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Now On View: Royal Etchings

At home: Royal Etchings by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Through 1 September
The British Museum, London

This collection of rare etchings of family life made by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert reveal that the royal couple were talented artists – and more affectionate parents than often thought. Made in the 1840s in the early years of their marriage, the prints were donated to the Museum by King George V in 1926 and for the first time are now on public display. The etchings depict domestic scenes of their life in Windsor and Claremont and often feature their beloved children and pets. Victoria and Albert were talented and enthusiastic amateur artists, Prince Albert having introduced the Queen to the practice of etching soon after their marriage in 1840.

Ongoing Exhibition: Bauhaus 100 

Bauhaus 100: The Print Portfolios
Through 1 December
National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the National Gallery of Ireland is borrowing a complete set of four Bauhaus portfolios of prints from the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart. These significant portfolios, comprising 52 woodcuts, etchings, lithographs and linocuts, will bring a seminal achievement in Germany to the attention of an Irish audience. Through the medium of print, this exhibition also provides us with an opportunity to showcase 45 renowned avant-garde artists including Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, Umberto Boccioni and Natalia Goncharova. The motto of the Bauhaus was to ‘Rethink the World’ through art and design. The prints in this centenary exhibition, printed between 1922 and 1924 at the State Bauhaus in Weimar, explore the visionary European artists associated with the Bauhaus and provide an insight into the much larger Bauhaus phenomenon.

Ongoing Exhibition: The Bauhaus and Harvard

The Bauhaus and Harvard
Through 28 July
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

Mounted in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, this exhibition presents nearly 200 works by 74 artists, drawn almost entirely from the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s extensive Bauhaus collection. Founded in 1919 and closed just 14 years later, the Bauhaus was the 20th century’s most influential school of art, architecture and design. Harvard University played host to the first Bauhaus exhibition in the United States in 1930, and went on to become an unofficial center for the Bauhaus in America when founding director Walter Gropius joined Harvard’s department of architecture in 1937. 

Ongoing Exhibition: Emma Stibbon

Emma Stibbon: Fire and Ice
Through 31 July
Alan Cristea Gallery, London

Fascinated by environments in flux, Emma Stibbon's work explores the impact of natural forces and human activity on some of the most inhospitable and environmentally vulner­able parts of the world. This exhibition and book document the artist's fieldwork and journeys that have led her from the frozen extremes of Antarctica to volatile landscapes, such as Hawaii, which have been shaped by volcanic activity. Sketches made during her travels and ephemera will be displayed alongside drawings and prints made in Stibbon’s studio.

Ongoing Exhibition: Dox Thrash

Dox Thrash: The Hopeful Gaze
Through 4 August
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

This exhibition is devoted to the work of Dox Thrash (1893–1965), an African-American artist who was famed as a skilled draftsman, printmaker and painter of African-American life and as the co-inventor of the Carborundum printmaking process. The artist spent much of his career living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In his work, Thrash portrays black families transitioning from the South to the North during the Great Migration, making a hopeful, daring leap in an attempt to be equal members of the society that has historically oppressed them. Their hopeful gazes convey the optimism of the scores of African-Americans who left the countryside to pursue better job opportunities, health care, and education in urban centers.

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Image credits: Queen Victoria, after Sir William Charles Ross, The Princess Royal and the Prince of Wales (1845), Wassily Kandinsky, Composition (1922), Georg Teltscher, Bauhaus Exhibition Postcard No. 20 (1923), Emma Stibbon, Nunatack, Svalbard (2015), Dox Thrash, Glory Be (1941–42).
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