Antoni Gaudí, Miroir mural, Musée d'Orsay, Donation de Pedro et Kiki Uhart, 2002, ©Musée d’Orsay

The best upcoming exhibitions and art events in 2022 Europe

With the awaited comeback of Venetian Biennale, the year 2022 symbolises the return of major in-person events and art exhibitions. Here is a run-through of Europe’s most awaited and significant art events of the year.  It seems that curators wish to make up for our overdue longing for art experience with a dazzling list of major exhibitions. Indulge! 

The Milk of Dreams, Historic comeback of the Venetian Biennale 

Venice Biennale, from April 23 until November 27, 2022 

This year’s edition of Venice Biennale aims at elevating works of women and gender-nonconforming artists. ‘The Milk of Dreams’ title responds to the 1950s children’s book by Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington. The 59th edition of the Biennale is curated by New York-based Cecilia Alemani and gathers 213 artists from 58 countries. The main exhibition of the Biennale is divided into three parts: ‘The representation of bodies and their metamorphosis’, ‘The relationship between individuals and technologies,’ and ‘The connection between bodies and earth’. In addition to the main exhibitions, the Biennale will feature five time-capsule art works: unseen historic works, borrowed from museum collections and installed along the show’s contemporary works. The exhibition is available from mid- April to mid-November 2022. 

read also Artistic team of the exhibition “Re-Enchanting the world” in front of the murals in Palazzo Schifanoia in Ferrara, 2021; from left: Wojciech Szymański, Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, Joanna Warsza; Photo: Daniel Rumiancew

Guide To The Most Interesting Events In Venice 2022 Here’s the Guide to Biennale di Venezia 22.

Zuzanna Auguścik Feb 21, 2022

Another biennale is officially hitting the crowded art calendar – The Venice Biennale has announced its next edition! It will run from 23 April to 27 November 2022 (pre-opening on 20, 21, and 22 April). Titled “The Milk of Dreams” and curated by Cecilia Alemani, The 59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia is based on a wide range of discussions with artists that have taken place over the last few years.

Indonesian art collective directs the most iconic German art event

documenta fifteen, Kassel, from June 18 until September 25, 2022

The curatorial responsibility of this year’s iconic art event lies in the hands of an art collective called ruangrupa. Ruangrupa consists of 10 artists and creatives from Jakarta, Indonesia. The core of the artistic direction in the fifteenth edition of document focuses on the ideals of lumbung: Indonesian word for a collectively governed rice barn, where the harvested grains are stored for the common good of the community. Lumbung – and retrospectively the narrative of this year’s edition of documenta – reflects not only the material goods, but mostly the ideals of working and living together. The events will be available for visitors this summer. 

documenta fifteen 2022 ©
documenta fifteen 2022 ©

Discover the networks between networks that defy our everyday life – Centre Pompidou 

Worlds of Network, Centre Pompidou, Paris, from February 26 until April 25, 2022

The ‘World of Networks’ brings together works of sixty artists, architects and designers. The narrative and the curatorial perspective question the place of social networks in the everyday world. The exhibition aims to challenge our perception on technological change and social issues such as surveillance, atomization of the individual, actor-network and network of living things. The exhibition takes its viewers on a time journey from the beginning of the so-called information society and utopian post war projects, until the very present moment of global internet connections that defy our reality. Welcoming visitors from late February to late April 2022.

Centre Pompidou ©
Centre Pompidou ©

Mesmerising reflection on landscape and femininity in Fondation Beyeler 

Georgia O’Keeffe, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, from January 23 until May 22, 2022

Fondation Bayeler is honouring the beginning of the year with an exquisite retrospective show of Georgia O’Keeffe – one of the most remarkable artists of the 20th century and an outstanding figure in modern American art. The exhibition will present the artist’s earliest works, from abstractions to her famous landscapes and flower paintings of the American Southwest. The exhibited artworks will come from public as well as private collections. Curators of the exhibition invite us to join the mesmerising universe of O’Keeffe’s paintings and embark upon her understanding of the surrounding landscape. Open in Basel from late January to late May.

Fondation Beyeler ©

Feminism in American photography, issues of race and identity in the 20th century American society

Carrie Mae Weems: The Evidence of Things Not Seen, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, from March 12 until July 3, 2022

This year, for the first time in Germany, the Württembergischer Kunstverein will present a retrospective solo exhibition of Carrie Mae Weems. The display of one of the most important American artists of the 20th century includes around 40 bodies of work, including extensive photographic projects, videos, objects and installations. It offers a complex reading of Weems’ oeuvre in over more than 35 years of her artistic practice. The exhibition reveals the artist’s perspective on the historical narratives, gender, racism, and class divisions. The show is available from mid-March to early June.

Carrie Mae Weems: The Evidence of Things Not Seen, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart ©
Carrie Mae Weems: The Evidence of Things Not Seen, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart ©

The elevation of Spanish Art Nouveau in Parisian Musée d’Orsay 

Gaudí, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, from April 12 until July 17, 2022

This exhibition is a celebration of the iconic Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudí, including his drawings, models, decorative furniture, and photographic and film documentation. The memorial is a beautiful dive into the universe of the 20th century Spanish genius of design. Open in Paris in Musée d’Orsay from mid-April to mid-July.

Antoni Gaudí, Miroir mural, Musée d'Orsay, Donation de Pedro et Kiki Uhart, 2002, ©Musée d’Orsay
Antoni Gaudí, Miroir mural, Musée d’Orsay, Donation de Pedro et Kiki Uhart, 2002, ©Musée d’Orsay

Retrospective show of one of the world’s most influential artist – Anish Kapoor in Venice 

Anish Kapoor, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice, from April 20 until October 9, 2022

This major exhibition dedicated to Kapoor is curated by the General Director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and art historian Taco Dibbits. It will be presented during Venice International Art Biennale in 2022. The show puts a light on the key moments in Kapoor’s art. Apart from the his well- known pieces, there will be an exclusive presentation of the artist’s new works created with carbon nanotechnology; that explore they explore the sphere of immateriality (the so-called ‘non-objects’), which seems to be present but in reality, is absent, undoubtedly one of a kind opportunity to experience the aura of Anish Kapoor’s creations.

A Bra Ka Da Bra – art experience aiming at entertain young audience

A Bra Ka Da Bra – The Magic of Contemporary Art, Reykjavik Art Museum, until March 20, 2022

All works exhibited during the ‘A Bra Ka Da Bra’ are from the collection of the Reykjavík Art Museum. By presentation, mediation and education the show aims to open up the world of art for younger audiences. Abracadabra is an ancient word understood as: what I say becomes a reality. This is the narrative of the exhibition: to present how our ideas can become works of art. The show is available to visit until March 20.

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