January is the perfect month to start planning your holidays and cultural activities in the coming year. Here’s a Dreams & Design roundup of some exciting contemporary art, fashion, photography and design exhibitions in Europe likely to inspire your future weekend getaways. Ten different cities, ten exhibitions that might encourage you to book a trip in 2019. 

1. The Bauhaus comes from Weimar, Bauhaus Museum, Weimar, from 6 April

For the admirers of Bauhaus: a brand new museum and a permanent exhibition to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the avant-garde German movement right in its birthplace. 

art and design exhibitions in Europe Bauhaus Museum Weimar

2. Wolfgang Tillmans: Rebuilding the Future, IMMA, Dublin, now until 10 March

For the fans of contemporary photography: more than one hundred works by the German artist, including images, installations and sound works on the subject of time and space.

art and design exhibitions in Europe Wolfgang Tillmans Elephant Man Dublin

3. Mark Rothko, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 12 March – 30 June

A comprehensive retrospective of Rothko’s works from his early paintings to the colourful masterpieces of the 1960s. A visual treat and plenty of colour inspiration for art and design lovers.

art and design exhibitions in Europe mark rothko vienna exhibition 2019

4. Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, V&A, London, 2 February – 14 July

The major exhibition traces style and legacy of the legendary French couturier from 1947 until now. From the original creations to designs by his successors – a full immersion in the Dior universe.

art and design exhibitions in Europe christian dior V&A 2019

5. Gerhard Richter: Seascapes, Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao, 24 May – 9 September

Melancholy and moody landscapes by the German painter, the first exhibition entirely dedicated to the Seascapes series. Where else, if not on the Spanish coast?

gerhard richter seascape Bilbao

6. Josef Frank, Design Museum, Helsinki, now until 17 March

For the lovers of prints and Northern aesthetics: a chance to see the works of an Austrian architect and designer, important figure of the post-war Nordic design.

art and design exhibitions in Europe josef frank svenskt tenn Helsinki

7. Gilbert & George: The Great Exhibition, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 9 February – 12 May

Contemporary art and irony: an exhibition curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Daniel Birnbaum, featuring over fifty recent works of the eccentric British duo.

gilbert george moderna museet

8. Erwin Blumenfeld, Foam, Amsterdam, 15 February – 14 April

An exhibition focusing on the New York period (1940-1960s) of the legendary fashion photographer’s career, including his editorials for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

erwin blumenfeld foam Amsterdam

9. Vasarely – Sharing Forms, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 6 February – 6 May

Three hundred works by Victor Vasarely, a Hungarian artist and the precursor of Op-Art. Colour and geometric forms to inspire your creativity.

victor vasarely centre pompidou

10. Marina Abramović: The Cleaner, CSW, Toruń, 8 March – 11 August

Another chance to see a retrospective of the Serbian artist, in case you’ve missed it in Florence, this time in a medieval Polish city of Toruń. 

marina abramović the cleaner CSW Toruń

Which one would like to see first? Perhaps you have some more recommendations on interesting art and design exhibitions in Europe, let me know!