Cultural Calendar: August 2021

The summer is very much in full swing and it’s time to take advantage of a slower, more indulgent rhythm. By all means, soak up the sun, enjoy a beverage, get active – but don’t bypass the cultural delights on offer this August. Tom Faulkner is lucky enough to have wonderful representatives all over the world – so, we’ve put together a list of the most scintillating cultural attractions across their hometowns. We hope it may spark some inspiration!


Left: The Cathedral (1908) by Auguste Rodin, (Rodin Museum, Paris); photographed by Daniel Stockman; Right: ‘Cheshire cat’, psychedelic poster by Joseph McHugh, published by East Totem West. USA, 1967. Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London

Running May 22nd – December 31st, 2021


The Making of Rodin (EY Exhibition) at the Tate Modern in London

Running May 18 – November 21st, 2021


Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London

Running August 18th, 2021 – February 13th, 2022


Lucian Freud: Real Lives at the Tate Liverpool

Running July 24th, 2021 – January 16th, 2022


Eduardo Chillida at Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Running June 26th, 2021 – January 3rd, 2022


Paul Cézanne’s Bathers Under a Bridge (1900 – 1906)


Cézanne Drawing at the MoMA in New York

Running June 13th – September 25th, 2021


Niki de Saint Phalle at MoMA PS1 in New York

Running March 20th – September 6th, 2021


Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation at LACMA in Los Angeles

(featuring the works of Ai Weiwei, Huang Yong Ping, and beyond)

Running July 4th, 2021 – March 13th, 2022


Contemporary Optics at SF MOMA in San Francisco

(featuring the works of Olafur Eliasson, Teresita Fernández, and Anish Kapoor)

Running March 19, 2021–October 23, 2022


Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit at Pullman Yards in Atlanta

Running May 19th, 2021 – 2022


The Obama Portraits at the Art Institute of Chicago

Running June 18th – August 15th, 2021


The Irish Museum of Modern Art; photographed by William Murphy


IMMA Outdoors at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin

(celebrating IMMA’s 30th year with artist commissions, performances, talks, workshops, tours, pop-up exhibitions, and open-air cafes)

Running spring – autumn, 2021


Augustin Rouart’s Le Nageur (1943); credit: Philippe Fuzeau


Dalí – The Endless Enigma at Atelier des Lumières in Paris

(an immersive digital experience)

Running May 19th, 2021 – January 2nd, 2022


‘Boire avec les Dieux’ at Cité du Vin in Bordeaux

(featuring ancient works from the Louvre Museum and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens as well as street art in celebration of the tradition of wine)

Running until August 29th, 2021


Augustin Rouart: Painting as Legacy at Le Petit Palais in Paris

(also featuring the works of Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, and Auguste Renoir)

Running June 1st – October 10th, 2021


Picasso-Rodin between le Musée Rodin and le Musée National de Picasso – Paris

Running May 19th, 2021 – January 2nd, 2022


Isamu Nochuchi’s Light Sculptures at the Noguchi Museum in Queens, New York; photographed by Torstenkunz-Germany


The Summer Olympics in Tokyo

Running July 23rd – August 8th, 2021


Five Purr-fect Points for a New Public Space: Kengo Kuma at The Museum of Modern Art Tokyo

Running June 18th – September 26th, 2021


Isamu Noguchi: Ways of Discovery at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Running April 24th – August 29th, 2021


Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre; photographed by Ustin Tachkin


Performances by the Leonid Veniaminovich Yakobson, the St Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg

August performances: Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote


Space for Art: Conflict Check at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art Education Center

(a series of exhibitions and public events presented by artists addressing the theme of conflict)

Running August 4th – September 26th, 2021


The Art Gallery of Ontario, designed by Frank Gehry; photographed by Rick Harris


The National Ballet of Canada’s Sharing the Stage Residency at the Harbourfront Center in Toronto

(featuring performances by the National Ballet, works-in-process from guest companies, and an outdoor studio offering open rehearsals, complementary dance classes, and panel discussions)

Running August 9th – 29th, 2021


Matthew Wong: Blue View at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto

Running August 13th, 2021 – April 18th, 2022



Text by Annabel Colterjohn