Culture24/7: top art exhibitions to see around the UK in April 2013

By Mark Sheerin | 02 April 2013

While not necessarily the cruellest month, April does find many UK galleries in something of a hiatus between shows. However, the seven picked out here are all worth a look...

Flat colour painting of foliage and flowers on blue ground
Gert and Uwe Tobias at Whitechapel© www.whitechapelgallery.org
Gert and Uwe Tobias, Whitechapel Gallery London, from April 16

Twins from Romania bring a dynamite combination of old guard communist style, middle European folklore and German Post-war painting to London this spring. These diverse influences result in eye-pleasing woodcuts, wall paintings, collage and intense drawing.

Walk On: 40 Years of Art Walking, PM Gallery, London

Londoners could do worse than step out in the direction of Ealing for a group show based on a neat premise: artists whose practice involves walking. The two dozen names include pedestrian stalwarts, such as Richard Long and Hamish Fulton, plus the performative Marina Abramowicz and Francis Alÿs.

Nancy Holt: Land Art, , Manchester

While a shame this show does not appear to spill out into Whitworth Park, there should be plenty of film and photography by this pioneering land artist. Holt was there at the start of it all, in 1960s New York, but conjured work from trips to Dartmoor England and the deserts of Utah.

Mariana Castillo Deball: What we caught we threw away, what we didn’t catch we kept, CCA, Glasgow

A long way from her Mexican home, Mariana Castillo Deball developed this show in both the British Museum and a residency in the West of Scotland. Here she explored the archaeology of Mayan writing and objects, telling their stories with reference to anthropology along with art.

Fiona Rae: Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne

With a focus on works made since 2000, this show responds almost as much to Photoshop as any other aspect of art history. But these diverse influences are what keeps Rae so interesting, along with other interests: anime, graphic novels, Ab Ex, Philip Guston and Albrecht Dürer.

The Blue Route - Kaarina Kaikkonen, Fabrica, Brighton, from April 6


Finnish artist Kaikkonen has recently put a call out to Brighton residents appealing for second hand shirts with which to make a new piece she is calling the Blue Route. If her appearance at the 2010 Liverpool Biennial is anything to go by, the results will be as spectacular as it is poignant. Read Kaarina's Artist's Statement.

Couriers of Taste, Danson House, Bexleyheath, until October 31


With dual interests in chinoiserie and the trade patterns at the time 18th century Danson House was founded, this show makes visitors think twice about the world’s lesser known superpower. Drawing, installation and sculpture bring the urgency of the SINOPTICON project to Kent. Read our preview.

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