The 20 biggest art exhibitions of 2014

From international newcomers to titans of art history, 2014 looks set to be another awesome year of art



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Bumper barely begins to describe the year of art ahead of us. In fact, we've already had to stretch our Top 10 shows of 2014 to 20. So, here they are, from bona fide blockbusters like Matisse at Tate Modern to the new names you'll definitely know about in 12 months time, like Ryan Trecartin, who will be bringing his carnivalesque video installations to Zabludowicz Collection in October. Don't forget to check our London Art Calendar, as we'll be updating with exciting projects by Tracey Emin, Marina Abramovic and others just as soon as dates are confirmed.

If you think there's a show that's slipped under our radar, let us know in the comments box below, or tweet us @TimeOutArt.


Ryan Trecartin

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The LA-based artist brings the carnivalesque escapades of his absurd characters to London for the first time this autumn. Working with long-time collaborator Lizzie Fitch, ‘Priority Innfield’, which was originally shown at the 55th Venice Biennale, takes you on a rip-roaring roller coaster ride where dysfunctionality reigns supreme within the fabricated installations Trecartin builds to exhibit his bizarre filmed exploits.

  1. Zabludowicz Collection 176 Prince of Wales Rd, NW5 3PT
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Sun Dec 21
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Rembrandt: The Final Years

It would appear that there is no such thing as too much Rembo. Especially when the shows are massive Autumn blockbusters providing an incredibly rare opportunity to see 40 of the Dutch master's late period paintings alongside 20 drawings and some 30 prints. The great man's work only got better with age, and this show will feature works lent by major museums across the globe.

  1. National Gallery Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
  2. Wed Oct 15 - Sun Jan 18
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100 Years Later: Conflict, Time, Photographer

As we look back over 100 years since the end of the First World War, the Tate examines the - often uneasy - relationship between photography and conflict.

  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Wed Nov 19 - Sun Mar 15
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Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude

Few people captured the human body with the obsessive fleshy intensity of Egon Schiele. The Viennese painter, and protégé of the great Austrian master Gustav Klimt, showed the human body in all its odd, contorted and bumpy glory. So it’s safe to assume that the title of this Courtauld show, ‘The Radical Nude’, is no exaggeration. It’s also Schiele’s first major solo museum show in this country, so will be our first proper chance to get our eyes around his provocative vision of men women.

  1. Courtauld Gallery Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 0RN
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Sun Jan 18
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Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection

South America wasn't immune to the modernist movement that took hold in mid-twentieth century Europe, across the continent artists were producing vibrant, radical art to rival that being made over here. With artists like the brilliant Helio Oiticica and Juan Melé this is sure to be a colourful, and no doubt radical, showcase of South American modernism.

  1. Royal Academy of Arts Piccadilly, W1J OBD
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sun Sep 28
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Late Turner: Painting Set Free

The late period of Turner's career saw him create some of his most recognisable and enduring works, so it's surprising that this is the first exhibition to look solely at that period. With over 150 works from all over Europe this is sure to be an eye-opener into a fascinating period for our most important painter.

  1. Tate Britain Millbank, SW1P 4RG
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sun Jan 25
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Since 1987, Moscow-based art collective AES+F have been leaders of the contemporary Russian scene, with star appearances at a handful of Venice Biennales. This will be their first UK museum show, and will see the group showcasing a trio of video installations.

  1. Royal Academy of Arts Burlington Gardens 6 Burlington Gardens, W1S 3ET
  2. Thu Sep 11 - Sun Oct 26
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