Contemporary Art Exhibitions

Since the 1960s, art museums were growing increasingly interested in contemporary art and how this could best be curated. It was Harald Szeemann who allegedly invented the role of the independent curator, particularly with his show, “Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form,” held in 1969 which bought in a new era of art history as a result of developments in the role of commercial galleries, the influence of museums and corporate groups, artist-run spaces, and the impact of globalisation on the art world over the previous decade.

This list of the most exciting, influential, and forward-thinking exhibitions in the relatively brief history of contemporary art have been selected for their innovative installations, their impact on the reception of contemporary art either at home or abroad, whilst others significantly advanced trends in contemporary art.