1. Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts

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Bruce Nauman, Human Nature/Life Death/Knows Doesn’t Know (1983). (Courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Modern and Contemporary Art Council Fund © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA)

Where: Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, New York, United States
When: Until February 25, 2019
Bruce Nauman is one of the most famous—and often most shocking—artists of his generation. The 76-year-old American has made everything from sculptures incorporating taxidermy moulds to neon works depicting pornographic scenes.This show is split between the two New York institutions, the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, and covers Nauman’s entire career, which began in the 1960s. 

2. Catastrophe And The Power Of Art

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Yoko Ono, Add Color Painting (Refugee Boat) (2016). (Installation view at Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2016)

Where: Mori Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan 
When: Until January 20, 2019
This unusual exhibition at the Mori Museum of Art examines how artists have responded to tragedies around the world, such as the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001, the global financial crisis of 2008, and the tsunami-triggered Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011. Featured artists include international stars such as Gillian Wearing, Isaac Julien and Mona Hatoum, as well as prominent Japanese counterparts Yoko Ono, Tatsuo Miyajima and the Chim Pom art collective, among many others. 

 3. Kochi-Muziris Biennale

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Hanna Tuulikki, Sourcemouth: Liquidbody (2016). (Courtesy of Kochi Biennale Foundation)

Where: Kerala, India
When: From December 12, 2018 to March 29, 2019
Artist Anita Dube is curating this edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, which is often described as the largest art exhibition in South Asia. This year’s event features works by big-name artists, including William Kentridge, Jitish Kallat and Guerilla Girls, as well as pieces by rising stars. The show is spread across multiple venues in and around the city of Kochi in the Indian state of Kerala. 

4. Bruegel

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Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Dulle Griet (1562). (© Museum Mayer van den Bergh)

Where: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria
When: Until January 13, 2019
The 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, one of the 16th century’s greatest Netherlandish painters, takes place in 2019. To mark the occasion, the museum is bringing panels from other collections to join the 12 it owns for a stunning overview of Bruegel’s oeuvre. Only about 40 of his complex, multilayered paintings survive, so to see so many in one place is a rare treat. 

 5. Andy Warhol—From A To B And Back Again

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Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych (1962). (Courtesy of Tate © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Artists Rights Society)

Where:  Whitney Musueum of American Art, New York, United States
When: Until March 31, 2019
Remarkably, this exhibition at the Whitney Musueum of American Art is the first Warhol retrospective to be held in the US since 1989. Starting with Warhol’s work as a commercial illustrator in the 1950s, the show traces the artist’s career through to the height of pop art in the 1960s and on to his experimental video work and use of readymades in the 1980s. 

6. I Am Ashurbanipal: King Of The World, King Of Assyria

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Relief detail of Ashurbanipal hunting on horseback, Nineveh, Assyria (645–635 BC). (© The Trustees of the British Museum)

Where: The British Museum, London, England
When: Until February 24, 2019
King Ashurbanipal of the Assyrian empire, who lived from roughly 669 to 631 BC, was the most powerful man on earth at the time.This major exhibition explores his reign through the British Museum’s unmatched collection of art and objects from the Assyrian empire, which in its heyday stretched from the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of Iran. 

7. The Jeweled Isle: Art From Sri Lanka

7.jpgUnknown artist, Tile With Musicians (Late 18th century). (Gift of Marilyn Walter Grounds. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA)

Where:  LACMA, Los Angeles, United States
When: December 9, 2018 to June 23, 2019
Showcasing more than 250 works made over the past two thousand years, this exhibition at LACMA is the first comprehensive survey of art from Sri Lanka ever organised by an American museum.With its assortment of 19th-century photographs, striking textiles and decorative objects made from gold, silver and ivory, it has something for everyone.

8. Love & Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masters From Tate

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John Everett Millais, Ophelia (1851-2). (© Tate) 

Where:  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
When: December 14, 2018 to April 28, 2019
This exhibition features more than 80 pre-Raphaelite paintings, more than half of them lent by Britain’s Tate museum and many of them never exhibited in Australia before. The many highlights include John Everett Millais’ "Ophelia" and William Holman Hunt’s "The Awakening Conscience". 

9. Elmgreen & Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue

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Elmgreen & Dragset, Han (2012). (Courtesy of the artists. Photography: Anders Sune Berg)

Where: Whitechapel Gallery, London, England
When: Until January 27, 2019
Scandinavians Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have worked together since 1995, creating intriguing sculptures, installations and performances that explore social and sexual politics.This exhibition, their first survey show in the UK, showcases a series of sculptures and installations from across their career.

10. After Nature

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Liang Shaoji, Moon Garden (2015). (Courtesy of UCCA)

Where:  UCCA Dune, Beidaihe, China
When: Until April 4, 2019
In October, Beijing's Ullens Centre For Contemporary Art opened its first museum outside of the Chinese capital. Called UCCA Dune, this new outpost is located in a futuristic, purpose-built arts centre that's buried under a sand dune in the Beidaihe district, a popular seaside destination about three and a half hours' drive from Beijing. UCCA Dune's inaugural show, After Nature, features nine Chinese artists whose work investigates the natural world and humanity's impact on the environment. Among the artists taking part is Hong Kong-based Trevor Yeung, who earlier this year donated work to both the Ambassadors Ball auction and Asia Art Archive's fundraiser. 

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