ARTINFO UK cherry-picks must-see art shows in London and beyond.
1. Bauhaus: Art as Life
Although it is undoubtedly the movement that launched 20th century applied arts into modernism, forty years have passed since the last Bauhaus survey in Britain. The Barbican Art Gallery is now tackling this task with a major exhibition covering the school's history from its founding by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919 to its closure by the Nazi regime in 1933, after a short period in Berlin under the direction of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Works produced during the period by Bauhaus masters, including Paul Klee, Josef Albers, László Moholy-Nagy, are to be shown with some of their later pieces, as well as with pieces by illustrious Bauhaus students such as Anni Albers, Kurt Franz and Lux Feininger.
"Bauhaus: Art as Life," May 3 – August 12, 2012, Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, London
2. Mika Rottenberg
Nothing is too wild for Mika Rottenberg. Her videos feature absurdist sweatshop-like systems, in which women make iced cherries from glowing red nail clippings, or knead an endless stream of dough. For her first major UK exhibition, Rottenberg is taking over three of Nottingham Contemporary's four galleries, inviting visitors to experience her pieces in installations as titillatingly claustrophobic as the closed-up universes she invents.
"Mika Rottenberg," May 5 – July 1, 2012, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
3. John Summers
The Zabludowicz Collection is continuing its series of "capsule" exhibitions, dedicated to emerging UK-based artists not yet represented by a commercial gallery, with a solo presentation by John Summers. Everyday stuff is turned into highly expressive, sculptural statements, occasionally alluding to representation without really ever giving in.
Zabludowicz Collection Invites John Summers, May 3 – 27, 2012, Zabludowicz Collection, London