10 Exhibitions to See Over Winter Vacation

Basquiat: Boom For Real installation view, Barbican Art Gallery. © Tristan Fewings / Getty Images Artworks: Jean-Michel Basquiat, "Untitled (Pablo Picasso)", 1984, private collection, Italy. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York.

With an impressive array of exhibitions on view in art hubs like New York, Chicago, and London, art aficionados will not have to worry about seeking out exhibits this winter but rather deciding which shows are worth making time for during the busy holiday season.

Find a respite from shopping, decorating the house, and entertaining guests this holiday with an eclectic mix of art shows devoted to fashion, Japanese art, Impressionism, opera, and more. Below, look through 10 exhibitions worth checking off your end-of-year to do list.


Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics

The MFA’s Murakami retrospective has something for everyone: bright colors, selfie-worthy murals, and dynamic curation of both contemporary and historical Japanese art. This exhibition is a collaboration between Murakami, Professor Nobuo Tsuji, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston | Until April 1, 2018


Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Studies for the Three Labors of Hercules, ca. 1530. Red chalk, 10 11/16 x 16 5/8 in. (27.2 x 42.2 cm). Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017, www.royalcollection.org.uk

This once-in-a-lifetime show is an opportunity to see 133 drawings by Renaissance Master Michelangelo Buonarroti, and other works by the artist and his contemporaries. The exhibition will not travel or extend its run, so make sure you see it before it ends on February 12.

Bonus:  Now on view at the Met, be sure to see the David Hockney retrospective exhibition which honors the artist as he turns 80. Since 1960, Hockney has created intelligent, diverse works that defy categorization. This retrospective, which is on view until February 25, offers an overview of his career, from early explorations to his most recent landscapes.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York | Now through February 2018


Items: Is Fashion Modern?

Items: Is Fashion Modern? is the first fashion-focused exhibition at MoMA in 70 years. Explore over 100 objects, including Levi’s 501s, the pearl necklace, and the kippah. This show seeks to to identify relationships between fashion, functionality, aesthetics, politics, and identity.

Museum of Modern Art, New York | Until January 28, 2018


Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil

If you’re spending the holidays in the windy city, consider exploring this exhibition to learn more about Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral. Inventing Modern Art in Brazil is the first major museum show to focus on do Amaral in North America. The exhibition examines her work from the 1920s as she traveled between Paris and São Paulo.

Art Institute of Chicago | Until January 7, 2018


Woman with a Camera

Chicago is also currently hosting Woman with a Camera at the Museum of Contemporary Art. This photography exhibit pulls works from 14 female artists in the museum’s collection, including Sophie Calle, Marina Abramović, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago | Until January 14, 2018


Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

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If you’re on Instagram, you’ve likely seen Kusama’s bright, hypnotic work on your feed for the last several months. This blockbuster traveling exhibition is so in demand that advance tickets are already sold out, but same-day standby tickets are available every day. After Los Angeles, Infinity Mirrors will be traveling to Ontario, Cleveland, and Atlanta in 2018.

The Broad, Los Angeles | Until January 1, 2018


Basquiat: Boom for Real

Installation view, Barbican Art Gallery © Tristan Fewings / Getty Images
Artworks: Jean-Michel Basquiat. Glenn, 1984, private collection. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York.

Basquiat: Boom for Real is the first large-scale UK exhibition of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The show features rare archival materials, including film and photography, that showcase Basquiat’s captivating personality and life.

Barbican Art Gallery, London | Until January 28, 2018


Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

Conceptualized and designed in collaboration with the Royal Opera House, Opera: Passion, Power, and Politics examines 400 years of international opera history. Explore fine art, fashion, architecture, and music from some of the most famous operas all under one roof until the show ends on February 25th.

Bonus: The V&A is also hosting Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, which celebrates the influence of Spanish fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. This show, which runs until February 18, displays over 100 pieces crafted by the fashion house and its followers.

The Victoria & Albert Museum, London | Now through February 2018


Monet Collectionneur

Monet secretly collected masterworks by Delacroix, Corot, Manet, Renoir, and Morisot, among others, for most of his life. Monet Collectionneur brings together Monet’s favorite pieces for the first time to give viewers a look into the private life of one of the most famous artists of all time.

Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris | Until January 14, 2018


The Art of Pastel from Degas to Redon

Berthe Morisot, “Dans le parc,” pastel, 1874. © Petit Palais / Roger Viollet

The Petit Palais is showcasing its best pastels in this dynamic exhibition. With works by Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt, and of course Edgar Degas and Odilon Redon, this exhibition is an overview of the artistic currents and the resurgence of pastel as a popular medium in the second half of the 19th century.

The Petit Palais, Paris | Until April 8, 2018