10 European Art Exhibitions To Look Forward To in 2016

KAWS Yorkshire

Art fiends and culture vultures rejoice! If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of art culture, Europe is the place to be this year. The museums of the Old Continent are continuously full of exciting new exhibitions every other month and to save you the hassle, we’ve sifted the wheat from the chaff to bring you the top 10 European art exhibitions worthy of a spot on your cultural calendar.

1. “Steve McQueen” at Marian Goodman, Paris

The internationally renowned, Oscar-winning artist-cum-film director Steve McQueen will be displaying a mixture of new and existing artwork at Marian Goodman. The exhibition will include, among many others, his latest film installation Ashes, and an impressive wall installation formed of 77 blue neon lights…definitely not one to miss.

“Steve McQueen” will be on view at Marian Goodman in Paris from January 9 – February 27, 2016.

2. “Klee/Aguéli” at Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Moderna Museet imagines the joining of forces of Swiss artist Paul Klee and the Swedish artist Ivan Aguéli in this innovative exhibition. Parallels can certainly be drawn between both artists’ approaches and aesthetics. This exhibition explores ideas of creation and the artists’ relationship to visual art.

“Klee/Aguéli” is on view at Moderna Museet in Stockholm January 16 – April 24, 2016.

3. “Fire Under Snow” at Louisiana, Copenhagen

Immerse yourself in the captivating stories of people, history, society and the future at “Fire Under Snow” the first of two specially themed shows this year at the Louisiana museum outside of Copenhagen. The showcase is set to be a grand tour of the moving pictures of video art, featuring the works of Darren Almond, Ed Atkins, Candice Breitz and Rineke Dijkstra. A great opportunity to explore how video has changed over the years and how each generation approached the medium.

“Fire Under Snow” is on view at Louisiana from January 27 – May 5, 2016.

4. “Dadaglobe Reconstructed” at Kunsthaus, Zürich

The Dada art movement celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and the centenary will be appropriately marked in Zürich, Switzerland, the birthplace of Dadaism. “Dadaglobe” covers more than 200 artworks and texts that were sent to Tristan Tzara in 1921 by artists across Europe. This epic book project was initially unpublished but is finally being realised for the 2016 celebrations. The exciting exhibition covers a wide range of artistic styles, in a unique survey of the diversity and impact of Dada.

“Dadaglobe Reconstructed” will be on view at Kunsthaus, Zürich from February 5 – May 1, 2016.

5. “KAWS” at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a wonderful international centre for modern and contemporary art, full of eye-catching open-air displays. The KAWS exhibition will be made up of Brian Donnelly’s gigantic sculptures, alongside unseen paintings in his first UK museum show. It’s also an excuse to make a trip to the beautiful Yorkshire countryside because why not?

“KAWS” will be on view at Yorkshire Sculpture Park from February 6 – June 12, 2o16. 

6. “Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto” at Hamburger Bahnof, Berlin

This is a really interesting collaboration between German artist Julian Rosefeldt and the Hollywood starlet Cate Blanchett. The exhibition comprises of thirteen short films centred on the theme of the artist manifesto, with Blanchett performing as multiple striking characters in this poetic narrative.

“Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto” is on view at Hamburger Bahnof from February 10 – July 10, 2016.

7. Lutz Bacher “More Than This” at Secession, Vienna

This will be conceptual artist Lutz Bacher’s first solo show in Austria. A captivating and enigmatic artist who refuses toreveal her real identity, she works across a range of mediums and draws on provocative pop culture such as dime novels, porn magazines and paparazzi snapshots.

Lutz Bacher, “More Than This” will be on view at Secession from February 12 – April 2, 2016.

8. “Matthew Barney” at Astrup Fearnley, Oslo

The American artist Matthew Barney is a jack-of-all-trades, working in sculpture, photography, drawing and film. His Oslo exhibition will focus on his work in film and sculpture, ranging from his 1991 TRANSEXUALIS (decline) film, right up to his more recent 2014 River of Fundament. You will be able to look in detail at his meticulously crafted sets and props, as well as gaining a fuller understanding of Barney’s impact on sculpture.

“Matthew Barney” is on view at Astrup Fearnley from February 25 – May 15, 2016.

9. “L’Image Volée” at Fondazione Prada, Milan

This exhibition is great because it features approximately 45 artists and is a conceptualist idea, exploring the theme that all works of art hark back to work from the past. The curator Thomas Demand examines ideas of originality and the culture of appropriation. Manfred Pernice, John Baldessari, Oliver Laric and Sara Cwynar are just some of the artists whose works have been commissioned especially for the show.

“L’Image Volée” Curated by Thomas Demand will be on view at Fondazione Prada from March 17 – August 28, 2016.

10. Louise Bourgeois “Structures of Existence – The Cells” at Guggenheim, Bilbao

Whatever you do, please try to make it to Spain this year to view this in-depth exploration of Bourgeois’ challenging sculptural works. The Cells are a series of architectural spaces; psychological microcosms crafted to provoke thought on space and memory, the body and architecture and the conscious and the unconscious. Her sculptures place her within both the feminist and psychological canon whilst also evoking a familial and emotional atmosphere.

“Structures of Existence – The Cells” will be on view from March 18 – September 4, 2016.


An all-round creative, Natalie writes a weekly art blog for her website and runs an online gallery for her coloured pencil artwork. She’s also passionate about film, perhaps a little too much so!

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