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What You’ll Want to Look at in 2016

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It’s going to be a good year for art. New museums, new exhibits, giant teddy bear things standing in the English countryside. Yep, a great year for art.

So we peered into our crystal ball to look at some of the galleries, exhibits, museums and, yes, giant teddies to get excited by in the first half of 2016.

What: Kaws
When: February 6 to June 12
Where: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, United Kingdom
Why: The seemingly ubiquitous artist/vinyl toy/MTV VMA award designer (which is definitely not a toy) takes over a Yorkshire sculpture garden with his fabricated teddy bears. They’d be scary if they weren’t so cute.

What: Van Gogh’s Bedrooms
When: February 14 to May 10
Where: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Why: Opening on Valentine’s Day, this retrospective of his moody single-room portraits is probably the most romantic way to be inspired by Van Gogh. That is, if you like your ear.

What: Matthew Barney
When: February 26 to May 15
Where: Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway
Why: Barney is always sort of interesting. Strange. But interesting. Here he’s reworking seminal works into one new narrative.

What: Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015
When: April 10 to August 21
Where: LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
Why: Because you want to pinpoint the exact moment when pantaloons were no longer an acceptable fashion choice so you can build a time machine and stop that from happening. Also: stop parachute pants from happening.

What: SFMOMA Reopens
When: May 14
Where: SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Why: After being closed for three years, the museum’s total overhaul will make it the largest contemporary art museum in the world. So that’s got to count for something.

What: Stuart Davis: In Full Swing
When: June 10 to September 25
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Why: Because a Stuart Davis work is like jazz in painting form, and this is the first-ever retrospective tying his later and earlier works together. It’s like they’ll be having a jam session.

What: The New Tate Modern
When: June 17
Where: Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
Why: A 10-story, twisting pyramid dedicated to art will add on to the original power station to give you three levels of gallery and a top-level terrace with 360-degree views of London. Oh, and tons of art.

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