, 2023-01-03 07:09:02,
2022 is an end, and not many of us will regret it. Yet through political and financial storms around the world, the arts continued to emerge from the ravages of the pandemic years. If last year was a time to restore the nicer parts of normalcy (music festivals, for example), it looks like 2023 will be a time when the effects of extended lockdowns are definitely in the rear view mirror.
The visual arts look especially strong. There’s already a lot of buzz around the Rijksmuseum’s Vermeer exhibition, which opens in Amsterdam in February. For once, all those old tired terms (“once in a lifetime”, “greatest of all time”, “unique”, etc.) really apply, as the Dutch museum says it will bring together from all over the world. world “most” of the museum. 35 known paintings of the master of the 17th century. An amazing feat of international collaboration and organization, it should be an equally amazing exhibition.
In London, too, February is going to be a gala month, with the cream of the crop being the V&A hosting the magnificent exhibition of Donatello’s works, possibly the first in the British capital, which has traveled from the Bargello in Florence and Palazzo Strozzi via Gemäldegalerie in Berlin. For a complete contrast, the magnificently restored Courtauld Gallery (its reopening was one of the highlights of 2021) will put on an important exhibition of new and recent work by Peter Doig, darling of the contemporary scene whose…
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