1. Gallery Hop!
To kick off the weekend, on Friday evening twenty-one galleries will participate in the Gallery HOP!, a curated tour of the cultural district’s thriving gallery scene. More information about the Gallery HOP! here .
2. Burlington Arcade
The Burlington Arcade will play host to a number of art installations and exhibitions throughout the weekend. The Burlington Arcade will present a spectacular art installation by French artist and designer, Mathilde Nivet, who has previously created displays for luxury brands such as Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. For Nivet’s first UK commission and largest installation to date, she will suspend over 300 birds throughout the entire length of the Burlington Arcade.
In one of the arcade’s unoccupied units, artist and taxidermist Adele Morse will present an exhibition that is the culmination of five years of research into a creature currently unknown to science – the Orang-Pendek. The work brings together image, casts, models, documentary and DNA findings that will make the viewer question their own idea of what it means to be human.
RA Schools graduate Murray Grady has an enthusiastic interest in the history of London, and Mayfair in particular, from the mythology of Beau Brummel to the branding of Fortnum & Masons. During his residency in the Burlington Arcade, he will conduct research and generate a body of work exploring the historical and contemporary culture of the Mayfair. Spanning writing, photography, digital design, print and collage, there will be the chance to observe the artist at work. www.burlingtonarcade.com
3. Gallery Exhibitions
From Old Master paintings to cutting-edge contemporary art, Mayfair Art Weekend brings together a broad spectrum of exhibitions to suit all tastes. Contemporary exhibition highlights include Ian Davenport at Alan Cristea Gallery; Nathalie du Pasquier at Pace Gallery; and Per Kirkeby at Michael Werner Gallery, while those with a taste for twentieth-century art will be well-catered for with exhibitions of Pablo Picasso at Gagosian; Milton Avery at Victoria Miro and Giorgio Morandi at Robilant + Voena. Find more information on the gallery programme here.
4. Royal Academy Arts Festival
The Royal Academy will be the hub for the Mayfair Art Weekend. A festival spirit will take hold of the RA Courtyard, offering a place to eat, drink and listen to music while engaging in creative workshops, discovering site-specific installations and performances, as well as learning more about the open galleries and art activities across Mayfair and St James. More information about the RA Arts Festival here .
The RA’s Artistic Director Tim Marlow, ARTiculation and others will host ‘On the Beanbag’, a series of informal conversations with artists, gallerists and local Mayfair figures. www.royalacademy.org.uk
5. RA Summer Exhibition & RA Schools Show
The RA Arts Festival will coincide with the the 249th Summer Exhibition, the world’s largest open submission exhibition, curated this year by Eileen Cooper. Alongside the Summer Exhibition, there will be the rare chance to visit the often-hidden RA Schools and see the students’ final year show.
6. Max Mara
Fashion brand Max Mara will be hosting a colourful in-store exhibition of Italian artist Ludovica Gioscia. Ludovica creates spectacular collages, animations, sculptures and installations using a diversity of materials from magazine clippings to glass.
For her first collaboration with Max Mara, she will bring models, sketches and projects to form the layered memory of her research, replicating the world that surrounds her in the studio. These works will be presented as a display resembling a domestic interior with shelving, wardrobes and chests of drawers into which these unfinished works are deposited. @maxmara/
7. Garden Party at Hignell Gallery
On Saturday evening, sculpture specialists, Hignell Gallery, in Shepherd’s Market, will host a lively garden party in honour of Ben Russell’s cactus-inspired sculpture. ‘Ben Russell – The Cactus House’ runs from 11 May – 3 July. hignellgallery.com
Mayfair Art Weekend 30th June — 2nd July 2017 www.mayfairartweekend.com
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