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12 Outdoor Exhibitions To Catch This Summer

12 Outdoor Exhibitions To Catch This Summer

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12 Outdoor Exhibitions To Catch This Summer

"Dancing Pumpkin" (2020) by​​​​​ Yayoi Kusama. The New York Botanical Gardens (2021). Image Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner on New York Botanical Gardens.

We've scoured the globe to bring you some of the most spectacular and thought-provoking outdoor art exhibitions and installations happening this summer. Catch them in-person if you can, or discover them online!

 

"Float Boat & Boats" (2014) by Dale Chihuly. Installed at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore 2021. Image courtesy of Chihuly in Bloom. Photo by Nathaniel Willson.

What: Glass in Bloom marks American Glass Artist Dale Chihuly’s inaugural major garden exhibition in Asia. The vibrant world of Glass in Bloom features 25 polychromatic large scale installations & more than 80 sculptures amidst blooming flora and fauna, certainly not to be missed this Summer! 

Where: Gardens by The Bay Cloud Forest & Flower Dome

When: May 1 through August 1 2021

For more information, click here.

 

Drawing of "Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and Boats" (2015) at Mifuneyama Rakuen Pond. Image Courtesy of teamLab.

What: Fusing nature and digital technology, interdisciplinary art collective teamLab collaborates with Volvo Cars to return to the historic Nature Mifuneyama Rakuen Park in Japan. A Forest Where Gods Live breaks the boundaries between human, nature, tech and art to give experience to the sustainable and innovative future we aim for. 

Where: Nature Mifuneyama Rakuen Park, Takeo Hot Springs, Kyushu Japan 

When: July 16 through November 7 2021

For more information, click here.

 

"​Cloud Pavilion" (2021) by Sou Fujimoto. Image Courtesy of Pavilion Tokyo.

What: 8 world-renown Japanese architects and artists including Sou Fujimoto, Junya Ishigami, and Yayoi Kusama will each design a one-of-a-kind pavilion to showcase the future of architectural design and art. Scattered within a 3km radius of the New National Stadium, visitors will be able to walk around the area with a map to visit the pavilions on their own. This project forms part of Tokyo Tokyo Festival, an initiative which comprises cultural programmes in the run-up to the 2021 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Where: Around Tokyo 

When: July 1 through September 5 2021 

For more information, click here. 

 

"Dancing Pumpkin" (2020) by​​​​​ Yayoi Kusama. The New York Botanical Gardens (2021). Image Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner on New York Botanical Gardens. Photo by Robert Benson. 

What: With work showcased across the globe, this next artist is no stranger to the art world. Kusama: Cosmic Nature is a major exhibition work, featuring 60 artworks by Yayoi Kusama, one of the most critically acclaimed artists of our time. The on-going outdoor exhibition presents a dialogue between art and the natural world, expressing the Japanese artist’s lifelong engagement with nature. Experience the transformative and restorative power of Kusama’s art at Kusama: Cosmic Nature today! 

Where: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 

When: April 10 through October 31 2021 

For more information, click here.

 

"Ghost Forest" (2021) by Maya Lin. Image Courtesy of Madison Square Park. 

What: Standing in the shadow of The Empire State Building, Ghost Forest is a newly-commissioned public art work by artist Maya Lin which exhibits 49, 40-foot tall leafless and lifeless Atlantic white cedar trees in a Manhattan park. This installation warns of the danger of climate change and the threat of rising seawater. Lin’s exhibit also features a soundscape of some of the native species of animals once common to Manhattan. (The soundscape can be found at the website madisonsquarepark.org.)

Where: Madison Square Park, Manhattan, New York. 

When: May 10 through November 14 2021 

For more information, click here.

 

"Doors for Doris" (2020). Image courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY. Photo by Nicholas Knight.

What: Doors for Doris, consists of 3 oversized doors that stand ajar, created from marble remnants that artist Sam Moyer collected from around the city and inlaid into poured concrete. This exhibition is open to the public free of charge. 

Where: Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park 

When: Now till September 12 2021

For more information, click here. 

 

"Your Momma’s Voice in the Back of Your Head" (2021) by Najja Moon. Image courtesy of The Bass, Miami Beach. 

What: Standing amidst the heritage of four permanently erected monuments of Latin American men, inaugural winner of the Bass Museum’s “New Monuments” commission, artist Najja Moon, reimagines who and what should be publicly commemorated in her newest installation, Your Momma’s Voice in the Back of Your Head. With an audio track composed of encouragements, colloquialisms and scoldings uttered by 5 different mothers in English, Spanish and Creole, embedded inside the multi-sensorial installation, Moon’s Your Momma’s Voice in the Back of Your Head pays homage to the mothers and maternal figures who have a tremendous stake and influence in our lives. 

Where: Collin’s Park, Miami Beach Florida 

When: On view now till January 2022

For more information, click here.

 

"Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work" (2021) by John Gerrard. Concept render courtesy of John Gerrard.

What: Commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture, Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work by John Gerrard is a reflection and response to the escalating climate crisis presented through the stimulating mediums of digital art and virtual simulation.

Where: Derrigimlagh Bog Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

When: 28 August through 18 September 2021

For more information, click here.

 

"Cosmos" (2019) by Eva Rothschild. Image Courtesy of Sculpture in the City. Photo by Benjamin Westoby.

What: Celebrating their 10th Anniversary Edition, Sculpture in the City returns for its annual outdoor public art trail in the City of London, unveiling a brand new-selection of 19 artworks by internationally-acclaimed and emerging artists with the likes of Mark Handforth, Eva Rothschild, Jun T. Lai and many more! 

Where: City Cluster area, Square Mile, London

When: On view 24/7, 7 Days/week, until Spring 2022 

For more information, click here. 

 

"Tommy" (2013) by Tony Cragg. 360 x 290 x 220 cm, Bronze. Image courtesy of Houghton Hall. 

What: Major works by celebrated British Sculptor will now go one view in the grounds and historic interiors of Houghton Hall in Norfolk. Curated by the artist himself, Tony Cragg at Houghton is a survey exhibition spanning the past decade, with added attention on the artist’s newest works, including never-before-seen sculptures made specifically for the exhibition. 

Where: Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, London. 

When: May 19 through September 26 2021

For more information, click here. 

 

"Life Rings" (2021) by Michael Elmgreen & Ingar. Image courtesy of Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation. 

What: Created for the Princess Estell’s Cultural Foundation, Life Rings is a new, unique and permanent outdoor sculpture by the Danish-Norweigan duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. The tower of interconnected lifebuoys stretches up 8 metres high by the waterside at Royal Djurgården encouraging us to hold strong and keep on, no matter the season of life.

Where: Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation Royal Palace 107 70 Stockholm, Sweden

When: On view till 26 September, introduction to the artwork given daily at 13:00 

For more information, click here. 

 

Favela Painting project. Vila Cruzeiro, Rio de Janeiro 2018-2021. Image Courtesy of  Favela Painting. 

What: On a ridge in a slum in the north of Rio De Janeiro, an all female group of residents - trained as mosaic specialists - have been working for months on restoring, reviving and creating a unique work of art consisting of many of millions of mosaic pieces that are placed brick by brick on top of an old, partly decayed artwork painted in 2009. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the project threatens to come to a standstill. If you’d like to support the Favela painting team in continuing this endeavour, click here to donate. 

Where: Vila Cruzeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

When: From now till 2022

For more information, click here.


Delight in sunshine and blue skies with these 12 Outdoor Art Exhibitions and Installations, sure to keep you active and busy this summer! Inspired to explore the Great Outdoors again? Checkout some Nature Artworks on The Artling here! 


Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.


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