Best Summer Exhibitions
“Couturier”. Exhibition of Azedin Alaya
From May 10 to October 7 in the London Design Museum
At the exhibition you can see more than 60 dresses from Azzedine Alaya, almost all the outfits have been sewn by the designer manually over the past 30 years. Among the exhibits – dresses with voluminous plumes, suits from leather and dress-caps – the iconic things couturier. The designer was the exhibition co-curator until his death in December 2017 and personally selected outfits and accessories. Alaya’s creations will co-exist with specially designed objects for contemporary designers and artists, among them Tatiana Truve, Chris Rus, Konstantin Grichik and Mark Newson. With these artists, Alaya was friends, and also collected their works.
From 14 to 18 June, Basel
4 000 artists and 290 galleries are participating this year at the Art Basel fair in Switzerland – one of the main art fairs in the world for curators, gallery owners and collectors. As always, the best galleries of the world are participating in Art Basel, which are brought to the fair of star artists – for example, the gallery of David Zwirner is represented by Wolfgang Tilmans, Gagosian – by Takashi Murakami, and Pace gallery by David Hockney. As always, the most effective at the fair will be installations: for example, Ai Wei Wei will present his project of 2015 “Tiger, Tiger, Tiger” – an installation of thousands of antique skulls with images of a tiger. Also worth paying attention to the personal exhibition of Matis Altmann, who makes sculptures of building materials and talks about the chaos that leaves a person behind.
“Andy Warhol After Munch”
From May 26 to August 26, in the Munch Museum, Oslo
“Shout. Following Munch” – perhaps not the most famous work of the pop star Andy Warhol, but one of the most interesting. Warhol loved Munch, and in 1983-1984 he created a series of works based on the iconic paintings of Munch. Norwegian Munk in the art world is often called the “idol of pop art”: at the end of the 19th century, long before the advent of pop art, with his love of replication, Edward Munch repeated his work. The connection between the works of Munch and Andy Warhol is devoted to a large exhibition at the Munch Museum in Oslo. The exhibition included 15 works of Warhol, in which the artist interprets the meaning of the most famous works of Munch.