Among upcoming art exhibitions, Monaco's New National Museum hosts a Gilbert & George retrospective, Switzerland welcomes international art enthusiasts to Art Basel, and the Museo del Prado sets El Greco's work within historical and modern contexts.
Gilbert & George
June 14 - November 2
New National Museum of Monaco
A retrospective on the work of Italian-British pairing (and Turner Prize winning) Gilbert & George, whose reputation for being Living Sculptures comes from 1970s performative artwork "The Singing Sculpture." The NMNM's exhibition contains 46 works collated from over 40 years of artistic output.
Over 300 galleries contribute to the world's best known annual art show, embracing multiple disciplines such as painted art, sculpture, installation works, photgraphy and film. Curated projects lie within the Feature sector, young artists compete for the Baloise Art Prize, Unlimited extols large-scale work,
and Parcours puts on a show of public art. 14 Rooms accomodates performance art and a schedule of talks and discussions provide extra commentary and insight.
El Greco and Modern Painting
June 24 - October 5
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
Following an exhibit of El Greco's library that runs until June 29, and as part of a 400-year centenary celebration, 25 works from the Cretan master are supported by another 75 from modern contemporaries.
Jeff Koons: A Retrospective
June 27 - October 19
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
120 objects -- oils, installation pieces, and commercial work -- together act as a comprehensive survey of Koons's life work, filling the Marcel Breuer building and displayed in chronological order so as to allow an appreciation of the artist's development over the past 35 years of activity and output.
July 7 - September 21
The south of France's reknowned photography festival returns for its 45th edition, with 50 exhibitions and shows put on over the three months of its lifespan. 2014 is to be François Hébel's last year as director, and consequently the fest has the air of a 'best of,' with displays from the likes of Christian Lacroix, Martin Parr, Joan Fontcuberta and more, as well as debuts from a new raft including David Bailey, Vik Muniz, and even film director Vincent Perez.
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes
July 19 - September 28
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Three prizes celebrate three aspects of contemporary art: the Archibald Prize goes to the best portrait painting, the Wynne Prize is for the best Australian landscape, and the Sulman Prize rewards subject, genre or mural work in a variety of mediums. Short talks take place on Wednesday evenings, guided tours happen daily, and a series of Hollywood films are set for screening on Wednesdays and Sundays, August 20 - October 5.