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Europe's 10 Unmissable Art Exhibitions in Winter 2015
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Europe's 10 Unmissable Art Exhibitions in Winter 2015

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Updated: 3 October 2016
From rediscovering pop art in its German origins to seeing some truly exquisite and rare Japanese masterpieces in Paris’ Grand Palais, this winter is set to be exciting for arts on the continent. We take a closer look at ten unmissable exhibitions Europe has to offer this season.
Courtesy of Museo dell'Ara Pacis
Courtesy of Museo dell’Ara Pacis


Henri Cartier Bresson | Museo dell’Ara Pacis

Till 25 January 2015

Exactly ten years after Henri Cartier Bresson’s death, Rome’s Ara Pacis museum is showcasing the work of one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century in a revealing new exhibition. Described by many as the ‘eye of the century’, Cartier Bresson’s work captures historical moments from the Surrealist movement, through both world wars and the tension of the Cold War period in the 1980s, all with astounding poetical poignancy. The exhibition showcases over 500 pieces of film and photography, drawings and documents of this great master of the lens, providing the most comprehensive collection of Cartier Bresson’s work to date.

Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta, Roma, Italy. +39 06 0608


Courtesy of Museo dell'Ara Pacis
Courtesy of Museo dell’Ara Pacis


Hokusai (1760-1849) | Grand Palais

Till 18 January 2015

Probably the most famous Japanese artist of all time, Katsushika Hokusai’s life and works are being explored and presented in previously unprecedented detail at Paris’ Grand Palais this winter. From the well-known images, such as the The Big Wave and Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji series, to the lesser known works, this is a truly exciting and unique event celebrating Hokusai’s numerous artistic identities. Many of the 500 pieces have never been publicly displayed and others will probably never leave Japan again, making this a definite must-see.

Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris, France. +33 1 44 13 17


The EY Exhibition: Late Turner: Painting Set Free | Tate Britain

Till 25 January 2015

Offering a unique view of Turner’s final artistic period, this exhibition examines the inventive techniques and dynamism of an elderly artist who lived up to his reputation right until the end of his life. Following his tour of Europe, Turner continued to produce some of his most iconic works past the age of sixty, 150 of which will be showcased by the Tate Britain. Focused specifically on the period between 1835 and 1851, highlights include the pictures Ancient Rome; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus and Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London,SW1P 4RG, UK. 020 7887 8888


Courtesy of Schirn Kunsthalle
Courtesy of Schirn Kunsthalle

German Pop | Schirn Kunsthalle

Till 8 February

When we think of the Pop Art genre, images of Andy Warhol’s silk prints of Marilyn in various vibrant colours are usually the first to come to mind. However, this exhibition challenges what we think we know about pop art and shows the influence of the German artists Manfred Kuttner, Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter who, in 1963, first exhibited the beginnings of the genre in a butcher shop in Düsseldorf. Showcasing 150 works from 34 artists across Frankfurt am Main, Berlin and Munich, the exhibition returns to the roots of pop arts reactionary nature, tying these German artists to the more well known by the way in which they all examine the excessive consumerism of the post-war societies in which they worked.

Schirn Kunsthalle, Römerberg, Frankfurt am Main,Germany. +49 69 2998820



Duncan Campbell | Irish Museum of Modern Art

Till 25 March

A solo exhibition of work by 2014 Turner Prize winner Duncan Campbell, the Irish Museum of Modern Art is proudly playing host to the filmmaker’s first major exhibition featuring four of his major films; Bernadette (2008), Make it new John (2009), Arbeit (2011) and It For Others (2013). Campbell challenges the very form of filmmaking and explores the relationship between reality and the imagined, recorded and interpreted in his documentaries of historical moments. The exhibition marks the exciting emergence of an Irish-born contemporary artist, making it one definitely not to miss.

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland. +353 1 612 9900



Hubert de Givenchy | Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Till 18 January

The perfect exhibition for any fashion lover, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is venturing into the world of fashion for the first time by showcasing a retrospective exhibition dedicated to the world-renowned designer, Hubert de Givenchy. Self-curated, Givenchy is offering up for display dresses designed for the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Caroline of Monaco along with his original designs and drawings as well as a selection of the Museum’s own collections.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Paseo del Prado, 8, Madrid, Spain, +34 902 76 05 11


You Choose: Favourites from the City Art Centre | Edinburgh City Art Centre

Till 24 May

Edinburgh’s City Art Centre has handed over curation to the public, displaying the winners of a survey held to find the peoples favourites. A mixture of traditional masterpieces by renowned Scottish artists and previously hidden treasures, the exhibition is a veritable showcase of portraits, landscapes and more abstract pieces sure to please any art aficionado.

City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, 0131 529 3993


Casegemas: The Artist Under Myth | Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Till 22 February

Painter and known companion to Pablo Picasso, Charles Casegemas (1880-1901) and his work have always lived in the shadow of this artistic titan. This exhibition reveals the painter underneath the myth and shows an artist inextricably connected to the history of Catalan, attempting to carve out his own path. The collection includes 38 works, seven oil paintings and various drawings.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, Barcelona, Spain. +34 936 22 03 60.

Bruges at War | Stadshallen Brugge

Till 22 February

In commemoration of the First World War, Bruge’s Stadshallen (town halls) are exhibiting a series of three collections of photographic and historical works, zooming in on the immediate Belgian context of the Great War as well as exploring it from a larger, more international perspective. A particularly relevant and moving exhibition in the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war, this is a must-visit in one of Bruges’ most traditional settings.

Stadshallen, Markt 7, Brugge, Belgium.

1984: The Year of Orwell | Veletržní Palace

Till 8 February

The Veletržní Palace has long been a source of inspiration for the Czech artist Jiří Sozanský, whose work centres around the concept of humanity in extreme conditions. Living through the 1968 Prague Spring and fighting for the liberation of the arts, Sozanský’s work is vociferously political and this exhibition is no exception. The pieces evoke memories of the famous palace fire over 40 years ago through its reinterpretation of the Veletržní Palace, alluding to the Velvet Revolution on its 25th anniversary.

National Gallery in Prague, Staroměstské náměstí 12, Praha 1, Czech Republic. +420 224 810 758.

By Bethany Stuart