3 Standout European Gallery Shows to Catch Before the End of the Year

Not all galleries have wrapped up their programming for the year.

Installation view Angela de la Cruz. Layers, 2019. Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Schulte. Photograph by Stefan Haehnel.
Installation view Angela de la Cruz. Layers, 2019. Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Schulte. Photograph by Stefan Haehnel.

Though the art world may be settling down for a much-needed respite, some galleries have saved the best of their programming for last. If you’re hoping to see some eye-opening shows before we set off into a new decade, you’re in luck.

We’ve pulled together three of our favorite exhibitions now on view in Europe, which you still have time to visit. 

 “One. Two. Andy.” at Artrust, Melano, Switzerland

Serena Maisto. De-composition Andy 12 (2019). Courtesy of Artrust.

Serena Maisto, De-composition Andy 12 (2019). Courtesy of Artrust.

In the 1980s, photography student Karen Bystedt visited Warhol’s factory, where she took a series of 36 surprisingly intimate photographs of the Pop art icon. One of those photos, only rediscovered by Bystedt in 2011, is the touchstone for this exhibition. Two artists, Serena Maisto and another known simply has Raul, have each created reinterpretations of the photograph. Maisto has disassembled Warhol’s image into a woven grid of tones that quite literally deconstruct his likeness, whereas Raul covers Warhol’s visage in a series of symbols. For Raul, this reinterpretation is part of a larger project. Since meeting Bystedt some years back, the artist has collaborated with her on a series of 75 photographs known as Meditations with Andy. “Each artwork is in fact the total result of three other works of art: the original artistic reprocessing of Serena and Raul, Karen’s photo, capturing the uniqueness of Warhol’s gaze, and Andy Warhol himself, who impersonated work of art, as an icon and symbol,” said Patrizia Cattaneo Moresi, Artrust’s director.

 “One. Two. Andy.” is on view through December 20 at Artrust, Via Pedemonte di Sopra, 1 CH-6818 Melano, Switzerland. 


Angela de la Cruz. Layers” at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin 

Installation view Angela de la Cruz. Layers, 2019. Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Schulte. Photograph by Stefan Haehnel.2

Installation view “Ángela de la Cruz. Layers,” 2019. Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Schulte. Photograph by Stefan Haehnel.

Spanish artist Ángela de la Cruz creates colorful works that hover enigmatically between sculpture and painting, with monochromatic or two-tone canvases bent and manipulated through a twisting of their stretchers so that that they seem to be warping of some natural accord. In other works, chairs and other furniture are entwined with mangled sculptural compositions. A human quality suffuses the works, which appear like cowering figures or athletes’ bodies writhing in exhaustion. Coming off of a recent presentation of her work at Art Basel, the exhibition is an immersive journey through de la Cruz’s visual world.

Angela de la Cruz. Layers” is on view through January 11 at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Charlottenstraße 24, Berlin. 


“Jean-Michel Atlan et la Nouvelle École de Paris” at Setareh Gallery, Düsseldorf

Installation view Jean-Michel Atlan et la Nouvelle École de Paris. Courtesy of Setareh Gallery.

Installation view “Jean-Michel Atlan et la Nouvelle École de Paris,” 2019. Courtesy of Setareh Gallery.

The late French artist Jean-Michel Atlan was a self-taught abstract painter who has become something of a niche favorite in France in the decades since his death in 1960. Nevertheless, he remains largely unknown within the greater art world. This exhibition, organized with Fondation Jean-Michel Atlan and the Musée de la Moderne de la Ville de Paris, is a fascinating reexamination of an artist who was highly regarded by Jean Dubuffet, showed alongside Picabia, and was friends with both Surrealists and CoBrA artists.

Born in Algiers, the artist came to Paris as a young man, and after narrowly escaping death during the war years by being admitted to a mental asylum, he rose up to become one of the most beloved artists of 1950s France, famed for his rhythmic use of color and form. The show, which includes works from his most pivotal periods, is an eye-opening look at an artist who was collected by the likes of Gertrude Stein, but who has fallen, almost inexplicably, into obscurity.

Jean-Michel Atlan et la Nouvelle École de Paris” is on view through February 15 at Setareh Gallery, Königsallee 27-31, Düsseldorf.

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