From one of the UK's largest art fairs to a celebration of a true master and a spectacular tour through fashion history, there's plenty to whet your cultural appetite this weekend!
Read on for an insider look into this weekend's hottest events. Don't miss your chance to visit 'Vogue 100: A Century of Style' or 'Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art', both closing this Sunday...
Where: London Olympia
When: 20th - 22nd May 2016
Art16 returns to Olympia London from 20th - 22nd May 2016. Since the inaugural edition in 2013, Art16 has become a highlight of London’s cultural calendar, kicking off the summer season with a compelling edit of international artists and galleries from more than 30 countries from around the globe.
The Fair will present over 1000 outstanding artworks from artists and galleries from every continent, showcasing exciting emerging talent alongside established contemporary artists.
Art16 unites art-lovers, collectors, gallerists and artists from around the globe, together with an engaging programme of free talks, expert-led tours and performances, and a highly anticipated revolving pop-up restaurant by Corbin & King, the duo behind The Wolseley and The Delaunay. Yum!
More info at www.artfairslondon.com
The East End Print Fair 2016
Where: FOUNT London Courtyard Railway Arches, 358-360 Westgate Street, London
When: 21st & 22nd May 2016
Don't miss your chance to see some of the best talent London has to offer at this artists led outdoor event.
From 21st - 22nd May 2016, the sunny courtyard of East End Prints will be transformed to host over 20 artists, illustrators and printmakers. Buy direct from the artists who will be showcasing their beautiful art prints and limited editions or create your own beautiful artworks at one of their free workshop events over the weekend.
East End Prints has been supporting emerging artists and illustrators since 2010 and are delighted to bringing together the best graphic art and illustration. Established artists will be showcasing their works along with up-and-coming illustration hot shots.
Featured artists include David Shand, Ben Rothery, Marylou Faure, Alfred & Wilde , Susannah Cartwright, Felicity Taylor, I Like That Print, Riccardo Campana, Kavel Rafferty, Maptrail, Karin Akesson, Lewis Campbell, Tiff Howick, Brut Magazine, Victoria Tojeiro, Jane Smith, The Print Wagon, Hendon Press, Impulse Prints, Kelly Noble and Ros Shiers, Anne-Laure Carruth, Bethan Wyn Williams.
Expect screenprinting workshops, music, gelato and lovely Italian food from their neighbours, Il Cudega. What better plan for a Spring day? Free entry!
More info at www.eastendprints.co.uk
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Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds
Where: The British Museum
When: 19th May - 27th November 2016
Vanished beneath the waters of the Mediterranean, the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus lay at the mouth of the Nile. Named after the Greek hero Heracles, Thonis-Heracleion was one of Egypt’s most important commercial centres for trade with the Mediterranean world and, with Canopus, was a major centre for the worship of the Egyptian gods. Their amazing discovery is transforming our understanding of the deep connections between the great ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece.
Preserved and buried under the sea for over a thousand years, the stunning objects in the exhibition range from magnificent colossal statues to intricate gold jewellery. Sacred offerings and ritual objects reveal the cult of Osiris – the god of the underworld who held the promise of eternal life. They tell stories of political power and popular belief, myth and migration, gods and kings. Journey through centuries of encounters between two celebrated cultures, meeting iconic historical figures such as Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Hadrian and Antinous on the way.
Over the last 20 years, world-renowned archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team have excavated spectacular underwater discoveries using the latest technologies. They will be seen alongside fascinating objects from major Egyptian museums for the first time in the UK.
Discover the incredible story of the remarkable relationship between the major ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece, unveiled in this monumental new exhibition.
More info at www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/sunken_cities.aspx
Vogue 100: A Century of Style
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Closing Sunday 22nd May 2016
Vogue 100: A Century of Style showcases the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916. With over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being shown together for the first time, it's a special chance to explore the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.
The exhibition has been organised by the National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with British Vogue as part of the magazine’s centenary celebrations.
More info at www.npg.org.uk/whatson/vogue
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Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art
Where: The National Gallery
When: Closing Sunday 22nd May 2016
From the bold colours and abstract shapes of Matisse and Kandinsky, to the expressiveness of Van Gogh and Gauguin, to the vibrant complementary colours of the Impressionists. All can be traced back to Eugène Delacroix – the last painter of the Grand Style but equally one of the first modern masters, who transformed French painting in the 19th century.
‘Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art’ is a long-overdue homage to France’s leading exponent of Romanticism – a true original who, at the time of his death in 1863, was the most revered artist among the avant-garde in Paris.
Drawing inspiration from British art and literature, his real and imagined travels to North Africa, and biblical scenes; every chord of human passion can be found in Delacroix’s paintings – stories of love, murder, violence, and war. “The first merit of a painting is to be a feast for the eye,” he emphasised towards the end of his life.
Placing Delacroix alongside contemporaries such as Courbet and Chassériau, this exhibition traces 50 years of Delacroix’s legacy, exploring the profound impact he had on generations of artists to come.
More info at www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/delacroix