5 Superlative European art exhibitions for 2015

January 16, 2015 Updated: April 23, 2016

Europe has always been a destination for culture and art lovers. For 2015 a great way to celebrate this part of the “old continent’s” heritage is by enjoying magnificent works in places one might not otherwise search out inspiration. From Amsterdam to Malta and beyond, there’s a rich creative value that goes along perfectly with new or old exploration of European places. Here’s just a sampling of what’s in store for the art lover this year, across several genres. 

Ed Atkins, Ribbons, 2014, courtesy of the artist and Cabinet, London
Ed Atkins, Ribbons, 2014, courtesy of the artist and Cabinet, London

At Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

The Ed Atkins, “Recent Ouija”  exhibit from February 21–May 31 in Amsterdam’s most beautiful city promises one of the best showings of the British artist’s works ever. Beatrix Ruf presents this contingent of Artkins’ genius, a first in the Netherlands. The 1100-square-meter lower-level of this wonderful gallery has been transformed into a sort of cinema slash art gallery to show off Atkins’ most compelling collages, drawings, and operatic videos. For more information, art enthusiasts should contact: Annematt Ruseler, Press Office, +31 (0)20 – 573 2660, pressoffice@stedelijk.nl

“Alibis” @ Museum Ludwig Cologne

From March 14–July 5 the success of Sigmar Polke continues to shine, this time at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. The painter’s hometown, Cologne is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, a not as visited gem compared to sister cities elsewhere. Some 250 works are slated for the exhibition, which will show the humor and versatility of this talented artist. Polke, who operated from this German city for over thirty years, is known for having traversed many styles, subject matters and materials to display his rare take on beauty and concept. For more information on this exhibition in Cologne, you should contact: Museum Ludwig – Ph: +49 0221 2212 6165 or via their Facebook or website (link above)

Upper Belvedere Vienna
Ceiling painting of the Marble Hall in the Upper Belvedere by Carlo Carlone – Wikipedia

Gallery Belvedere Vienna

From 27 March to 12 July 2015, the works of Austrian painter Friederich Loos ((1797-1890) will be on exhibit revealing mostly the artists panoramic views. His most famous, Sattler’s Panorama of Salzburg, will be among the several along with his famous works from Rome and elsewhere. The event, Masterpieces in Focus, shows well the topographic reproduction and cartographic elements of Loos’ art.  For more information readers should visit the Belvedere’s website here. For those who’ve never seen the majestic city if Vienna or Austria, please click here

Sorolla’s “The Color of the Sea”

Now through February, one of Spain’s most prolific artists, Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923) will be the focus of an exhibition at the “la Caixa” Foundation forum in Palma de Mallorca entitled; The Color of the Sea. For those familiar with the artist, the theme is a familiar one. Sorolla, who excelled at painting landscapes and portraits,was notorious for his love of the sea. His capturing of the effect of light under the sun of his native land, is perhaps at the core of his mastery. The Mallorca exhibition will be of works on loan from the Sorolla Museum in Madrid. For those interested in visiting the exhibit, please contact CaixaForum Palma directly at: +34 971 72 40 99

Erarta Galleries St. Petersburg
Erarta Galleries St. Petersburg – Courtesy Erarta

“Ugrassic Period”- Erarta St. Petersburg

If you yearn for the undiscovered, art which few westerners are familiar with, an exhibition of works from the Finno-Ugrian region are on display at Russia’s largest private art museum runs until this Monday the 19th. The third and final stage of a joint project with “Sterkh” Gallery in Surgut, conveys the introspective of Finno-Ugric peoples via contemporary visual, verbal, and musical art. For the unusual, in perhaps Europe’s most compelling city, there may be no more interesting cultural or artistic exhibition on the continent this year. The exhibition encompasses all forms from painting, drawing, sculpture, and installations, to photography and video art. To find out more, if you’re headed to St. Petersburg, please contact Erarta directly and ask for the Curators: Vladimir Nazansky and Larisa Gurova at: (812) 324 0809