Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing is at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse,
22 November 2019 – 15 March 2020.
In November 2019, to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, 80 of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings will go on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, in the largest exhibition of the artist’s work ever to be seen in Scotland.
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing explores the full range of Leonardo’s interests – painting, sculpture, architecture, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany – providing a comprehensive survey of Leonardo’s life and a unique insight into the workings of his mind. Many of the works in the exhibition will be on display in Scotland for the first time.
Revered in his day as a painter, Leonardo completed only around 20 paintings; he was respected as a sculptor and architect, but no sculpture or buildings by him survive; he was a military and civil engineer who plotted with Machiavelli to divert the river Arno, but the scheme was never executed; he was an anatomist and dissected 30 human corpses, but his ground-breaking anatomical work was never published; he planned treatises on painting, water, mechanics, the growth of plants and many other subjects, but none was ever finished. As so much of his life's work was unrealised or destroyed, Leonardo's greatest achievements survive only in his drawings and manuscripts. The drawings by Leonardo in the Royal Collection have been together as a group since the artist’s death in 1519, and entered the Collection during the reign of Charles II, around 1670.
Leonardo firmly believed that visual evidence was more persuasive than academic argument, and that an image conveyed knowledge more accurately and concisely than any words. Few of his drawings were intended for others to see: drawing served as his laboratory, allowing him to work out his ideas on paper and search for the universal laws that he believed underpinned all of creation. In the breadth of his interests, Leonardo was the archetypal ‘Renaissance man’, and his work is characterised by a multitude of artistic and scientific pursuits that cross-fertilised each other over many years.
Leonardo’s research into the human body stemmed from a desire to be ‘true to nature’ in his painting, and in time anatomy became his greatest scientific pursuit. Though he never completed his planned treatise on the subject, Leonardo’s later anatomical studies mark him out as one of the great scientists of the Renaissance. The exhibition includes some of the finest examples of the artist’s anatomical drawings, including The skull sectioned (1489), The fetus in the womb (c.1511) and The cardiovascular system and principal organs of a woman (c.1509–10).
Drawings of horses abound throughout Leonardo’s work, including studies for three equestrian monuments that were never realised. The sculpture that would have been his masterpiece, a monument to Francesco Sforza, the late Duke of Milan, fell victim to the turbulence of politics and warfare that was a constant shadow over Leonardo’s career. Studies for the monument, which would have been the largest bronze cast in western Europe since antiquity, include A design for an equestrian monument (c.1485–8) and Studies of a horse (c.1490).
The natural world is explored by Leonardo through detailed landscapes, studies of water and in numerous botanical studies, the finest of which were developed in preparation for the now lost painting Leda and the Swan, including A branched bur-reed (c.1506–12). Leonardo’s Leda was the only female nude that he ever painted, and the nakedness of her body was emphasised by her elaborate hairstyle of braids and coils, the focus of the preparatory study The head of Leda (c.1505–8).
Leonardo gained a reputation as a skilled map-maker and engineer, and in August 1502 he was appointed military architect and engineer to Cesare Borgia, son of Pope Alexander VI and Marshal of the Papal Troops. Over the next few months Leonardo surveyed Borgia’s strongholds to the north and east of Florence, and created his most impressive surviving map, A map of Imola (1502). He continued to make maps on his return to Florence, several of which were connected with his proposed projects in civil engineering, including A map of the Valdichiana (c.1503–6) and The Arno valley with the route of a proposed canal (c.1503–4).
Towards the end of his life, Leonardo left Italy forever and moved to France. His body was failing, and in his late drawings and writings he became obsessed by the subject of a cataclysmic storm overwhelming the earth and sweeping away all matter. But far from being chaotic, these deluges were drawn and described with the dispassionate eye of a scientist. The most elaborate is A tempest (c.1513–18), in which wind-gods hurl thunderbolts amongst dense clouds, while a landslide peels away from the remains of a mountain and falls into the rushing waters below.
The exhibition in Edinburgh is the culmination of a year-long nationwide event, which has given the widest-ever UK audience the opportunity to see the work of this unparalleled artist. In February 2019, 144 of Leonardo’s drawings from the Royal Collection went on display in 12 simultaneous exhibitions at museums and galleries across the UK, attracting more than one million visitors. In May 2019 the drawings were brought together at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace to form the largest exhibition of Leonardo’s work in over 65 years.
Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust, said, ‘The drawings of Leonardo da Vinci are both incredibly beautiful and the main source of our knowledge of the artist. As our year-long celebration of Leonardo’s life draws to a close with the largest exhibition of his work ever shown in Scotland, we hope that as many people as possible will take this unique opportunity to see these extraordinary works, and engage with one of the greatest minds in history.’
SHINY COLOURFUL AMUSEMENTS FOR THE WALLS OF THE BOURGEOISIE
Robert Montgomery at JD Malat Gallery
Scottish-born and London based artist and poet, Robert Montgomery, brings his solo exhibition, Shiny Colourful Amusements for the Walls of the Bourgeoisie, to JD Malat Gallery Tuesday 1st October - Saturday 2nd November 2019. Coinciding with Frieze London, the highly anticipated exhibition is set to captivate Montgomery’s worldwide following. Through Shiny Coloured Amusements for the Walls of the Bourgeoisie, Montgomery, renowned for his large, public light installations and distinctive black and white billboard works, presents a selection of lightworks
made especially for the exhibition. The show also combines his illustrious lightwork technique that is well known to viewers, with new works that celebrate the artist’s return to other mediums such as painting and an electrifying exploration of colour. The globally acclaimed artist is set to fuse together these unique, imaginative approaches to his craft and bring to fruition one of his most ambitious solo exhibitions to date.
JD Malat Gallery is proud to cultivate Montgomery’s comprehensive exhibition history, having had numerous solo exhibitions across the world, most recently at the Aspen Art Museum in January 2019. Not to mention, Montgomery has presented many important exhibitions in the United Kingdom, such as being shortlisted for the UK Holocaust Memorial, showcased at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Montgomery has also had a strong Biennale presence
worldwide, representing Britain at Kochi Biennale in 2012 and the Yinchuan Biennale in 2016.
Whilst many artists become synonymous with one artistic medium, Robert is rather synonymous with a particular kind of poetic phrasing — loosely applying the principle of "concrete poetry" across an array of media, he brings words alive in watercolour, fire poems, solar powered light installations, woodcut panels, billboards and paintings. His work sits somewhere in-between a tradition of contemporary language art seen in artists like Tracey Emin, Jenny Holzer and Lawrence Weiner, and an older tradition of concrete poetry that goes back to Guillaume Apollinaire and in Britain to Ian Hamilton Finlay and Edward Lucie-Smith.
Speaking of the upcoming exhibition, Montgomery commented, “I am thrilled to be showing at JD Malat Gallery. These rooms have a great heritage, Jean-David has breathed new life into Mayfair with the space at 30 Davies Street and he has very good taste, his is one of the most exciting new galleries in London for sure. The great space here gives us a scale in which we are able to present a show that is both slightly retrospective on my work alongside a series of new paintings."
JD Malat Gallery will exhibit a selection of Montgomery’s newly made lightworks, which echo his important installations of the past at the old Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, the Kochi Biennale in 2012 and his installation of "THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE BECOME GHOSTS INSIDE OF YOU, AND LIKE THIS YOU KEEP THEM ALIVE” at the De La Warr Pavilion in 2010. This piece became one of the most talked about artworks of the last decade, with its image having been shared more than 24 million times online.
Speaking of Robert’s work, author Dane Weatherman explains that, “to encounter the work of Robert Montgomery is to make a tender encounter whose tenderness is enhanced by the public, communal quality of his work. To encounter his work is to have your body filled with a sad thunder and your head filled with a sad light. He is a complete artist and works in language, light, paper, space. He engages completely with the urban world with a translucent poetry. His work arrives at us through a kind of lucid social violence. No one has blended language, form and light in such a direct way."
Shiny Colourful Amusements for the Walls of the Bourgeoisie by Robert Montgomery
Tuesday 1st October - Saturday 2nd November 2019
JD Malat Gallery, 30 Davies Street, W1K 4NB
Following a record-breaking fair at The OXO Tower this past April, Roy’s Art Fair is excited to present its 5th edition, increasing in size and ambition. With a determined effort to grow faster and stronger, the fair will be host to over 90 emerging and established artists at the renowned Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, London during the annually anticipated Frieze week. Roy's Art Fair is proud to be the largest FREE entrance art fair in London.
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Roy’s Art Fair is fast becoming an established event in the art lover’s diary with our last 4 shows drawing thousands of visitors and buyers. 92 carefully selected artists will be personally showcasing their artwork to the public during this free four-day event.
Roy’s Art Fair is excited to announce a partnership with the mental health charity CALM in promoting awareness on the importance of creativity and expression for positive mental health. Free workshops will be running throughout the event by special guest artists aimed at all ages and abilities. There will be many opportunities for all to explore their own creativity with the varied art supplies sponsored by GreatArt.
Throughout the event a unique installation of live art will take place at the entrance of the fair giving public the opportunity to see artists creating large scale artworks right in front of their eyes. This will start at the private view evening on 3rd October and continue throughout the entire event.
The team at Roy’s Art Fair are all artists in their own right and offer their invaluable expertise and support to both emerging and established artists as they navigate the art world. Their focus is primarily on developing a community led spirit initiated by artists to connect directly with the public and promote both the artists' and buyers' interests first.
“Roy’s Art Fair will reach new heights with our new location of the iconic Truman Brewery. We are also very excited to be running our fifth fair at the same time as the Frieze international Art Festival, with so many events running in London at this time, Roy’s gives the customer a fresh way of enjoying Frieze with approachability, affordability and fun. With thanks to the steady success with each fair we are now able to extend our support to a wider group of artists and ensure our community provides them with the right knowledge and tools to make the fair a triumph.” – Roy’s Art Fair
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Thursday 3rd October 17:00-21:30 (Private view)
Friday 4th October 12:00-20:00
Saturday 5th October 11:00-19:00
Sunday 6th October 11:00-18:00
The debut exhibition for up-and-coming artist Amy Beager will launch in East London’s Dalston Junction this week. The weekend-long showcase, which commences from 7pm on Friday, August 2, will give Londoners the opportunity to view Amy’s contemporary works which draw inspiration from the world of fashion, female iconography and uses a social media gaze of modern notions of women’s beauty.
The debut exhibition will also premier East London’s newest art gallery, BSMT Space located in the heartland of East London’s creative community, Dalston Junction.
Amy Beager commented on the opening “The work which will be displayed over the weekend was really inspired by the constant stream of images that are flashed before us on social media, I’ve also taken some aspects of my own life experiences and my previous career in the world of fashion”.
Amy’s mixed media pieces are composited of acrylics, inks and watercolours which capture a look, a single feeling or an expression through fluid brushwork. Since leaving the world of fashion as a women’s wear designer, Amy has built a successful social media business allowing her to sell her artworks independently and directly with customers around the world.
In early 2019 Amy’s work caught the attention of the fashion industry, being personally invited to sketch and illustrate backstage and live from the catwalks for some of London’s most exciting names and up and coming designers.
Date: August 2-4, 2019
Timings: Friday August 2nd (opening night) 7-10pm, Sat & Sunday 10am -8pm
Location: BSMT Space, 529 Kingsland Road, London E8
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blue-woman-tickets-64977468357
Los Angeles-based artist Andy Moses is set to make his London debut with his solo exhibition, Echoes of Light at JD Malat Gallery from Friday 21st June - Saturday 20th July. Curated by Larry Bell, one of America’s most renowned and influential artists, Echoes of Light will feature a selection of concave paintings, alongside Andy’s newest circle and hexagonal pieces created especially for the London showcase. This exhibition also coincides with JD Malat Gallery’s landmark 1st anniversary; a fitting celebration to mark one year since the Mayfair-based gallery opened to much acclaim in June 2018.
Andy’s distinctive style is simultaneously abstract and representational; the technical fluidity of his work with acrylics in Echoes of Light reflect his experiences of growing up surrounded by incredible landscapes, and serve to mimic nature and its forces. He uses a unique process of preparing layers of floating paint before allowing them to flow across the surface.
Andy first began work on concave surfaces in 2003, allowing him to further play with light, as well as creating a greater feeling of depth. The concave paintings sway between pure abstraction and sweeping vistas of various types of landscapes including the ocean, desert, sky, clouds and even tectonic shifts - both real and imaginary. In the circular and hexagonal paintings, it appears as if one has zoomed in on these vistas and compressed and contorted them to suggest a new kind of space, that still alludes to organic forms but from a more microscopic or macroscopic point of view.
Commenting on his work Andy says; “My quest is to create the sensation of light that appears to be emanating from the surface of the painting rather than being reflected off of it. I use a variety of pearlescent pigments that appear to shift in hue and vibrancy as the viewer moves around the painting.”
Andy continues, “When the opportunity to exhibit my work in London came up, Larry, who is an old family friend, immediately volunteered to help me select the pieces. His suggestions were invaluable in creating a well-rounded presentation of my work. I am extremely grateful for his advice, involvement, and continual support and am honoured to be working with JD Malat Gallery for my first solo show in London.”
Speaking of Andy’s work, renowned artist Jeff Koons says “I’ve always loved Andy’s work. It’s interesting how it embraces many dialogues within the history of painting, from nature, landscape and science to abstraction. The paintings embrace everything while at the same time a sense of negation is always present. This polarity allows you to discover your relationship with the work itself. There’s always a sublime beauty within the work. The co-mingling of time and space, both real and abstract, is one of the most relevant aspects of Andy’s work to me. Moses’ work is powerful and extreme, from the beginning to today, in concept and execution.”
“We are honoured to be showcasing Andy’s debut show, carefully curated by Larry Bell, here in London. The echoes of nature are felt as we gaze upon Andy’s paintings. It is a real pleasure to exhibit a show which brings two amazing artists and visionaries together.” Gallery Founder Jean-David Malat speaks on the upcoming exhibition.
In June, JD Malat Gallery are celebrating their first year, having hosted 7 successful exhibitions to date with many more exciting shows in the pipeline.
Echoes of Light by Andy Moses
Friday 21st June - Saturday 20th July
JD Malat Gallery, 30 Davies Street, Mayfair W1K 4NB https://jdmalat.com
This March, Pauline Curnier Jardin (born 1980 in Marseille), Simon Fujiwara (born 1982 in London), Flaka Haliti (born 1982 in Pristina) and Katja Novitskova (born 1984 in Tallinn) have been nominated for the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019 by an international jury. The museum prize is awarded every two years and pays tribute to artists under 40 who live and work in Germany. The four artists will be presented in a joint exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin from August 16, 2019 to February 16, 2020. All four artists show spatial ensembles in which they combine existing and new works. The tonality and handwriting of the four spatial work presentations is very different; what they have in common is an explicit reference to aspects of our contemporary European society.
With her transgressive artistic approach, which combines visual and narrative elements of theatre and cinema, Pauline Curnier Jardin creates a stage space for the shortlist exhibition; a walk-in installation in which cinematic and sculptural work intermesh in Curnier Jardin’s characteristic manner. Her often humorous works are the result of a very personal examination of historical circumstances, our historical background, our religious and cultural traditions as well as common gender roles and connotations.
With his works, which include painting, video, sculpture, installations and performances, Simon Fujiwara comments on very different levels on the situation of the human being in the medialized 21st century, starting from his own person and generation. His works, which have been selected for the exhibition and in part newly created, are the result of Fujiwara's interest in contemporary mass phenomena and their economic and socio-political aspects. The very different works illustrate the extent to which these phenomena have an emotional component of their own.
Flaka Haliti's sculpture and installation work refers to themes of current political importance; she addresses war and peace, migration, borders and their permeability. Often and explicitly, the artist focuses on Europe. Her works have a clear statement and at the same time a strong metaphorical and poetic quality. With two sculptural installations, she refers to the recent past of her country of origin. She continues her series of works "Is it you, Joe?" with large wall works. playing with identity and schematization,
As one of the pioneers of an artistic language known as "Post-Internet Art", Katja Novitskova will create a virtuoso, multi-part and multi-layered "environment" for the exhibition, that encompasses and captures the visitors and blurs the boundaries between the individual works. The works are the result of Novitskova's ongoing interes in current biotechnological research and revolve around the question of the future existence of the organic as a component of technological processes.
An international jury will choose the prizewinner on September 12, 2019. The award consists of a solo exhibition with a catalogue at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin in the fall of 2020. The jury consists of: Annie Fletcher (Director of IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin), Anna-Catharina Gebbers (Curator at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin), Udo Kittelmann (Director of Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), Philippe Vergne (Director of Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto) and Theodora Vischer (Senior Curator of Fondation Beyeler, Basel). Also on September 12, this year's winner of the Förderpreis für Filmkunst, which the Nationalgalerie has been awarding together with the German Film Academy since 2011 and which includes a prize money of 10,000 euros, will be announced.
The Preis der Nationalgalerie is made possible by the Freunde der Nationalgalerie and supported by BMW.
For further information see www.preisdernationalgalerie.de
Pauline Curnier Jardin
Grotta Profunda Approfundita , 2017
Installationsansicht, Viva Arte Viva, Arsenale, 57. Biennale di Venezia, kuratiert von Christine Macel
Courtesy of the artist
Foto: Daniele Zoiko
Likeness , 2018
Wax sculpture, vintage desk, chair, lamp and objects, handrail, two-channel video (4K, color, sound), dimensions variable, video duration: 19:34 minutes
Courtesy of the artist und Esther Schipper, Berlin
Foto: Marc Domage
Ars Viva Preis-Ausstellung , 2016
Ausstellungsansicht Ars Viva Preis-Ausstellung, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, 2016 Courtesy of the artist, Deborah Schamoni und LambdaLambdaLambda
Foto: Andy Keate
Invasion Curves , 2018
Ausstellungsansicht, Skulptur, Ton, verschiedene Medien Aus der Einzelausstellung Invasion Curves, Whitechapel Gallery in London, 2018
Courtesy of the artist, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin
Foto: Andrew Radford
Wellbeing is a general term that has increasingly entered our everyday conversations. This exhibition explores a deeper, more personal view of what wellbeing means to individuals, with intent to serve as a reminder that we all have our own view of what it means to be well.
Working with participants of the Community Learning Project (CLiP), the West Indian Senior Citizens Leicester Ageing Together Project and members of the public to understand their impressions of wellbeing and mental health; following one-to-one interviewing, Emma visually portrayed their perceptions of mental wellbeing through the medium of body art.
The exhibition was co-ordinated by Pamela Campbell-Morris, and funded by the University of Leicester’s ‘Health Matters’ community engagement project, thanks to the generosity of the Edith Murphy Foundation.
Recognising the differing health needs of Leicester’s diverse population, ‘Health Matters’ runs community-specific campaigns of current and important health issues under the banner of ‘Wellbeing Matters’. A major focus lies in supporting better mental health and wellbeing by providing a space for open dialogue and helping to reduce stigma.
Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm, Sat 9am – 2pm, African Caribbean Centre, Maidstone Rd, Leicester
More details on how to see the exhibition can be found here.
Stephen Anthony Davids (also known as S.A.D) is a contemporary London artist who explores black identity and history through his re-appropriation of objects brought to life through his colourful, often humorous and strong graphic paintings, drawing and sculpture. By sourcing, repurposing and leasing new life into historic objects, such as Victorian ledger sheets, he creates artworks that sparks an exciting dialogue, through which we are allowed glimpses into his brilliant and unique mind.
Stephen's work explores subjects as diverse as slavery, gentrification and the Windrush scandal, through to 'East End masculinity', social mobility and the natural hair movement all against the ever-changing backdrop of his beloved London home.
In his 'Ledger' series, Stephen toured the UK searching for Victorian ledgers, buying them at car boot sales and from old stately homes. On many of the works he uses humorous anecdotes that juxtapose white middle class Britain and traditional black cultures.
Stephen's artistic influences include Jean Michel-Basquiat, Keith Haring and David Shrigley.
For this exhibition Stephen and the 508 Gallery have come together to showcase his work on the Kings Road for the very first time. Choosing to exhibit his work in South- West London is their tongue-in-cheek commentary on the gentrification of the area as well as a positive celebration of London's mix of diverse communities.
508 Gallery Programme Highlights
Stephen Anthony Davids
29th May – 8th June
East Londoner and distinctive visual graphic artist, Stephen Anthony Davids brings a collection of his everyday observations to the 508 Gallery, shown on a diverse range of materials, including historical ledgers and reclaimed wood.
5th - 20th September
Graham Ibbeson, also known as ‘The People’s Sculptor’ exhibits at the 508 Gallery for the first viewing of his private work. As well as showing a range of his sculptures, Ibbeson will be showing 20 limited edition William Webb Ellis statues which have been stamped with the Rugby World Cup 2019 official stamp.
Inside the naturally-lit lobby of 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok, a gigantic artwork by Thai National Artist of the Year 2014 Panya Vijinthanasarn stops you in your tacks. Titled ‘Auspicious Path’, the oversize oeuvre is a colourful representation of the Tribhumi (Three Planes of Existence), the three worlds of karmic cycles and rebirths in the Theravada Buddhist Cosmology. Paintings and sculptures by other well-known local artists dot the public areas and rooms, signalling your arrival in this vibrant city and a luxury boutique hotel that takes art seriously.
As part of their brand standard, 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts properties offer timeless experiences that involve music, fashion, art culture and history with a personal guest interaction. Earlier this year the Art Rotation Series was launched, which brings some of the hottest names from the Kingdom’s art world to the hotel through curated exhibitions that rotate every two months.
Now a new creative initiative inspires a deeper exploration and a more intimate participation in the Bangkok art scene with the newly launched Private Art Tour by 137 Pillars. The tour is the first of its kind in the city and is exclusively curated by Bangkok’s top art guru Panu Boonpipattanapong (Eddie) for the hotel. It invites guests with a heart for art to dive deeper into the local art scene with special access to locations most travellers never see. Tours are conducted privately for a couple, or up to four persons maximum if joining with friends. The tours are also available for non-hotel guests, subject to availability.
Art is not about trends or fashions, but how we value and interpret each artists’ work and the stories and thoughts behind them. Bangkok’s art scene is a unique multi-hued palette of the different movements, bouncing from Expressionism to Abstract, Conceptual, Pop Art and much more, that attracts both local as well as renowned artists. The Private Art Tour by 137 Pillars opens the door to another fascinating dimension of the city.
From collectors in search of their next masterpiece, newbies wanting to take the plunge, or tourists looking for an invaluable insight into the local art scene, The Private Art Tour by 137 Pillars is suitable for anyone with an interest in the fine arts.
A respected columnist and author on the intersection of art, design, film, and popular culture, art guru Eddie accompanies guests on the tour giving them valuable information and insights about the artists and their works. The experience includes private visits to the homes of artists and collectors, galleries, fun workshops at select locations around the city, and a gourmet 137 Pillars picnic basket to enjoy en-route. No tour is the same as each one is specially curated to ensure access to the best of the best on the date of booking.
The private visits to the ateliers and personal meetings with significant art players, in addition to art guru Eddie’s unique take on the city’s art scene will not only leave guests wanting more, but also create a lifetime of memories.
Eddie the 137 Pillars Art Guru:
Writer and columnist Panu Boonpipattanapong (Eddie) is passionate about the intersection of art, design and film. He contributes to local newspapers and magazines such as Matichon Weekly, GQ Thailand, and The Jam Mag, as well as digital media outlets such as The Matter, and The MOMENTUM. His book “Art Is Art, Art Is Not Art” was recently published by Salmonbooks.
The 137 Pillars Private Art Tour package and includes the following
The package is priced from THB 46,500 (USD1,471) and is subject to applicable service charge and government taxes. Rates are based on double or twin occupancy with an additional supplement for additional person. A 7-day advance booking is required and additional nights are available at best available rate for extended stays. 137 Pillars Suites is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).
Guests not staying at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences can book the tour, subject to availability at a price of Baht 15,000 (USD475) per couple and also invite friends at an additional cost of Baht 1,500 (USD48) per person when sharing the same transport, with a maximum of four persons per tour. Prices are subject to applicable service charge and government taxes.
Video Clip of Art Tour
For reservations and enquiries, please contact 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok
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TWO OF SOUTH AFRICA’S LEADING ART INSTITUTIONS TO HOST LARGEST WILLIAM KENTRIDGE EXHIBITION IN AFRICA
The largest exhibition to be held in Africa in over a decade by internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge is set to open in Cape Town in August. The major exhibition of his work will be hosted simultaneously in two parts by the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) and Norval Foundation, opening 24 August and running through to March 2020.
Local art enthusiasts and international visitors to Cape Town – a fast-growing cultural capital – will gain access to many different works, executed over decades, by William Kentridge in two of the city’s leading art institutions at the same time, with the artist’s Why Should I Hesitate? Putting Drawings To Work on display at Zeitz MOCAA and Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture on view at Norval Foundation.
Why Should I Hesitate? Putting Drawings To Work, will be staged at Zeitz MOCAA and will offer a wide survey of Kentridge’s work, including early works, as well as newer pieces on view for the first time in South Africa. It will cover over 40 years of artistic production (1976 - 2019) in drawing, stop-frame animation, video, prints, sculpture, tapestry, and large-scale installation. The title references Kentridge’s primary practice of drawing, and how this core activity informs and enables his studio practice. It also references the impact of individual action on history and the reverse – how history shapes the contemporary and the future – and works as a commentary on various shifting hegemonies of power politics, economies, language and the authority to narrate history.
“This large scale survey exhibition prompts us to consider how various artistic media, initiated from two-dimensional works on paper, can be seeds through which Kentridge has developed his concerns for history, particularly in relation to his home continent, Africa, and its historical ties further afield. By mapping these histories we consider the artist’s relationship to the world and ideas of self-actualisation, and the illusions of power and progress through a violent history. Kentridge’s work, while ambiguous, does not hide from its inherent traumatic history. It is an honour for me to work with one of the living masters of our time,” says Azu Nwagbogu, curator of the exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA.
“As I begin my tenure, it is an intense joy to host an unprecedented survey show of one of the great masters of contemporary visual political poetry,” says Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director and Chief Curator at Zeitz MOCAA.
Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture, will be on view at Norval Foundation, and will present three-dimensional work of William Kentridge from the past 19 years. This will be the first exhibition internationally to address Kentridge’s output as a sculptor. Covering several bodies of work, and testifying to his longstanding and spontaneous improvisation when handling three-dimensional form, Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture sees the origins of these works in props from his operas and images from his animations stepping off the stage and out of the screen, confronting us directly at ground level. Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture will also premiere new works commissioned for the occasion of this special exhibition.
“Norval Foundation is presenting, for the first time, an exhibition focused solely on William Kentridge’s sculptural practice, working in conjunction with the artist and his studio. Kentridge’s sculptures embrace a spontaneous approach and have recently evolved towards the massive, and the monumental. Simultaneously, and in tension to the monumental aspects of his practice, he is revealed to be a choreographer as much as a sculptor,” says Karel Nel, Senior Advising Curator at Norval Foundation.
“Norval Foundation is proud to be hosting Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture. A key aspect of the Foundation is our commitment to exhibiting the sculptural and installation based practices of a variety of artists, which is facilitated by our purpose-designed building. In particular, we invite artists and curators to respond to gallery eight, our largest gallery, with William Kentridge’s exhibition exemplifying this. The gallery has reinforced floors to support works that weigh as much as eight tons, and reach as high as nine metres. The monumental size of this gallery sits in an ideal contrast to the anti-monumental, spontaneous and theatrical sculptures that form part of this exhibition,” says Elana Brundyn, CEO, Norval Foundation.
Both exhibitions will include major works from Kentridge’s extensive oeuvre, and will be accompanied by two new publications, conceived in collaboration between Zeitz MOCAA, Norval Foundation and the artist. The exhibitions will be accompanied by a series of talks and performances with the artist, and leading voices in the cultural sector.
A series of member events and public programmes will be held across both venues over the opening weekend, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August 2019.
Exhibition title: Why Should I Hesitate? Putting Drawings To Work
Venue: Level 3 Galleries and throughout, Zeitz MOCAA; Silo District, V&A Waterfront
Run dates: 25 August 2019 – 23 March 2020
Exhibition curators: Azu Nwagbogu, assisted by Tammy Langtry
Exhibition title: Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture
Venue: Atrium and Galleries 2-8, Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Road, Tokai
Run dates: 24 August 2019 – 23 March 2020
Exhibition curators: Karel Nel, Owen Martin, Talia Naicker, Vicky Lekone