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Muzeum Susch meditates on stillness and motion at a time of isolation

Located in the remote village of Susch, atop the Swiss Alps, Muzeum Susch is no stranger to the concepts of isolation and moving at a radically slower pace. In fact, these two values have been at the core of all the museum’s activities since it was founded in 2019. Now, to guide us through social distancing-induced solitude and life at a near standstill, Muzeum Susch is launching a new podcast series, Stillness & Motion.


In each episode, guest speakers including author and editor, Jennifer Higgie, and visual artist, Mathilde Rosier, will share their knowledge, thoughts and empathy to provide comfort and inspiration to all of us confined to our homes during the crisis.


The podcast is available now on Apple Podcasts and Spotify and complements the Muzeum Susch app, which includes audio and visual guides of past and current exhibitions, giving global audiences intimate access to the museum’s remote alpine surroundings.

Sir Hotels delivers travel culture under lockdown

Sir Hotels is determined to keep alive the spirit of travel despite restrictions on movement through a programme of music performances, creative content and interviews delivered via Instagram Live.


Inspired by the diversity of people visitors meet when they travel, the digital series is designed to help viewers explore and enjoy culture from afar through the lens of Sir Hotels and its collaborators, with a focus on upbeat rhythms and mind-soothing content.


Hosts include: Berlin-based astrologer Alexander von Schlieffen, who will shed light on what the stars are telling us now; London-based illustrator Marcus Oakley, who will share his personal tips on stimulating creativity in the home;and Breno Virícimo, a Brazilian, Amsterdam-based musician, who, together with a vocalist, will showcase his musical talent.

Islington Square launches Chapter Two: Time Well Spent

With a soft-launch having taken place in autumn 2019 under the Chapter One programme, North London shopping destination Islington Square is shifting to a digital space this Spring for its second chapter: Time Well Spent.


The online platform offers a mix of experiences and tutorials led by Islington Square businesses and event partners, including: family members’ club Maggie & Rose; homeware shop and candle makers Earl of East; London Grade Coffee; The Royal School of Needlework; and The Little Angel Theatre, to name a few. Themed around ‘craft’, ‘wellbeing’ and ‘living well’, the calendar of events, classes and Q&As hopes to offer cultural stimulation that ignites offline activities.


The programme will be available on the Islington Square website, with videos broadcast on its Instagram channel.

Goodman Gallery brings art into the home with online film festival

While the gallery’s doors may be temporarily shut, Goodman Gallery remains committed to championing its roster of artists with a comprehensive online programme. Highlights include a viewing room of a seminal photographs by David Goldblatt, a #ThursdayLIVE broadcast from Cassi Namoda’s studio on the gallery Instagram and an online festival of films by internationally renowned artist, Shirin Neshat.


In February, Neshat returned to London for the UK debut of her critically acclaimed Land of Dreams series, 20 years after her last solo exhibition in the city. This show followed Neshat’s most extensive retrospective to date at The Broad in Los Angeles. Known for exploring the relationship between women and the religious and cultural value systems of Islam, Neshat turns her gaze towards the USA for the first time in this exciting body of work, which can be seen in the online viewing room.

Stephen Friedman Gallery kicks off year of 25th anniversary celebrations

2020 marks Stephen Friedman Gallery’s 25th Anniversary. Ensuring that the celebrations go ahead, the gallery is staging a series of exhibitions and projects configured for a digital audience that showcase the diversity of the gallery programme.


Inaugurating a brand new Online Viewing Room is the curated exhibition, Latin America from 1950 to 2020: A Personal Journey, featuring works by celebrated historical and contemporary artists from South America including Mira Schendel, Beatriz Milhazes, and Luiz Zerbini, A personal narrative from Stephen Friedman gives fascinating insight into the gallery’s early representation of artists from the continent in the UK, as Stephen says: “The art scene is so exciting, and the talent pool so great, that I have always said I could run a separate gallery devoted entirely to Latin American artists.”


Meanwhile, on @stephenfriedmangallery instagram, a new series entitled #SFGOffsite will share exclusive behind-the-scenes access to its artists’ studios and practices.

Newlands House Gallery invites you to go INSIDE HELMUT NEWTON 100

Curated by leading auctioneer, art dealer and DJ, Simon de Pury, HELMUT NEWTON 100 is a retrospective exhibition of 100 works by Newton that opened to great acclaim in March. Timed ahead of the late photographer’s birth centenary this year, the show inaugurated the new Newlands House Gallery, located in the beautifully-preserved West Sussex market town of Petworth.


Reconfigured for a virtual experience and going live on IGTV next week, INSIDE HELMUT NEWTON 100 offers a deep dive into Newton’s world, through a video tour of the exhibition, voiceover readings of photographs by de Pury, short interviews with friends of Helmut and June Newton, and discussions with guests, such as Mary McCartney and Juergen Teller.


Visit Newlands House on Instagram to explore the exhibition.

30th April, 2020

Phenomenal Ocean: A new podcast from TBA21–Academy

An itinerant platform dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of the ocean through the lens of culture, TBA21-Academy has launched a podcast series which follows the recording of a week-long workshop at Ocean Space, the Academy’s forum for ocean research and advocacy in Venice.


Led by curator Chus Martínez, the workshop took place in the wake of the publication of the IPCC report on the ‘Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate’ and looks at the relationship between cultures, nature and the ocean. The resulting podcast includes a cross-section of conversations with marine scientists, geneticists, writers and artists from the Academy’s network of interdisciplinary collaborators.


Phenomenal Ocean is broadcast live every Tuesday until the 28th April and is followed from 5th May by a new podcast series, Corona Under the Ocean. Visit Ocean Archive to listen.

29th April, 2020

Global Grad Show calls on future design leaders to address COVID-19

The COVID-19 global pandemic has brought international attention to a raft of life-threatening challenges almost overnight. As a long-standing forum for design graduates to tackle global problems, Dubai’s annual Global Grad Show initiated a student and academic open call to propose solutions to the collateral issues of COVID-19.


The open call asked, how could our home-quarantines be improved? How can we mitigate contagious behaviours? What technologies could be applied to rapidly increase treatment capacity? Successful applicants will receive an academic award in the form of a scholarship and selected proposals will be supported through an accelerator programme and may be further funded to be produced and distributed at scale.


As reported by Kieron Monks in CNN Style, the open call ‘drew responses from many nations, from Italy to Iran, Japan to the US.’ Shortlisted projects include QuarenTent, an in-home isolation unit for infected co-habituating individuals, and Steam Nurse, a smart locker that disinfects the clothing of frontline workers.

28th April, 2020

#ArmchairTravel: Peter Blake takes Joseph Cornell on holiday

In the spirit of armchair travel and wanderlust, Waddington Custot has launched an Instagram initiative with a collage series created by the English pop artist, Sir Peter Blake.


The series takes as its subject American Surrealist Joseph Cornell, who famously lived an isolated life, rarely leaving New York. In the collages Blake imagines the artist taking a holiday, picturing Cornell in a variety of recognisable international locations, including Venice, Moscow and Vienna.


Waddington Custot will post details of the works on the gallery’s Instagram every week, encouraging followers to guess where Cornell is, later revealing the location. Where will he travel next? Head to @waddingtoncustot to find out!

27th April, 2020

Frieze goes virtual

Next month, Frieze will launch a major new digital initiative with an online edition of Frieze New York. Supported by global lead partner Deutsche Bank, The Frieze Viewing Room will include both an app and a website, accessed for free and open to all, giving new and established collectors, museum professionals and art lovers around the world the ability to digitally explore and acquire art.


The mobile app and web-based platform will be live 8–15 May and will offer access to over 200 online viewing room spaces and the ability to virtually view artworks on users’ own walls via AR technology. Narrative and video content will be available, alongside artworks selected for Frieze New York’s acclaimed curated programme and feature exhibitions, including a presentation of design objects curated by Libby Sellers in collaboration with Collective Design, and a programme of digital art by Daniel Birnbaum and Acute Art.

27th January, 2020

Goodman Gallery London presents first solo Shirin Neshat show in the UK for over two decades

With her most expansive career-spanning survey to date at The Broad in Los Angeles coming to a close, Shirin Neshat is set to debut her most recent body of work at Goodman Gallery, London this February. Neshat is one of the most prominent Iranian women artists working internationally today. She rose to acclaim with her Women of Allah series made in 1994, and her directorial debut, Women Without Men was awarded the Silver Lion at the 66th Venice Film Festival in 2009. Land of Dreams will be Neshat’s first UK solo exhibition in over twenty years and marks a significant moment in her career.
For the past three decades, Neshat’s work has been informed by her unique personal experience as a Muslim woman living in exile, employing photography, video installation, cinema and performance to explore the religious and political structures that have shaped the history of Iran and other Middle Eastern nations. Land of Dreams (2019) marks a timely turning-point in Neshat’s gaze, as for the first time she has made work directly related to the social and political realities of the United States. Her media of photography and film come together in one immersive visual experience to document the treatment of immigrants through a storytelling narrative and use of political satire.
Land of Dreams opens 20 February – 28 March 2020.

21st January, 2020

Introducing Sircle Collection: Europe’s fastest growing hotel collection announces rebrand

Ahead of ambitious future expansion, the Amsterdam-based hotel group Europe Hotels Private Collection (EHPC) has rebranded to Sircle Collection. Founded in 2011, the collection encompasses three distinct hotel brands with 13 outposts in eight of Europe’s most vibrant cities, as well as standalone projects including the X BANK concept store in Amsterdam.
Through a new name, website, logo and an advanced guest portal, the rebrand aims to reflect the evolution of what was once an emerging company with a single property to a major player in hospitality. Designed by the award-winning, London-based Studio Frith, Sircle Collection’s brand identity incorporates a new logo, clean and simple illustrations and a vibrant colour palette reflective of the company’s core values: contemporary, creative and locally-conscious.
Following six hotel openings over the past three years – Sir Joan, Ibiza; Sir Nikolai, Hamburg; Sir Adam, Amsterdam Noord; Sir Victor, Barcelona; Max Brown 7th District, Vienna; and Park Centraal Amsterdam –  three restaurant launches and a new spa concept, Sircle Collection will expand to The Hague late 2020 with a new Park Centraal outpost and to Berlin early 2021 with the seventh of the Sir Hotels family.
Sircle Collection is the brainchild of the award-winning, Amsterdam-based entrepreneur Liran Wizman and includes the lifestyle-driven Sir Hotels; Max Brown Hotels; and Park Centraal Hotels.  With projects currently located in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands, the company not only owns, but leases, operates, manages, develops and designs hospitality and retail spaces with an emphasis on people and culture.

16th January, 2020

Andrei Molodkin uses human blood in new work addressing online hate speech

Provocative Russian artist Andrei Molodkin presents Bloodline, a new exhibition examining the ramifications of online hate speech in the form of typographic sculptural statements.


Evolving from the controversial work Young Blood that saw Molodkin collaborate with prosecuted London Drill musicians at BPS22 Museum in Belgium, Bloodline shifts the focus to the online communication of hate-speech and penal repercussions.


Within the exhibition, an industrial machine will pump human blood – donated onsite by local social and political groups – across the walls, with the flow of blood beating to the rhythm of the human respiratory system. Molodkin invites the public to donate their own blood for the installation at the opening, administered by a qualified nurse on-site.


The exhibition will open at Rua Red Tallaght, a contemporary art space in Dublin on Valentine’s Day, 14th February 2020.


16th January, 2020

Ella Kruglyanskaya returns to Thomas Dane Gallery with new paintings and prints

Set to open this March, Thomas Dane Gallery will present a solo exhibition in London of new paintings and prints by Ella Kruglyanskaya. The LA-based, Latvian artist’s work is best known for reclaiming the representation of women through her stylized depictions of female figures. Kruglyanskya engages with historical tropes in Western painting and adopts varied painting techniques in her practice.


As we continue to see women artists come further to the foreground of gallery and institutional programming, and considerable interest in the tropes of figurative painting, this show will be a highlight of the new crop of contemporary exhibitions opening in London this spring.


16th January, 2020

Stephen Friedman Gallery to celebrate 25th Anniversary in 2020

2020 not only marks the start of a new decade but also the 25th anniversary of Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.


The gallery was established in Mayfair in 1995 with a focus on representing emerging, mid-career and established artists from around the world and is now recognised as one of the leading international galleries in the contemporary art field. The gallery represents artists from across the world, including David Shrigley OBE, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Kehinde Wiley, Luiz Zerbini, Mamma Andersson, Jonathan Baldock and Lisa Brice.


As part of their 25th anniversary celebrations, the gallery will stage a special exhibition in June 2020 including work by each of the artists they represent.

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