Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014

In the art world 2014 was an amazing year, with some of the most renowned, international artists in the field showing their works around the globe. This exhibitions and installations displayed in the most famous museums or galleries have provoke or touch audiences with an intense and significant experience. From expansive and multifaceted exhibition, monumental scale sculptures, inventive materials to a photojournalistic imagery, our top 10 art exhibitions of 2014 is an astounding art tour.

Contact “by Olafur Eliasson – Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisTop 10 art exhibitions of 2014  Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014 olafur eliasson contact fondation louis vuitton paris designboom 051 Olafur Eliasson “Contact” in Paris’ Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton. The Danish artist presented an expansive, multi-faceted exhibition that feeds the sense. See also. The exhibition explores ‘the relations between self, space, and universe’ by creating a surreal reality ‘my exhibition addresses that which lies at the edge of our senses and knowledge, of our imagination and our expectations’ Eliasson said, ‘it is about the horizon that divides, for each of us, the known from the unknown.’


“@large
“by Ai Weiwe
i- Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014  Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014 ai weiwei alcatraz large designboom 08The chinese artist Ai Weiwei  ‘@large’ is a display seven sculpture, sound, and mixed-media works in Alcatraz. This exhibition pretends to  be a reflect of human rights and freedom of expression in the context of the historic space.  ‘The misconception of totalitarianism is that freedom can be imprisoned’ Ai Weiwei explains ‘this is not the case. when you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill.’

“Black Scalpel Cityscapes” by Damien Hirst: – White Cube, São Paulo Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014  Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014 damien hirst composes black scalpel cityscapes from surgical tools designboom 03 The ‘black scalpel cityscapes’  is Damien Hirst ‘s exhibition, described by the artist as ‘portraits of living cities’  from  17 cities of recent conflict.  The British artist exposes a new collection of paintings whichare made of surgical instruments, arranged in compositions of a bird’s-eye map view of urbanized sites.  He built natural images of elements like scalpels, razor blades, hooks, iron filings and safety-pins, and set against black backgrounds.      


“Off the Wall
” by Markus Llinnenbrink –Kunsthalle, Nurnberg Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014  Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014 markus linnenbrink color wall designboom 15Markus Linnenbrink for the Off the Wall exhibition has transformed two exhibition spaces at the kunsthalle, Nurnberg into a walk-all-over canvas. Mixing painting with architecture, the New York based artist covered the floors, walls and ceiling of the German with vibrantly-hued parallel streaks, traversing through the gallery’s rooms.  He pretend to evoke wild sense of mobility with such an intensity that the viewers can hardly follow.

Jeff Koons’ Retrospective – Whitney Museum, New York o-JEFF-KOONS-A-RETROSPECTIVE-900  Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014 o JEFF KOONS A RETROSPECTIVE 9002014 was the year of the shiny balloon dog for Jeff Koons.  Whitney exhibition was a captivating as it was maddening. This was the show that none couldn’t miss in New York. See also . We can hate him or worship him, it doesn’t matter. He’ll keep on producing mammoth ‘masterpieces’ that bottle up everything that’s wrong with lust and consumerism into something that buyers and admirers lust after and consume.”

“Oltre lo sguardo”  by Steve McCurry – Villa Reale di Monza, ItalyTop 10 art exhibitions of 2014  Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014 steve mccurry villa reale monza designboom 05The American photographer Steve McCurry displayed 150 photos representing  than 30 year career.In the spacious rooms and neoclassically-decorated corridors the visitor can travel the globe through his work. ‘Oltre lo sguardo’ presents an expansive and rich selection of portraits and photojournalistic imagery that exemplify McCurry’s oeuvre.

Transarquitetônica” by Henrique Oliveira – Museum of Contemporary Art, São Paulo Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014  Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014 henrique oliveira transarquitetonica designboom 611“Transarquitetônica’ is the exhibition form the brazilian artist, Henrique Oliveira. The artist display in the gallery area of the museum of contemporary art, university of são Paulo,his largest immersive installation to date.  He use ricylcing  materials r from his home city’s urban fabric,  oliveira has configured a massive series of snaking wooden columns wrapping through the interior space, which are designed to embrace the observer in a sculptural universe.


“Net linz”
by  Numen/for use
– OK Center for Contemporary Art, Austria Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014  Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014 numen for use net linz designboom 10‘Net linz’ by croatian-austrian design collective Numen/for use at the OK center for contemporary art, represents  an inhabitable and climbable social sculpture supplementary staircase in the exhibition space.  The nets were suspended from the ceiling and stretched with the weight of sand bags attached to their base.

The ninth wave”  by Cai Guo-­qiang – The power station of art, ShanghaiTop 10 art exhibitions of 2014  Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014 cai guo qiang the ninth wave huangpu river shanghai designboom 09 Cai Guo-­qiang’s “the ninth wave’ is this massive exhibition carrying 99 fabricated animalsa aboard a fishing boat presented by the power station of art in shanghai The art installation is set along the Huangpu River a fishing boat with tigers, pandas, camels and apes cling to the worn ship, looking weather­‐beaten and morose with their heads bent in fatigue.

“Floating garden”  by Motoi Yamamoto –  Westminster College and Weber State University, Utah Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014  Top 10 art exhibitions of 2014 motoi yamamoto salt art designbom 21Motoi yamamoto  exhibition  is a complex labyrinth  made of salt works in Utah, surrounding the ground floors at Westminster college and Weber state university.  Filling the shape with lines of matter, connecting teach other within the complex labyrinth. ‘there is no set motif in the patterns I draw’ yamamoto explains, ‘but shapes and forms that can be found in nature such as typhoons, whirling tides, and galaxies are part of my work.’ 

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