Major contemporary art exhibitions in Europe this summer

17 Jul 2015

by ArtRabbit

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ArtRabbit has highlighted and mapped major contemporary art exhibitions running throughout this summer that are worth a city trip or two. Have a look at our picks.

Carsten Höller: Decision

10 Jun 2015 – 6 Sep 2015
Hayward Gallery, London

Carsten Höller: Decision is the artist’s largest survey show in the UK to date. The exhibition, which sprawls across Hayward Gallery and erupts beyond its roof and walls, explores perception and decision making. Confronting visitors with a series of choices, it features mirrors, disconcerting doubles and mysterious objects which together create an impression of a world where nothing is quite as it seems.

Roy Lichtenstein

13 Mar 2015 – 10 Jan 2016
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

As part of REFLECTIONS at Modern One - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 2015, a special three-room ARTIST ROOMS display is dedicated to works by renowned American artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

9 Jun 2015 – 27 Sep 2015
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao

The unique, unmistakable, innovative work of Jeff Koons has made him one of the most prominent figures of the art of our time. Lacking the aura of inaccessibility that surrounds other contemporary works of art, his instantly recognisable creations appeal to the general public and draw on countless art historical sources, such as Surrealism, Pop Art, and Dada.

Warhol Underground

1 Jul 2015 – 23 Nov 2015
Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz

Warhol Underground is an unprecedented re-reading of the work of the high priest of pop art through his connections with the New York underground scene: music, dance, cinema…

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time

3 Jul 2015 – 1 Nov 2015
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao

Now's the Time is the most ambitious retrospective of influential New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat held in Spain to date. Organised by the Art Gallery of Ontario, one of the most prestigious museums in Canada, in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The show includes approximately one hundred large-scale paintings, drawings, and photographs from public and private collections across Europe and North America.

Miró in the Rijksmuseum gardens

19 Jun 2015 – 11 Oct 2015
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Twenty-one sculptures by the Spanish artist Joan Miró will be adorning the gardens of the Rijksmuseum this summer. This is the first-ever exhibition of Miró's sculptures in the Netherlands. The four-metre-high Oiseau lunaire is making its first public appearance.

Tino Sehgal

1 Jan 2015 – 31 Dec 2015
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

The Stedelijk presents the first major survey of the German/British artist Tino Sehgal. The overview unfolds in 12 months and 16 chapters. The Stedelijk Museum will present the live work of this radical artist nonstop for 365 days, from opening to closing time.

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots

30 Jun 2015 – 18 Oct 2015
Tate Liverpool, Liverpool

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots brings together the most significant showing of this widely debated body of work in a public institution since 1980. These paintings had a profound impact on the language of contemporary art, with noted art historian Michael Fried commenting that it was while Pollock was making his Black Pourings that he was ‘on the verge of an entirely new and different kind of painting … of virtually limitless potential’.

Zero: Let Us Explore the Stars

4 Jul 2015 – 8 Nov 2015
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Fire, light, movement, space, demonstrations and performances: Let Us Explore the Starts is a historic survey of the innovative avant-garde group ZERO.

Marc Quinn. The Toxic Sublime

15 Jul 2015 – 13 Sep 2015
White Cube Bermondsey, London

This exhibition is Quinn’s first at White Cube London since 2010, includes two new bodies of work and is the culmination of two years of investigation into natural phenomena and our distanced and complex relationship with the environment.

Out of Chaos; Ben Uri: 100 Years in London

2 Jul 2015 – 13 Dec 2015
Somerset House, London

The Ben Uri Gallery and Museum is celebrating its centenary this year with a major exhibition in Somerset House: Out Of Chaos; Ben Uri: 100 Years in London.

Kapoor Versailles

9 Jun 2015 – 1 Nov 2015
Château de Versailles, Versailles

Until 1 November 2015, the Palace of Versailles welcomes the British artist Anish Kapoor for a major contemporary art exhibition in the gardens of Versailles.

Doug Aitken

9 Jul 2015 – 27 Sep 2015
Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt

The spectacular film and sound works by American artist Doug Aitken take visitors on a synaesthetic journey around the world and into themselves – in an irresistible maelstrom of expressive images and rhythmic landscapes.

Tracey Emin | Egon Schiele. Where I Want to Go

24 Apr 2015 – 14 Sep 2015
Leopold Museum, Vienna

The Leopold Museum will present the first comprehensive exhibition in Vienna featuring more than 80 works by the British artist Tracey Emin (born in 1963), a leading figure of the “Young British Artists”. She will engage in an artistic dialogue, as she will not only present her own works but will also incorporate a personal selection of drawings by Egon Schiele into the exhibition.

56th International Art Exhibition: All the World’s Futures

9 May 2015 – 22 Nov 2015
Venice Biennale, Venice

The 56th International Art Exhibition titled All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor and organised by la Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta, will run through 22 November 2015 at the Giardini della Biennale and at the Arsenale. Unquestionably the most important exhibition of this year, it brings together 136 artists from 53 countries, of whom 89 will be showing for the first time.

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