Art agenda: 'Modern Times' at the Rijksmusem, El Greco at the Met

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View of "Toledo" by El Greco, part of the Met's exhibition of painter's works (El Greco/The Metropolitan Museum of Art/ H. O. Havemeyer Collection/ Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929)


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The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, selects 400 historic images from its collection of over 20,000 20th century photographs, the New York Met prepares a nine-painting retrospective on Spanish Renaissance artist El Greco, and the De Young in San Francisco accommodates the Keith Haring show "A Political Line."

Modern Times
November 1, 2014 - January 11, 2015
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Presented as a comprehensive display of 400 historic photographic images pulled from the museum's collection of 20,000 20th-century works, the exhibition also expands into how photography helped shape -- and in some ways was shaped by -- the fashion and commercial advertising industries. With photographs from John Gutmann, Man Ray, Jacques-Henri Lartigue and Eadweard Muybridge.

El Greco in New York

November 4 - February 1, 2015
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Nine paintings from the Met's archives and six from the Hispanic Society of America provide a career-wide perspecive on the Grecian master upon the 400th anniversary of his death, while the nearby Frick provides three further works within its own confines. Other timely exhibitions include one from the National Gallery of Art in Washington (Nov 2 - Feb 16, 2015) and a half dozen or more across Greece throughout the period (inc. two at the Benaki Museum, Athens).

Keith Haring: The Political Line

November 8, 2014 - February 16, 2015
De Young, San Francisco

A retrospective of distinctive iconography from Keith Haring (1958-1990), straddling the realms of social advocacy and aesthetic experimentation with 130 pieces that encompass print, painted canvas, graffiti and sculpture.

Signature Art Prize

November 14, 2014 - March 15, 2015
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Fifteen finalists for the SAP go on display from November, with the winners announced on January 22, 2015. Thailand, South Korea, Pakistan, Japan, New Zealand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, India, Bangladesh and Taiwan are represented, with two finalists each from China and Singapore. A public vote is being held both on-site and online.

Jeff Koons
November 26, 2014 - April 27, 2015
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

A 35 year retrospective on Jeff Koons' controversial and influential working life, and the first major one to take place in Europe, with Balloon Dog, Rabbit and Equilibrium among the famous works on display.

A Korean Contemporary Artist: Byungki Kim
December 2, 2014 - March 1, 2015
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

With the aim of showcasing the painted work of leading art history theorist Byungki Kim, says MOCA, this exhibition collects examples of his output from the last 50 years in order to demonstrate his ability to balance seemingly contrasting values such as nature and culture, rationality and irrationality, and tradition and modernity.