Amazing exhibitions to see as we head #BackToMuseums

Eleanor Mills, Museums Association, May 14, 2021

With Scottish museums already able to open and venues across England and Wales set to welcome visitors back from Monday, there's a panoply of magnificent exhibitions to look forward to.


Artes Mundi 9, National Museum Cardiff


The ninth edition of the acclaimed Artes Mundi exhibition and associated prize celebrates work by some of the world’s best international contemporary artists. Visitors can explore the fantastical paintings of Dominican Republic-born and New York-based artist Firelei Báez (pictured above); a new immersive installation by South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape; Japanese artist Meiro Koizumi’s haunting video triptych, Angels of Testimony, which tackles the legacy of the Second Sino-Japanese War; Puerto Rican artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz's five film and video works; an installation of paintings by Prabhakar Pachpute — whose family worked in the coal mines of central India for three generations — drawing on shared cultural heritage with the Welsh mining community; and pieces by Carrie Mae Weems that reflect on the late civil rights activist John Robert Lewis and her recent public art campaign on the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on communities of colour. The Artes Mundi 9 Prize winner will be announced on 17 June.

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