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The Best 2016 Christmas Exhibitions to Visit Around the World

December 11, 2016
Studied Photography at IED in Milan, Italy. Passionate about art, frequent visitor of exhibitions, Widewalls photography specialist and Editorial Manager.

The Christmas exhibitions of art taking place this December are perhaps the best way to celebrate the end of yet another exciting year. As we are slowly putting the busy fair season in Miami in retrospective and looking forward to an even more exciting, creative and daring 2017, the showcasing program of many renowned galleries and respectable museums and institutions around the world will culminate with some spectacular shows on view, featuring our favorite artists and their best known artworks. From London and Paris to New York and Los Angeles, there will be a little something for everyone; from the extraordinary painters to iconic photographers and very best modern and contemporary art has to offer! Let us not forget the auction sales taking place worldwide as well, as a great opportunity for art enthusiasts and collectors to get themselves a marvelous Christmas present!

From the exhibition – filled December program, here’s the art you shouldn’t miss this Christmas season!

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Robert Rauschenberg at Tate Modern, London

In the first full-scale retrospective since the artist’s death in 2008, Tate Modern’s Robert Rauschenberg show will span six decades of revolutionary art that marked the 20th century production. From found object paintings to trademark Pop art silkscreens, the show is spread across different rooms of the London museum, each of them capturing a certain moment of this rich journey, from Rauschenberg’s early response to Abstract Expressionism to his final works saturated in images and color. The show will last through April 2nd.

Featured images: Robert Rauschenberg – Charlene, 1954. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Robert Rauschenberg – Monogram, 1988-45. Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Images via Tate Modern

  • Yves Klein at Tate Liverpool

Yves Klein at Tate Liverpool

Until March 5th 2017, Tate Liverpool will host a showcase of around 40 major works by Yves Klein, never before seen in the UK and throwing fresh light on his artistic practice. These include his Anthropometry paintings, Fire Paintings, sculptures, planetary reliefs, photographs and trademark pure-color monochrome paintings. In a new way, we will confront the revolutionary art of this legendary individual whose extraordinary creativity took the European art world of the 20th century by storm.

Featured images: Yves Klein – IKB 79 1959. Tate. © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016; Yves Klein – Untitled Anthropometry, (ANT 84), 1960. © Yves Klein, ADAGP, Paris / DASC, London, 2016.

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Andy Warhol at The Whitworth, Manchester

The display of Andy Warhol works at The Whitworth in Manchester is drawn from ARTIST ROOMS, a collection of international modern and contemporary art owned by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate on behalf of the public. Following the 2016 US Presidential election, the show will come to reflect on themes of death, politics and identity through Warhol’s Pop art reading of the American Dream. Aside from his self-portraits, on view there will be the Electric Chairs series and the famous Dollar Sign, among many others. The show closes on April 16th.

Featured image: Andy Warhol – Self-Portrait Strangulation, 1978. Acrylic paint and silkscreen ink on 10 canvases, ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d’Offay 2010. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Photo © Tate; Andy Warhol’s Self-Portrait With Skull (1978), part of the Artist Rooms at The Whitworth, Manchester. Image via Guardian.

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Thomas Ruff at David Zwirner, London

For the ninth time at David Zwirner and the first time in London, German photographer Thomas Ruff will have a solo show, this winter of his new works from his press++ series. Debuting in New York earlier this year, the photographs are different from what we’re used to when it comes to Ruff, being photographs or archival media clippings from American newspapers across several decades. The work reflects on the artists’s long-standing interest in the deconstruction of the image and the new structures of photography, following digital technology. On view through January 5th, 2017.

Featured images: Thomas Ruff, New Works Installation views, David Zwirner London; Thomas Ruff – press++28.19, 2016 Chromogenic print 72 1_2 x 93 1_2 in, 184 x 237.5 cm. Courtesy David Zwirner.

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My Abstract World at me Collectors Room, Berlin

As many as 350 works of abstract art in a wonderful, wide variety of styles and authors is currently on view at me Collectors Room in Berlin. Assembled by Thomas Olbricht, the show features ninety different artists, from Etel Adnan and Mark Flood to Robert Longo, Sigmar Polke, David Ostrowski, Thomas Ruff and many others. Make sure you don’t miss this extraordinary showcase, on display at the German capital until April 2nd, 2017.

Featured image: Ali Banisadr – Foreign Lands, 2015. Copyright the artist, Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, me Collectors Room Berlin.

Rene Magritte at Centre Pompidou, Paris

La trahison des images at Centre Pompidou in Paris gathers the works of Surrealism master René Magritte, providing a better look at the oeuvre of the celebrated Belgian artist. Featuring both well-known masterpieces and other less familiar pieces, the showcase will review his characteristic motifs, such as curtains, shadows, worlds, flames, bodies in pieces, which he endlessly arranges and re-arranges. Lasting through January 23rd, 2017, the body of work will travel to Schrirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, starting February 10th.

Featured images: René Magritte – Les marches de l’été, 1938. Oil on canvas, 60 x 73 cm. Photo © Philippe Migeat, Centre Pompidou; René Magritte – Le double secret, 1927. Oil on canvas, 114 x 162 cm. Photo credit Georges Meguerditchian, Centre Pompidou

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Agnes Martin at Guggenheim, New York

Until January 11th, 2017, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is hosting a grand retrospective of paintings by Agnes Martin, one of the masters of Minimalism and Post-Painterly Abstraction, the first in over two decades. In a male-dominated world, she managed to stand out with serene imagery composed of grids and stripes, emphasizing the line, the surface, the tone, the proportion. Here, we are able to trace her remarkable practice as she developed and refined a format to express her singular vision.

Featured image: Agnes Martin, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Photo David Heald; Agnes Martin – Mid Winter, ca. 1954 Oil on canvas, 83.8 x 121.9 cm Taos Municipal Schools Historic Art Collection, New Mexico © 2015 Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Gustav Klimt at Neue Galerie, New York

Approximately 12 paintings, 40 drawings, 40 works of decorative art and vintage photographs of Gustav Klimt are on view at New York’s Neue Galerie, as part of the Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age, 1900-1918 showcase. Of course, the highlight goes to the two Portraits of Adele Block Bauer, shown side by side for the first time since 2006. It’s an artistic and a historic journey to the Austrian capital of a century ago, through the eyes of the central figure of its cultural life. The showcase is open through January 16th.

Featured images: Installation view, Photo Hulya Kolabas, 2016; Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907. Gold, silver, and oil on canvas. Neue Galerie New York. Acquired through the generosity of Ronald S. Lauder, the heirs of the Estates of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch-Bauer, and the Estée Lauder Fund.

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Picasso and Rivera at LACMA, Los Angeles

Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera were two artists working in Paris in the early 20th century, both coming from the outside and trying to make it – and both of them did. Pioneers of Cubism, they looked to the future while also embracing the ancient art of their respective cultures. More than 100 of their prints and paintings is on view at LACMA in Los Angeles, in a show titled Conversations Across Time and sponsored by Christie’s. It stays open until May 7th, 2017!

Featured images: Left: Pablo Picasso – Student with Newspaper (L’etudiant au journal), 1913–14. Oil and sand on canvas. 28¾ × 23⅜ in (73 × 59.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, promised gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Right: Diego Rivera – Sailor at Lunch (Marinero almorzando), 1914. Oil on canvas. 44.88 × 27.55 in (114 × 70 cm). Museo Casa Diego Rivera, Guanajuato, Marte R. Gómez Collection, INBA © 2016 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo courtesy Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, Guanajuato. All images used for illustrative purposes only.