The below is a curated list of international events recommended by the Open Color community. We look for for art installations, music showcases, speaking engagements and more—to submit your own suggestions, please email



May 19 - Oct 28: René Magritte, The Fifth Season

Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco: René Magritte (1898–1967) was one of the most intriguing painters associated with Surrealism, but he did not fully find his voice until after breaking ties with the movement. This exhibition, the first to look exclusively at Magritte’s late career, examines his most important bodies of work from the 1940s through the 1960s, and shows how they marked a fundamental shift in painting from Modernism to our own time.

Featuring more than 70 artworks in nine immersive, thematic galleries, René Magritte: The Fifth Season explores how Magritte balanced irony and conviction, philosophy and fantasy, to illuminate the gaps between what we see and what we know. Together, the works reveal Magritte as an artist acutely attuned to the paradoxes at work within reality, and an enduring champion of the role of mystery in life and art.


May 25: The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Bimbo's 365 Club, San Francisco: The Legendary musicians collectively known as The Brian Jonestown Massacre will be making a stop on their 2018 tour at San Francisco's Bimbo's 365 club, one of our favorite venues in the city. The group released "hold that Thought" on May 5th in preparation for their forthcoming album something else, coming June 1st. 


June 11-16: VOLTA Basel

Basel, Switzerland: VOLTA, Basel's art fair for new international positions, debuted in 2005 as a collaboration between dealers and friends. The aim was to secure a platform for international galleries beyond young art stalwart Liste and market heavyweight Art Basel. Concerns and aspirations of the exhibiting gallerists have been first and foremost since VOLTA's inception; in combination with the curatorial mind of Artistic Director Amanda Coulson, eclectic and dynamic presentations with a strong focus on solo presentations find a stage as refined as at the main fair.

Noted for being a "space for discovery", VOLTA14 inaugurates the former COOP distribution center as the newest cultural hub in Basel. Located across from the Novartis Campus at Elsässerstrasse 215, just 9 minutes away from the main fair and within the neighborhood of the very first venue at Voltaplatz. VOLTA sets the tone and plants its (artistic) flag as the first major event within the space.


July 7: Art Night London

London: Follow a trail of art across south London during the all-night arts festival, Art Night.

Now in its third edition, Art Night presents a free one-night programme of contemporary art, performance, music and architecture, which takes place from early evening until dawn and moves to a different part of London each year.

Curated by the Hayward Gallery to celebrate its 50th anniversary, this year’s event sees art projects running along the Thames from Southbank Centre through Vauxhall and Nine Elms to Battersea. Many of the free festival’s works are site-specific and directly engage with the culture and heritage of the area.

The festival is supported by international auction house Phillips.


May 26: Bodys Isek Kingelez

MoMA, New York City: MoMA presents a full retrospective of Bodys Isek Kingelez (1948–2015), the Congolese sculptor who worked with paper, commercial packaging, and materials from everyday life to create what he called “extreme maquettes” that encompass civic buildings, public monuments, and national pavilions. Bodys Isek Kingelez spans the artist’s career over three decades, ranging from early works that were included in the landmark 1989 exhibition Magiciens de la terre at the Centre Pompidou to his streamlined, dramatic forms of the 2000s. The first retrospective of Kingelez’s work, and the first substantial monographic presentation of his work in the US, this exhibition features works from each of the key periods of his career, from early single-building sculptures, to spectacular sprawling cities, to futuristic late works, which incorporate increasingly unorthodox materials. Kingelez was previously featured in the MoMA exhibition Projects 59: Architecture as Metaphor(1997). Although his work has long been featured in major international exhibitions, this will the first opportunity to explore the full breadth of his career.

  Stanley Tigerman. The Titanic, 1978

Stanley Tigerman. The Titanic, 1978

Ongoing: Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute

Art Institute of Chicago: This fall the Art Institute opens a new installation devoted to the museum’s seminal collection of architectural drawings and furniture, graphic, and industrial designs of the 20th and 21st centuries. This evolving Modern Wing display is the first of its kind in the United States, highlighting important acquisitions and presenting architecture and design as an integrated, ever-changing, and multilayered experience.