Art and culture Sara  Martinez


Art-filled spring in Europe

Discover new museums, the re-openings of famous galleries and some of the most interesting exhibitions for the coming months.

Berlín: The Feuerle Collection

From bunker to art gallery. Berlin has just welcomed one of the most complete collections of contemporary Asian art of our time. The minimalist architect John Pawson – creator of Madrid’s Puerta América hotel – did the remodelling of this World War II shelter, whose structure and aesthetics have been preserved. With the carefully controlled lighting, the Khmer sculptures and lacquerware from Imperial China seem to glow in the dark.

You’ll need an appointment to tour the gallery, so don’t forget to book here

The Feuerle Collection, one of the most complete colletions of Asian art

Madrid: Sorolla y la moda, until 27 May

The Sorolla Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum are simultaneously hosting this exhibition that comprises some 70 paintings, some of them never before exhibited. A selection of accessories and dresses from 1890-1920 accompany portraits of women painted by Joaquín Sorolla, the Valencia-born artist, reflecting the change in trends from one century to another.

The complementary exhibitions are taking place in both museums, so if you want to have the full experience, we recommend visiting both.

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Paseo a orillas del mar, 1909

Paris: Les hollandais à Paris 1789-1914, until 13 May

From the late 18th century to the early part of the 20th century, many Dutch painters took up residence in Paris. The result was a prodigious artistic and cultural exchange. The works of the nine most influential painters from the Netherlands are presented in the Petit Palais alongside those of other contemporary French artists. Artists such as Van Gogh, Mondrian and Ary Scheffer are, of course, included.

The Artist’s Studio room has been created especially for thinking about the exhibitions. Take advantage of the space to reflect on the connections among all these artists.

Les hollandais à Paris. Ary Scheffer, Les ombres de Francesca da Rimini et de Paolo Malatesta apparaissent à Dante et à Virgil, 1854

London: Andreas Gursky, until 22 April

The British capital also has openings this spring. The Hayward Gallery has just reopened its doors after two years of restoration. Its new roof, formed by 66 glass pyramids, is an added experience for visitors to its facilities. The programme starts off with a retrospective of the oeuvre of the German photographer Andreas Gursky, one of the world’s most esteemed in this field.

From Friday to Sunday, you can get your strength back at Southbank Centre Food Market, one of the city’s top food markets, on the banks of the River Thames.

Andreas Gursky exhibition, Linda Nylind

Milan: Pirelli HangarBicocca Foundation

In 2004 this former locomotive factory became the non-profit Pirelli HangarBicocca Foundation, which promotes contemporary art. Fans of urban art cannot miss Efêmero, part of Outside the cube, a three-year project aimed at bringing urban art to a large audience. The Dream Machine is Asleep is another project in which Prague-born Eva Kot’átková investigates the systems that govern our lives by seeing the human body as a machine that, through dreams, develops its imagination and travels to parallel worlds.

Don’t forget that the last ticket to the exhibitions is for 9.15 pm – and it’s free.

The Dream Machine is Asleep exhibition, Eva Kot'átková

Header image: Andreas Gursky at Hayward Gallery 25 January-22 April 2018, credits: Mark Blower