Show Stoppers: 5 Exhibitions to See in 2016

Courtesy the Paul G. Allen Family Collection

From a computer mogul's private collection to a long-awaited retrospective of Hieronymus Bosch, our picks for the year's best museum exhibits.

Laura Poitras, the Pulitzer-winning documentarian of Citizenfour fame, is following up her best-doc Oscar with a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her immersive installation probes ever deeper into her bête noire: surveillance in post-9/11 America. From February 5–May 1.

The prolific postwar artist Anselm Kiefer is almost obsessively devoted to German memory. At Paris’s Centre Pompidou, his massive paintings and sculptures—made with ash, lead, bits of Jewish poetry, and other materials reminiscent of the war—get the space, and the context, they merit. From December 16, 2015–April 18, 2016.

A 500-years-overdue retrospective of Hieronymus Bosch—at Madrid’s Prado Museum and the Noordbrabants Museum, in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands—brings together an unprecedented 60-plus paintings, including the exceptional Haywain Triptych. February 13– May 8, and at the Prado May 31–September 11. 

Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen shares 39 exquisite and rarely seen landscapes from his personal collection, including works by Canaletto, Cézanne, and Gerhard Richter. At the Portland Art Museum in Oregon through January 10. At the Phillips Collection, in Washington, D.C., February 6–May 8. 

In his first museum survey, at Mass MoCA, rising installation artist Alex Da Corte mines the ephemera of consumer society to create elaborate environments imbued with pop-culture and art-historical references, personal mythologies, and often-humorous takes on themes of love and loss. March 26–January 2017.

Pictured: Claude Monet, Landscape on Île Saint‐Martin (En paysage dans l’Île Saint‐Martin), 1881