David Bailey

Guide to Europe’s Must-See Art Exhibitions in 2014 0

In his latest multimedia mega-project in Munich, Matthew Barney replaces reincarnation with recycling, and the human soul with a Chrysler automobile; in Amsterdam, Marcel Wanders justifies the real job of the designer - “to create something that has a right to exist”; and the actress Hanna Schygulla - muse of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the angriest director of the New German Cinema - is both making and showing films in Berlin. Paris' Grand Palais presents Bill Viola's hallucinatory environmental installations, while London's Tate Modern exhibits a retrospective on the 60-year career of the pop-art pioneer, Richard Hamilton..., in cooperation with – the internet magazine for the contemporary traveler – wishes to remind you of Europe's brightest and best art-, design-, photography- and film exhibitions taking place throughout the year. Located more on the Western side of the art-and-culture map, these are well worth the time and effort it takes to open the heavy doors of a museum.

Bailey’s Stardust
National Portrait Gallery, London
Until June 1, 2014

This collection of 250 photographs is the largest exhibition ever devoted to legendary British photographer David Bailey, whose illustrious career has spanned more than five decades. As the name of the showing implies, Bailey's pictures feature portraits of a star-studded array of musicians, actors and models, including Mick Jagger, Jack Nicholson, Helmut Newton, Kate Moss, Johnny Depp and Boy George.

One cannot fail to mention the photographer's images of Jean Shrimpton, who became Bailey's first Vogue cover girl in 1961 and consequently rose to fashion stardom. Read more…

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Richard Hamilton
Tate Modern, London
Until May 16, 2014

"People don't seem to understand that an artist is free to do whatever he wants, and I've always relished that possibility. I do whatever I feel like," said British pop art pioneer Richard Hamilton. The exhibition at Tate Modern is the largest retrospective on the artist to date. Read more…



Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up at the Stedelijk
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Until June 15, 2014

Marcel Wanders is often compared to Damien Hirst within design circles - an outstanding showman and innovator, with a perfect feel for market trends. The current exhibition in Amsterdam is the most comprehensive retrospective of the designer's work to date in the Netherlands, covering Wanders' 25-year career from the 1980s to the present. Read more…

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Hanna Shygulla: Traumprotokolle (Dream Protocols)
Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts), Berlin
Until March 30, 2014

Actress Hanna Shygulla is a legend. For more than a decade, she was one of the main heroines in a number of films by New German Cinema director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Shortly before the death of the movie director in 1982 at the age of 37, Shygulla moved to Paris, and created a number of her own short films, which can now be seen at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. Read more…

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Matthew Barney: River of Fundament
Haus der Kunst (House of Art), Munich
March 16 - August 17, 2014

San Francisco-born Matthew Barney (1967) is a media darling and one of the best-known artists of his generation. The former medical student, athlete, actor and model lived together with Icelandic singer Björk for more than a decade and is the father of their daughter Isidora (b. 2002). River of Fundament is Barney's largest and most ambitious project to date, consisting of a five-hour-long film that will premiere on March 16 at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, as well as sculptures, drawings, photographs, vitrines and other media. Read more…

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Pictures in Time. The Goetz Collection
Haus der Kunst, Munich
Until June 15, 2014

For four years now, Munich's contemporary art space, Haus der Kunst, has been working together with one of the most influential contemporary art collectors of the current day, Munich-based Ingvild Goetz. The exhibition Pictures in Time is already their sixth cooperative project. Read more…

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Bill Viola
Grand Palais (Grand Palace), Paris
March 5 - July 28, 2014

Bill Viola is a pioneer of video art, whose installations are designed to stimulate both the visual and hearing senses of the viewer, generating a hallucinatory effect. The comprehensive retrospective at the Grand Palais features works that the artist has created from 1977 to the present, including moving paintings and monumental installations. Read more…

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Kandinsky: The Collection from Centre Pompidou
Palazzo Reale, Milan
Until April 27, 2014

The Russian artist and theoretician, Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), was a pioneer in abstract art. His goal as an artist was to put this synthesis of senses onto the canvas, transforming it into visually-stimulating colour combinations that would elicit in the viewer vibrations similar to music.
Featuring more than eighty of Kandinsky's works set up in chronological order, the Pompidou Centre's collection is at the foundation of this extensive retrospective at Palazzo Reale. Read more…

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