2021 Arts Events to Anticipate

While the art world reels from the effects of the pandemic, it might seem strange to anticipate exhibitions and gallery openings, especially with how uncertain the future feels. Despite this, there is a whole host of upcoming events to look forward to in 2021, and so we move onwards with optimism.

Marina Abramović, a Serbian performance artist, is set to come to the Royal Academy on 25 September 2021 for a three-month exhibition spanning her entire life’s work. I’ve always been fascinated by Abramović’s performances that test the confines of human limitation, pushing constantly at physical and mental boundaries. With live re-performances from the artist herself, which frequently feature audience participation, this exhibition will surely take on a whole new edge after the pandemic.

Yayoi Kusama’s infinity rooms are to open at the Tate Modern on 29 March 2021. Kusama’s immersive exhibits have been the focus of both dedicated art lovers and casual viewers alike for years. With glimmering, mirrored rooms that seem to expand outwards forever, this exhibition is certainly not one to miss; don’t worry, though – it will be open until March 2022.

A bit closer to home, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts will be hosting an exhibition entitled ‘Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years’ in the upcoming year. Featuring the ‘lost’ pots of the English artist, the exhibition aims to showcase Perry’s earliest works and examine “the themes of fetishism, gender, class, his home county of Essex, and the vagaries of the art world.”

Other highlights include the National Museums Scotland’s exhibition on typewriters, the Grand Egyptian Museum’s long-awaited opening in Giza, and the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in LA in September. Despite delays caused by COVID-19, this 2021 line-up proves the resilience of the art world, which continues to thrive.

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