September Digest: What’s On?

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Julia Kryshevich


Clemens Porikys

September Digest: What’s On?

It’s autumn finally, which means a brand-new season for the world of arts. If you saw a number of exhibitions within the three summer months and frankly got tired of it, you might like taking a short break… visiting an art fair! International art fairs usually come as major events with a great diversity of works presented, intense parallel programs and interesting acquaintances. Whether you are a viewer or an art collector, you might find time spent here both nice and meaningful — either exploring new artists or selling artworks from your collection. Find out what city you’re flying next this September to see a gorgeous show:


September 6 – 8, 2019

Gostiny Dvor (Ilyinka Street, 4, Moscow)

The Cosmoscow International Art Fair has been held annually in September since 2014. The location is Gostiny Dvor — a major exhibition hall in the heart of Moscow (just overlooking Red Square). This year Cosmoscow is going to expose works by around 200 contemporary artists from all over the world, who all together represent a few dozen of galleries. Probably the best-known contemporary art fair in Russia has various art patrons (famous brands, charitable foundations) who provide young promising artists with prizes, sponsor curator talks as well as an education program — the schedule of the art fair is full of interesting events. The art world professionals and the cream of society enjoy coming here, so plan to visit Cosmoscow, if you are in the capital of Russia and want to have a wonderful time.

Find out the announced program and a link for tickets:
Cosmoscow enjoys introducing its galleries & artists to the visitors:

Art Berlin 

September 12 – 15, 2019

Tempelhof airport, Berlin (Tempelhofer Damm, 45)

A part of the Berlin Art Week, the third edition of the fair is going to introduce more than 110 participants — galleries from European and US art capitals such as Berlin, Paris, London, Zurich, Vienna, Los Angeles (the opening day for galleries is September 13). Coming a day earlier, you will probably take a chance to see the Joinery Video Program and a performance program presented by artists, what might be sufficient for emotionally-sensual perception of the exhibition. Still want to know more about the artworks? Art Berlin is glad to offer its visitors some guided tours of the fair both for adults and children.

More information & tickets:
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Big Art 

September 12 – 15, 2019

Hembrugterrein — De Projekt Fabriek, Amsterdam (Middenweg, 63)

The name of the fair fully conveys its concept — the artworks presented there are promising to be just huge! More than 70 XL-sized (if not bigger) art objects including sculpture, paintings, photos, installations, video works by contemporary artists and designers will occupy the Hembrugterrein industrial district for 4 days. It’s very Amsterdam-like, by the way: you can get to the fair either per bike or ferry and the parking zone is free. The photos from the previous Big Art editions are so impressing that speak for themselves, however, since there are some questions left, you can write directly to The exhibition is on show and it’s for sale — don’t forget that all works can be purchased. Children go free of charge.

Big Art website:
Beautiful pictures and latest news about the fair:

Art International Zurich 

September 26 – 29, 2019

Giessereihalle Puls 5, Zürich (Giessereistrasse 18)

The 21st edition of the Art International Zurich will probably finish the September season of art fairs and this is going to be bright. Many Swiss galleries come as participants of the show but not only — a lot of foreign members (UK, Germany, France, Spain, South Korea, Japan) are on the list. The artworks presented vary from ink on linen and oil on canvas to digital installations and porcelain objects. Whereas there are more than two weeks left before this year edition starts, art collectors are already invited to send their applications for 2020. By the way, the Art International Zurich provides its exhibitors with refund of VAT and assistance for marketing activities (look for some detailed information on the website).

Catalog of the previous year, press release and much more:
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La Biennale Paris 

September 13 – 17, 2019

Grand Palais, Paris (Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008)

If your cultural interests are not limited to contemporary art only, you should certainly visit La Biennale Paris. The Universelle Art Fair (what they call themselves) suggests a view over the 6,000 years of art history, ranging from ancient times to the most recent years. Located in the famous Grand Palais for a few days, La Biennale Paris promises its visitors a careful selection of artworks and guarantees its collectors “the highest level of authenticity, trust and transparency” in the case of participation. Regardless of your purpose and intentions, you will probably enjoy the spectacular event under the glass roof of Palais. By the way, La Biennale Paris is held for the 31st time this year — no anniversary but still a big date, so join the festivities coming to the Gala Dinner on September 11 and the Private Opening on September 12.

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Top Art Exhibitions in August: What Is Really Worth Seeing

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Julia Kryshevich

Top Art Exhibitions in August: What Is Really Worth Seeing

Summer is coming to an end — it’s time to harvest! Some rich in flavor exhibitions are waiting for your evaluation. So better have it both ways — savoring the best fruits of the artistic heritage and visiting the most beautiful European art capitals at once. Below is something not to miss this August in the world of arts:


Cindy Sherman / National Portrait Gallery

Until September, 15

Having counted Cindy Sherman among the 15 greatest female artists once, we at Purplehaze just can’t keep our eyes off her art. Sherman’s famous quote I’m disgusted with how people get themselves to look beautiful fully reflects the artistic motif by creating her self-portrait photographic series (which is a living legend today). Sherman doesn’t mind being put in other women shoes (at least, for the sake of art) — she inhabits media female characters, making them sound even shriller and more ridiculous, thus exposing their artifice. Around 150 works from both public and private collections give a viewer a spectacular glance over Sherman’s work starting from the mid-70s, including those that were hardly ever exhibited. Her latest work Flappers is also on show.

What else to see: Lee Krasner: Living Colour at the Barbican Centre; Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life at Tate Modern


Calder-Picasso / Musée national Picasso-Paris

Until August, 25

What do Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder have in common? The most obvious answer might be: they both were striking artists and contemporaries. The current exhibition examines however a more profound resemblance — the Franco-Spanish painter and the American architect had a genuine interest for different dimensions what made them explore space and find new ways to interact with it. Whereas Calder’s pre-kinetic sculptures are full of a scientist’s curiosity and intellectual power, Picasso’s works are introspective and self-expressive at once. 120 works altogether of the two geniuses of the 20th century (shake, but don’t stir, please) are certainly something worth seeing in the city of (art) lovers.

What else to see: Berthe Morisot: Female Impressionist at The Musée d’Orsay; Bernard Frieze. Without Remorse at the Centre Pompidou


Emil Nolde. A German Legend / Hamburger Bahnhof — Museum für Gegenwart

Until September, 15 

A loyal member of the NSDAP and a representative of the Degenerate Art movement at once, is it possible? Yes, Emil Nolde shared the views of the notorious far right party till the last, while his art finally became a victim of the regime. The exhibition features more than 100 expressionist works by Emil Nolde, including those that have never been presented before. Considered to be degenerate at the time, Nolde’s art seeks to be reinterpreted today within the context of the artist’s written memoir left to be disclosed. Emil Nolde. A German Legend promises to be interesting from both artistic and historical points of view, giving a better understanding of Nolde’s personality as a genius and a man.

What else to see: Summer of love: art, fashion, and rock and roll at the Palais Populaire; Gustave Caillebotte: Painter and Patron of Impressionism at the Alte Nationalgalerie


Vertigo. Op Art and a History of Deception 1520-1970 / mumok

Until October, 26 

There is hardly a person in the modern world that hasn’t heard of pop art. Unfortunately, the op art movement couldn’t claim the same — many good things haven’t been said about the art of optical illusions and it’s high time curators took care of that. Playing with our sense of sight, optical works (paintings, installations, films or computer generated art) draw us into delusions… and we seem to be asking for this! Though looking simple, this kind of art is a skillful game. And the best way to realize it is to subject yourself to its gorgeous vertigo, go, go effect. Better do it with mumok, coming to see a largest retrospective of the op art history there.

What else to see: Albrecht Dürer at the Albertina; Vienna Biennale for Change 2019 (various venues)


Shchukin. Biography of a Collection / The Pushkin State Museum
of Fine Arts (Main Building);

Until September, 15 

Occupying almost the whole space of the Museum, the new large-scale exhibition features paintings and sculptures from the private collection of the famous Russian arts patron Sergei Shchukin as well as his brothers Pyotr, Dmitry, and Ivan. The variety of masterpieces by such artists as Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso together with some archival materials (more than 450 items, in total) offers the viewer an extensive view over the history of Modernist art starting from the late 19th century. It’s also worth mentioning that artworks have been reunited after a long separation — over the previous century paintings from the Shchukin Collection were exhibited at different venues in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and even Paris.

What else to see: Collection of Fondation Louis Vuitton: Selected Works at The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Department of 19th and 20th Century European and American Art); Jaume Plensa at MMOMA


The 58th Venice Biennale / Giardini, Corderie, Arsenale

Until November, 24

Yes, one of the most exciting art shows of the year is still on the air — curated by Ralph Rugoff it runs under a gripping title May You Live In Interesting Times. What is certain about the 58th edition of the Biennale, it’s all about uncertainty, crisis, turning points in the history of arts and just civilization. For the record, la Biennale di Venezia dates back to far 1895. The event consists of different sectors such as Arts, Architecture, Cinema, Dance, Music, and Theatre and takes place at various exhibition spaces at a time. Don’t forget to check the website, in order to see the program and buy tickets in advance.

What else to see: Jannis Kounellis (curated by Germano Celant) at the Fondazione Prada Venezia; Baselitz – Academy at the Gallerie dell’Accademia


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Art Exhibition 18 MARCH – 13 JUNE at GALERIA BRUKOWA

Exhibition by KRISTINA OKAN an award nominated international visual artist
Curated by Irina Rusinovich

Berlin, Germany —“SECRET GARDEN“, is a new exhibition by Russian born visual artist KRISTINA OKAN. The opening reception is scheduled to take place on WEDNESDAY the 18th of MARCH starting at 7:.00 pm at the GALERIA BRUKOWA, Lodz, POLAND. The art exhibition features artist’s ceramic, drawing and graphic works and will be on display until 13 June.

Kristina Okan is an award nominated international visual artist, born in Russia in 1991. Lives and works in Berlin and Moscow. Kristina obtained her Master of Arts Degree from Stroganov`s Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts in Moscow. Her art links include exhibitions and awards across Europe and Asia, including the UK, Italy, Greece, Germany, China. In her ceramic works, she uses mainly porcelain clay preserving the whiteness and purity of the material focusing on the sense of texture, translucent and opaque effect of the surface, while her drawings and graphic artworks conjoin the complexity of color interaction and transparency.

KRISTINA OKAN, the artist: “The language of abstract geometric forms in visual art is expressive and thought-provoking. In my artworks I challenge the viewer to find their own meaning, wake up feelings and emotions, associations and fantasies, which are more covert, carrying some secret and mystery. I see artwork not just as an object with concept behind–at first, it is a communication of a particular object with a particular viewer. Their private dialogue.
Inspired by Renaissance traditional still lives with theirs visual relish of objects I create sensual biomorphic shapes based on repetitive and fractal modules.

My ceramic works are made mainly of porcelain because of its unexampled and unique qualities as a clay body: its subtlety and fragility. Smooth surface quality refers to something mysterious which intrigues me. This special material is able to give you the sense of texture due to its pure whiteness, astonishing translucence and ability to take on fine details.

Contact info CURATOR : Irina Rusinovich Phone: +491746127171