What’s on at the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 finalists?

  • 11 July 2017

Our finalists for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 have some fantastic summer exhibitions – here’s what you can see at all five.

Marc Quinn, Sculpture from the series Drawn from Life (detail), 2016 © Marc Quinn studio

After The Hepworth Wakefield was crowned winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 last week, we thought we'd take a look at the fantastic exhibitions currently on at all five shortlisted venues. So whether you're planning a visit to the Yorkshire gallery or to one of our four other deserving finalists, here's a preview of what's on show.

The Hepworth Wakefield

Howard Hodgkin: Painting India, until 8 Oct
After a revelatory first visit in his early thirties, Howard Hodgkin returned to India almost annually for 50 years, producing figurative works inspired by those he met and capturing sensory experiences in his vivid, gestural style. Hodgkin had been looking forward to the opening of this exhibition before he passed away earlier this year – it now stands as recognition of his life and work as well as his particular fascination with India, and brings together more than 30 works alongside personal material including journals he kept on his travels.

Howard Hodgkin, Bombay Sunset, 1972-73

Howard Hodgkin, Bombay Sunset, 1972-73

Lapworth Museum of Geology

Richard Greswell: Where Land Meets Sea, until 4 Sep
Set amid one of the country’s most outstanding geological collections, scientist Richard Greswell’s photographs explore the shapes and textures of the UK coastline, where weather is often at its most dramatic and where the interaction between sea and rock creates many unusual landforms. Greswell’s images capture the island’s geology where it is most uniquely exposed, and illustrate the common ground between science and art – both disciplines requiring careful observation and understanding of the world around us.

Richard Greswell, Erosion © Richard Greswell

National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art

Gods of Sport: 50 Years of Sporting Photography by Chris Smith, until 11 Aug
Known for his work for the Observer and the Sunday Times, Chris Smith is one of the UK’s most prominent sports photographers. This exhibition presents some of his most powerful shots from five decades of reporting, including images of horseracing stars Lester Piggott and Henry Cecil as well as photos of Muhammad Ali, Ayrton Senna and many other sporting icons. Also running at the National Heritage Centre is On Your Bike: The Art of Cycling, an exhibition looking at the bicycle as a captivating subject for the artist in exploring movement and speed.

Henry Cecil & Frankel © Chris Smith

Sir John Soane's Museum

Marc Quinn: Drawn from Life, until 23 Sep
The ancient and current coexist in this inspired placement of works by Marc Quinn among the Soane’s collection of antiquities. In the first such exhibition by a contemporary artist at the venue, 12 fragmentary sculptures – cast in fibreglass from the bodies of the artist and his partner – showcase Quinn’s work on a smaller scale than those familiar with giant pieces such as Alison Lapper Pregnant and Planet might expect. Personal in detail and size, they share a sense of intimacy with the museum itself.

Marc Quinn, Sculpture from the series Drawn from Life, 2016 Photo: Ben Murray

Tate Modern

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, until 22 Oct
Starting at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in 1963, Tate Modern’s major new show considers how art was used as a platform for protest and as a space for freedom of expression over the following 20 years. It includes work by members of the Spiral Group, who met to discuss their responsibility as African-American artists in the context of struggle, and Jack Whitten’s 1970 work Homage to Malcolm, which is on public display for the first time. Other big shows at Tate Modern this summer are an Alberto Giacometti retrospective and a deep look at Turkish abstract painter Fahrelnissa Zeid.

Barkley L Hendricks, Icon For My Man Superman (Superman Never Saved Any Black People, Bobby Seale), 1969 © Barkley L Hendricks

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