Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World, Whitechapel Gallery, London
American artist Mark Dion makes drawings, sculptures and installations that draw inspiration from techniques of scientific enquiry and museum display. This show features a series of installations created over the last 18 years, with highlights including The Library for the Birds of London, which features a series of aviaries offering a temporary home to 22 zebra finches. Also on show are cases displaying objects found on the banks of the Thames, plus The Wonder Workshop, which displays 124 objects representing various animals and instruments, many of them extinct or obsolescent. This jam-packed show is an intriguing cabinet of curiosities.
Until 13 May 2018. www.whitechapelgallery.org
Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings, Tate, St Ives
This show features over 200 works by 80 artists, inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf. The author of pioneering feminist texts including A Room of One’s Own, Woolf’s work frames the overarching theme of the exhibition, which deals with feminist perspectives on landscape, domesticity and identity in modern and contemporary art. Artists include: Laura Knight, Gwen John, Vanessa Bell, Winifred Nicholson, Sandra Blow, Barbara Hepworth, Claude Cahun and Dora Carrington.
Until 29 April. www.tate.org.uk
Eloise Hawser: By the deep, by the mark, Somerset House, London
The result of her recent residency at Somerset House Studios, Eloise Hawser’s show expores how an improved understanding of our bodies and health has affected advances in civil engineering. Examining the inner workings of the human body, the show features sculptures, collage, video simulations, sound art installations, archival imagery and fully functional medical imaging ‘phantoms’. The title of the exhibition also references Somerset House’s close relationship with the Thames and the Embankment, referring to the historic method of measuring depths of water by hand using a weighted line. It includes various archival images showing how the river once flowed right into the building.
Until 22 April 2018. www.somersethouse.org.uk
Iman Issa, Spike Island, Bristol
Cairo and New York-based artist Iman Issa’s varied practice includes sculpture, text, video, photography and sound. Her latest show features a series of displays that question the function of public sculpture and monuments. Reimagining existing objects in different forms, the aim is to trigger a ‘chain of associations that go beyond the original object and its meanings’. Also on show are a series of six inkjet prints that explore the language of election posters.
Until 15 April 2018. www.spikeisland.org.uk
Emil Nolde, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
Painter, printmaker and watercolourist Emil Nolde played a crucial role in the development of German expressionism in the first half of the 20th century. This show features 120 of his works, spanning his whole career and ranging from early paintings of his homeland through to intense later works in oils. Also featured are his ‘unpainted pictures’, which were created while he was forbidden to work as a professional artist and branded a ‘degenerate’ artist by the Third Reich.
Until 10 June 2018. www.nationalgallery.ie
1. Mark Dion, Tate Thames Dig, 1999, Wooden cabinet, porcelain, earthenware, metal, animal bones, glass and 2 maps, 266 x 370 x 126 cm. Installation view of Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2018. Photo: Jeff Spicer/PA Wire
2. Dora Carrington, Spanish Landscape with Mountains, c.1924. © Tate
3. Eloise Hawser: By the deep, by the mark, Somerset House, London. Installation view. Courtesy: Somerset House
4. Iman Issa, Material for a sculpture representing a monument erected in the spirit of defiance of a larger power, 2012, 58 x 58 x 150 cm, wooden sculpture, plinth, vinyl text on wall. Photo: Benoit Pailley; Courtesy: The New Museum, New York
5. Emil Nolde, Large Poppies (Red, Red, Red), 1942, oil on canvas, 73.5 x 89.5 cm. © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll