A monthly guide to events and exhibitions on Cabana's Radar: a global cultural bulletin and a must-read for anyone looking to keep their finger on the pulse of art and design.




This May, whether you want to visit a new exhibition at a world-renowned museum, listen to a heritage preservation talk in one of New York’s most beautiful buildings, or travel to the Mediterranean seaside for one of two emerging art biennales, we’ve got you covered. Read on for the events, exhibitions and festivals on our radar.




Michelangelo: The Last Decades

Michelangelo Buonarroti, study for the ‘Last Judgment’. © The Trustees of the British Museum.


This must-see exhibition on the final decades of Michelangelo’s life offers a unique look into the artist’s personality. The first exhibition under the appointment of the British Museum’s new director, Nicholas Cullinan, it triumphantly demonstrates that the last decades of Michelangelo’s life were anything but a decline. Check out this exhibition for a deeper understanding of the man behind the masterpieces, conveyed through Michelangelo's own words, including letters, poetry, and more.


May 2 - July 28, 2024, The British Museum, LONDON, ENGLAND  


Matisse: The Red Studio at Fondation Louis Vuitton


Fondation Louis Vuitton brings its audiences an exhibition dedicated to Matisse’s 1911 masterpiece, The Red Studio. This painting has been one of the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) highlights since its acquisition in 1949, and this month it is in Paris for all to see. This exhibition brings together artworks depicted in The Red Studio painting and also includes related paintings, drawings, and archival material.


May 4 - September 9, 2024, Fondation Louis Vuitton, PARIS, FRANCE 


Marcin Rusak, Vas Florum: Resina Botanica, at Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery.


Following his solo debut at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris last year, Marcin Rusak returns, this time at the Gallery’s New York location. Rusak mesmerizes his audiences with a  captivating exhibition centered around the powerful symbolism of plants, evoking memories of people, places, and the emotional reactions of those encounters. The Vas Florum series features unique floral compositions that have evolved into a contemporary herbarium, representing the artist’s subjective experiences as well as the larger essence of our contemporary existence.


May 7 - 24, 2024, Carpenter's Workshop Gallery, NEW YORK, USA


NG200: Celebrating 200 Years of The National Gallery

Gallery 36 of the National Gallery. © The National Gallery, London.


Attend one of The National Gallery's many events and exhibitions in London, and across the UK, to celebrate the museum’s bicentenary. Of particular interest is NG200: 14th-century Siena, where Sienese art will be on full-scale display for the first time ever outside of Italy, and the opportunity to see an exciting redisplay of the entire National Gallery Collection at NG200: The Main Event.


Starting May 10, 2024, LONDON, ENGLAND & AROUND THE UK


Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“May” ball gown, Christian Dior for House of Dior, 1953; Gift of Mrs. David Kluger, 1960 © Nick Knight, 2024. Image courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


This year's Met Ball attendees will have the first look at Sleeping Beauties: an exhibition featuring exquisite, historical masterpieces representing the last four centuries of fashion. Through research, conservation analysis, and several technologies, the Institute reawakened the sensorial power of around 250 garments. Sleeping beauties no longer, visitors will embark on an immersive journey to smell, touch, and listen to these precious garments.


May 10 - September 2, 2024, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NEW YORK, USA


Houghton Hall: Dame Magdalene Odundo and Anthony Gormley

Norfolk's Houghton Hall © Ashley Hicks for Cabana Magazine Issue 17


This summer Houghton Hall will present two outstanding exhibitions, an outdoor installation of 100 works by the eminent British sculptor, Anthony Gormley, and an exhibition by Dame Magdalene Odundo, the revered ceramic artist, which will showcase new and existing works spanning Odundo’s 30-year career. Gormley's haunting figures are dispersed throughout the stately home's grounds, while Odundo's works will inhabit Houghton’s spectacular State Rooms.


May 12 - September 29, Houghton Hall, NORFOLK, UK


Sotheby’s Exhibition of Una Casa Una Vida: Collection Yolanda Eleta de Fierro

The Madrid home of Yolanda Eleta de Fierro © Courtesy of Sotheby’s.


Sotheby’s presents Yolanda Eleta de Fierro’s personal collection from her residence in Madrid, designed by the renowned decorating firm Maison Jansen. Attend to see pieces from the elegant home, which reflects the well-traveled lifestyle of its owners, with English country house influences. A highlight of the collection is a Regency silver dining service by Paul Storr, which accompanies chinoiserie lacquered cabinets and other pieces typical of the Jansen style.


May 16-20, 2024, PARIS, FRANCE


Fragile Beauty: Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection at V&A 

Herb Ritts, Versace Dress (Back View), El Mirage, 1990. © Herb Ritts Foundation. Courtesy of Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.

This exhibition of photographs from the famed collection of Sir Elton John and David Furnish presents over 300 rare prints from 140 photographers to tell the story of modern photography through the subjects of fashion, celebrity, reportage, and the male body. Photographs range from 1950 to the present and include fashion photographs by Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, and Herb Ritts. 


May 18, 2024 - January 5, 2025, Victoria & Albert Museum, LONDON, ENGLAND


When We See Us: A Century of Black Figuration in Painting

Cassi Namoda, To Live Long Is To See Much (Ritual Bathers III), 2020. Courtesy of Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Miami.


Originally on view in Cape Town, South Africa at the Zeitz MOCAA, this exhibition travels to Basel, bringing together 156 artists in a comprehensive show on Black figurative painting. With over 200 pieces by Black artists from Africa and the African Diaspora, from the 1920s to the present, this exhibition is also an opportunity to see works by famed, late artists like Jacob Lawrence in conversation with contemporary artists like Michael Armitage, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Danielle McKinney.


May 25 - October 27, 2024, Kunstmuseum, BASEL, SWITZERLAND


Simone Leigh at LACMA

© Simone Leigh, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery. Photo by Shaniqwa Jarvis.  


Simone Leigh is one of the most in demand, successful artists today; and her moving, beautiful bronzes and ceramics of great heights prove why. The artist’s work reflects on the lived realities of Black women and champions their beauty and strength. This traveling exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of Leigh’s work, where LACMA presents approximately 20 years of the artist’s career.


May 26, 2024 - January 20, 2025, LACMA, LOS ANGELES, CA, USA


Jenny Holzer @ Guggenheim

© Jenny Holzer 


Witness the transformation of the Guggenheim’s iconic interior in this reimagination of Jenny Holzer’s momentous 1989 installation at the Frank Lloyd-Wright-designed museum. Known for her unmistakable electronic signs, Holzer’s work will climb all six ramps of the museum’s rotunda. Even if you know the Guggenheim well, this exhibition will captivate viewers by transforming the museum as you know it.


May 17 - September 29, 2024, NEW YORK, USA




The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), New York

© The European Fine Art and Antiques Fair (TEFAF) 


The iconic art fair returns for its 10th edition in New York City. With one of the world's most vibrant and prestigious art markets as its setting, leading art dealers and exhibitors will present exceptional old master paintings, sculpture, antiquities, and curiosities at the Park Avenue Armory. Concurrently, TEFAF Online offers stories, lectures and panel discussions from the esteemed TEFAF community.


May 10-14 | Park Avenue Armory, NEW YORK, USA


MedBodrum, Turkey


Exclusive: International art collector and owner of Bodrum's iconic Macakizi resort, Sahir Erozan, hosts the inaugural MedBodrum this May - a four-day festival that celebrates the Mediterranean lifestyle through gastronomy, art and sustainability. With a clear intent to put Bodrum on the international calendar, Erozan has curated an impressive programme of events, from musical performances by Skip Marley to feasts from Michelin-starred chef, Aret Sahakyan. "MedBodrum will also contribute to the global dialogue on sustainability," Erozan tells Cabana, with Sunday's guests invited to partake in 'Bay Cleaning' with the Mediterranean Preservation Society.


May 9-13, Macakizi, BODRUM, TURKEY


Frieze, New York

The Shed New York © Brett Beyer. 


The leading art fair will take place in The Shed in New York this year, representing over 60 galleries from 25 countries. A new curator takes the helm for Focus, Frieze’s highly respected section for young galleries, including Central Galeria and Mitre Galeria from Brazil. More than half of Frieze’s 2024 participants are New York-based, but are joined by eagerly-awaited galleries like LA’s Sow & Tailor and Shulamit Nazarian galleries, and San Francisco’s Micki Meng gallery.


May 1-5, The Shed, NEW YORK, USA


Chanel Cruise 2025 Collection

Courtesy of Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP.


Chanel will show its Cruise 2025 collection in Marseille early this May to highlight the city’s energy and cultural vitality. In a change of scenery from Chanel’s last show in Los Angeles, Chanel returns to the South of France to present its newest collection. The house’s choice to stage their latest show in Marseille is part of a larger experiment to move away from traditionally glamorous locations, as we saw with Chanel’s Métiers d’Art show in Manchester last December. 




The Grand Tourist 10th Season Celebration at KASMIN

Portrait of Dan Rubinstein, photographed by Isaac Anthony. 


Join Dan Rubenstein, design journalist for nearly 20 years, to celebrate the launch of the 10th season of his insightful podcast, The Grand Tourist, and toast Les Lalanne: Zoophites exhibition. Named after the 17th and 18th-century European journeys, listeners get a first-class education from the world’s most fascinating figures.


May 8, 2024, NEW YORK, NY, USA


De Renava Biennale of Bonifacio #2

© Sergio Roger, Iconic Column, De Renava.


In just its second edition, the emerging De Renava Biennale has forged significant partnerships, including one with the Centre Pompidou, bringing a curated selection of artworks to the breathtaking Mediterranean city of Bonifacio. South of Corsica, Bonifacio becomes a site of artistic and cultural exploration during the biennale, where the historical citadel hosts artworks by internationally renowned and local artists. Close to twenty artists are invited to explore this year’s theme, “Roma Amor: The Fall of Empires,” delving into the nuanced concept of empire.


May 10 - November 2, 2024, BONFACIO, FRANCE


London Craft Week

Image courtesy Sabina Savage Studio. 


For lovers of exceptional craftsmanship and creativity, the multitude of events happening as part of London Craft Week are not to be missed. Among them, Hand & Lock, embroiderers to the British royal family, invite the public to learn about Britain’s oldest embroidery house; Sabina Savage hosts an event at the Royal Academy of Arts on the artistry behind her hand-drawn illustrations, printed on silk and cashmere scarfs; and Sarah Davis tours the interiors of Two Temple Place, a neo-Gothic wonder built for William Waldorf Astor in the 1890s.


May 13-192024, LONDON, ENGLAND



DESIGN MIAMI. LA 2024 will be presented in this historic Holmby Hills estate this May. Photo © Walker Bunting for Design Miami. 


Join Design Miami for its inaugural edition of DESIGN MIAMI. LA, presented in the Holmby Hills estate designed by Paul R. Williams. The three-acre estate will present collectible design galleries, hand-selected historic and contemporary furniture, lighting, and objets d’art, highlight LA's role as an international arbiter of taste.


May 16-202024, LOS ANGELES, CA, USA


The Monterosso Lemon Festival

© Pg. e-borghi.com – Ph. wojtaro76/shutterstock. 


If you happen to be in Cinque Terre in mid May, head to Monterosso to indulge in their Festa del Limone. During the festival, the village’s narrow streets become lined with lemon decorations. You can taste the offerings from lemon producers who display their products and compete for best decorated window. The festival, bathed in vibrant yellows and greens, seems as charming as can be.




Mexico Design Fair

Aerial view of MDF Mexico Design Fair's main exhibition at Casa Naila, in 2022. Photo by Jaime Navarro.


Escape to Puerto Escondido, a beach town in the southern state of Oaxaca, for an exclusive view into the contemporary Mexican art scene. Against the backdrop of Casa Naila, designed by Alfonso Quiñones, the Mexico Design Fair emerges as the nexus where contemporary Mexican design, local character, and cultural heritage converge.




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Stay tuned for our monthly cultural bulletin, On Our Radar, published in Happenings on the first of each month. Here you'll find the international exhibitions, new openings and events piquing the interest of the Cabana team.

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