrates Roy Lichtenstein and his 100th birthday. Kunsthaus Zürich shows Carinthian art pioneer Kiki Kogelnik. London and Amsterdam celebrate the oeuvre of Yoko Ono and Marina Abramović. Here are five exhibition highlights.

April 2, 2024

Kiki Kogelnik

Kunsthaus, Zurich
until July 14, 2024

Kiki Kogelnik Foundation

Kiki Kogelnik has given female pop art a name: born in Graz in 1935 and growing up in Bleiburg in Carinthia, Kogelnik emigrated to New York at the age of 26, where she came into contact with Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol. The latter described her work as great - 25 times! The Kunsthaus Zürich shows the many facets and the legacy of the artist, who died in 1997. It's a real art highlight this spring and also the first retrospective of the artist's work in Switzerland.


Roy Lichtenstein

Albertina, Vienna
until July 14, 2024

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Clichéd blondes, war heroes and comic figures with speech bubbles: Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) knew how to combine low art and high art. Together with Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock, he's one of the most important US artists of the 20th century. On the occasion of his 100th birthday, the Albertina in Vienna is celebrating the master of Pop Art with a retrospective that brings together over 90 paintings, sculptures and prints.


Marina Abramović

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
until July 14, 2024

© Attilio Maranzano

Lady Gaga idolizes her, designer Riccardo Tisci calls her his muse and director Robert Wilson has even written an opera for her: We're talking about Marina Abramović, one of the greatest artists of our time. Since the 1970s, the Serbian has often pushed her body and mind to the limits - her performances provoke, disturb, stir up and touch the soul; very few people are unmoved by her. You can currently see this for yourself at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.


Yoko Ono

Tate Modern, London
until September 1, 2024

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She's "the most famous unknown artist in the world" (© John Lennon) and probably the "most hated wife or widow in the pop business": Yoko Ono, a woman of superlatives. However, at least as an artist, justice has long since been done to the 91-year-old. Latest proof: Tate Modern is showing the key moments in Yoko Ono's 60-year career. One of the absolute art highlights this spring is the installation "My Mommy Is Beautiful", a 15-metre-long wall on which visitors can share photos of their mothers with a personal message.


Sleeping Beauties

The Met, New York
May 10 to September 2, 2024

© Nick Knight

The Met Gala in New York is considered fashion's biggest night out and is one of the art highlights in the spring of the stars. Something that's less well known: it's also the official opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's latest Costume Institute exhibition. This year's motto: "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion". A catwalk through 400 years of fashion history shows 250 pieces - from an Elizabethan bodice from the 17th century to modern creations by Phillip Lim and Stella McCartney.


This article appeared in the Falstaff TRAVEL issue Spring 2024.

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