Best Design Events offer you Europe’s Art and Design Guide for Summer 2014. Stunning museums, the edgy galleries of London and sexy galleries of Madrid, exciting cultural institutions… Europe plays a major role in the world of contemporary art, and – unsurprisingly – hosts countless art events throughout the year. Lets take a look at what’s on in Europe, from Pop Art Exhibition in Madrid to exhibitions in London Saachi Gallery.
10 June – 14 September
Madrid’s wonderful Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum applies 21st century thinking to the 20th century phenomenon of pop art. Roughly 70 pieces from names such as Rauschenberg,Wesselmann, Lichtenstein and Hockney and including British, American and European artists, will be on display during the Pop Art Myths exhibition. Curators hope the show will dispel the banality myth that surrounds the art form and show that the artists not only had a unique way of perceiving reality, but the form is still influential amongst artists today.
19 – 22 June
Art Basel is an art fair bucket list item: every art lover should attend at least once. Modern and contemporary art by both well-known and emerging artists makes this the place to ‘see’ old friends and make new discoveries. Art Basel has it all, from sculpture to photography, and represents art at its absolute best. Its international approach is another reason why Art Basel is so special – not only are there about 300 galleries from all over the world, thousands of global art lovers are also there, excited to see what’s new.
Folkert Maurizio Cattelan
16 – 19 October
In October, it is London’s turn to play host to exciting names and developments in the contemporary art market, at one of the most respected art fairs in the world, Frieze London. More than 170 galleries from around the world attend, showing work from about 1,000 different artists. In addition to the carefully selected artistic programme, Frieze will also present Frieze Projects and Frieze Talks, the fair’s programme of artist commissions and panel discussions by the globe’s leading voices in contemporary art.
Folkert Elmgreen and Gragset
23 – 26 October
With Paris’ excellent Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain happening on the heels of Frieze, October might just be the month for Europe’s art lovers. While FIAC might not have the size of Art Basel or the reputation of Frieze, the fair brings together a mix of international and French dealers, curators and collectors for an excellent take on modern and contemporary art from both established and emerging galleries and artists.
Saatchi Gallery will be showcasing sculpture in what promises to be a fascinating look at the medium today, at an exhibition entitled Objectified: Sculpture Today. The top names (including Andy Yoder, David Lane, Peter Coffin and Laura Buckley) who are creating some amazing pieces have been gathered together for a revealing look at what’s happening on the sculpting scene.