All plans came to a grinding halt when Europe went into lockdown in March, 2020. Galleries, museums, art fairs and exhibitions were closed or postponed ‘until further notice’. 

However, in the past few weeks, slowly but surely the continent has begun to wake up again and we’re all looking forward to the moment when our art galleries and museums once again open their doors. But what’s on the agenda for post-lockdown? We’ve put together a list of exhibitions that will take place once we’re all safely through the pandemic. (Some of these exhibitions are already open!)

GAUDÍ OPENS UP TO LOCAL RESIDENTS

Europe's post lockdown art exhibitions

Since 8th June, Spain’s museums and art galleries have reopened to the public, with a maximum of 30 percent capacity. 

Gaudí’s Basilica Sagrada Familia opens their doors on 4th July with a capacity of 750 visitors at one time. To celebrate the de-confinement, Sagrada Familia is offering free entry for Barcelona’s residents.  

GUGGENHEIM BILBAO MUSEUM

Guggenheim Bilbao re-opened at the beginning of June, and they already have an impressive line-up of exhibitions this summer: 

  • Olafur Eliasson: in real life
  • William Kentridge: 7 Fragments
  • Lygia Clark: Painting as an Experimental Field, 1948–1958
  • Richard Artschwager
  • Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection

This is just what’s exhibiting now. They already have a few interesting upcoming exhibitions written in their calendar.  

ART IN AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam’s first post-lockdown exhibition inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic is aptly titled, ‘Stay away, it’s nothing personal’  and created by Martyn F. Overweel. All artwork shown in the exhibition is inspired by the Corona virus and as long as the virus remains active and continues to grow within the community, the exhibition will continue to expand and develop – until the final day of the exhibition. 

Without an official opening, the exhibition is 100 percent virus-proof – open 24 hours, 7 days a week and visible through the gallery windows. The exhibition opened on the 18th Apri and will run through until 13th June at the Van Zijll Langhout. The final day falls on Saturday 13th June and the exhibition is open from 10 AM to 7 PM, with a maximum of 2 visitors at a time.

EXHIBITIONS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

Although there are no plans to re-open museums and galleries in the UK until July at the earliest, there is already an impressive line-up of exhibitions preparing for post-lockdown.

The Tate Modern in London has yet to announce a reopening date, however, they have an abundance of exhibitions ready and waiting for art-lovers to enjoy them. When the modern art museum closed its doors, a major retrospective of Andy Warhol was being exhibited. The first exhibition at the Tate Modern for almost 20 years, visitors can enjoy his iconic pop art images of Marilyn Monroe, Campbell’s soup cans and 25 pieces from Warhol’s Ladies and Gentlemen series.  

Before lockdown, the exhibition was scheduled to run through until 6th September, so even if they don’t extend the dates, you still have time to enjoy the collection.

Photography organisation, Shutter Hub have joined forces with the National Trust of Scotland, Glasgow Women’s library and the Trust’s tenement house for a unique photography exhibition titled ‘Ways of Seeing’. Spotlighting women and photography in Scotland, the exhibition had been postponed due to the lockdown. Instead of launching in April, it is now open to the public on 29th October and runs through until 31st December

NOTE: If you can’t wait to get back into the museums, the V&A have put together an online editorial project titled ‘Pandemic Objects’. The project reflects on everyday objects that have taken on a whole new purpose since the COVID-19 outbreak.

PARIS

Put on hold because of the pandemic, an immersive exhibition of Banky’s collection is now open and running until 31st December. ‘The World of Banksy’ is a collection of 100 pieces of artwork created by the world-renowned street artist over his lifetime. For Banksy lovers, this is not one to miss.
The Atelier des Limières has become one of the most popular art exhibitions in Paris. Enlarged versions of famous masterpieces are projected onto the walls of the exhibition space. The exhibition becomes alive with moving images of famous art, with musical accompaniment. Artists such as Monet Renoir and Van Gogh all exhibit their work in this unique digital art exhibition. Atelier des Limières is open now and runs through to 31st December.

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