Notable UK Exhibitions of 2019 - 2020
Alchemy has been closely working with Gallery 3812. Having recently acquired a new location in Central London as an expansion from their Hong Kong base, the Gallery has been quickly gaining momentum. Gallery 3812 specialises in contemporary Chinese art and ink work, aiming to increase the appreciation of Chinese artworks internationally. Their new exhibition 'Echoes' by artist Qu Leilei is (taking place between 28th January to 9th March 2019) is an exploration of the UK based Chinese artist’s contemporary ink works.
See you there!
The heavily detailed, intimate portraits have a photographic element and demonstrate the use of light and shadow to capture the ‘spirit’ of the subject. Gallery 3812 believe 'Echoes' will provide a perfect balance between Chinese tradition and Western art captured within the London space. Catch my colleague Olivia Drage and I at this exhibition on the 29th January!
If you are interested in the art of fashion, London's V&A will be exhibiting a collection of Christian Dior’s sketches, garments and photographs spanning the last seventy years in an exploration of Dior’s effect on British fashion. The display notes the special relationship Dior had with Britain, highlighting his love for English architecture, tradition and cuisine! The paid exhibition will begin on the 2nd February and continue through until July 14th 2019.
White Cube’s Bermondsey location will be exhibiting a collection of paintings, photographs and sculptures by Tracey Emin this Spring. Known for her use of multiple mediums, Emin’s works express emotion and memory and are reflective of personal life events and experiences. This exhibition will be taking place between 6th February to 7th April 2019.
Van Gough, Gauguin, Rembrandt
Van Gough (27th March – 11th August) – Tate Britain), Gauguin (7th October – 26th January 2020 – National Gallery) and Rembrandt (2nd October – 2nd February 2020 – Dulwich Picture Gallery) will all be celebrated in a number of solo exhibitions beginning this year, with both Gauguin and Rembrandt’s exhibitions available to visit until the first couple of months of 2020.
Additionally, an exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery focusing on the sketches and drawings of Da Vinci, begins at the beginning of February and continues until May 2019. This exhibition is set to be the largest of his works, celebrating 500 years since his death. Although, not including his paintings, the exhibitions will contain 200 of his detailed sketches spanning multiple themes.
If you are looking for a quirky exhibition or something a bit different, the British Museum is displaying a collection of manga art from May until August this year. Focusing on manga’s Japanese roots, the exhibition will explore the appeal of this comic art form across cultures and global influences. This will be the largest manga exhibition to ever take place outside of Japan. Don't miss it!
The distinguished Masterpiece London art fair returns in 2019, this year taking place between the 26th June – 3rd July. The fair features notable artworks, antique jewellery and furniture. Masterpiece showcases over one hundred and fifty international exhibitors providing collectors with the opportunity to discover unique pieces from across the globe. This is an excellent opportunity to meet art world contacts.
Having previous experience of attending the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, I can recommend it as one of the best to attend. Taking place between 12th September – 18th September, the fair showcases a collection of art and antiques in London’s prestigious Berkeley Square. The fair also includes service providers, so houses companies covering every facet of the industry (should you see a piece you are interested in, the transport is covered)!
Notable sculptor Anthony Gormley will be displaying an array of his works from September to December this year at the Royal Academy. Gormley uses organic materials to demonstrate the body as matter and space, challenging our understanding of energy and using sculpture as a means of making space and matter more ‘present’ in the world. I predict that this exhibition will be well worth a visit.
If you are aware of other notable exhibitions taking place in 2019-2020 please feel free to share!
Written by Harriet Lodge - Recruitment Resourcer - Fine Art & Gallery Services at Alchemy Recruitment Ltd.