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Our pick of this week’s art events: 29 April – 6 May

Published 29 April 2016

From a long-awaited survey of Mona Hatoum at Tate Modern to a display featuring Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara’s iconic cartoon girl, we pick the week’s best shows.

  • Ettore Spalletti: Every dawn, is first / Ogni Alba, é la prima

    Marian Goodman Gallery, London, 28 April - 4 June

    Ettore Spalletti’s airy, minimal canvases – consisting predominantly of light blue fields of colour – transport viewers to a quiet, serene place. The artist has also placed painted, undulating, three-dimensional objects around the gallery. These objects chime with the canvases on the walls, creating a harmonious effect. The result is an aesthetically pleasing and surprising show.

  • Ettore Spalletti, Installation View: Lago

    Ettore Spalletti, Installation View: Lago, 2016.

    Image Credit: Theirry Bal.

  • Mona Hatoum

    Tate Modern, London, 4 May - 21 August

    Hot Spot, Mona Hatoum’s steel cage-like globe, serves as an electrifying centrepiece to an exhibition that transforms space and challenges perception. Although the Lebanese-born Palestinian artist’s installation pieces are abstract and open to multiple interpretations, themes of politics, gender and the confines of domesticity prevail throughout her practice. A UK survey for this highly important artist is long overdue.

  • Mona Hatoum, Hot Spot III

    Mona Hatoum, Hot Spot III, 2009.

    Stainless steel, neon tube. Photo: Agostino Osio, Courtesy Fondazione Querini Stampalia Onlus, Venice ©Mona Hatoum.

  • Yoshitomo Nara

    Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, 29 April - 1 June

    Yoshitomo Nara’s image of a girl with glaring eyes, rosy cheeks and an expressionless mouth is one embedded in pop-cultural consciousness: perhaps you’ve seen her seen on journals, calendars, or as a stuffed doll. Despite being rendered in a rudimentary, child-like fashion, Nara’s figures are recognised for their ability to convey emotional power. Encompassing finger-painting, bronze-sculpture and drawing, this exhibition sheds light on the wide-range of mediums in which Nara evolves his iconic subject.

  • Yoshitomo Nara, Miss Magaret

    Yoshitomo Nara, Miss Magaret, 2016.

    Acrylic on canvas. 194 x 162 cm. Image courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery ©Yoshitomo Nara.

  • Pablo Bronstein: Historical Dances in Antique Settings

    Tate Britain, London, 26 April - 9 October

    In this new commission for Tate Britain, Pablo Bronstein brings the neo-classical architecture of the institution’s Duveen Gallery to life with a series of performances and interventions. Through drawings, structures and performances, Bronstein’s work both venerates and interrogates the designs of pre-modern Europe, reflecting on their prevailing connotations with status and high-taste. Dancers in red with over-sized pearl necklaces compliment the setting with their elegant gestures, encouraging viewers to meditate on the relationship between art and society.

  • Pablo Bronstein, Historical Dances in an Antique Setting

    Pablo Bronstein, Historical Dances in an Antique Setting, 2016.

    Photograph: BrothertonLock © Pablo Bronstein.

  • Tomma Abts

    Greengrassi, London, 27 April - 18 June

    The Turner Prize-winning painter Tomma Abts creates highly complex, abstract structures in two-dimensions, which both jar and attract the eye. The bright colours she deploys lend her canvases an experimental and playful quality, despite conforming to rigorous geometry. There is a hypnotizing depth to these deceptively simple paintings which make them well worth viewing in person.

  • Tomma Abts, Opke

    Tomma Abts, Opke, 2015.

    acrylic & oil on canvas. 48 x 38 cm. Courtesy of greengrassi – Photos: Marcus Leith.