Agenda April 2023 Our picks of the month
3 The Rossettis Tate Britain, London 6 April–24 September
Tate Britain presents a family affair in the form of paintings, designs and poetry by the Rossetti siblings, Dante Gabriel and Christina, and Elizabeth (née Siddal). The latter is best-known as the pre-eminent Pre-Raphaelite model, but she was also an artist in her own right, as this rare outing for her watercolours attests.
1 Gwangju Biennale 7 April–9 July Taking soft and weak like water as its title, the 14th edition of the event will take place in five venues, including a Buddhist temple and the Gwangju National Museum, as well as the city’s Exhibition Hall. With works by 79 artists on display, many of which have been commissioned for the occasion, the biennale presents its usual mix of art from South East Asia and further afield.
2 Laurie Anderson: Looking into a Mirror Sideways Moderna Museet, Stockholm 1 April–3 September
Is there anything Laurie Anderson can’t do? The avant-garde artist’s adventures in film, music and conceptual art are all here in this full-scale retrospective. Anderson’s chart-topping song O Superman (1981), perhaps the most uplifting work to be inspired by the failed Iranian hostage rescue, also gets a starring role.
4 Simone Leigh Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston 6 April–4 September
After her Golden Lion-winning showing at the Venice Biennale, Leigh’s first museum survey focuses on her work in ceramic and bronze. What emerges from nearly two decades of work is the artist’s consistent interest in vernacular traditions and the histories of Black women.
5 Dosso Dossi: the Frieze of Aeneas Galleria Borghese, Rome 4 April–11 July
When Dosso Dossi was commissioned to paint ten scenes from the Aeneid in Alfonso d’Este’s camerino at his castle in Ferrara, he wisely chose to illustrate the poem’s more exciting first half. A combined effort by several museums now brings together what survives of the characteristically detailed Virgilian canvases.
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