ART / EXHIBITIONS 1993: Coming soon to a gallery near you

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JANUARY

Robert Campin The little-known early Netherlandish painter, a contemporary of Jan van Eyck and teacher of Rogier van der Weyden. This show compares the exquisite The Virgin and Child in an Interior from the NG collection with the diptych, The Trinity and Virgin and Child, from the Hermitage, St Petersburg. National Gallery, 20 Jan-28 Mar.

Sculpture, 1965-75 One of the most innovative periods in the development of contemporary art: a new generation of artists, mostly in New York and Italy, radically altered traditional sculptural practices. For better or worse, new processes and materials broke down barriers between gallery spaces and the outside world. Among some 60 'classics' are Kounellis's Untitled, 1967, making the most of steel-bins, cacti and live parrot on a perch, and Giovanni Anselmo's Untitled, 1968, in which lettuce is sandwiched between two blocks of granite. Food for thought. Hayward, 21 Jan-14 Mar.

Gilbert and George Cosmological Pictures, a new series of 25 garish photo-pieces (some five metres in length) on the theme of 1989, the year that witnessed so much change in Europe. Tate, Liverpool, 23 Jan-14 Mar.

Sol Lewitt Britain's first-ever major show of works on paper and 'structures' (cubes and pyramids among other geometric forms) by the great American minimalist. Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, 24 Jan-28 Mar; then Leeds City Art Gallery, 10 Aug-18 Oct.

Romantic Landscapes from Norway Better late than never: British premiere for two of Norway's leading landscape painters, Johan Christian Dahl (1788-1857) and Thomas Fearnley (1802-42). Whitworth, Manchester, 22 Jan-27 Mar; then, Fitzwilliam, Cambridge, 20 Apr-20 Jun.

FEBRUARY

Rembrandt's Girl at a Window An exhibition that focuses on one of the Dutch master's most famous paintings, a study in innocent charm (probably a servant in the artist's household). Dulwich Picture Gallery, 3 Feb- 25 Apr.

The Art of Watercolour Windsor Castle from the Thames by William Havell is a topical choice from some 800 watercolours and drawings in the Royal Watercolour Society's collection (on long-term loan to the British Museum). British Museum, 5 Feb-25 Apr.

Victorian Landscape Watercolours Works by Turner, Cox and De Wint are among 126 watercolours - selected from a prints and drawings section that boasts more than 10,000 items. Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 11 Feb-12 Apr.

Roy Lichtenstein A 70th-birthday celebration for one of the most popular American Pop artists, the man who took the most banal comic strips and ads into the realms of fine art. Some 28 works, spanning three decades. Tate, Liverpool, 17 Feb-18 Apr.

Lawrence Weiner The American artist will recycle a large cast-iron weighbridge outside the Dean Clough Sculpture Studio: each of the bridge's 12 sections will be removed, melted down, recast and replaced in situ to form a new permanent outdoor work. What would the original engineer say? Henry Moore Sculpture Trust Studio, Halifax, 19 Feb-23 May.

Live Arts Performers will include Andrew Baynes, the Cornish artist, who for the past four years has been sculpting in sand on Porthgwidden Beach. This time, he will sculpt life-size horses (nine tons of sand mixed with water) at the Royal Festival Hall. South Bank Centre, 27-28 Feb.

MARCH

Robert Gober A surreal and theatrical show: everyday objects and bits of the human body are reproduced by the provocative American artist, who takes up where Magritte and Duchamp left off. Serpentine, 10 Mar-25 Apr.

Georges Rouault The Early Years, 1903-20, of one of the most important French artists. His contemporaries called him a modern Rembrandt. Although his work has been described as Expressionist, he's one of those artists that cannot be easily labelled. Includes his paintings of prostitutes and clowns, dramatic symbols of a society he saw as degenerate and unjust. RA, 11 Mar-6 Jun.

Sixties London Over 200 works reminiscing about a decade when London was 'the' buzzing centre for British art, pop music and fashion. Barbican, 11 Mar-13 Jun.

French Art 1700-1880 This should be a stunning show: the line-up includes Chardin, David, Gericault, Delacroix and Courbet. Paintings and drawings will come from the Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lille. Promises to be the most comprehensive survey of this period yet in the UK. NG, 24 Mar-11 Jul.

Susana Solano Sculpture using industrial materials by one of Spain's most respected artists, born 1946. Whitechapel, 12 Mar-2 May.

APRIL

Marcel Broodthaers The Belgian Surrealist (1924-76) whose sculpture using everyday objects could be mistaken for everyday objects rather than sculpture. He has a huge following in the art market: what you might suppose to be a workman's ladder piled up with some bricks fetched pounds 132,000 at Christie's last summer. Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, 4 Apr-27 Jun.

James Turrell One of America's most innovative artists, an artist who sculpts in his very own extinct volcano. He plays with light, both natural and coloured, within stark, neutral spaces. In the Roden Crater in the Arizona Desert, he is excavating a system of connected paths and corridors; in the Hayward, he will create three light installations. Hayward, 8 Apr-20 Jun.

Joseph Beuys A major show on one of the cult figures in post-war art. Tate, Liverpool, 7 Apr-Jan 94.

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art A new museum, covering the world's religions, opens this month. It is believed to be the first museum of comparative religions. Glasgow, early Apr (date to be confirmed).

Romanesque stone sculpture from medieval England Opening show for new pounds 5m gallery, funded by the Henry Moore Foundation. Centrepiece: figure sculptures from York Minster. Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 22 Apr-19 July.

MAY

Festival of video and electronic art The largest-ever event of its kind in Britain. Tate, Liverpool, 1-31 May.

JUNE

BP Portrait Award The annual national competition for young portraitists. NPG, 4 Jun-5 Sept.

JULY

Pissarro's series paintings Eleven series, each represented in the show by at least three paintings. This is the first time that many have been brought together. Among some 60 paintings are his hazy views of Rouen, Paris and Le Havre. RA, 2 Jul-10 Oct.

Late Medieval Flemish art A wide-ranging survey that includes some of the finest late medieval panel paintings from Brussels and manuscripts by the leading illuminators of the period. Fitzwilliam, Cambridge, 13 Jul-19 Sept.

Roger Hilton The first major retrospective will include his early Mondrian-inspired abstracts, the lyrical abstracts and figurative works of the 1960s and 1970s. Hayward, 22 Jul-10 Oct.

Holbein and the Court of Henry VIII Portrait drawings and miniatures from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle. NG, Scotland, 22 Jul-26 Sept; then Fitzwilliam, Cambridge, 2 Oct-9 Jan.

Burrell's Collection's 10th anniversary New displays and acquisitions. Burrell, Glasgow, 23 Jul-31 Oct.

SEPTEMBER

Lucian Freud Intensely analytical portraits, drawings and prints produced in the past seven years. Whitechapel, 10 Sept-21 Nov.

American art in the 20th Century A survey that includes Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock and Warhol. RA, 17 Sept-12 Dec.

Hinduism Drawing on the BM's superlative Indian art collection. BM, Sept-Jan 94.

OCTOBER

Master drawings from the Getty Collection 120 exhibits, including Mantegna, Leonardo, Titian and Rubens. RA, 29 Oct-23 Jan 94.

Canaletto and England To celebrate the opening of Birmingham's new Gas Hall Exhibition Gallery, a major show on Venice's most famous 18th-century view painter. This one - through 130 exhibits - concentrates on his English work and, for the first time, his influence on English contemporaries. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 14 Oct- 9 Jan.

Thomas Eakins (1844-1916). First European show on the American realist artist and art teacher. NPG, 8 Oct-23 Jan.

Gary Hill 5 video installations by the American artist. Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, 31 Oct-5 Dec.

NOVEMBER

Russian icons Loaned from the State Russian Museum, St Petersburg. V&A, Nov-Feb 94.

Europe without Walls A major multi-media show by artists from Eastern Europe: their responses to 1989, and the cultural reverberations of the demise of Communism. Manchester City Art Galleries, 13 Nov-16 Jan 94.

The Portrait Now Contemporary portraiture. NPG, Nov-Feb 94.

Russian gold Archaeological objects, 4th century BC to 4th century AD. Glasgow Kelvingrove, 12 Nov-30 Jan 94.

DECEMBER

Bill Viola Recent works by the American video-and-sound-installation artist. Whitechapel, 10 Dec-13 Feb.

Degas bronzes Loans from the Burrell Collection and Musee d'art, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Glasgow City Art Galleries, Dec-Mar 94.

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