Top contemporary art exhibitions in Europe this winter season


by Vivi Kallinikou

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:

Basim Magdy. There will be no shooting stars in Paris

Basim Magdy's works evoke a sensation of loss or dystopia where time is intentionally distorted, a sensation reinforced by Magdy through his technical choices: much of his more recent work is filmed in 16 mm.

Pina Bausch and the Tanztheater in Berlin 

Pina Bausch is a pioneer of modern dance theatre and one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century. The exhibition is the first to present her work to a wider public.

Fiona Tan. Geography of Time in Frankfurt

Fiona Tan employs film, photography, installation, audio and text to question our identity in the twenty-first century. How do we see ourselves, and how can we understand the mechanism that determines our perspective on others? Her moving and intensely human works explore history and time and our place within them.

Marguerite Humeau. FOXP2 in Nottingham

FOXP2 is Marguerite Humeau's first major solo show in the UK. Humeau's new works grew out of conversations with zoologists and other experts. One sound installation takes the form of a “choir” of 108 billion voices, re-enacting the moment when a gene – FOXP2 – mutated, allowing our ancestors to develop language.

Masters of Japanese Photography in Norwich

Exhibition explores the work of some of the most prominent Japanese photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, including Nobuyoshi Araki, Eikoh Hosoe and Kikuji Kawada.

Los Angeles Art Scene in Oslo

The exhibition presents the L.A. art scene, from the young and youngest up-and-coming artists to their well-established predecessors.

Prix Pictet: Disorder in Hamburg

The sixth Prix Pictet exhibition cycle focuses on works by twelve exhibiting photographers exploring pressing problems of our time - from social chaos and political uprisings to climate disruption. 

Edmund de Waal: During the Night in Vienna

British artist and author Edmund de Waal has curated a show of carefully selected precious objects from the Kunsthistorisches Museum’s collections, displayed in a dark room.

Rodney Graham: You should be an artist in Dijon

Series of works exploring the question of the artist and his figure in systematically different scenes. Several works mounted on light boxes will echo paintings or films instituting a dialogue between the compositions.

Yin Xiuzhen. Slow Release in Moscow

Yin Xiuzhen is the third artist invited to create a monumental, site-specific work for the Garage Atrium Commissions series. Her red and white capsule references a new generation of pills designed to reduce the speed of release of medicine in the body in order to increase its therapeutic effect.

Piranesi/Shiota: Prisons of the Imagination in Tel Aviv

The exhibition juxtaposes Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s series of prints “Carceri d’invenzione,” from ca. 1761, with Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota’s 2012 installation Stairway: a web of black threads featuring a staircase.

Picks by ArtRabbit's Vivi Kallinikou. Have you seen a great exhibition that's not listed? Add it to ArtRabbit.
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