Four Must-See European Museum Shows

04 Jan 2023 Four Must-See European Museum Shows

Nel Tuo Tempo by Olafur Eliasson at Palazzo Strozzi (Until 22 January)

Now in its final month, the Icelandic-Danish artist's exhibition, titled Take Your Time in English, has graced all of the Palazzo's Renaissance spaces. Visitors can see the historic and symbolic architecture in a new light, highlighting Eliasson's practice of focusing on perception and movement. With multiple mirrors, light installations and objects that partition the museum's showing rooms, the viewer becomes an integral part of the experience.

VERMEER at the Rijksmuseum (Opening 10 February)

The largest Johannes Vermeer exhibition ever will reveal itself at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. From 10 February to 4 June, form a deeper connection with the paintings of the acclaimed Dutch Painter. The Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Milkmaid, two of Vermeer's most recognisable paintings, unsurprisingly headline the exhibition. With the Delft-born and based painter leaving less than 40 works behind, it is rare for museums to lend out such prized pieces of the collection. Still, the Rijksmuseum has compiled just over 23 bright and colourful Vermeers.

Faith Ringgold's Black is Beautiful at Musée Picasso (Opening 31 January)

Currently 92 years old, Faith Ringgold's creative career has witnessed both the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s and the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020. Following a spell of uncompromising feminist activism in her hometown of New York City, when painting was still her primary medium, Ringgold began to work on Story Quilts, which have become her most famous works. This exhibition is the first accumulation of major works by Ringgold in France, extending the retrospective organised by the New Museum in early 2022.

Mike Nelson: Extinction Beckons at the Hayward Gallery (Opening 22 February)

Mike Nelson, member of the Royal Academy, 2-time Turner Prize nominee and representative of Britain at the 2011 Venice Biennale, will open his first major survey in late February at the Hayward Gallery. Nelson's large-scale installation projects are grand in every sense of the word, constructing fantastical worlds eerily reminiscent of our reality. The salvaged materials, many of which are being reshown for the first time since their debut, vastly transform the museum's spaces during this immense exhibition.


Three of the four shows listed are at Cultivist partner museums, meaning members are granted free access by requesting tickets through our website and app.