As every year, we’ve done a small recapitulation of all the great exhibitions we saw over the last twelve months and picked our favorites. Starting with museum and art institution shows, these are the ten which made the most impact on us. Two of them (Jake & Dinos Chapman and Mira Schendel) are still on display, so don’t miss them.

Expo1: New York @ MoMA PS1 | New York
Curators: Klaus Biesenbach, Hans Ulrich Obrist + advisers
Why: grand curatorial statement with strong individual artworks. A show that you’ll remember for years.
review | website

do it (outside) @ Socrates Sculpture Park | New York
Curator: Hans Ulrich Obrist
Why: proof that art in public space without the need for a populistic angle is possible
photos | review | website

NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star @ New Museum | New York
Curators: Massimiliano Gioni, Gary Carrion-Murayari, Jenny Moore, Margot Norton
Why: time travel to 1993, without pretending to describe an era

Jeremy Deller: English Magic @ British Pavilion, Venice Biennale | Venice
Curator: Emma Gifford-Mead (British Council)
Why: hijacking the pavilion to subvert the statement of national pride, trophy art and neoliberalism. And the great cup of tea.
photos | review | website

Rudolf Stingel @ Palazzo Grassi | Venice
Curator: the artist himself
Why: fantastic paintings packaged into an immersive experience in one of the most beautiful Venetian palaces
photos | review | website

Navid Nuur: Phantom Fuel @ Parasol Unit | London
Curator: Ziba Ardalan
Why: conceptual art at its best – philosophy meets poetry meets visual beauty

Jake & Dinos Chapman: Come and See @ Serpentine Sackler Gallery | London
Curators: Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Urich Obrist
Why: 17 years of kick–ass, diverse art coming together in one strong statement
photos | review | website

Mira Schendel @ Tate Modern | London
Curators: Tanya Barson, Taisa Palhares
Why: discovery of an extraordinary, virtually unknown, 20th century artist and her impressive body of work
photos | review | website

Thomas Bayrle: All-in-One @ Wiels | Brussels
Curator: Devrim Bayar
Why: top-notch pop art with a European twist (made in Germany – surprise, surprise!)

Neo Rauch: The Obsession of the Demiurge @ BOZAR | Brussels
Curator: Harald Kunde
Why: contemporary painting at its very best
review | website