Here we bring you part two of our cultural highlights in May. We’ve rounded up some of the best art and fashion events that are happening this month that you just can’t miss out on…
Vancouver, Canada: Art! Vancouver
For four days at the end of May Vancouver hosts a world-class international art fair on a beautiful waterfront setting. Art! Vancouver features galleries and artists from Canada and around the world and celebrates Vancouver’s rich art scene. The fair is an opportunity for artists and galleries to showcase their work on a prestigious platform and for art lovers to enjoy it under the one roof. There’s an opening night gala on Thursday 25th that features Face of Art, a runway-style art show where artists are introduced to the crowd whilst strutting along a catwalk showcasing their work. There will also be art tours that are lead throughout the city and a number of art professionals who will be giving guest talks over the four days. Art! Vancouver has been curated by artist Lisa Wolfin and she’s ensured that this year’s fair is one not to miss!
25th to 28th May 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre – East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3C1, Canada
Price: Day pass, $18.50, Multi-day pass $44.50, Opening night gala $34.50, VIP passes $109
New York, USA: Frieze New York
Frieze New York is in its sixth edition and brings together more than 200 galleries from 30 countries. The fair will showcase an excellent program of art from some of the world’s most significant international artists, ranging from emerging contemporary talents to iconic and rediscovered 20th century masters. Not only will there be some incredible art on display but visitors will have the opportunity to experience a series of talks, keynote lectures, panel debates and discussions from leading art-world figures, philosophers, and critical theorists. The fair consists of the main gallery section and three feature sections: Frame, Focus and Spotlight. Frame is dedicated to galleries established less than eight years ago; galleries included in Focus are chosen on the basis of a proposed solo stand or curated project, specifically conceived for the fair; Spotlight is a section for solo artist presentations of work that was made in the 20th century, with a particular focus on work made after 1960. With so much art to explore you’ll definitely work up an appetite and Frieze New York will have a number of locally sourced and seasonal food from some of New York’s most loved restaurants like Frankies Spuntino and Roberta’s Pizza.
5th to 7th May 2017
20 Randall’s Island Connector, New York, NY 10035, USA
Venice, Italy: Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia) 2017
La Biennale di Venezia was founded in 1895 and is one of the most renowned and prestigious cultural organizations in the world. The exhibition takes place every two years in Venice and showcases new trends and ground-breaking work from some of the most famous and talented artists in the world, as well as showcasing lesser known artists. The exhibition has a number of shows that are located around Venice and in the Biennale’s two main venues. The main attraction of the Biennale takes place in the Giardini, which is a sprawling park with a large central pavilion that houses the works curated by the festival’s director. Each year, the Biennale is curated by a different director, who also chooses the theme for the exhibition. This year’s Biennale is curated by Christine Macel and is dedicated to ‘celebrating and giving thanks for, the very existence of art and artists, whose worlds expand our perspective and the space of our existence.’ Each Biennale is bigger and better than the one before and attracts more and more art lovers from across the globe. The Venice Biennale offers visitors a diverse range of art that’s showcased in and around the city. Visitors can see art not only in the main venues but also in galleries, churches and smaller museums; the 2013 exhibition even saw the Vatican as an art location after it commissioned a group of artists to create a modern interpretation of the first chapters of the book of Genesis. It’s the perfect opportunity for art lovers to escape to the beautiful city of Venice for a few days, enjoy an ice cream or two and take a look at some of the best art in the world.
13th May to 26th November 2017
Multiple Locations in Venezia, Venezia, Italy
London, UK: The World of Anna Sui
Celebrating her brands 25th anniversary American designer Anna Sui is holding an exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. The exhibition, titled ‘The World of Anna Sui’ opens on 26th May and will be the first ever retrospective of an American fashion designer to be held in the UK. Sui is considered to be one of the most important and influential American designers from the past 25 years and is known for her signature rock-n-roll, romantic reinvention of American pop culture in her designs. The exhibition will feature over 100 looks from Sui’s archive, from outfits that were worn by the Nineties Supermodels in her very first catwalk show in 1991, to her most recent Wild West-themed SS 2017 collection.
26th May to 1st October 2017
Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF, UK
London, UK: Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
Opening at the V&A on 27th May, 100 years after Cristóbal Balenciaga opened his first fashion house in San Sebastian, ‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ will celebrate the iconic designer, his work and the legacy he left behind. The Spanish designer was often referred to as the ‘King of Fashion’, helped craft a new silhouette in fashion for women in the late 1950s and dressed some of the most iconic women of the 50s and 60s. The exhibition showcases over 100 garments and 20 hats (many of which have never been on public display before), as well as archive sketches, patterns, photographs, fabric samples and catwalk footage which all show Balenciaga’s incredible skills as a designer and how he paved the way to become the master of haute couture.
Opening May 27 2017
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, UK
Header Image Credit
Left image: Alberta Tiburzi in ‘envelope’ dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Harper’s Bazaar, June 1967 © Hiro 1967
Right image: Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn wearing coat by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1950. Photograph by Irving Penn © Condé Nast, Irving Penn Foundation