Frieze London 2021 – Plenty of Great Art and a Cool Vibe

From yesterday until this Sunday, 17 October, Frieze London 2021 celebrates current modern art at its usual venue in Regent’s Park. After a missed year (2020 had been cancelled), this year’s theme is around ‘elevating new voices’. The spectacle takes place simultaneously with Frieze Masters, 15 minutes’ walk away, which is showing art from the last 3,500 years. This includes plenty of 20th Century masters. Next to those two indoor exhibitions, Frieze Sculpture has already been running outdoors in the English Gardens since 14 September and it will continue until the end of October. It’s worth spending at least half an hour to check out the many outdoor sculptures. FRIEZE LONDON 2021 Frieze was set up by childhood friends Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, the founders of Frieze magazine. Victoria Siddall manages the art fair. A BIT OF HISTORY The first Frieze art fair took place in London in 2003. […]

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The New Ryoji Ikeda Exhibition at 180 The Strand in London – Quite Something

A couple of weeks ago Ms B & I ventured to 180 The Strand here in London to check out Ryoji Ikeda’s new exhibition. This multi-sensory exploration of light and sound will be taking place until 1 August, so don’t miss out on this. Short and sweet, the exhibition is called “RYOJI IKEDA.” Please note that it would seem unlikely that you’ll be admitted if you’re running even only one minute late. They are on quite a strict regime there. We arrived three minutes before the timed entry and our group was ushered into the first room right on time. 180 The Strand has teamed up with Fact Magazine, The Vinyl Factory, and Audemars Piguet Contemporary to deliver this highly unusual show. The Guardian called it a “spectacular sensory overload” while TimeOut waxed lyrical about “brain-meltingly good art.” Topping it all off, the Londonist insisted that this was “one of […]

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‘Van Gogh Alive’ – The Immersive Experience, Currently showing in Kensington Gardens

A few weeks ago, Ellie & I visited “Van Gogh Alive” in Kensington Gardens, just opposite the Royal Albert Hall. It will be showing in this location until 26 September. Bester, bigger, morer… oh well Over the past ten years, the show has been seen by over seven million visitors in 65 cities. This makes it the most visited immersive experience in the world. A lot of our friends had told us that they had booked tickets. Some of them had already seen the show somewhere on the planet and were full of praise. In short, especially with immersive experiences being the order of the day, it simply could not be avoided.   Two immersive Van Gogh experiences in London at the same time This show should not be confused with another Van Gogh Immersive Experience called not “Van Gogh Alive” but “Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience” and located […]

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David Hockney at Piccadilly Circus

For every evening this month, a two and a half minute animated installation by David Hockney will be shown on the Piccadilly Lights screen at 8:21pm (20:21, like the year). To be more precise the piece consists of a 1.25min video shown twice directly one after another. The artist created it on his iPad over a series of early mornings while watching the sun rise from his home in Normandy. He has been based there since 2019. The work is part of an international series created by CIRCA, and which previously had videos of Patti Smith and Ai Weiwei shown on the Piccadilly advertising screens. Hockney said in interviews that he wants to inspire people to welcome spring and stop for a moment to see its beauty. According to CIRCA, “In this worldwide display of unity, Hockney’s animated sunrise seeks to offer a symbol of hope and collaboration as the […]

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Leonardo – An Immersive Experience at the National Gallery

We’ve just returned from “Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece” at the National Gallery. We are huge fans of this bedrock of the British museum scene. One of the things we like a lot about it is that the standing collection with all the masterpieces is free. This usually includes Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks. So why, you might ask, would anyone in their right mind pay an exorbitant £20 per person (we paid £10 using our National Art Pass) to see something that they can normally see for free? £20 to see one single painting? If the standing collection charged admission at the same rate, then the tickets would be £5,000 a pop. What?!! Well, the idea is that you pay for an immersive experience, kind of get into Leonardo’s head and the heads of the people that discovered this painting’s secrets. Fifteen years after a hidden drawing beneath Leonardo’s Virgin […]

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