Top Contemporary Art Exhibitions to See in Europe This Winter Season

05 Dec 2017

by ArtRabbit

We have highlighted and mapped the ten must-see contemporary art exhibitions in Europe running throughout the holiday season. Take a look at our top picks worth a city break to explore.

Duet with Artist. Participation as Artistic Principle at 21er Haus, Vienna

Daily 11am-6pm on all public holidays

What is the role of modern-day museums? What possibilities for social participation still exist? The exhibition Duet with Artist puts you and your active participation at its heart. Prepare to be made aware of your critical thought process via static artworks, carry out artistic instructions or to directly cooperate with other visitors in the exhibition space.  

Visions of Nature at KUNST HAUS WIEN, Vienna

Daily 10am–6pm, 24 Dec 10am-3pm

Mankind’s relationship with nature is subject to continual change but never before have the changes caused by mankind’s impact had such far-reaching repercussions. Visions of Nature showcases twenty-five artistic positions by international and Austrian artists working in the medium of photography and video to examine the way in which our relationship with nature is currently explored from an artistic point of view.

Frank Stella at Charles Riva Collection, Brussels

Wed - Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 2am-6pm
Closed 23 Dec - 3 Jan

Frank Stella at Riva Collection brings together works from the famous “Polish Village” series which evoke the artist’s interest in topics linked to the Holocaust and the Jewish people. The sculptural qualities and colours of Stella’s pieces are brought to light in a beautiful minimalist hanging.

Basquiat: Boom for Real at Barbican Centre, London

Thur - Sat 10am-10pm, Sun - Wed 10am-6pm
Closed 24, 25 and 26 Dec

One of the most significant painters of the 20th century, Jean-Michel Basquiat came of age in the late 1970s in the post-punk underground art scene in downtown New York. Basquiat: Boom for Real is the first large-scale exhibition of his work in the UK.

Fahrelnissa Zeid at Kunsthalle Deutsche Bank, Berlin

Daily 10am-8pm

The Fahrelnissa Zeid retrospective presents one of the most important Turkish pioneers of modernity to the international public at Kunsthalle Deutsche Bank. The show, originally designed for the Tate Modern London, features a broad range of works from Zeid’s eight-decade career.

Pure Arctic by Sebastian Copeland at Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow

Tue - Fri 12am-9pm, Sat - Sun 12pm-10pm
Closed Mon

Ever since photography began, it has served as a tool for spreading knowledge about the world. Before the arrival of transport and methods of communication, it allowed people to see the most remote places on Earth. The exhibition traces Sebastian Copeland’s journeys to both the North and South Poles, as well as the photographer’s most extensive Arctic series, to which he dedicated over 10 years of travelling.

William Kentridge Enough and More Than Enough at Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid

Mon, Wed - Sat 10am-9pm
Closed 24, 25, 31 Dec and 1 Jan

William Kentridge Enough and More Than Enough focuses on Kentridge’s stage work, including theatre, opera and performance, and takes this perspective to approach his sculptural projects. The cornerstone of the show is cemented by Woyzeck on the Highveld (1992), Faustus in Africa! (1995) and Ubu and the Truth Commission (1997), and the operas Il ritorno d’Ulisse (The Return of Ulysses, 1998), The Nose (2010), Lulu (2015) and Wozzeck (2017).

Anni Albers: Touching Vision at Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao

Tue - Sun 10am-8pm, 24 and 31 Dec 10am-8pm
Closed 25 Dec and 1 Jan

Anni Albers was distinguished by the originality of her practice, pictorial and textile, and by her profound knowledge of the materials and techniques of weaving. Paying special attention to the connections between different periods and series, and emphasizing recurrent motifs and ideas in contrast with experimental creations, Anni Albers: Touching Vision reflects on the strength of an artist whose thinking had a direct influence on her time as well as on future generations of artists.

Being Modern: MoMA In Paris at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Daily 9am-9pm 23 Dec - 8 Jan

Featuring more than 200 renowned masterpieces and less familiar, but highly significant works. This exhibition highlights the pivotal role that MoMA, its curators and its exhibition program, have played in the history of art in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Now engaged in a significant expansion and renovation of its building, MoMA has chosen Fondation Louis Vuitton as its partner to bring its legendary artistic heritage to Paris, showcasing its mission to be perpetually modern.

Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes at The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield

Daily 10am–5pm, 18 Dec 10am–4pm, 24 Dec 10am–3pm
Closed 25 and 26 Dec

Alina Szapocznikow radically reconceptualized sculpture as an imprint not only of memory but also of her own body. This autumn, The Hepworth Wakefield presents the first major UK retrospective of one of the most important, yet for many years, overlooked artists of the 20th Century.