Art on top. Eight top exhibitions for 2017

Art makes the world a better place. These are the best exhibitions to watch for this year across the globe.


From Beijing through London to New York and Bilbao, treat yourself the beauty of art in all of those stunning events that demand your attention. Be a nomad for knowledge by following this path.

Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Conde Nast, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing  20 January – 5 March 2017  

This not-for-profit contemporary exhibition centre will showcase more than 170 prints from iconic fashion photographers – among them Irving Penn, Helmut Newton and Mario Testino – taken from the extensive Conde Nast archives.

David Hockney Tate Britain  9 February – 29 May 2017  

Celebrating the extraordinary six-decade career of one of Britain’s most prolific artists, David Hockney at Tate Britain will be the artist’s most comprehensive exhibition to date, bringing together his most famous artworks across various mediums, including painting, drawing, video and photography.

Masterpieces from the Leiden Collection: The Age of Rembrandt The Louvre, Paris  22 February – 22 May 2017  

Part of a season dedicated to the Dutch Golden Age, the Louvre Museum hosts a collection of masterpieces from 17th-century Dutch artists all hailing from the Leiden region. The world’s largest private collection of work by Rembrand included.

Pello Irazu: A Retrospective Guggenheim, Bilbao  10 March – 25 June 2017  

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Guggenheim Bilbao, a range of special events and exhibitions will take place throughout 2017, including a retrospective of contemporary Basque sculptor Pello Irazu.

Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive MoMA, New York  12 June – 1 October 2017  

“The greatest American architect of all time”, starchitect Frank Lloyd Wright is celebrated in the event of the 150th anniversary of his birth at MoMA .

Hokusai National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne  21 July – 15 October 2017  

One of the most celebrated Japanese artist of the world, Katsushika Hokusai is celebrated on loan from Japan’s Ukiyo-e Museum, including rare books and paintings, will go on display alongside the permanent collection to offer a more comprehensive experience.

Wolfgang Tillmans, Tate Modern, London, February 15 – June 11

The artist gets his first exhibition at the Tate, which will comprise portrait, landscape, still life, and abstract photographs, as well as video works, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects, and music, from the year 2003 to today. “Coinciding with the end of the exhibition—and the beginning of Art Basel—is also a summer exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, focused on Tillmans’s studio as a place of production and life. This marks the first major exhibition of photography at the foundation, but will also include works of film and sound. It will run from May 28 – October 1” reports artnet.

Yves Saint Laurent Museums to open in Paris and Marrakesh, Fall 2017

The Parisian museum will be located at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent on the Avenue Marceau, where Saint Laurent created some of his most iconic collections, and will be filled with an ever-updated exhibition of his collections. Meanwhile, the museum in Marrakesh will host the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent collection in an 8,000 square-meter space. Both spaces will open concurrently on an unconfirmed date in the Fall.