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