Opening on 3 May this year, the Brighton Festival will run for three weeks and is set to feature an abundance of exciting and innovative work across the disciplines. The festival will include a range of works, from Russian theatre to contemporary dance, as well as literature, visual arts and debate. This year, composer, choreographer and performer Hofesh Shechter will step into the role of Guest Director, a position previously filled by such greats as artist Amish Kapoor, actress Vanessa Redgrave and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.
This weekend make sure to get the most out of the longer days and visit one of the many brilliant art exhibitions currently on display. With highlights including the rarely seen Spitalfields street photography of C.A. Mathew, the powerful video art of Bill Viola at the Grand Palais, and Paweł Althamer’s newest show which encourages visitors to add to the gallery space, there is no excuse to miss out. Here are our pick of five exhibitions to see this weekend.
Family Matters, Portraits and experiences in family today features work from an outstanding selection of photographers, such as Nan Goldin, Hans Op de Beeck, Thomas Struth and many more. Opening 14 March and running until 20 July, the exhibition at Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina uses visuals to explores the universal notion of family.
Berlin-based artist Kathrin Sonntag’s new installation I See You Seeing Me See You will be showcased until 4 April at Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee. The piece consists of everyday objects including mirrors, display cases, tulips and paint all re-contextualised into an intriguing ensemble. Items from museum and taxidermy collections also feature, such as glass prosthetic eyes for the blind and animal eye.
Premiums Interim Projects is the Royal RA Schools’ annual exhibition. Running until 19 March, the showcase features work from 16 postgraduate students in their second year of study. Located in the galleries in Burlington Gardens, it provides an opportunity for audiences to view new work by emerging artists at the interim point of their postgraduate study at the UK’s first art school.
Cold Wave is Hannah Whitaker’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. The exhibition will run at the M+B Gallery from 15 March 26 April, with a special opening reception on 15 March, 6-8pm. This show of Whitaker’s artwork displays her interest in the Austrian logician Kurt Gödel who introduced the notion of unknowability to mathematics. His ideas in the field problematised early 20th century philosophical claims to truth and knowledge.
Take the opportunity to engage with the revival of printmaking, Arab architecture or American photography at one of the many thought-provoking contemporary art exhibitions on show this weekend. The exhibitions at Millennium Gallery, ICA Philadelphia and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art directly engage with concepts of space and the idea of a changing city reflecting its people, while Ullens Contemporary Art’s Art Post Internet examines how the increasingly dominating presence of the internet is changing our conceptions of culture, taking us out of the city and into the cyber. Here are our pick of the top five exhibitions to see this weekend.
Collected Works is a diverse group exhibition running from 7 March until 26 April at Atlas Gallery, showcasing key photographers and landmark acquisitions from the gallery’s dealings with important and vintage imagery over the years. With everything from prints by Robert Capa and William Klein, to contemporary works by Paolo Ventura and Nick Brandt, this is a collective display of important art from the last two decades.
Established in 1996, The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize highlights a living photographer, from any country, which it feels has meaningfully contributed to photography in Europe with a specific body of work. Past winners include Richard Billingham, Broomberg & Chanarin, Andreas Gursky, Boris Mikhailov and Juergen Teller. The prize, seen as one of the largest art prizes in the UK, aims to stimulate public debate about the use of photography and to bring the medium to the forefront of the public eye.
Art14 London ran from 28 February until 2 March drawing in galleries and institutions from around the world to Olympia in Kensington. But, with so many art fairs saturating the art world every season, one may not be against harbouring an aversion to their overwhelming non-descript stature – however Art14 subtly offered something far more captivating.
The best emerging artists are showcased in the sixth annual RSA New Contemporaries at the Royal Scottish Academy Galleries, Edinburgh, until 12 March. The exhibition features a carefully curated selection of 63 graduates selected from the degree shows in 2013, offering a unique insight into the Scottish artists of the future.
This new exhibition, featuring graduating RCA Contemporary Art Students, explores the indistinct spaces that reside between chatter and silence. Open 6 until 23 March at the Royal College of Art galleries, it features the likes of John Cage, Alexandrina Hemsley and Lina Lapelytė.