Painting of deers from the Windsor Art Fair.
Art and culture

13 of the best art events and exhibitions

September 17, 2019

Art is well known for being good for the soul. It makes us question what we see, sparks our curiosity and ignites our imagination. For all this and more, we’ve selected some of the best art events for you to enjoy.
October 3 – 6, 2019

Frieze London

More than 1,000 pieces produced by leading contemporary artists from around the world will be on display in Regent’s Park for Frieze London. An essential, highly anticipated event for art enthusiasts, the fair features more than 160 galleries displaying and selling a wide variety of works. Taking place alongside the captivating installations, look out for book signings and talks with esteemed artists and visionaries.

Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4NR
+44 (0)203 372 6111
Image © Mark Blower/Frieze

women admiring paintings during frieze week in london
Gauguin portrait of a man with a moustache in Musee d'Orsay
October 7, 2019 ‒ January 26, 2020

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits

The portraits of Paul Gauguin are the focal point of this National Gallery exhibition, which charts the French artist’s shift away from Impressionism and towards Symbolism. Visit to view works on paper, paintings and three-dimensional objects, brought together from public and private collections around the world.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
+44 (0)20 7747 2885
Image © RMN-Grand Palais/Musée d’Orsay/René-Gabriel Ojéda

September 27 / October 25, 2019

45 Park Lane, Artist Talks

On the last Friday of every month, 45 Park Lane welcomes a chosen artist to talk about their work and love of art. Over the years the hotel lobby has played host to some of the world’s most exciting contemporary artworks, so it’s very fitting that they now offer the chance to meet some of the artists.

  • Justine Smith, September 27
  • Harriet Bridgeman CBE, October 25

45 Park Lane
+44 (0)20 7493 4545

Textile model of dog by Justine Smith
Lions of Windsor outside Windsor Castle
Until October 27, 2019

The Lions of Windsor 2019

A pride of colourful, super-sized lion sculptures will appear around the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead until October, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria and raising funds for charity. Discover impressive works of art, individually decorated by leading UK artists and designers.

Various locations across Windsor and Maidenhead
Image © Lions of Windsor

November 8 – 10, 2019

Windsor Contemporary Art Fair

An eclectic mix of works by some of England’s top creatives, alongside careful curations from select local and international galleries, the Contemporary Art Fair at Royal Windsor Racecourse is a must for collectors and appreciators alike. Inspiring workshops and demonstrations offer ample opportunity to meet the talent behind the exhibits.

Royal Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Rd, Windsor SL4 5EZ
+44 (0)1753 591 892
Image © Nadia Day/Windsor Contemporary Art Fair

Painting of deer in woodlands at Windsor contemporary art fair
International art fair depicting installation of floating images
October 17 – 20, 2019

FIAC! International Contemporary Art Fair

An illustrious ‘who’s who’ of the art industry, FIAC! International Art Fair is a busy hive of contemporary art in its many forms. Drawing together both established and lesser-known galleries, each championing creative talent from across the globe beneath the graceful glass domes of the Grand Palais, it’s a seasonal highlight well worth attending.

Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
Image © Galerie Guido,W. Baudach, Berlin/Roman März

October 24 – February 24, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci

That the Louvre is home to the Mona Lisa, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s best-known works, is no secret. However, this exhibition brings together a wealth of da Vinci’s other paintings to join the iconic portrait. The ambitious curation pays tribute to the Renaissance polymath’s immense skill and marks the fifth centenary of his death in France.

Louvre Museum, 75001 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 20 53 17
Image ©  RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) René-Gabriel Ojéda

The Virgin and the child with Saint Anne by Leonardo da Vinci
Portrait of Enzo Cucchi sitting on chair
September 27, 2019 – January 26, 2020

Enzo Cucchi

Rome’s leading contemporary art institution MAXXI unveils a new exhibition dedicated to the recent works of Enzo Cucchi. One of the key drivers of the Transavantgarde movement in the late 1970s and 1980s, Cucchi’s brush strokes and sculptures were famously experimental, expressionist, and attention-demanding—as are his later creations.

MAXXI, Via Guido Reni 4, 00196 Rome
+39 06 322 5178
Image © MAXXI/Gio Ponti

October 11, 2019 – March 22, 2020

Tutto. O della materia spiritual

Alighiero Boetti‘s final masterpiece, Tutto is the inspiration behind MAXXI’s major new exhibition, which brings together works by several contemporary artists including Yoko Ono and Elisabetta Di Maggio, Sean Scully and Remo Salvadori. Spanning the 1980s to the present day, Tutto. O della materia spirituale steers audiences into the realm of spiritual artwork.

MAXXI, Via Guido Reni 4, 00196 Rome
+39 06 322 5178
Image © MAXXI/Gio Ponti

Boetti Maxi drawing of art
October 1, 2019 – February 3, 2020

Sogni d’Oriente: Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, gli italiani e il Giappone

Translating to Dreams of the East: Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, the Italians and Japan, this exhibition explores how the Far East inspired European artists from the Impressionists onwards. MUDEC presents pieces by influential European artists alongside Japanese works by the likes of Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro.

Museo delle Culture, via Tortona 56, CAP 20144 Milano
+39 02 302 23917

October, 2019 – February, 2020

Canova. Teste Ideali.

One of the most celebrated sculptors of his time, Antonio Canova (1757-1822) crafted intricate marble busts and world-renowned statues during the Neoclassical age. Meaning ‘ideal head’, Canova. Teste Ideali at the Galleria d’arte Moderna reveals how the Italian artist developed a new form of bust, based on the many variations of ideal beauty.

Galleria d’arte Moderna, Via Palestro, 16, 20121 Milano
+39 02 8844 5947
Image © Galleria d’arte Moderna

Los Angeles
Picture of an acrylic artwork 'Slide Out' in Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
Courtesy of MOCA
October 27, 2019 – May 11, 2020

With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985

Fashioned by 50 American artists, a dizzying curation of mixed media works covering the years from 1972 to 1985 fill the display cases at this eclectic exhibition. With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 is the first large-scale review of a boundary-pushing American art movement.

MOCA, 250 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 626 6222
Image © MOCA/gift of Paula and Allan Rudnick

September 22, 2019 – April 5, 2020

Betye Saar: Call and Response

This retrospective is the first complete survey of Betye Saar’s creative career at a Californian museum, and the first anywhere to aim the spotlight on her sketchbooks. Born in 1926, issues of gender, race and spirituality charge her drawings. Saar is one of the most talented artists of her generation, and, as this show demonstrates, she’s not as widely celebrated as her skills merit.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036
+1 323 857 6000
Image © The artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California

Betye Saar, Los Angeles
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