15 Exhibitions to Catch on Your Winter Vacation

Installation View: Agnes Martin, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, October 7, 2016 – January 11, 2017. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

Traveling over the holidays? Find the antidote to the bustle of the season with must-see gallery shows and museum exhibitions. Whether you’re heading stateside or Europe-bound, these talked-about shows are sure to fill your winter break with artful experiences – from Berlin to Los Angeles.


“Windswept Figure” by George Condo, 2007, oil on canvas, 50.8 x 40.6 cm.
Collection of the artist, New York. Courtesy Sprüth Magers and Skarstedt,
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016. Photo: © George Condo 2016.

“George Condo. Confrontation”

Museum Berggruen | Closes March 3, 2017

The Berggruen Museum’s first exhibition of contemporary art will feature paintings, drawings, collages, and sculptures by American artist George Condo, many of which will be shown to the public for the first time. In a juxtaposition of 20th and 21st century works, this exhibition creates a dialogue between modernist works from the collection of Berlin’s Nationalgalerie and works by Condo from the 1980s to the present. The exhibition illustrates the artist’s deep art historical knowledge and influence by movements such as cubism and classical portraiture.

Left: Rico Puhlmann: Uli Richter photographed for the magazine Constanze Mode, 1973. Photography:
© State Museums of Berlin, Kunstbibliothek, Klaus Puhlmann, Berlin;
Right: Regina Relang: Hahnentritt Complet by Uli Richter, 1959. Photography: State Museums of Berlin, Kunstbibliothek,
© Munich City Museum. Collection Photography, Archiv Relang.

“Uli Richter: Fashion Visionary, Teacher, Inspiration”

Kunstgewerbemuseum | Closes March 5, 2017Known for his sporty, youthful fashion designs, Uli Richter is celebrated on the occasion of his 90th birthday with an exhibition at the Kunstgewerbemuseum. Forty costumes, in addition to photographs, sketches, and archival materials reveal the intricacies of the Berlin fashion scene in the 1980s and 1990s. In addition, contemporary fashion designers created new works inspired by the museum’s collection of Richter’s work to reveal how his style is still breaking new ground.

“Schädelwind” by Cornelia Schleime, 2016, Privatbesitz, © Cornelia Schleime,
Repro: Bernd Borchardt.

“Cornelia Schleime: Blink of an Eye”

Berlinische Gallery | Closes April 24, 2017

Cornelia Schleime received the 2016 Hannah Höch Prize in visual art, a prestigious Berlin award for outstanding lifetime artistic achievement. The Berlinische Gallery presents an exhibition of her communist-era paintings, as well as photographs, drawings, and travel diaries from the artist’s different periods.


Key 34 “Blue poles” by Jackson Pollock, 1952, enamel and aluminum paint with glass on canvas,
212.1 x 488.9 cm. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation ARS,
NY and DACS, London 2016

“Abstract Expressionism”

Royal Academy of Arts | Closes January 2, 2017

With over 163 works, this exhibition at the Royal Academy in London is the first British overview of American AbEx in over 50 years. Providing a new perspective on abstraction, this exhibition brings together works by some of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century, including Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, while also shedding light on lesser-known practitioners of the movement. As the Telegraph describes, “If you are in this category, you’ll have a field day, because whichever way you look at it this is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. If you don’t, you’re in a more enviable position, because take a bit of time and you’ve got a marvelous journey of discovery ahead.” Don’t just walk, run to see this exhibition before it closes.

“The Four Ages of Man” by Valentin de Boulogne, about 1629, oil on canvas, 96.5 x 134 cm,
© The National Gallery, London.

“Beyond Caravaggio”

National Gallery | Closes January 15, 2017

This stunning collection of works deftly illustrates the profound affect Renaissance master Michelangelo Merisi (better known as “Caravaggio,” so named after his hometown in Lombardy) has had on the course of art history. Caravaggio’s works are placed in context with works of his contemporaries and followers, encompassing Italian, French, Flemish, Dutch, and Spanish artists inspired by his distinct style. As The Guardian explains, “the old strain of art praise – the portrait looked as real as life itself – takes on new meaning with Caravaggio and his followers: the scene is aimed directly into your life.”

“Untitled (Spread)” by Robert Rauschenberg, 1983, Solvent transfer and acrylic on wood panel
with umbrellas, 188.6 x 245.7 x 88.9 cm, © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York.

“Robert Rauschenberg”

Tate Modern | Closes April 2, 2017

Texas artist Robert Rauschenberg is examined at Tate Modern in the first retrospective of the artist since his death in 2008, and Rauschenberg has not been exhibited at a major institution in the United Kingdom for some 35 years. Works from his long career, including the iconic large-scale screenprints for which he is known, will be on view in London now through April 2.

Los Angeles

“Hammer Projects: Simone Leigh.” Installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles,
September 17, 2016–January 8, 2017. Photo: Brian Forrest.

“Hammer Projects: Simone Leigh”

The Hammer Museum | Closes January 8, 2017

Multidisciplinary artist Simone Leigh works in ceramics, sculpture, video, installation, and social practice to examine black womanhood. Her intersectional discourse references visual traditions from the Caribbean, the American South, and Africa. Leigh’s heavily-decorated objects are both beautiful and sorrowful; a soulful confrontation of social issues in modern society.

Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum” at AGO. Photo: Dean Tomlinson.
Courtesy of Regen Projects via Instagram.

“Theaster Gates: But To Be A Poor Race”

Regen Projects | Closes February 25, 2017

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates is best known for his work in installation art and found objects, with a keen interest in urban planning and social practice. On January 14, 2017, Regen Projects will debut a solo show of Gates’ work, following the April 2016 announcement of the artist’s move to the gallery and marking his first U.S. gallery representation in over four years. Although you’ll have to wait until after the holidays to check this out, Gates’ critically-acclaimed work should be on your to-do list.

“Toba Khedoori”

LACMA | Closes March 19, 2017

Born in Sydney, Australia, Toba Khedoori creates her architectural, nuanced, large-scale pieces in Los Angeles. Over her career, she has moved from paper to canvas, large-scale to smaller-scale works, but continues to offer elements of both representation and abstraction. The Los Angeles Times describes Khedoori as an artist who “starts with a primary paradox of art, in which an image is also an object. Playing with contradictions intrinsic to Modernist painting, she comes up with enchanting, unexpected hybrids.”

New York

“Amarillo ‘Dos'” by Carmen Herrera, 1971, acrylic on wood, 40 x 70 x 3 1/4 in. Maria Graciela
and Luis Alfonso Oberto Collection © Carmen Herrera.

“Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight”

Whitney Museum of American Art | Closes January 2, 2017

This survey at the Whitney Museum is the artist’s first New York exhibition on in almost twenty years, and focuses on works produced between 1948-1978, the period in which the artist developed her abstract geometric style. The New York Times describes Herrera as, “an artist of formidable discipline, consistency and clarity of purpose, and a key player in any history of postwar art.” With her use of vibrant color, this exhibition offers museum-goers a visual feast.

“Buds” by Agnes Martin, ca. 1959, oil on canvas, 50 x 50 inches (127 x 127 cm).
Titze Collection © 2015 Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

“Agnes Martin”

Guggenheim | Closes January 11, 2017

Uptown, continue your tour of abstract art with “Agnes Martin” at the Guggenheim Museum. Martin’s work subtly bridges the gap between the Abstract Expressionists and the Minimalists of the 1950s and 1960s while maintaining her own signature style. As described by the Wall Street Journal, “Martin’s style evolved through the years but maintained its measured qualities, as well as a resistance to reproduction that could compare to seeing the paintings up close.” This museum retrospective sheds light on Martin’s meditative process and distinct visual language.

Pop Rocks” by Marilyn Minter, 2009, enamel on metal, 108 x 180 in. Collection of Danielle
and David Ganek.

“Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty”

Brooklyn Museum | Closes April 2, 2017

“Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty” is a survey of the artist’s paintings, photographs, and videos for the Brooklyn Museum’s year-long program “A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum.” New York Magazine describes Minter’s oeuvre as, “provocative, sex-positive work, which was misunderstood in the ‘90s as un-feminist, serves as a living testament to this idea…In the show, the subversive underbelly of Minter’s work is revealed in all its shimmery, gritty glory.” This “shimmery, gritty glory” is reason enough to venture to Brooklyn.


“Tongues (Holy Rollers)” by Archibald J. Motley Jr., 1929, oil on canvas, 74.3 × 91.8 cm. Charleston,
Mara Motley Collection, M.D., and Valerie Gerrard Browne.

“The Color Line: African-American Artists and Segregation”

Musée du Quai Branly | Closes January 15, 2017

“The Color Line” takes its title from an article by Frederick Douglass. The show describes the segregation of Black Americans in the United States after the Civil War. It chronologically and thematically displays hundreds of works of painting, sculpture, photography, film, music, and more that explore Black protest and creativity through the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Vice describes this body of work as, “A project of ambitious proportion tackling a subject that mirrors that immensity,” and one that “strikes as an important education tool with a rich visual language and a strong cast.”

“Parable of the Rich Man” by Rembrandt (1606-1669), 1627, oil on wood, 31.9 x 42.5 cm. Berlin,
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie © bpk / Gemäldegalerie, SMB / Jörg P. Anders.

“Rembrandt: in confidence”

Musèe Jacquemart-Andrè | Closes January 23, 2017

This exhibition of 17th-century Dutch master Rembrandt is a collection of twenty paintings and thirty works on paper loaned from top international institutions. Offering a variety of examples from key movements in Rembrandt’s career, this remarkable exhibition traces his stylistic evolution and creative process.

“Portrait de Dora Maar (Portrait of Dora Maar)” by Pablo Picasso,
Paris, 1937, oil on canvas, 92 x 65 cm. Musée national Picasso-Paris.
Donated by Pablo Picasso, 1979.


Musée Picasso Paris | Closes February 5, 2017

The Musée Picasso and Fondation Giacometti are presenting the first exhibition dedicated to interaction between two of the most well-known twentieth century artists. Archival research reveals a better understanding of the relationship between artists Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti. In this revealing exhibition, that relationship is explored through eight sections of chronological and thematic juxtapositions between their works and their personal correspondence.