Art Exhibitions to Catch in 2014

Now that 2014 has begun, you may be thinking about travel plans and what events you’d like to attend this year. To help you plan, we ArtSmart Roundtable bloggers are highlighting our favorite art to see in 2014. While this list is certainly not exhaustive, these are my choices for the best art exhibitions in 2014. (Links are in orange).

Note: Some photos may not represent an actual piece in the exhibition; in some cases, it was impossible for me to know what specific works will be included and therefore chose representative works of the artist and the time period represented in the exhibition.

Art Exhibitions of 2014

Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, through July 27, 2014

This exhibition includes both his kinetic sculptures (mobiles) and enormous stationary works. The unique mix of movement, color, shape, and delicacy makes his sculptures a treat to see in person. And the installation was designed by architect Frank Gehry.


Art Exhibitions of 2014

The Return of the Prodigal Son, c. 1669

Rembrandt: The Final Years

National Gallery, London, October 15, 2014-January 18, 2015 after which it will be in Amsterdam from February-May 2015

This exhibition covers the later years of Rembrandt’s long career, focusing on 1650-1669 when his style, particularly his brushstrokes, became even looser and more expressive than before. Rembrandt’s work must be seen in person to be fully appreciated, and this is one art exhibition in 2014 that I would travel just to see.


Art Exhibitions of 2014

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Natural History Museum in London, through March 23, 2014

A large collection of notable wildlife photography from the year is displayed first at one of my favorite London museums and then tours 60 cities, first in the UK and then around the globe.


Art Exhibitions of 2014

Canaletto’s Riva degli Schiavoni Looking East, 1730

Caravaggio to Canaletto: The Glory of Italian Baroque and Rococo Painting

Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, through February 16, 2014

Unfortunately, the website of this museum is not very user-friendly or informative, but the title of this exhibition caught my attention. I then read this review and knew that this exhibition does indeed include a great number of impressive works by the best painters of that age, including nine works by Caravaggio. If I lived in Europe, I would make a trip to Budapest just to see this exhibition.

 Art Exhibitions of 2014


British Museum, London, March 6-June 22, 2014

The Vikings pique my curiosity; for me, they exist in my imagination as powerful yet mysterious because I know very little of what their life actually looked like. This exhibition brings them to life with “axes, coins and jewelery, hoards, amulets and religious images [that] show how Vikings created an international network connecting cultures over four continents. At the centre of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37-metre-long Viking warship, the longest ever found.”


Art Exhibitions of 2014

Mary Cassatt, Portrait of the Artist, c. 1878


National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., May 11-October 5, 2014

Just about everyone enjoys seeing Impressionist paintings up close. This exhibition will explore the connections between the two artists, who were friends, and especially the influence of Degas on Cassatt’s work and style.


Art Exhibitions of 2014

Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection

de Young Museum, San Francisco, June 7-October 12, 2014

This is one exhibition I will actually visit. It is a sweeping look at Modernism from post-World War II through the end of the 20th century, with more than 50 paintings by American masters such as Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns.


Art Exhibitions of 2014

Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting

National Gallery of Art, London, April 30-September 21, 2014

A look at architecture in Italian Renaissance painting…need I say more?


Art Exhibitions of 2014


National Gallery of Art, London, June 18-September 7, 2014

Yet another great exhibition in London…compiling this list left me wishing I could live there just to visit the city’s fantastic museums. This exhibition will explore the use of color from the Renaissance through Impressionism, including the materials artists used to create colors. Each room will be dedicated to a color–I imagine that it will be not only informative but also beautiful.

Which of these exhibitions catch your attention? What exhibitions are on your list for 2014? 

Let’s see what the other ArtSmart bloggers have to say:

“5 2014 Shows Not to Be Missed in Boston” from Erin of A Sense of Place

“Threatened Venice” from Christina of Daydream Tourist

“What art to see in Florence in 2014” from Alexandra of ArtTrav 

“Top 5 Museum Visits in 2014: From Vancouver to Venice” from Murissa of Wanderful Traveler 

“2014 Art Worth Traveling for in the USA” from Ashley of No Onions Extra Pickles

“Reopening of the Mauritshuis and The Hague” from Lesley of Culture Tripper

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20 Responses to Art Exhibitions to Catch in 2014

  1. Ashley at No Onions Extra Pickles 01/06/2014 at 10:55 am #

    I’m terribly excited for both the Calder exhibit at LACMA (which I also mention in my ArtSmart post!) and the National Gallery of Art exhibit at the de Young. The sister exhibit at the Legion of Honor also looks good!

    I actually saw the Vikings exhibit while I was in Copenhagen. It was smaller than I was expecting, but definitely a great family exhibit.
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    • Jenna 01/07/2014 at 12:05 pm #

      I haven’t been to LA in ages, so I hope to get there this year and see the Calder exhibition.

  2. Murissa 01/06/2014 at 3:04 pm #

    I love Vikings too. It’s a family rumour on my Norwegian side that we were proud Vikings.
    During my trip to Ireland I was pleasantly surprised with all the Viking history I learned.

    Happy new year!
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    • Jenna 01/07/2014 at 12:05 pm #

      Thanks for the info, Murissa!

  3. Monique 01/07/2014 at 4:28 pm #

    I wish I were going to London in 2014, love all the exhibitions happening there… but we never know, hopefully something good happens and I can make it to one of them!
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    • Jenna 01/07/2014 at 8:48 pm #

      London always has such an array of excellent exhibitions, so if you can’t make it this year, I’m sure there will be just as many ones you’d want to see another year :)

  4. Laurel- Capturing la Vita 01/07/2014 at 7:14 pm #

    A wonderful collection of exhibits. Too bad I won’t be in Budapest this year 😉
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    • Jenna 01/07/2014 at 8:48 pm #

      Yes, that Budapest show should be a great one.

  5. Christina 01/07/2014 at 7:48 pm #

    What a great list, thanks! It looks like a trip to London is definitely in order this year :) I can’t decide what I’d rather see more: “Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting” or “Colour”. Both should be amazing! (And they are both open at the same time – very convenient!)

    I would also add the Portland Art Museum to your list. Currently they are displaying Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” which broke the record for most expensive piece of art sold at auction this year.
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    • Jenna 01/07/2014 at 8:47 pm #

      Thanks for the Portland tip! I am hoping to go there for the first time this year, so I’ll check into that exhibit.

  6. Stephanie 01/08/2014 at 4:22 pm #

    The London exhibitions look great, especially the Rembrandt and Renaissance ones…unfortunately the timing isn’t great isn’t great for either for me. :(

    To be honest, I missed a Frida Kahlo exhibition when I was in Paris briefly in November (we showed up at the L’Orangerie right as it was closing!), so I am hoping to see one in Rome at the Quirinale in May. I’ve always wanted to see her work in person but never have.

    Another exhibit that I’ve had to miss but that my friend was kind enough to go to for me was Van Gogh at work, which extends very slightly into 2014. :) My friend bought me the catalogue as a Christmas gift and it’s honestly one of the loveliest and most comprehensive I’ve seen.

    • Jenna 01/10/2014 at 8:43 am #

      I went to the Van Gogh museum and was disappointed by it, mostly because it was crowded and hard to see the paintings, most of which were small. The exhibit would be nice to see, though. And I have never see Frida’s work in person, either, so I agree that that is worth going to! Enjoy!

  7. ehalvey 01/09/2014 at 10:45 am #

    The Calder exhibit is coming to the PEM in Salem later this year, so I’ll definitely have to catch it!

    Apparently I need to move into the National Gallery in London because I would LOVE to see the Rembrandt, Colour, and Building the Picture exhibits. The color one would just be stunning!
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    • Jenna 01/10/2014 at 8:38 am #

      I know! London is the best for art lovers.

  8. Lesley Peterson 01/11/2014 at 10:15 am #

    Would I love to get back to London this year! The Viking exhbition looks amazing as does the Rembrandt. I’d dearly love to see the Calder and Modernism shows, too. Thanks for the head’s up, Jenna!
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    • Jenna 01/12/2014 at 8:40 am #

      You’re welcome! I also would love to get to London this year but highly doubt that will happen. It is a great city for kids, but it’s just too expensive for the 4 of us to go. I hope to see the Calder and Modernism shows and will report back about them :)

  9. Tricia 01/22/2014 at 10:48 am #

    Thanks for taking the time to compile this great round-up, Jenna. There’s so much of interest here, but somehow I think London’s celebration of Colour sounds especially intriguing. Lucky you that you’re somewhat in the neighborhood for the California exhibitions! :)
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    • Jenna 01/23/2014 at 8:51 pm #

      That color exhibition caught my attention too. How wonderful it would be to walk in a room filled with paintings that use purple, for example! :)


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