The summer recess is almost upon us. This year, why not plan your holiday around some of the headlining art exhibitions taking place in major cities around the world? From Pompidou Centre in Paris to the Serpentine Gallery in London, take a cultural tour of big names like David Hockney and Gauguin. 

Read more: 8 Must-See Artists At The Venice Biennale 2017

Keep reading for five of the best international art exhibitions happening this summer.

1. Nature (Re)Turns

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Arken Museum of Modern Art (Photo: Courtesy of Torben Petersen) 

Where: Copenhagen, Denmark

For Arken's summer exhibition, two internationally recognised artists, Nanna Debois Buhl and Tue Greenfort, have created site-specific works exploring the relationship between mankind and nature, and how art can help us experience the changes in our surroundings. The outdoor installations address climate change, the decline of biodiversity and the consequences of the human imprint on the planet. 

 June 3-September 17, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, uk.arken.dk

2. Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! pre-press_gp584_death_of_a_working_hero_2016.jpg (original size)

Grayson Perry, Death of a Working Hero, 2016 (Photo: Courtesy of the artist, Paragon Press and Victoria Miro, London)

Where: London, England

Grayson Perry is one of Britain’s most astute commentators on contemporary culture. The cross-dressing winner of the Turner prize is known for his sculpture and ceramics, and an artistic practice concerned with what you might call the fabric of society. This major exhibition presents some of his new work, touching on Perry’s favoured themes of masculinity, art and the current cultural landscape.

June 8-September 10, Serpentine Gallery, London, serpentinegalleries.org

3. Skulptur Projekte Münster

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Workshop with Koki Tanaka, 2017 (Photo: Courtesy of Koki Tanaka) 

Where: Münster and Marl, Germany

The festival-cum-exhibition invites 35 commissioned international artists to explore public art as a medium traversing spatial and physical boundaries. Temporary works such as sculptures, LED shows and performance pieces will dot Münster and, for the first time in the project’s 40-year history, the nearby city of Marl.

June 10-October 1, citywide, Münster and Marl, skulptur-projekte.de

4. David Hockney

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David Hockney, Garden, 2015 (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)

Where: Paris, France

The first systematic retrospective of the British artist’s work in almost two decades, the exhibition—organised by Tate Britain, the Pompidou Centre and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art—gathers an extensive selection of paintings, drawings, prints and photography celebrating Hockney’s visual achievements over the past 50 years, as well as the diverse styles and techniques that define his practice.

 June 21-October 23, Pompidou Centre, Paris, centrepompidou.fr

5. Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist

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Paul Gauguin, Tehamana Has Many Parents, or The Ancestors of Tehamana, 1893 (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)

Where: Chicago, USA

The exhibition—a collaboration between the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée d’Orsay and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux–Grand Palais—is the first to delve into Gauguin’s radical experiments in the applied arts, underscoring his highly personal achievements not only as a painter but also as a sculptor, ceramist, printmaker and decorator.

June 25-September 10, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, artic.edu


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