1993 in art
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The year 1993 in art involved some significant events.
- 7 March – Beavis and Butt-head first appears on MTV.
- May – Jay Jopling opens the London gallery White Cube. Tracey Emin's first major exhibition, "My Major Retrospective 1963–1993" (sic.) opens here on 19 November.
- 27 May – Via dei Georgofili Massacre: A car bomb planted outside the Uffizi Gallery in Florence by the Mafia kills five and irretrievably destroys three paintings, including an Adoration of the shepherds (1620) by Gerard van Honthorst.
- 21 June – Tate St Ives gallery opens in Cornwall, England.
- 18 August – The 14th century Kapellbrücke covered wooden truss bridge in Lucerne (Switzerland) is largely destroyed by fire, together with two-thirds of the 147 17th-century interior paintings by Hans Heinrich Wägmann.
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- The comic book collecting boom achieves its peak.
- The Barbie Liberation Organization, as a revolt against gender stereotypes, switches the voice boxes on a reported 300 talking G.I. Joe and Barbie dolls before returning them to stores.
- A catalogue of Augustan portraits lists 148 replicas of Augustus of Primaporta, plus six done as cameos. The earliest known replica of Augustus is made before 25 BC.
- Kustom Kulture, Laguna Beach Art Museum
- Harold Parker retrospective, Queensland Art Gallery
- Venice Biennale shows several works by Young British Artists including Damien Hirst's Mother and Child Divided.
- Archibald Prize: Garry Shead – Tom Thompson
- Schock Prize in Visual Arts: Rafael Moneo
- Turner Prize: Rachel Whiteread
- Wolf Prize in Arts: Bruce Nauman—The Venice Biennale--
- The Lion d'or Golden Lion for Best Pavilion: Hans Haacke and Nam June Paik representing Germany
- Martin Creed – Work No 79: Some Blu-tack kneaded, rolled into a ball and depressed against a wall
- Peter Doig – Blotter
- Elisabeth Frink – Risen Christ (Liverpool Cathedral)
- Anya Gallaccio – Stroke
- Gillian Wearing – Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say
- Rachel Whiteread – House
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- 26 January – Robert Jacobsen, Danish sculptor and painter (b. 1912).
- 28 January – Hannah Wilke, American painter, sculptor and photographer (b. 1940).
- 30 January – Svetoslav Roerich, Russian painter (b. 1904).
- 19 February – Pietro Pezzati, American painter (b. 1902).
- 30 March – Richard Diebenkorn, American painter (b. 1922).
- April – Rowland Hilder, English landscape painter (b. 1905).
- 18 April – Dame Elisabeth Frink, English sculptor (b. 1930)
- 3 May – Robert De Niro, Sr., American abstract expressionist painter (b. 1922).
- 20 May – Stevan Bodnarov, Serbian sculptor and painter (b. 1905).
- 30 May – Henry Heerup, Danish painter and sculptor (b. 1907).
- 6 September – Leonard Bocour, paint-maker, painter (b. 1910).
- 20 October – Milan Konjović, Serbian painter (b. 1898).
- 7 December – Abidin Dino, Turkish artist (b. 1913).
- "Tracey Emin: My Major Retrospective 1963–1993". White Cube. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
- Tagliabue, John (1994-07-15). "Bombings Laid to Mafia War on Italy and Church". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
- Delavaux, Celine (2012). The Impossible Museum: The Best Art You'll Never See. Prestel. pp. 86–9. ISBN 9783791347158.