5 of Europe’s must see pop-up art exhibitions this summer

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They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and, when it comes to art, there’s no doubt that one person’s ‘masterpiece’ is another person’s ‘???’. As a booming cultural hub, Europe is the ultimate destination for art lovers and somewhere everyone can discover a piece of work to fall in love with. To make that search a little bit easier, we’ve handpicked some of this summer’s must-see art exhibitions, so you can find your own Mona Lisa, no matter what your tastes are.

For the Eccentric:

*David Arsham ‘Connecting Time’ | Moco Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands ’til Sept 30th * Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/ByvZL3BlvSP/?utmsource=igwebcopylink Straight from the Big Apple, David Arsham is the artist you never knew you needed. Having collaborated with Dior to design their SS20 runway and Adidas to design a limited-edition 4D (4!?) trainer, this New Yorker is known for not just thinking outside of the box, but redesigning it. ‘Connecting Time’ displays Arsham’s talent for blending architecture with design, sculpture and performance with numerous installations that will have you questioning whether or not you have stumbled across a secret room in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

For the Fashionista:

From Warhol to Banksy: a journey through the history of contemporary art | Franciacorta Outlet Village, Milan, Italy ‘til 15th September Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/By-UwOindIR/?utmsource=igwebcopylink From Stormzy’s quickly iconic union jack emblazoned stab-proof vest to shredding at £1.4million painting the second it sold at auction, Banksy is the anonymous artist that just cannot be ignored. Taking this genius’s work, as well as that of other famous street and pop artists (including Warhol, Basquiat and Obey) outside of the conventional space, Milan’s Deodate Arte gallery collaborates with fashion haven, Franciacorta Outlet Village to host a temporary pop-up exhibition. If there has ever been a perfect opportunity to shop Europe’s fashion capital while gaining inspiration from some of the world’s most influential creators, this is it.

For the Tech Geek:

*The Future Starts Here | ArkDes, Stockholm Sweden, ‘til August 4th * Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/BvlpGFkgNAG/?utmsource=igwebcopylink If we can learn anything from Black Mirror, its that technology has the potential to change our lives in ways that a majority of us just aren’t yet ready to imagine. Displaying 80 objects that suggest where our futures may be heading, ‘The Future Starts Here’ will have you questioning whether or not you’re really ready for what tomorrow may bring. All of the objects on display have been produced by research labs, universities, governments and designers and are newly released or still in development. Alexa, purchase us a ticket.

For the Dreamer:

*Dream Box | MIMA Museum, Brussels, Belgium ‘til September 1 * Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv3iPZVHqPI/?utmsource=igwebcopylink Bridging the gap between reality and your imagination, the MIMA Museum’s immersive new exhibition will have you questioning all five of your senses. Featuring the work of European contemporary artists Elzo Durt, Hell’O, Escif and Felipe Pantone and the Gogoplex Collective, Dream Box is an animated exhibition jam-packed with special effects and optical illusions. From flying CD-ROMs to a ‘magic piano’, as you move room to room, expect to either: a) be silent in awe, or, b) say ‘wow, that’s cool’.

For the Adventurer:

*Le Monde de Steve McCurra | La Sucriere, Lyon, France ‘til July 21st * Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/BzbXaJkoPtg/?utmsource=igwebcopylink Steve McCurry is one of, if not the, most well-known photojournalists in the world. If his name doesn’t ring a bell, then his striking photograph titled ‘Afhgan Girl’ that appeared on the cover of National Geographic likely will. Over an incredible 35-year career, McCurry has captured images of people from all corners of the world and this short-term exhibition is sure to inspire your future travels. Be sure to pick up an audio guide to listen to the photographer tell the story behind each of his images in his own words.