Global Exhibitions: March 2016

As we slowly sneak into Spring, not that we’d notice in the current freezing temperatures, a slew of inspirational new exhibitions have opened up across the globe, spanning fashion photography, pop art and even Barbie. We’ve highlighted the top 10 for March here, so earmark these in the diary now. WGSN City By City Associate Editor Emily Cater Reports.

 1. National Portrait Gallery, London

Vogue 100: A Century of Style 

February 11 – May 22 2016 


This unmissable exhibition features a range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since 1916, in celebration of the magazine’s 100-year anniversary.

2. Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Botticelli Reimagined

March 5 – July 3 2016


This exhibition explores the impact that Florentine painter Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) has had on other artists, from Pre-Raphaelite to modern day.

3. Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris

Bettina Rheims 

 January 28 – March 27 2016


The work of internationally-renowned photographer Bettina Rheims is explored here in relation to themes of eroticism, sensuality, and gender.

4. Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris


March 10 – September 18 2016


Exploring all things Barbie, this exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs looks at the iconic doll’s influence on fashion, culture, and changing social morals amongst other themes.

5. Museum at FIT, New York

The Women of Harper’s Bazaar, 1936-1958

March 1 – April 2 2016


Photographs by Louise Dahl-Wolfe are displayed alongside high fashion garments utilised by Bazaar editors Carmel Snow and Diana Vreeland.

6. Cooper Hewitt, New York

Beauty – Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

February 12 – August 21 2016

Industrial Facility (London, England, United Kingdom, founded 2002): Sam Hecht (British, b. 1969) and Kim Colin (American, b. 1961) for Herman Miller (Zeeland, Michigan, USA, founded 1905); Formwork series, 2014; ABS plastic with non-slip silicone base

This immersive, multisensory exhibition focuses on how aesthetic innovation engages the mind, body and senses in the design world.

7. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
International Pop
February 24 – May 15 2016

This exhibition chronicles the global Pop Art movement as well as its relationship with sociocultural and political happenings of the period.

8. Seibu, Tokyo

Advanced Style Part II

March 8 – 27 2016 


Don’t miss this exhibition of work by Ari Seth Cohen depicting stylish older ladies spotted around the world, following his show and book, Advanced Style which looks at the style of seniors in New York City.

9. 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo

Zakka: Goods & Things

February 26 – June 5 2016


The exhibition presents ‘Zakka’, the origins of the general store retail concept, through a series of cool yet functional zakka goods such as kettles, brooms and utensils.

10. Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai

Community of Celibates

January 23 – March 2016


A collective show of 21 artists explores the new territory of formats of sex and love across diverse subjects, materials and media.

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