Winter Museum Preview: Top 5 London

Winter Museum Preview: Top 5 London
What's up in London? Read on for Museums magazine's recommendations for the season's top five shows. Plus, check out picks for Top Ten Europe and visit ARTINFO again soon for highlights in Boston, Philadelphia, L.A., and the U.S.

1. British painter Peter Doig, who now lives in Trinidad, uses photographs as the starting point for his expressive landscapes and figurative works. This extensive survey contains more than 50 paintings and works on paper, many never before exhibited in the United Kingdom. “Peter Doig” runs from February 5 through April 27 at Tate Britain.

2. A number of questions arise when artists use other people to carry out their visions, such as “Who is the real creator?” or “Is it ethical?” or “Is what we see an honest representation of the work?” “Double Agent” explores these conceptual riddles with video, photography, sculpture, and live performance. From February 7 through March 30 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

3. Artists Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Francis Picabia were more than friends—they were also collaborators. “Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia” collects some of their best-known creations, including “objects of affection” and readymades, to make compelling connections between their experimental, humorous, and groundbreaking art. From February 21 through May 26 at Tate Modern.

4. China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, did not plan to enter the afterlife as a commoner. His grand burial included an army of thousands of life-size terra-cotta warriors who were meant to serve and defend him. The British Museum exhibits a number of these figures from Xi’an, China, in “The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army.” Uncover one of the most striking archaeological discoveries of the 20th century through April 6.

5. The unique style of internationally acclaimed architect Richard Meier will be on view at the Louise T Blouin Institute through March. “Richard Meier: Art and Architecture” highlights the wide range of projects and mediums he has been involved with, including architecture, sculpture, collage, and ceramics. The exhibition is a significant showcase for the youngest-ever recipient of the Pritzker Prize—architecture’s highest distinction. 

"Top 5 Europe" comes to ARTINFO from the Winter 2008 issue of Museums magazine.