Art Exhibitions of 2018 You Should Not Miss

Top Lists, Exhibition Announcements

December 31, 2017

As the end of the year is around the corner, it is the time to take a look into the future and see what amazing exhibitions await us in the upcoming year.

As the 2018 exhibition program has already been announced by the majority of museums and major art institutions, we must say that the roster of shows ahead is truly exciting.

From the centennial celebration of the Viennese Secession to the stunning retrospective of Keith Haring, we have picked our favorite exhibitions taking place around the world in 2018.

Featured image: Frida Kahlo, via

Tania Bruguera opening MoMA Exhibitions Season 2018

A Cuban artist and activist, Tania Bruguera is placing political and social justice at the core of her performances, installations, events, community projects and exhibitions. Her installation Untitled (Havana, 2000) will be on view at MoMa in an exhibition by the same name.

Initially conceived for the 7th Havana Biennial in 2000 and presented in the Cabaña Fortress, a military bunker used as a jail for prisoners of conscience during the Cuban Revolution, the piece explores questions of state power and suggests contradictions of life following the revolution.

The exhibition Untitled (Havana, 2000) will be on view at MoMa, Floor 2, Collection Galleries from February 3rd until March 11th, 2018.

Featured image: Video still from Tania Bruguera. Untitled (Havana, 2000). 2000. Sugar cane bagasse, video (black and white, silent), and live performance. 164 x 39 1/4 x 13 1/8". Courtesy of the artist. Photo- Casey Stoll

All Too Human at Tate Britain

Celebrating the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings, Tate Modern will present seminal works by Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon alongside rarely seen work from their contemporaries including Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego.

Titled All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life, the exhibition will feature three Bacon’s works that have never been exhibited in the UK before.

The exhibition All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life will be on view at Tate Britain from February 28th until August 27th, 2018.

Featured image: Lucian Freud - Girl with a White Dog 1950–1. Tate © Tate.

Modernism Titans from Vienna

The city of Vienna will be hosting a series of year-long, citywide exhibitions that celebrate the centenary of the death of four titans of the Viennese Modernism – Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Koloman Moser and the architect Otto Wagner, as well as the centenary of Viennese Modernism.

Taking part in the massive city initiative Beauty and the Abyss, a series of exhibitions includes the first major showcase dedicated to Wagner in 50 years at Wien Museum Karlsplatz in March, a show dedicated to Moser at MAK, the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, the exhibition Klimt is Not the End: Awakening in Central Europe and Egon Schiele: Ways of Collection at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, the Stairway to Klimt at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, the show Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser ans the Art of their Time at the gallery Secession, Arnstein, Todesco, Zuckerkandl: Hostesses and Their Salons Between Art and Politics at the Jewish Museum Vienna and Old Viennese Salon Culture: Dazzling Stage for a Society at Ernst Fuchs Museum, among others.

Featured image: Joseph Maria Olbrich (left), artists Franz Hohenberger, Koloman Moser and Gustav Klimt (right) in Fritz Waerndorfer’s garden in Vienna (1899). Photo courtesy of the Viennese Tourism Board © IMAGNO/ÖNB.

Victorian Giants at NPG 

Artists Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander and Clementina Hawarden are known for their experimental approach to picture-making and radical attitudes towards photography.

Works by these four artists that embody the very best in the Victorian-era photography will be brought together for the first time in the exhibition at National Portrait Gallery. Titled Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography, the show will feature some stunning portraits of Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Ellen Terry, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, among others.

The exhibition will be on view at National Portrait Gallery's Porter Gallery in London from March 1st until May 20th, 2018.

Featured images: Left: Julia Margaret Cameron - The Mountain Nymps, Sweet Liberty, 1866 © Wilson Centre for Photography / Right: Lewis Carroll - Alice Liddel, 1858 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Keith Haring Art Exhibition at Albertina Museum

The Albertina will host an extensive retrospective to Keith Haring that will shed the light on the oeuvre of this extraordinary American artist. Taking both art-historical and formal perspective, the show will focus on his unique symbolic language and an artistic alphabet of sorts.

The show will present his subway works and other drawings, as well as paintings and sculptures, all devoted to themes of social justice and constant transformation.

The exhibition Keith Haring will be on view at Albertina in Vienna from March 9th, 2018.

Featured image: Keith Haring - Untitled, 1983, via

Picasso at Tate Modern in 2018

Tate Modern will host a major exhibition dedicated to Pablo Picasso, a first one ever held at the museum. One of the most significant shows the gallery has ever staged, it will take the visitors on a month-by-month journey through 1932, a pivotal year in the artist’s oeuvre, also known as the “year of wonders”.

Titled The EY Exhibition Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, the show will bring together more than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, demonstrating Picasso’s prolific and inventive character.

The exhibition will be on view at Tate Modern in London from March 8th until September 9th, 2018.

Featured image: Left: Pablo Picasso - Nude in a Black Armchair, 1932. Private Collection, USA. Photo Courtesy of Richard Gray Gallery © Succession Picasso/DACS 2017 / Right: Pablo Picasso - Nude Woman in a Red Armchair, 1932 Tate © Succession Picasso/DACS 2017

Rene Magritte at SFMoMA

One of the most intriguing painters associated with Surrealism, René Magritte did not fully find his voice until after breaking ties with the movement. An upcoming exhibition at SFMoMA is exploring this artist’s late period, from the 1940s through the 1960s, marking a fundamental shift in painting from Modernism to our own time.

Titled René Magritte: The Fifth Season, the show will bring together more than 50 artworks in nine immersive, thematic galleries.

The exhibition will be on view on the Floor 4 at SFMoMA in San Francisco from May 19th until October 28th, 2018.

Featured image: Rene Magritte - L'anniversaire, 1959; Art Gallery of Ontario, purchase, Corporations' Subscription Endowment, 1971; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe at V&A

Regarded as the most influential female figure of Surrealism, Frida Kahlo was a remarkably gifted painter whose imagination opened the door to an entire fascinating universe.

Victoria & Albert Museum will host a stunning exhibition featuring an extraordinary collection of artist’s personal artifacts and clothing. Providing a fresh perspective on the compelling life story of this iconic Mexican artist, the collection has never been exhibited outside Mexico.

The exhibition Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe will be on view at Victoria & Albert Museum’s Gallery 38 in London from June 16th, 2018.

Featured image: Frida Kahlo, via

Giacometti at Guggenheim

A prominent Italian-Swiss sculptor, painter, draughtsman, and printmaker, Alberto Giacometti was associated with both Surrealism and Existentialism.

Guggenheim will host a comprehensive exhibition of the artist's work that will feature more than 175 sculptures, paintings, and drawings. The first major museum presentation of the artist’s work in the USA in fifteen years, the show will examine anew this preeminent modernist best known for his distinctive elongated figures inspired by the trauma and anguish of World War II.

The exhibition Giacometti will be on view at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York from June 8th until September 16th, 2018.

Featured image: Alberto Giacometti - Nose, 1947 (cast 1949). Bronze, wire, rope, and steel, 81 x 71.4 x 39.4 cm. Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, 66.1807. © 2007 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP/FAAG, Paris.

Andy Warhol at The Whitney

One of the most significant American artists and a central figure in the movement known as Pop art, Andy Warhol has produced one of the most recognizable oeuvres. The Whitney will host a comprehensive exhibition bringing together all aspects, media, and periods of the artist’s career.

Illuminating the breadth and depth of his production, the show will provide a unique opportunity to better comprehend the work of the most American of artists. This will be the largest monographic exhibition to date at the Whitney’s new location.

The exhibition Andy Warhol will be on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York from November 2018.

Featured image: Andy Warhol - Ethel Scull 36 Times, 1963. Acrylic and screenprint on canvas, thirty-six parts, 80 × 144 in. (203.2 × 365.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Jointly owned by the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Gift of Ethel Redner Scull 86.61a-jj © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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