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.
Heidi Bucher at Parasol Unit (foundation for contemporary art):
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is presenting a major survey exhibition of Swiss artist Heidi Bucher. Showing for the first time in a UK public institution 25 years after her death, this exhibition brings together a significant body of her enigmatic latex works made during the last two decades of her artistic life and it also includes screenings of films that document her at work.
Displayed in the Parasol unit ground-floor gallery is a series of Bucher’s large-scale latex skinnings, suspended from the ceiling, hung on the walls, or simply placed on the floor. Bucher’s first Raumhaut (room skin) stands on the floor, a dark and fleshy replica of the cold-store structure of a former butcher’s shop in Switzerland, which she used as her studio. In contrast, a later interior moulding of a former psychiatric sanatorium (1988) has light passing ethereally through its rubbery translucent windows and seems loaded with psychological connotations. These strange, elusive skins present a paradoxical combination of forms that are sturdy yet fragile, transitory yet perpetual, solid yet flexible.
Opening date / hours: 19 September - 9 December 2018, Tuesday - Sunday 10am to 6pm
Address: 14 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW
Find out more about the exhibition here.
Elmgreen & Dragset at Whitechapel Gallery:
Working together since 1995, artist duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset produce beguiling spatial scenarios that explore social and sexual politics and unveil the power structures embedded in the everyday designs that surround us. For their first survey exhibition in the UK, Elmgreen & Dragset bring together key themes that have endured throughout their career such as social responsibility and how spatial contexts influence our behaviour. Transforming the ground floor gallery with a new commission, they present “The Whitechapel Pool”, an installation that questions the fate of civic space in an era of austerity. The empty pool reminds us of the past hopes and the present disappointments of what we call public space and communal health.
The exhibition also features two decades of sculpture including a frightened schoolboy, a pregnant maid, a rifle on the wall, a reversed crucifix and a judge’s wig – each of them acting as protagonists in a silent drama of sexual and social politics.
Opening date / hours: 27 September 2018 - 13 January 2019 / Tuesday - Sunday 11am to 6pm (Thursday until 9pm) Address: Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St,London E17QXFind out more about the exhibition here.
Atelier E.B at the Serpentine Galleries:
Atelier E.B is a fashion label run by designer Beca Lipscombe and artist Lucy McKenzie, who have conceived the first exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries to focus on fashion and its modes of display. Founded in 2007, Atelier E.B creates collections, commissioned interiors, textiles, live events and fashion design by reinventing conventional modes of display and distribution. The design duo divided the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in three chapters: historical research tracing narratives within art, design and retail; a series of commissions by contemporary artists and a showroom for their new collection.
Opening date / hours: 3 October 2018 - 6 January 2019 / Tuesday - Sunday 10am to 6pm Address: Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA Find out more about the exhibition here.
The Oscar Wilde Temple at Studio Voltaire:
Twenty years in the making, The Oscar Wilde Temple is a wholly immersive work of art and secular space honouring one of the earliest forebears of gay liberation whilst commemorating contemporary LGBTQ+ martyrs and those lost to the AIDS crisis.
This is the first–ever institutional exhibition of McDermott & McGough’s work in the UK, providing audiences with an important opportunity to experience the artists’ groundbreaking work first–hand.
For this major new commission, the most ambitious in Studio Voltaire’s history, the entire gallery, a Victorian former chapel, has been dramatically transformed to create an environment that wholly celebrates the Irish poet and author O. Wilde. Period wallpaper, stained glass windows, hangings and 19th century chandeliers and furniture adorn the space, evoking the provocative sensuousness of the Aesthetic Movement.
The temple will be open to public for six months for private reflection as well as LGBTQ+ marriage ceremonies, vow renewals and memorials.
Opening date / hours: 3 October 2018 - 31 March 2019 // Wednesday–Friday, 12pm to 6pm, or by appointment, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 6pm Address: 1a Nelsons Row, London SW4 7JR Find out more about the exhibition project here.
Photo credits: Judith Bradlwarter. ©