The Royal Academy art show is one of the world's most noteworthy summer exhibitions. If you are travelling this summer, these five shows are worth checking out if you want to add a little culture to your schedule.
Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - until September 4
Fashion and costume enthusiasts will be keen on a walk through the Costume Institute’s spring 2017 exhibition that examines the work of Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, who is known for her avant-garde vision. The show is made up of 140 examples of Kawakubo's womenswear for Comme des Garçons dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection.
[ www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/rei-kawakubo ]
Art/Afrique, Le nouvel atelier at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris - until September 4
Africa is the subject of this major exhibition across the Foundation’s galleries. On display are works by 15 emblematic artists from Jean Pigozzi’s collection. Pigozzi is renowned for having assembled the world’s largest collection of contemporary African art, named the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC - the Pigozzi Collection), which is based in Geneva. According to the Foundation the artists are "heirs to unique spiritual, scientific and technical wisdom and give form to their worlds across a variety of media and through a broad expressive palette". Alongside this display is that of art from South Africa, from installations to textiles.
[ www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/en/expositions.html ]
Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York - until September 6
This exhibition celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation and in doing so, features more than 170 modern works from the permanent collections held in New York and Venice. Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim explores nearly a century's worth of original artistic production, from the work of Camille Pissarro to Jackson Pollock and shines a light on visionaries who helped make the Guggenheim what it is today.
[ www.guggenheim.org/exhibition/visionaries-creating-a-modern-guggenheim ]
Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains at V&A, London - until October 1
Fans of the band will be most interested in this exhibition, especially as it has been 50 years since the release of their first single, Arnold Layne. This international retrospective looks at the rock troupe's rise to fame. The exhibition features 350 historical objects, including instruments, artefacts and artworks. It is billed as an immersive audio-visual experience.
[ www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/pink-floyd ]
Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC - until January 2018
Ai Weiwei's monumental installation Trace portrays individuals from around the world considered to be activists, prisoners of conscience, and advocates of free speech, according to both the artist and various human rights groups. Each of the 176 portraits are made up of thousands of Lego bricks, assembled by hand and laid on the floor. The works foreground the artist's own experiences. In 2011 he was detained by the Chinese government for 81 days. Ai Weiwei has created a 360-degree wallpaper installation entitled The Plain Version of the Animal That Looks Like a Llama but Is Really an Alpaca.