The leading art shows of 2014: Europe

The leading art shows of 2014: Europe

“Art is the lie that enables us to realise the truth.” ― Pablo Picasso

Image: The National Gallery
Image: Tate
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Image: Albertina
Image: Museu Picasso
Image: Centre Pimpidou
Image: Museo Thyssen

‘Sunflowers’ by Van Gogh, photos from the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair, works by Matisse and Picasso, all travel to Europe this year

Join us as we take a look at the best art exhibits taking place in Europe in 2014, from London to Madrid. Including works from Richard Deacon, William Turner, Piet Mondrian and many other renowned artists...

14 major exhibitions in Europe


National Gallery | Van Gogh

(January 25 - 27 April)

Just two of the five surviving versions of Sunflowers by Van Gogh will be united for the first time at the National Gallery in London. This is one of four paintings of Sunflowers dating from August and September 1888, using oil on canvas. From 25 January 2014 (until 27 April) the paintings from the National Gallery, London, and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, can be seen in Room 46 of the Trafalgar Square gallery. This free display will also include the results of scientific research into the two paintings carried out by both institutions. These investigations have revealed insights into how Van Gogh painted his 'Sunflowers' and what materials he used - giving us a deeper understanding of the making and meaning of these works of art, and of their relationship to each other. 

14 major exhibitions in Europe

National Gallery | Paolo Veronese

(March 19 - June 15)

Marking the first time a retrospective of the great Venetian painter of the Renaissance period will be in London, this exhibition will show 50 paintings by Veronese (10 of the pieces are located at a permanent collection in the National Gallery, and the other 40 are from major European and American museums), including such masterpieces as Family of Darius before Alexander and Forgiveness Mary Magdalene, as well as cycle Allegory  of Love.  

14 major exhibitions in Europe

Tate Modern | Henri Matisse

(April 17 - September 7)

A total of 120 Matisse works will be hosted at the Tate Modern in April this year. Henri Matisse was carried away with his creations throughout adulthood and when he could no longer paint in oil due to ill-health he would cut shapes from coloured paper keeping the inherent brightness and contrast of his paintings in his collages. This new exhibition will mark the most comprehensive show of Mattise cut-outs to date.

14 major exhibitions in Europe

Tate Britain | William Turner

(September 10 - January 18 2015)

The UK national pride and forerunner of the French Impressionist movement will be hailed at the Tate Britain this autumn. This will be the first large exhibition from the prolific period where Turner created his best pieces, including Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway, Blue Riga Dawn and other famous paintings.

14 major exhibitions in Europe

Tate Liverpool | Piet Mondrian

(June 6 - October 5)

This year the Tate Liverpool will focus on the works of Piet Mondrian, marking the 70th anniversary of his death. The museum will not only show the Dutch abstractionists paintings, but will also recreate a full-size reconstruction of Mondrian's Paris studio. 

14 major exhibitions in Europe

Tate Britain | Richard Deacon

(February 5 - April 27)

Winner of the Turner Prize, 40 of Deacon's works are being exhibited in chronological order, among them are early drawings from the late 1970's and his 21st century sculptures. One of the main pieces that will be shown is the famous snake sculpture that Richard created in 1998 made entirely from wood. This exhibition is curated by Clarrie Wallis, Curator, Modern & Contemporary British Art with Sofia Karamani, Assistant Curator, Contemporary British Art. It will be accompanied by a major book on the artist by Clarrie Wallis and a programme of talks and events in the gallery. 

14 major exhibitions in Europe


Centre Pompidou | Henri Cartier-Bresson

(February 12 - June 9)

A new exhibition at the Centre Pompidou will display the works of Henri Cartier-Bresson - featuring over 500 photographs, graphics and paintings, as well as videos and documents spanning the 70 years of his career. Displaying his iconic images side by side with his less well-known works at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.



14 major exhibitions in Europe

Palais Galleira | A Century of Fashion Photography at Condé Nast

(May 1 - May 25)

The exhibition Coming into fashion, a century of fashion photography at Condé Nast draws on the archives of Condé Nast's global libraries, bringing together some 150 mostly original prints from the most pioneering fashion photographers from 1918 - 2014. Featuring the work of over 90 iconic photographers including Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Guy Bourdin, William Klein, David Bailey, Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, and many more. Organised by theme, the new exhibition highlights the ties between these photographers who, from one glossy page to the next, have shaped the identity and history of Condé Nast at the fashion industry at large.

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MaM | Lucio Fontana

(April 25 - August 24)

The new exhibition to be held at the Paris Museum of Modern Art, Lucio was an Italian painter who was mostly known as the founder of Spatialism and his ties to Arte Povera. This spring the Paris Museum of Modern Art presents a major retrospective of his work, featuring around 200 iconic pieces. The last exhibition of Fontana works was held in Paris back in 1987.

14 major exhibitions in Europe

Château de Versailles  | Lee Ufan

(June 2014)

Officials at the Château de Versailles in Paris have announced plans for an exhibition of works by Korean artist Lee Ufan this Summer. The show, which is due to open in June, will be curated by Alfred Pacquement and hosted in the grounds gardens. Ufan is represented by the Paris-based gallery Kamel Mennour and Lisson Gallery of London.

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Centre Pompidou-Metz | Beacons

(14 February - running for two years)

The newly opened branch of the Centre Pompidou will soon host an exhibition of 20th-21st century art, entitled Beacons. Running for two years, the mega-exhibit will bring together works of art from the Paris branch and the Museum of Modern collections. Works by Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Anish Kapoor, Joseph Beuys, Frank Stella, Dan Flavin and other artists with be included in the exhibition.

14 major exhibitions in Europe


The Albertina | Michelangelo Antonioni

(May 10th - August 24th)

Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 cult film Blow-Up and its various references to photography are the focus of the Albertina photo exhibit of the same name in Vienna. For the first time, photographs classified according to thematic emphases will be shown which have proven to be characteristic for Antonioni's film in various respects, and which also illustrate important artistic positions in the history of photography and art. 

14 major exhibitions in Europe


Picasso Museum | 50 Years of the Museu Picasso in Barcelona 

(January 16 - March 9) 

The Pablo Picasso Museum in Barcelona celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a new exhibition which, will explore the influence that the iconic Spanish Cubist had on a generation of artists. The museum will show works by more than 40 renowned artists, including Jean Michel Basquiat, Georg Baselitz, Rynek Dykstra, Richard Harrison, Guillermo Kuitki and many more. 

14 major exhibitions in Europe

Museo Thyssen | Cézanne 

(February 4 - May 18)

The Thyssen Museum in Spain will host its first retrospective of Cézanne from the last 30 years. To date, the French Post-Impressionist's earlier work in this volume has only been shown at the MEAC back in 1984. This February, the Madrid-based show will exhibit 58 works by Cézanne, including 49 paintings and watercolours, which were all provided by museums and private collectors from around the world (including the U.S, Australia and Japan). Many of them have never been exhibited in Spain. In addition there will be nine other painting from contemporary artists that have been inspired by his works such as Pissaro, Gauguin, Bernard, Derain, Braque, Dufy and others.