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From dance to espionage, Warhol to Rego, discover our pick of unmissable art exhibitions in Europe this season.

London: ‘Andy Warhol’ at Tate Modern until 15 November

Grab your last chance to see this major retrospective celebrating the leader of the American pop art movement. As well as Warhol’s most-famous works of subjects including Marilyn Monroe, Campbell’s soup tins and Coca-Cola, there are also more than 20 pieces that haven’t been previously shown in the UK. In addition, 25 images from his Ladies and Gentlemen series featuring portraits of black and Latinx drag queens and trans women are being shown for the first time in 30 years. tate.org.uk

Frankfurt: ‘We Never Sleep’ at Schirn Kunsthalle until 10 January 2021

Investigating the mechanisms of secrecy, this group exhibition of 40 international artists offers individual perspectives on the theme of espionage is sure to be enlightening and intriguing. Discover more than 70 paintings, photographs, sculptures, installations and films examining surveillance, paranoia, conspiracies and much more, all viewing the art of spying with a contemporary viewpoint. schirn.de

Barcelona: ‘Tàpies at 30’ at Fundació Antoni Tàpies until 6 June 2021

To mark the thirtieth anniversary Antoni Tàpies Foundation, its exhibition similarly celebrates the artist’s own highly influential period during his thirties (1953–1963), during which he created his series of ‘matter paintings’ to great international acclaim. Unmissable for fans of Tàpies and the avant-garde movement, discover an extensive collection of works on loan from the artist’s family, museums and private collections, many of which have never been shown to the public before, and find out about their creation within the context of Spanish politics of the era. fundaciotapies.org

London: ‘Summer Winter Exhibition’ at the Royal Academy of Arts until 3 January 2021

For the first time in its uninterrupted 252-year history, the RA’s legendary annual summer exhibition of renowned, emerging and amateur artists has been rescheduled for the winter. This year it is curated by artist duo Jane and Louise Wilson RA, and promises new works by Tracey Emin, Rebecca Horn, Anselm Kiefer, Julian Schnabel, Gillian Wearing and Ai Weiwei, as well as new names and those yet to make a mark on the art world. royalacademy.org.uk

Munich: ‘Michael Armitage – Paradise Edict‘ at Haus der Kunst until 14 February 2021

Discover the future of contemporary art at this exhibition of works by British-Kenyan artist Michael Armitage – his first show in Germany. His inspiring and beautiful large-scale oil paintings are inspired by politics, pop culture and his own personal memories, and also introduce folklore and elements of symbolism employed by East African artists. In drawing influence from diverse sources, he effortlessly combines European and African influences and traditions to create unique and personal works. hausderkunst.de

Madrid: ‘German Expressionism’ at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza from 27 October to 13 March 2021

For the first time, the Thyssen-Bornemisza is displaying its collection of German Expressionist works by three themes instead of chronologically, offering an entirely new perspective on the paintings. The collection was a major focus of Baron Thyssen, whose extensive additions to his family’s incredible assembly of Old Masters formed the basis of this iconic museum. Visit the new exhibition to explore the paintings’ creative process, their success with the public and critics, and the relationship between Baron Thyssen and his art dealers, to gain new insight into the Expressionist movement.
museothyssen.org

Paris: ‘The Power of My Hands: Africa(s) Women Artists’ at Musée d'Art Moderne from 4 December to 2 May 2021

Something to look forward to at the end of the year, this exhibition of art created by a group of women on the African continent and in the diaspora, explores the opportunities for female creativity in Africa. Shown as part of Season Africa 2020, which celebrates France’s renewed partnership with the continent, discover a collection of paintings, photographs, sculptures and films that interpret the experience of women, blending their diverse interpretations of memory, family, tradition, spirituality and imagination. parismusees.paris.fr

Parma: ‘Ligabue and Vitaloni: Giving Nature a Chance’ at Fondazione Archivio Antonio Ligabue until 30 May 2021

As part of the programme of events celebrating Parma’s designation as Italian Capital of Culture for 2020 the city’s newly renovated exhibition space in the Palazzo Tarasconi is hosting a show dedicated to the work of Antonio Ligabue ¬¬– one that mirrors a partner Ligabue exhibition at Fidenza Village. The exhibition includes more than eighty paintings and four sculptures by Ligabue, including self-portraits, landscapes and paintings of wild and domestic animals in his characteristic style. fondazionearchivioligabue.com

Brussels: ‘Danser Brut’ at Bozar until 10 January 2021

Combining Art Brut, contemporary art, medical archive documents, film excerpts and more, this exhibition explores the connection between dance and movement as different forms of expression of the body. While it is not attempting to convey the history of dance, instead it aims to broaden the viewer’s interpretation of the art and show modernity in a new light. bozar.be