The Most Exciting Art Events in 2022

16 December 2021

The Most Exciting Art Events in 2022

What are the most anticipated events for next year? We have collated five events you should not miss in Europe: Bacon and Cezanne, as you have never seen them before, the postponed Venice Biennale and the Kosovo Manifesta Exhibition.

Francis Bacon: Man and Beast at the Royal Academy in London, UK, 22 January - 17 April 2022

One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Francis Bacon impresses his viewers with a distorted vision of human bodies. This powerful exhibition will focus on Bacon’s unerring fascination with animals: how it both shaped his approach to the human body and distorted it; how, caught at the most extreme moments of existence, his figures are barely recognisable as either human or beast. Spanning Bacon’s 50-year career, highlights include his Study of a Bull, which will be exhibited in the UK for the first time.

ARCO Madrid, Spain, 23-27 February 2022

The three-way relationship between galleries, artists, and collectors is essential for the ARCO fair with over 150 international presentations. You can look forward to a new category of young galleries with less than 7 years of existence, a special focus on Latin American artists as well as a section from last year dedicated exclusively to women.

Manifesta 14, the European Nomadic Biennial, Prishtina, Kosovo, 22 July - 30 October 2022

Many European art lovers seek to visit the biennial exhibition Manifesta, originated in the early 1990s in response to the political, economic, and social changes following the end of the Cold War and the subsequent

steps towards European integration. This unique event offers a 100-day programme of art, performances, events and workshops. The theme for the 14th exhibition hosted in Prishtina in Kosovo is 'it matters what worlds world worlds: how to tell stories otherwise.

59th Venice Biennale, Italy, 23 April - 27 November 2022

The highly anticipated 59th edition of the Venice Biennale has been postponed from 2021 to 2022. As some call this event "the Olympics of the art world," at this fair, artists represent their countries and visitors have the opportunity to get a global outlook of the most emerging art. We can look forward to Oman being the first country to debut a national pavilion at the Venice Biennale since Ghana in 2019. Cecilia Alemani is the first Italian female curator of the Biennale.

Cezanne at the Tate Modern, London, UK, 6 October 2022 - 26 February 2023

‘With an apple, I will astonish Paris’, Cezanne once claimed, and the history of painting was never to be the same again. Focusing on the many tensions and contradictions in Cezanne’s work, this exhibition seeks to understand the artist in his own context, as an ambitious young painter proudly from the Mediterranean South, yet eager to make it in metropolitan Paris. Visitors will have the see many of Cezanne´s works for the first time in the UK.