must-see international exhibitions this August

Must-see international exhibitions this August

Our round-up of the must-see international exhibitions this August. We take a tour around the world – from Tokyo to Berlin.

SUGIURA kunié: Aspiring Experiments

Looking back at more than 50 years of life in New York this exhibition is an unique opportunity to view Sugiura Kunié’s work as a whole.

In 1963, Kunié travelled to the United States, encountering photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Moving to New York in 1967 she set to work shattering the traditions and conventions of photography.

Incorporating acrylic pigments and canvases in her work, she developed methods for integrating photography and painting.

Her context was Pop Art and other trends in the American art scene.

Working from the fundamental perspective that photography is a medium for drawing with light, she has expanded her motifs to include plants, animals, and human beings.

This exhibition traces her more than 50 years in New York. It addresses the pioneering nature of her style and her distinctive world view.

SUGIURA Kunié: Aspiring Experiments/New York in 50 YearsThe Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, until September 24.

must-see international exhibitions this August
Bernard Silberstein, Frida Kahlo, 1940, © Bernard G Silberstein, FAPS, FRPS

Artist Complex: Photographic Portraits from Baselitz to Warhol

Featuring around 180 works from 1917 to 2000, this exhibition highlights the variety of photographic portraits of artists.

It also gives an overview of the ‘Who’s Who’ of art history in the last century.

The exhibition features portraits of illustrious artists including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and Marina Abramović.

Portraits have been produced by an equally broad range of photographers, both famous or lesser known, including Berenice Abbott, Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helga Fietz and Jérôme Schlomoff.

Works are from the Platen Collection.

Artist Complex: Photographic Portraits from Baselitz to Warhol, Platen CollectionMuseum für Fotografie, until October 10.

Susan Meiselas, Muchachos await counterattack by the Guard, Matagalpa, Nicaragua, 1978; © Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos


From war and human rights to cultural identity and domestic violence, Susan Meiselas’ work covers a wide range of subjects and countries.

This retrospective brings together projects from the beginning of her career in the 1970s to the present day.

It includes her iconic portraits of carnival strippers, vivid colour images of conflicts in Central America in the 1980s and an ongoing investigation into the history and aftermath of the Kurdish genocide.

A member of Magnum Photos since 1976, Meiselas’ work raises provocative questions about documentary practice and the relationship between photographer and subject.

The exhibition highlights her unique working method. It combines photography, video, sound, and installation to explore different scales of time and conflict, ranging from the personal to the geopolitical.

Main image: Susan Meiselas, Roseann on the way to Manhattan Beach, New York, 1978, from the series Prince Street Girls, 1975–92; © Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

Susan Meiselas, Mediations, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, until October 21.

must-see international exhibitions this August
Tombe Brion, view of the entrance to the tower of carrelage doré, 1983 © Donation Daniel Boudinet – Médiathèque de l’architecture et du patrimoine

Le temps de la couleur

The innate majesty and mystery of ruins are explored in this exhibition of work by Daniel Boudinet.

Boudinet (1945-1990) was one of the first artists to emancipate himself from photojournalism and played an important role in the photographic renaissance of the 1970s.

As a portraitist, Boudinet photographed and rubbed shoulders with the artists and intellectuals of his time.

However, from his early career, he had an interest in architecture and the landscape.

After documenting the transformation of the urban landscape in his first book, Bagdad-sur-Seine, he turned his attention to architectural vestiges or ruins.

His personal work explored the renewed use of colour.

In architectural views, this colour was employed to reveal the majesty and mystery of the photographic subject.

Thanks to his use of long exposure techniques, viewers can linger on the proportions, texture and harmony of the subjects.

Daniel Boudinet, Le temps de la couleurChâteau de Tours, until October 28.

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