Five International Exhibitions To Visit This June

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Tiffany & Co.’s Vision and Virtuosity exhibition takes place at London’s Saatchi Gallery

From Tiffany & Co.’s Vision and Virtuosity exhibition to Alserkal’s celebration of female talent, this month sees a whole host of exceptional exhibitions take to the world stage. We highly recommend adding these five June exhibitions to your diaries

Imagery of Trains

Welcoming not one but four world-class museums to Lausanne, Switzerland’s newest art and culture district Platforme 10 is opening its doors on June 18th. Already sitting alongside the soon-to-open photography museum Musée de l’Élysée, MUDAC (Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts), Fondation Félix Vallotton and Fondation Toms Pauli, the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts (Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts) will be exhibiting Imagery of Trains. This is part of the district’s Train Zug Treno Tren series, curated to pay tribute to the site’s original designation as a railway locomotive repair shed and its close proximity to Lausanne’s main train station, a stop along the mythic Venice Simplon Orient Express. Expect over 60 masterpieces by a range of artists, from Giorgio de Chirico and Edward Hopper to Paul Delvaux. Imagery of Trains will run from 18 June to 25 September at the Musée Cantonal des Beaux- Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland. Buy Tickets


A City Undisguised; Beirut: No Home No Exile

London will host this powerful exhibition from Tabari Artspace’s Lebanese painter Tagreed Darghouth, which is a continuation of her most recent three bodies of work: To My Father, From Van Gogh’s Bouquets (2021-22), Beirut Silos (2021-22) and The Explosion (2021- 22). Working with acrylic on paper as well as canvas, Darghouth reflects upon everything she encounters on the streets of Beirut and beyond, regularly connecting far-flung influences from literature, philosophy and music to her personal experiences. All three pieces are united by her feelings of both personal and collective loss — the loss of her father and the loss of the Lebanon she knew and loved following the devastating 2020 explosion. Both beautiful and thought-provoking. A City Undisguised; Beirut: No Home No Exile will take place at Cromwell Place, London between 8–12 June. Buy Tickets

Eyes Wide Shut

Artworks by Maria Shapranova

A collective exhibition including ten female artists from the UAE, Iran, Armenia, Ukraine, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Kuwait, Eyes Wide Shut is a thought-provoking exhibition designed to challenge pre-conceived notions, inviting us to shift our perspectives and open our eyes to the realities of our contemporary world.  Comprising painting, collage, video and installation, artists belonging to three different generations including Sawsan Al Bahar, Afra Al Suwaidi, Amani Al Thuwani, Khawla Almarzooqi and Maria Shapranova all tell their own personal stories while shedding light on pressing issues such as cultural and gender identity, interpersonal relationships and sociopolitical dynamics. This is one that will most definitely get the brain in gear. Eyes Wide Shut will run until 12 August at Firetti Contemporary Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai. Buy Tickets

Van Cleef & Arpels Enchanting Green Stones

Historical pieces on display at Les Salons Dubai Opera

Van Cleef & Arpels has long been known for its vast collection of historical pieces that present a stunning array of glistening green gemstones, and it’s these exact styles that take pride of place in the House’s latest patrimonial exhibition. Held at the iconic Middle East boutique Les Salons Dubai Opera, Enchanting Green Stones features a selection of 28 creations adorned with iconic green gemstones varying from the Art Deco period to contemporary pieces from the 2000s, all of which evoke a vivacious and lush nature.  Highlights include an Indian-inspired necklace crafted with 44 emeralds from the 18th century which was formerly treasured by Begum Salimah Aga Khan, and the Phenicia necklace inspired by the world of couture. Enchanting Green Stones will run at Les Salons Dubai Opera until 30 June, Dubai.

Tiffany & Co. Vision And Virtuosity

The famed House’s history in on show in London’s Saatchi gallery

If you’re heading to London this summer, be sure to head down to Saatchi Gallery where its Vision and Virtuosity exhibition will kick off on 10 June. Featuring more than 400 objects from the House’s archives, including the recently acquired Empire Diamond of over 80 carats, the exhibition will tell the story of the luxury jeweller through its nearly 200-year history of pioneering creativity, legendary craftsmanship and sourcing of the world’s most extraordinary diamonds and gemstones. The exhibition, which features archival high jewellery designs, Tiffany’s famed window displays and relics of popular culture such as the original script from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, will also mark the jeweller’s 150th anniversary in the British capital. What better excuse for a visit? Vision and Virtuosity will take place at Saatchi Gallery, London, from 10 June to 19 August. Buy Tickets

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  • Words by Naomi Chadderton