Art To See During The Holidays: The Europe Edition

It’s (almost) 2019! Time to talk about… (more) art! If your plans for NYE are to get away from the city of London, you might want to stay in the city of your choice a little bit longer: you will find out that most European cities have some great exhibitions to visit. And we at La Collectionneuse love to talk about them. Let’s start, shall we?



If are in the city of Red Lights, head nowhere else other than to Foam Gallery, where Feast for the Eyes will show you everything food photography. The exhibition explores how food is represented and what its significance can be by means of three themes. The photographs show how the artists have been inspired by the genre and how it has changed in the course of time. Advised to visit after a substantial meal (no-cravings allowed).

Photo by David Von Becker

Photo by David Von Becker


One of the most well known galleries in the German capital, C/O Berlin, is showing the work of Nobuyoshi Araki in its new show Nobuyoshi Araki, Impossible Love - Vintage Photographs. In 1973, Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki published these works in a book of image pairs showing life in Tokyo between 1969 and 1973, calling the societies and moral values into question. Today, he is one of the most influential and widely discussed artists in the world whose work deals with nakedness, sexuality, and the body in a radical and realistic way. The exhibition includes previously unpublished series of his early works, combined with a selection of his recent series Flower / DollSky / Winds, and Polaroid collages.

La Musicienne, Jacques Braque

La Musicienne, Jacques Braque

Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso

Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso


If you’re in for a morning filled with croissants and Marcel Duchamp, the Centre Pompidou has the right show for you. The first exhibition devoted to Cubism in France since 1953, Le Cubism's originality lies in its unusual stance, broadening a standpoint usually focused on its two inventors, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, to other artists. Through a circuit providing clarity for audiences on the key concepts, tools and procedures that gave Cubism such unity, the exhibition sheds light on the experimental, collective nature of this movement, whose revolutionary aesthetic was simultaneously the wellspring of modernism and its very language.



CCCB - Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona is showcasing the New York director’s work in their latest exhibition Stanley Kubrick. The show is a chronological look at the work of a genius of the cinema, the creator of masterworks in a wide variety of cinematographic genres. This in-depth exploration of the complete works of Kubrick presents more than 600 items, including moving images (some 40 audiovisuals);objects and material from the director’s personal archives (research and production documents, screenplays, stills, tools, costumes, models, cameras and lenses…), and his correspondence with the talent that surrounded him.

Alberto Giacometti, 1951 Photograph by Gordon Parks Fondation Giacometti, Paris © The Gordon Parks Foundation

Alberto Giacometti, 1951
Photograph by Gordon Parks
Fondation Giacometti, Paris
© The Gordon Parks Foundation

Men’s Heads  ( Têtes d’hommes ), ca. 1959 Ballpoint pen on paper 18.3 x 13.6 cm Fondation Giacometti, Paris © Succession Alberto Giacometti, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2018

Men’s Heads (Têtes d’hommes), ca. 1959
Ballpoint pen on paper
18.3 x 13.6 cm
Fondation Giacometti, Paris
© Succession Alberto Giacometti, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2018


If you’re lucky enough to be visiting the Spanish city and be able to see the Guggenheim, make sure to pay a visit to the new exhibition Alberto Giacometti. A retrospective. This exhibition surveys four decades of production by Alberto Giacometti (b. 1901; d. 1966), one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. More than 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings make up a show that offers a unique perspective on the artist’s work, highlighting the extraordinary holdings of artworks and archive material gathered by Giacometti’s wife, Annette, now in the Fondation Giacometti in Paris. 

Andy Warhol Photo: Lasse Olsson/Pressens bild

Andy Warhol Photo: Lasse Olsson/Pressens bild


Lastly, if you’re a art-newbie and you want to start learning more about this charming world, you might have to start from the basics. With some beloved pop-art. Moderna Museet is showcasing the first “exhibition about an exhibition”: did you know that Andy Warhol’s first solo exhibition at a museum in Europe was at Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1968? Criticism for pro-American propaganda was anticipated – but the reactions were divided. Warhol 1968 is an exhibition about this exhibition. It also attempts to explore the complexity of Warhol’s oeuvre from the perspective of the pivotal year of 1968.