State of art: 4 blockbuster exhibitions to put on your radar

State of art: 4 blockbuster exhibitions to put on your radar

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Text: Yeong Sassall

Art Insider Ros Brennan reports on the creative powerhouses making waves across the globe

With four must-see (and we mean must-see) exhibitions happening on all corners of the earth from now until September, there's never been a better time to get your art fix. Seminal, highly innovative and downright exciting, these are the exhibitions everyone will be talking about - and our Instagram feeds will be full of. So no matter where in the world the next few weeks will take you, it's well worth seeking at least one of these out.

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SYDNEY: Jim Lambie: Zero Concerto

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
August 13 -  September 26, 2015 

Sydney's Roslyn Oxley9 presents the first Australian solo exhibition of works by Jim Lambie, one of the most acclaimed artists to have emerged from Scotland over the last 25 years. Growing up in the 1970s with a father who operated Scotland's first mobile disco, Lambie's work is deeply rooted in his passion for music and lyrics. The title of the exhibition, Zero Concerto, is after a piece of music by Japan's avant-garde Shuta Hasunuma Philharmonic Orchestra. Lambie has transformed Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery into a hypnotic site-specific installation, interweaved with a series of sculptural works. Zero Concerto invites the audience into a frenzy of multi-coloured potato sacks, bicycle wheels and a psychedelic palette of vinyl tape. Together the works create a hallucinatory vision of the world; an origami kaleidoscope where each seductive surface challenges the audience's dimension of perception.

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BILBAO: Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

Guggenheim Bilbao
June 9 - September 27, 2015 

After critical and box office success at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Pompidou Centre, Paris, Jeff Koons brings his glittery synthetic circus of sculpture and painting to the lofty galleries of the Guggenheim Bilbao. Comprising almost 150 objects dating from 1978 to the present, the exhibition signals the first time audiences can absorb the entire output of Koons' career in one sitting. Jeff Koons: A Retrospective features his signature shiny, luxurious sculpture series Inflatables; manipulated, hyperrealist photographs and glossy paintings from the series Banality and Celebration; the notorious Made in Heaven series featuring sexually explicit, manipulated photographs of Koons with ex-wife and former pornstar Ilona Staller; and Puppy, a giant topiary puppy adorned with multi-coloured flowering plants. Love him or loathe him, Koons is widely regarded as one of the most important, influential, popular and controversial artists of our time, and Frank Ghery's architectural masterpiece in Bilbao is the perfect backdrop to experience his life's work.

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LONDON: Carsten Höller: Decision

Hayward Galleries
10 June - 6 September, 2015 

Hayward Gallery solidifies its place as the home of the London summer blockbuster with Carsten Höller: Decision, the German artist's largest solo show in the UK to date. Höller has an Alice in Wonderland-style parallel universe, an immersive fantasy world that sits somewhere between delight and madness. To enter the exhibition visitors must choose between two different entrances, and once inside they encounter a range of situations - including the invitation to consume a pill, contents unknown - that ask them to reflect on the process of decision making. Hoping to 'induce hallucinations, in the widest sense' Höller populates the gallery with disorientating objects and installations, including giant revolving mushrooms and two robotically-engineered beds that - day and night - roam the exhibition like a pair of restless, insomniac twins. The exhibition is an escapist's dream, a chance to awaken your inner child and question your understanding of decisions and consequences.

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From September 17, 2015 - 2016 

Yayoi Kasuma's penchant for polka dots and psychedelic prints has won the hearts of art lovers across the globe.  In 2014 the eighty-six year old Japanese artist was named the most popular artist in the world, attracting an audience of more than two million to her exhibitions in a year alone. After the standout success of Give Me Love at David Zwirner Gallery in New York earlier this year, Kusama is taking on Scandinavia, with a retrospective kicking off in Denmark, followed by Norway, Sweden and Finland. The exhibition unfurls the whole of Kusama's life's work: from early watercolours and pastels to her ground-breaking paintings and sculptures from the 1960s, psychedelic films, performances, installations and political happenings in the 1960s and the early 1970s, as well as shedding new light on works from the 1980s, after the artist's return to Tokyo. Also on show are several of Kusama's recent installations, and a series of new paintings by the created especially for the exhibition.

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