Spring and summer travelers to the world’s major cities traditionally have abundant opportunity to blend art into their experiences. Top museums and galleries schedule shows during this heavy travel window. Here are some of the best offerings on exhibition in 2018.

Los Angeles

Give and Take: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art; through Sept. 3

Focusing on a wide range of works that have become part of the downtown museum’s permanent collection in the past four years, this show includes pieces from American installation artist, painter and filmmaker Kara Walker and South Korean multimaterial artist Haegue Yang.

Artworks on exhibition in the Give and Take: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions display in Los Angeles. (Courtesy: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)

Give and Take: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions (Courtesy: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)


Donald Judd: Paintings, Institute of Contemporary Art; through July 15

The show offers a rare look at paintings that represent early steps toward Judd’s ascendance to one of art’s most significant and influential 20th-century figures. The 14 works on display were executed from 1959 to 1961, when the artist was developing his ideas about color, space and exploring the limitations of the flat plane.

A painting from Donald Judd on exhibition at Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Art, untitled, 1960 (Courtesy: Judd Foundation)

Donald Judd, untitled, 1960 (Courtesy: Judd Foundation)

New York

Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; through July 22

More than 100 works by Latin American artists are on display alongside contemporarily created European paintings from the museum’s collection, adding historical and social context to the exhibit. The works were part of the show Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA on exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art this past year.

Santa Fe

Frederick Hammersley: To Paint Without Thinking, New Mexico Museum of Art; through Sept. 9

The abstract artist’s canvases, notebooks, sketchbooks and color swatches are displayed to help illustrate Hammersley’s creative process. The materials for the show are on loan from The Huntington Library in Los Angeles.

Copenhagen vicinity

Gabriele Münter, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art — May 3 through Aug. 19

Gabriele Münter was a co-founder of the Expressionist Group that included luminaries such as Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. Münter, who died in 1962 at age 85, was not as renowned as some of her colleagues, and this exhibit, with more than 130 works on display, offers visitors a chance to become more familiar with the artist.

More than 130 works by Gabriele Münter will be on exhibition during Louisiana’s upcoming retrospective. (Courtesy: of Louisiana Museum of Art)

More than 130 works by Gabriele Münter will be on display during Louisiana’s upcoming retrospective. (Courtesy: Louisiana Museum of Art)


The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts; June 12 through Aug. 19

This year’s summer show at the Royal Academy of Arts tells the story of the annual event that typically draws throngs of visitors since its inception in 1769, featuring works that illustrate art’s evolution from 18th-century portraiture and landscapes, to the contemporary age.

Sao Paulo

São Paulo Biennial, Sept. 7 through  Dec. 9

This show — one of the most significant on the continent — often showcases lesser known artists at venues across the city.


International Architecture, La Biennale di Venezia; May 26 through Nov. 25

“Freespace” is the theme of the the 16th installment of the Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition on the grounds of the Venice Giardini located in the city’s historic center.

The event provides visitors an opportunity to experience worldwide contemporary architecture — both conceptualized and realized — through built structures, models, renderings, lectures and computer-generated imagery.

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