Top contemporary art exhibitions in Europe this holiday season

22 Dec 2015

Can't decide where to spend your Christmas holiday and looking for some inspiration on where to go? ArtRabbit has highlighted some exciting destinations.

We have highlighted and mapped top contemporary art exhibitions running throughout this holiday season that are worth a city trip. Have a look at our picks:

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art presents the first comprehensive survey of Louise Bourgeois’ work in Moscow as part of the special programme of the 6th Moscow Biennale.

Mon-Sun 11am-10pm; last admission 30 minutes before museum closes

Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich

We are almost constantly surrounded by architecture, but we barely perceive it. Yet it has a major impact on our thoughts and actions — sometimes obviously, but usually unconsciously. Colombian artist Gabriel Sierra is interested in precisely this psychological dimension of architecture.

Tue, Wed, Fri 11am–6pm; Thu 11am–8pm; Sat, Sun and public holidays 10am–5pm; closed on Mondays

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec's work ranges from the design of small objects to special arrangements and architecture, from craftsmanship to industrial scale, from drawings to videos and photography. The installation 17 Screens, developed specifically for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, incorporates interweaving sequences of modular elements made of ceramics, aluminum, glass, wooden sticks and textile, held together by unique developed joints and hanging systems.

Mon, Wed, Sat 10am-6pm; Tue, Thur 10am-9pm; Fri 10am-2pm; closed on Sun

Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Olafur Eliasson is one of the most acclaimed international artists today. Since the early 1990s, his works have been presented in countless exhibitions all over the world. Using a variety of media, including sculpture, photography, film and installation, he creates architectural projects and site-specific pieces for public spaces.

Tue & Fri 10-20; Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun 10-18; closed on Monday, 24, 25, 28, 31 Dec & 1 Jan; 26, 27 & 30 Dec 10–18; 29 Dec 10–20

S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent

The Bottom Line shows various aspects of drawing as a form of contemporary art: from abstract to figurative, from small format to large, from rapid sketches to slow, large-scale projects and from drawing as film to drawing as performance. Its range of content stretches from personal diary to politically significant, from self-portrait to social group portrait.

Tue-Sun 10am - 6pm; closed on 24, 25, 28 and 31 Dec and 1 Jan 2016; last admission 30 minutes before museum closes

Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna

Not only is political populism on the rise, but it is also making much stronger use of pop culture and artistic methods and aesthetics than in earlier years. The exhibition brings together works by international artists who address various facets of populism and analyse it, diffract it in an ironic manner and above all point out how omnipresent it has become.

Daily 10am-7pm; Thu 10am – 9pm; 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan 12-6pm; closed on 24 & 31 Dec

Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg

Streamlines focuses on fifteen artistic projects on waterways, flight, the port and international trade, featuring site-specific works that deal with the historical background and the current and prospective situation of Hamburg as a 'gateway to the world'.

Tue-Sun 11am-6pm; open on Mon28 Dec 11am-6pm and on 1 Jan 2016 from 1 - 6pm; closed on 24 and 31 Dec

Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon

The exhibition Interregnum brings together three recent works by Stan Douglas, all dealing with the same historical period, in which different aspirations of universalist and multicultural transformation of the world order emerge. Portugal’s recent history, with the revolution of 25 April, 1974 and the end of colonialism, is everywhere present in these works, that also explore other cultural events, such as the emergence of jazz-rock, funk, disco, and afrobeat.

Mon-Sun 10am-7pm; 24 & 31 Dec 10am-2:30pm; closed on 25 Dec; 1 Jan 12-7pm; last admission 30 minutes before Museum closes

Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn

Ryoji Ikeda’s exhibition project supersymmetry is the artist’s vision of the physical nature of our world. Ikeda’s installation is based on the theory of supersymmetry, originating in particle physics; it attempts to explain via elementary particles – bosons and fermions – why the particles have mass.

Wed 11am–8pm, Thu–Sun 11am–6pm; closed on 24-26 Dec; 31 Dec & 4–5 Jan 11am–3pm; last admission 30 minutes before museum closes

Barbican Centre, London

Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important designers of the 20th century. This extensive new exhibition surveys their careers and extraordinary work at the Eames Office.

Sat–Wed 10am–6pm; Thu–Fri 10am–9pm; closed on 24, 25, 26 Dec; Sun 27 Dec 10am–6pm; Mon 28 Dec 12–6pm; Thu 31 Dec 10am–6pm; Fri 1 Jan 12–9pm

Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds is known internationally for its wide-ranging programme. Its exhibitions vary from historic to contemporary sculpture. It currently host two exhibitions you should not miss: British artist Katrina Palmer's first institutional commission and the first solo exhibition of American conceptual artist Christine Kozlov

Mon-Sun 10am-5.30pm; Wed 10am-9pm; closed on Bank Holidays

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