Besides Frieze London and Frieze Masters, London has got to offer a huge range of art events in the months of autumn and early winter. This guide will give you short overviews of four London shows I highly recommend visiting.
While many connoisseurs call it “the art circus”, thousands of avid collectors and art enthusiasts keep traveling to London for the most significant art event in the London cultural calendar. This year, Frieze art fair took place from 5 – 7 October (with two preview days on 3rd and 4th October).
Vienna Contemporary is back with loads of great art and even more young galleries and artists that you should keep an eye on in the near future. For general information about VC please head over to my fair report from 2016. This year Vienna Contemporary, located at Marx Halle, opened with 118 galleries and institutions from 27 different countries, presenting works by more than 400 artists. Because of this density it’s rather challenging to choose artists.
The aim of Parallel Vienna is to present young and emerging artists, side by side, bringing together artistic initiatives of all kind. Furthermore, Parallel wishes to give equal space to both Austrian and international artists / galleries, fostering a platform of exchange.
Among the new works by female artists that impressed on preview day were the colorful sculptures by Indian artist Bharti Kher, rising star Rana Begum, who is based in London, and the US artist Virginia Overton. A flock of Tracey Emin‘s bronze birds have also flown in.
Each summer the Royal Academy’s galleries are jam-packed with contemporary art made by internationally renowned artists and young talents graduating from the Royal Academy of Arts. This year, Grayson Perry, and his committee of fellow artists have handpicked over 1,300 artworks in an array of mediums.
The Baroque State rooms of the Palais Schönborn-Batthyány, built in the 17th century are deemed for the presentation of museum exhibitions. From 25 May until 14 September, W&K is presenting selected works by the Austrian artist Walter Vopava in the baroque Palais Schönborn-Batthyany. The installation is evoking an interesting and harmonic interplay of abstract paintings and baroque state rooms.
Studio Drift invites us to reflect on the impact of technology and digitalisation on our society. Several recent works explore the paradoxical relationship between the real and the virtual world.
The project is focused on the employment of a painting style characterised by a political commitment, figurative narratives and radical graphics that have been rejected by New York’s mainstream culture. The exhibition is structured around three thematic sections, all of them devoted to two generations of artists formed in Chicago between the 1950s and 60s.
“It is very important to have a strong focus on the new generation of emerging artists based in the city – with 10 positions selected by different curators each year ZONE1 gives visitors and collectors an insight into the current scene and the most recent works of artists under 40.”
“As a fair, we offer a platform where the Austrian, the Central and Eastern European and the international art scenes meet under one roof. This is the unique thing about vienancontemporary, the fair is a place where East and West get the opportunity to get to know each other better.”
For over 120 years the Venice Biennale has been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world.VIVA ARTE VIVA is this year’s theme and matter of the art fair. It’s subdivided into nine chapters, beginning with two introductory areas in the Central Pavilion, followed by another seven across the Arsenale.