10 Art Events to see & snap in 2019
From Brexit, to Bombay via The Venice Biennale: a few of our top picks which will be making headlines this year.
It may feel like a year has already passed since January, having lost key creative icons Robert Ryman, Karl Lagerfeld and Mark Hollis (the singer from Talk Talk); we’ve seen London Art Fair, Verbier Art Summit, Art Genève, Elevation 1049 and 1–54 Marrakesh go from strength to strength and we are gearing up for the first contemporary art sales from Sotheby’s and Christie’s in the shadow of Brexit with the helm of of their departments having experienced significant changes.
With this in mind, with thought we collate a little collection of significant events we which will surely be appearing on whatever feed you choose to get your information from. Of note, 2019 seems to be a year where we will continue to see the championing under-recognised Female Artists, African Art, as well as African American Artists; the continuation of new art canons emerging with the construction of new museums and the globalisation of Art Fairs and emergence of New Biennales, as well as more and more in situ installations and destination exhibition spaces which continue to gain traction not just for the Art Market but for the whole cultural ecosystem. Of course Co-owership of Art will play a significant role in how the market evolves. You can take part here.
Our Top 10 Hit list
Desert X Palm Springs, California Feb 9 -April 21, 2019
With Hans Ulrich Obrist on the Board, Desert X is produced by Desert Biennal, and has the mission to bring the finest international artists to the Coachella valley to create art, engage viewers, and focus attention on the valley’s environment, its natural wonders as well as socio-political-economic issues that make it vibrant, curious and exciting.
Naoshima Japan March 2019 ❤ reopening ❤
After taking a 2 month hiatus, Naoshima the art island featuring and juxtaposing Lee Ufan, Tadao Ando and Yayoi Kusama will surely be making a comeback to our instagram feeds. Frankly, we can’t wait.
ARCO Madrid 27th February- 3rd March
ARCOmadrid 2019 focuses on dialogues from artists About 40% of the galleries participate focusing on the presentation of one or two artists from different environments and a space for discovering the work of artists from different generations. The fair focuses on the presence of Peru as guest of honour. Though we love Peru, we will looking forward to seeing the Hauser & Wirth booth which focuses on the celebrated female contemporary American artist, Jenny Holzer. The dedicated presentation anticipates Holzer’s major solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain. Holzer’s compelling oeuvre engages with social and political issues, blurring the lines between the personal and the public.
National Museum of Qatar March 28th
Delayed by more than two years another stunning new architectural highlight along Doha’s already spectacular waterfront. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, who was also behind the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the $434 million building is a sprawling array of curved discs, cantilevered angles and surprising intersections, and was inspired by “desert rose” crystal clusters which form in the Qatari desert. It’s an impressive marriage of past and present and a reason to pop out of the airport during your layover on Qatar airways.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983 The Broad Los Angeles Mar 23, 2019 to Sep 1, 2019
Featuring the work of more than 60 influential artists and including vibrant paintings, powerful sculptures, street photography, murals, and more, this landmark exhibition is a rare opportunity to see era-defining artworks that changed the face of art in America.
Van Gogh and Britain London Tate 27 MARCH — 11 AUGUST 2019
With Brexit on the Horizon, it having the Dutchman’s point of vue and contributions on show feels VERY timely. Van Gogh lived in England as a young man for several crucial years. He walked the streets alone, dreaming of the future. He fell in love with British culture, especially the novels of Charles Dickens and George Eliot. The exhibition also looks at the British artists who were inspired by Van Gogh, including Francis Bacon, David Bomberg, and the young Camden Town painters. It shows how his vision set British artists on the road to modern art.
Venice Biennale Italy 11 May to 24 November 2019
The 58th International Art Exhibition, titled “May You Live In Interesting Times”, will take place from 11 May to 24 November 2019 (Pre-opening on 8, 9, 10 May). The title is a phrase of English invention that has long been mistakenly cited as an ancient Chinese curse that invokes periods of uncertainty, crisis and turmoil; “interesting times”, exactly as the ones we live in today.
Moonfestival.co.uk Space Center London + Leicester 19–26 July
On 20 July it will be 50 years since the first humans landed on the moon. Museums and science centres across the globe will be staging space- and lunar-themed exhibitions and activities. In the UK, the National Space Centre in Leicester has a new Apollo exhibition in its Space Oddities gallery (until September). The main event is a Moon Festival in London, whose programme includes a lecture by Margaret Atwood on magic and the moon, a moon-themed underground jazz gig and a late-night cabaret for over-69s. Other festival highlights include a midnight run, a night-blooming garden and a street party with light projections, an astronomy tent and live music.
Serpentine Pavilion London 20 Jun 2019 to 6 Oct 2019
The Annual start studded opening of the Pavillion is sure to get tongues wagging this summer. Zaha Hadid completed the first one in 2000 next to kensington Palace and it has since been designed by names including Peter Zumthor, Bjarke Ingels, Sou Fujimoto and Herzog & de Meuron. Last year’s, made from a “woven tapestry” of concrete tiles, was designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo. Ishigami’s Serpentine Pavilion 2019 is likely to be unveiled in early June. Throughout the summer, it will host a programme of events that include talks, parties and performances.
TURNER PRIZE Sat 28 Sep 2019 — Sun 12 Jan 2020
One of the best known prizes for visual arts in the world, Turner Prize 2019 is coming to Turner Contemporary. Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London. This Year it’s Margate, Tracy Emin’s Hometown.
Stay tuned for more of the events we are looking out for this year, we couldn’t squeeze them all in here.