Exhibitionary Alerts

In our app you find current exhibitions, upcoming openings, picks by international curators, as well as a map which all help you to discover the best in contemporary art.

But the art world also consists of countless talks, panels, screenings, parties and other events you need to keep track of.

That's why we launched Exhibitionary Alerts. We find the very best happening in the cities and send them to your phone (for the beginning we cover Berlin and New York). You can subscribe to any one city or all of them. It’s free, it’s easy and it works on almost every smartphone.

Here is how to join:

1.Save this number +1-917-214 20 40 to your address book and name it: Exhibitionary Alerts (if the number is not saved you won't receive alerts).

2.Open WhatsApp and send us: Let's do it New York (or replace it with the city you want to receive alerts about. You can also choose: everywhere).

3.Expect to receive notifications of selected events that you wouldn’t want to miss.

4.That's it. You're all set.



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London Calling for Frieze Frenzy

London, one of the world’s most important art cities comes alive for Frieze, one of the world’s most important art fairs. Frieze director, Victoria Siddall, optimistically noted that pre-post-Brexit the exchange rate will now make it cheaper for overseas buyers. In the end, the fair is about frenzied buying, except Londoners have a unique kind of refined connoisseurship that is anything but fanatic. Out comes our well-tailored Savile Row suit jacket and jeans and of course high fashion sneakers but never flaunting, mixing modesty with outrageousness.

It is for that reason of absolute fabulousness paired with cultivated sophistication that we are proud to add London to our growing roster of big art-hubs and hot emerging art scenes. Nowhere is the quality of gallery exhibition so high from historical institutions, like the Royal Academy and legendary galleries, like Lisson Gallery to contemporary hot spots, like Arcadia Missa and Project Native Informant. And nowhere is an insider guide to the art scene so needed. We are proud to provide with Exhibitionary our very best expert intelligence. You can download it here. It's free.

During the week Christie’s will present a major auction of “The Collection of Leslie Waddington,” the grande dame of the British art market. It is a landmark moment to say a female artist has a high estimate, the much deserved Agnes Martin, whose 1985 Praise is estimated at £ 2-3 million. The oeuvre of Martin brings forward one important truth for us; her paintings must be seen in person. There is no better way to experience the art of the moment than in the laboratory of space that we call the gallery.

Here are ten exhibitions we won’t miss in London and we hope you won’t miss either.

 

Jamian Juliano-Villani at Studio Voltaire

Courtesy Studio Voltaire, London

Juliano-Villani’s paintings are addictive. She creates complex compositions that are so-called “arranged marriages” with appropriated images, which are then laboriously painted by what she calls “the poor man's photoshop.” The images come from extremely different sources: stock photos, unidentifiable cartoons (Tony the Tiger? Flipper?), personal photographs and love toys, a reversal or direct dialog to the violence and objectification of the female body.

Studio Voltaire, 1A Nelson's Row, South London / Peckham


Roman Ondak at South London Gallery

Courtesy South London Gallery, photo: Andy Keate

History is an impossible subject for an artist to tackle, it is precisely because of this that Ondak presents an ever-evolving exhibition in 100 days that metaphorically unfolds 100 years. He takes with him the history of living in the former Czechoslovakia under an oppressive communist regime. Ondak’s work is full of wit, play, chance, and he actively engages ideas of duality such as inclusion or exclusion, presentation, and representation, location, and relocation in ways that heighten our awareness to everyday moments. Each day a segment of oak tree is taken off the top of the stack. Revealing both an inked line of one of the 100 tree rings and a stamp in ink of a key historical event, which occurred in that year. The meaning of the exhibition unfolds through space and time.

South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, South London


Streams of Warm Impermanence at DRAF David Roberts Art Foundation

Courtesy DRAF David Roberts Art Foundation, London

DRAF is one of our favorite spaces in London, under the direction of the incomparable editor, writer, public intellectual and chief curator Vincent Honoré. Although the exhibition “Streams of Warm Impermanence” seems now more safe than fresh; it works to reify that many modes of emerging artists who have stood the test of time. The group exhibition explores embodiment of ‘flesh’ in a networked era featuring the wonderful Dora Budor among others. Accompanying the show is the not to be missed Evening of Performances on Thursday, 6 September, 7 PM, part of the now incredibly popular series of the same name. We recommend coming early. With some of our top artists of the moment: Olof Dreijer, Mary Hurrell, Goshka Macuga, Roman Ondak, Amalia Ulman and Mark Wallinger.

David Roberts Art Foundation, Symes Mews, North London


Mike Kelley at Hauser & Wirth

Courtesy Hauser & Wirth, London, photo: Ken Adlard

We would travel the earth to see a Mike Kelley exhibition (and we do). No single artist has had such a profound impact on the emerging art movements and the booming LA scene as Kelley. His now legendary work in the 1980’s was pure dark poetry that directly tackled (American) class, pop culture, the broken dream of ‘family values,’ punk music, and (sonic) youth. This exhibition is mostly a single monumental installation from 1999, “Framed and Frame.” It is a sprawling sculpture 'wishing well' that is like an Antoni Gaudí married a sand castle, but built out of concrete and peppered with bright spray painted spots, and stuffed with kitsch religious statuary. As usual, Kelley collides religion and lovemaking so that taking the sculpture from the back there is an entrance leading to a secret crawl space with a mattress, candles, and contraceptives.

Hauser & Wirth, 23 Savile Row, Central London / Mayfair 


Marc Camille Chaimowicz at Serpentine Gallery

Courtesy Serpentine Gallery, London, photo: Hugo Glendinning

Marc Camille Chaimowicz is an artist's artist; his shows increase in our personal imagining long after we have seen them. His exhibition at Galerie Neu in Berlin is among the most memorable exhibitions we have ever seen. Chaimowicz explores borders and boundaries of spaces between public and private, art and not-art. He said beautifully “We should resist the tyranny of linear time for one which is much more elusive, labyrinthian, gracious and once understood, perhaps even kindly.” Using everyday materials such as wallpaper, carpets and curtains, pictures, mirrors, flowers and drawing from literature, art history, theater, Chaimowicz was a forerunner of the growingly important medium of mise en scène.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, West London / Marylebone 


Donna Huanca at the Zabludowicz Collection

Courtesy Zabludowicz Collection, photo: Thierry Bal

This is the first UK solo exhibition of Donna Huanca, Scar Cymbals, curated by the wonderful Maitreyi Maheshwari. It is also the first ‘performance-led’ commission at the Zabludowicz Collection, with daily performances from painted models ‘activating’ the art/architecture complex. Huanca’s work focuses on the skin, and the naked body but not necessarily its objectification. Covered with paint, the bodies make imprints on surfaces, it is what is beneath the surface that is revealed, but unlike Yves Klein or Eddie Peake it is a very non-male non-hetero-normative gesture.

Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road, North London 


Josh Bitelli at UNION Gallery

Courtesy UNION Gallery, London

Bitelli covers the floor with 600 photographs that he appropriated by photographing them from the records of the Department of Health. As usual, his work comes from deep research and even deeper thinking. He transfigures the near endless archive of plastic protected pamphlets, posters, stickers, envelopes, beer mats, post-cards, and stamps. Stoptober takes as its title the campaign against smoking which acted as a “public service announcement.” No battleground of public/private politics is more urgent than medical care. Nowhere are our personal anxieties so high as trusting our doctors with our bodies and health. Bitelli transforms his personal experience into an exhibition nothing short of the illustrious Le musée imaginaire of André Malraux, but instead of dancing on postcards of art history he is standing on the annals of public health.

UNION Gallery, 94 Teesdale Street, East London 


Piotr Lakomy at The Sunday Painter

Courtesy The Sunday Painter, London

Lacomy casts fragments of body, made of honeycomb core, covered and naturalized with white paint. He references Joseph Beuys gray felt suit but brings the human in context with construction, architecture, monuments and yet, juxtaposing the space that surrounds us with the lightness of what covers us. Lakomy is an artist of profound weight, but his materials are always light. He is referred to as a post-minimalist, but unlike Eva Hesse his materials not only reference the body in shape and size, they transmogrify the body.

The Sunday Painter, 12-16 Blenheim Grove, 1st Floor, South London / Peckham 


James Richards and Leslie Thornton at Rodeo

Courtesy Rodeo, London

James Richards is one of the most under-visible but truly deserving artists working today. His two simultaneous shows at Rodeo and ICA London bring to light his brilliant working process. The entire exhibition Crossing consists of one 20 minute projected video and one poster which attempt to capture the whole world (a theme similar to Hito Steyerl or Camille Henrot). The collaborative video between Richards and Thornton, a type of ‘exquisite cinema’ in which they traded clips often working over what the other had sent. The work comes out of both of their separate commissions one year apart from each other at The Walker Art Center. Richards admiration for the older artist comes in this cross Atlantic dialogue from Thornton in New York to Richards in Berlin. As is usual in Richard’s work he takes images extensively from archives to purpose and repurpose collective memory. Thornton brings to the project memories specific to wartime, including footage of the atomic bomb taken from Bruce Conners iconic work Crossing, from which the exhibition takes its title.

Rodeo, 123 Charing Cross Road, Central London / Mayfair


Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon at David Zwirner

Courtesy David Zwirner, London

These two highly visible artists have had so many critically acclaimed shows it is hard to write anything new about them. But it is one practice in particular that has stood out in their bodies of work, and that is illustration (often for books or cartoons) which has gone against the grain of ‘high art’ and kicked open the door to new possibilities. To call a work of art an illustration was once a bad word that meant it was more applied art than fine art, but through the practice of Pettibon and Dzama, illustration takes on a whole new meaning. Similar to the ‘exquisite corpse’ game of the surrealists, the two artists exchange drawings working over and into each other’s work. The collaborative exploration also moves into a Zine published by Zwirner books, spearheaded in large part by the young, 20 something maestro Lucas Zwirner (son of David) who is the It-Wunderkind of the moment.

David Zwirner, 24 Grafton Street, Central London / Mayfair 

 

London mounts such high-quality exhibitions that the galleries and museums are the gold standards of the world. With the dual news of Sir Nicholas Serota stepping down as director of the Tate and Stefan Kalmár appointed as new director of the ICA, there is change in the air. Gregor Muir will move onto Tate which is an incredible gain for the institution, but we are left taking bets for who the next director will be. In any case, while ‘Sir Nick’ is still in charge of things, we will see you in London having cocktails outside Scott's in Mayfair. 

 

– Justin Polera

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25.04.2018
#Berlin
Fabulous women, neolithic children and queer dudes: Say Hi to Gallery Weekend Berlin!
We’ve reached this time of the year again: for a couple of days, the Berlin art world puts on its shiniest frock to welcome visitors to Gallery Weekend. Aside from the 47 galleries who officially participate in the main event, everyone else who contributes to making Berlin such a uniquely vibrant place for contemporary art also plans on presenting exciting positions to brighten their reputation, press portfolio or finances.

18.04.2018
#Berlin
#London
#Los Angeles
#New York
#Vienna
Five Shows in April
A selection of five shows you shouldn’t miss in April. Enjoy!

Barbara Hepworth | Pace Gallery | New York
Timur Si-Qin | Société | Berlin
Sylvie Fleury | Karma International | Los Angeles
Sophia Al-Maria | Project Native Informant | London
Marianne Vlaschits | Galerie Nathalie Halgand | Vienna

27.03.2018
#Düsseldorf
#London
#Los Angeles
#New York
#Zürich
Five Shows in March
Here are five shows you should check out in March.

Sam Lewitt | Miguel Abreu Gallery | New York
Gallery Share | Hannah Hoffman | Los Angeles
Elin Gonzales | Lucas Hirsch | Düsseldorf
Women Look at Women | Richard Saltoun Gallery | London
Louisa Gagliardi | Plymouth Rock | Zurich

05.03.2018
#Los Angeles
LA (Un)confidential – Exhibitionary goes West!
About a hundred years ago, movie executives discovered California’s magic sunlight, relative absence of labor regulations and pleasant ocean views: Los Angeles was picked as the location of choice to shoot pictures. Ever since, a steady stream of hopeful, driven and adventurous people has been fuelling the city of Angels, transforming it into a fertile ground for cultural initiatives. Hence, it seems only logical for Exhibitionary to chose LA as its third US and eleventh altogether location! From now on, you can check out, select, and visit the city’s most thrilling exhibitions thanks to our app.

28.02.2018
#Berlin
#Düsseldorf
#London
#New York
#Vienna
Five Shows in February
The top five shows not to miss in February.

James Benning | neugerriemschneider | Berlin
Adrian Buschmann | Gabriele Senn Galerie | Vienna
Mi Kafchin | Lyles & King | New York
Pizza is God | NRW Forum | Düsseldorf
Lydia Ourahmane | Chisenhale Gallery | London

24.01.2018
Five Shows in January
Our recommendations for the five shows to see in January.

Kathe Burkhart | Mary Boone Gallery | New York
Carmen Herrera | Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen | Düsseldorf
Leonor Antunes | Whitechapel Gallery | London
Group Show | Eva Presenhuber | Zürich
Fahrelnissa Zeid | Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle | Berlin

15.12.2017
#Berlin
#London
#Miami
#New York
#Vienna
Five Shows in December
Here are the five shows we recommended to see in December.

Evgeny Antufiev | Emalin | London
Jemima Kirke | Sargent’s Daughters | New York
Anna K.E. & Florian Meisenberg | WNTRP | Berlin
Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox: 1989–2017 | Kunsthalle Wien | Vienna
Tschabalala Self | Thierry Goldberg Gallery | Miami

04.12.2017
#Miami
Lots of glamour, lots of art and lots of fun. Here comes Art Basel Miami Beach!
The conclusion of this year's busy schedule will have Miami’s white beaches and refrigerated fair halls as a setting; but this time, the program of and surrounding the Donatella Versace of fairs seems at least as busy as the rest of the year: museum (re)openings, satellites, parties and endless Uber drives will keep the glitterati more occupied than ever.

06.11.2017
#Berlin
#London
#New York
#Vienna
#Zürich
Five Shows in November
Here’s our a selection of five shows we recommend to check out in November.

Michael E. Smith | KOW | Berlin
Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings | Arcadia Missa | London
Marguerite Humeau | Museum Haus Konstruktiv | Zurich
Louise Bonnet | Half Gallery | New York
Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme | Kevin Space | Vienna

03.10.2017
#London
Frieze Week is here – with some radical feminism, emerging talents and new spaces!
This week London celebrates the 15th edition of Frieze, the capital’s prime art fair and a must-go station on the art world’s calendar. As it so often is the case with an event of such magnitude, the wave it triggers makes many others want to ride it; consequently, a myriad of great shows, openings and satellite fairs are set to take place concurrently.

22.09.2017
We've just released some amazing new features!
Now you’re able to publish your Picks and share them with others. It's easy to follow your friends and other interesting editors and see which shows they recommend.

11.09.2017
#Berlin
Knock Knock – It’s Berlin Art Week!
It’s that time of the year: Summer has violently vanished and been replaced by depressing temperatures, the semi-licit outdoor rave program is put on hold and Berlin Art Week is here again.

07.09.2017
#Berlin
Talking Art and Artsy Talks – Good to Talk
Good to Talk, a 46-hour long marathon of talks, lectures, and panel discussions, rounded off by the occasional live performance and musical intermezzo, aims to break open the sometimes crusted cocoon in which the art world unfolds and therefore produce fresh food for the minds of audience and participants alike.

04.09.2017
#Cologne
#Düsseldorf
Great Art, Good Beer, and a Juicy Rivalry – DC Open in Düsseldorf & Cologne
Düsseldorf and Cologne, historically two of Germany and Europe’s most relevant spots regarding postwar culture. We’re glad to announce that we’ve partnered with DC Open and on this occasion, we are launching Düsseldorf in our app. We will consequently provide you with some insight into the highlights taking place during these three days.

26.06.2017
#Basel
#Berlin
#Cologne
#London
#New York
Five Shows in June
These are the last shows for many galleries before they take a much needed holiday. All too often they just present a group show of whatever inventory is available from their artists (that didn't sell at the fairs). We searched for exhibitions that raise well above the expected, and we’re delighted to see some galleries mounting some of their finest of the year.

Christopher Wool | Galerie Max Hetzler | Berlin
Carol Rama | New Museum | New York
Yan Xing | Kunsthalle | Basel
Tom Burr | Maureen Paley | London
Jorge Pardo | Galerie Gisela Capitain | Cologne

12.06.2017
#Basel
Basel is more than a symphony. It's an entire opera!
Everyone wants to look fresh when they step off the plane in Basel, but just as important as looking good is what you go to see and where you’re seen. One of the strongest ways for collectors, new and experienced, to show dedication and commitment is to show up in person to support new presentations of artists they acquire. In Basel, more than anywhere else, it is a non-stop meteoric shower of events and openings to attend.

09.06.2017
#Zürich
Zürich is more than just an overture. It's a symphony!
As the art world nearly fills up its dance card with Documenta 14 and Skulptur Projekte Münster, we must have one last waltz before Basel at Zürich’s Contemporary Art Weekend! Some say this is just an ‘overture to Art Basel,’ but we say it is so much more.

08.06.2017
#Münster
Skulptur Projekte Münster made easy
Wondering how to navigate Münster? The city transforms itself every ten years with Skulptur Projekte Münster into a mecca for the art world. We have mapped it all for you so download Exhibitionary and you don’t have to spend precious little time in this scenic city lost.

28.04.2017
#Berlin
We show you more in Berlin than just Gallery Weekend!
Gallery Weekend is an event like no other. Unlike the artificial situation in a trade fair or on the auction chopping block where meaning and context are emptied out. Collectors from all over the world come to see art in its primary public source, to buy early, for galleries to step up to the plate and for artists to give it their best. Our home turf and source of pride is Berlin and we hope here to provide a few entry points in this.

22.04.2017
#Cologne
Are you ready for the Cologne whirlwind?
The history of post-war Cologne is a history of the emergence of contemporary art itself. Today the city still is home to major collectors (among other, Reiner Speck and Benedikt Taschen) who support established and emerging galleries. Here shows of the absolute highest caliber take place. The best way to discover which works become meaningful to you over time is to go out and see them in person.

15.04.2017
#London
#Madrid
#Miami
#New York
#Vienna
Five Shows in April
Here we try to give a mode of entry for first time collectors but also insight for those seasoned in the art world. This is a roundup of five shows that share a depth of lasting power, they are not simply mass-market appeal even if some are very popular.

Korakrit Arunanondchai | Clearing | New York
Yu Honglei | Carl Kostyál | London
Yuri Pattison | Kevin Space | Vienna
Susan Hiller | Pérez Art Museum | Miami
Donna Huanca | Travesia Cuatro | Madrid

06.04.2017
#Athens
Athens: The unsolved mysteries of Documenta 14
Everyone has heard something about the first ever Athen’s chapter of Documenta (arguably the biggest thing happening in art right now). With only days before the inauguration, there is little clarity of what to expect, and the artist list is the biggest mystery. We provide an overview of the complicated themes and why the whole art world is talking about this quinquennial.

30.03.2017
#Bejing
#Berlin
#London
#New York
#Vienna
Five Shows in March
With “Five Shows” we launched a new format which consists of five – as Harald Szeemann would say – “with great enthusiasm and a bit of obsessiveness” hand-picked exhibitions we recommend to see or we would like you to read about.

Cristof Yvoré | M Woods | Beijing
Sheree Hovsepian | Higher Pictures | New York
Hal Fischer | Project Native Informant | London
Hannah Black | mumok | Vienna
Ned Vena | Société | Berlin

01.03.2017
#New York
The Armory is bolder than Frieze Week. We tell you what not to miss!
Long before it became The Armory Show, it was the highly experimental perversely satirical Gramercy International Art Fair, a playing ground for a new generation of radical artists and gallerists. It took place inside the hotel of the same name and was the meeting ground for the downtown New York art scene.

22.02.2017
#Madrid
All about ARCO and what to see in Madrid
It’s late February which means we are off to Madrid, already we have spent all month practicing Spanish. What is great about going to Madrid is being able to see artists who are underrepresented in Western Europe and the US (because they are often overlooked in the international scene).

03.01.2017
#Berlin
The Beginning of the End: A Look Ahead to 2017
We are more positive about the coming year than the title of this post might suggest, even if we do live in fraught times. We share the sentiments of Jerry Saltz who said when asked about 2017 and the future of galleries:

28.12.2016
#Berlin
#London
#Miami
#New York
The End of the Beginning: A Look Back at 2016
The end of the year gives space and time for reflection. 2016 was incredible for us. We launched our app Exhibitionary during the hot days of summer, which – now in winter – seems so far away. Within a few months, Exhibitionary grew into a global art guide with curatorial picks in major art centers around the world.

29.11.2016
#Miami
Forget the fairs! Seven things you shouldn't miss in Miami
Miami is the best place to see the diversity of Latin American art because of its proximity to the region. Many of the great private collections in Miami focus on art outside the hegemonic cannon. It is not only the rich visual arts but also the culture and food of the region that we immerse ourselves in.

25.11.2016
#Miami
Must-see guide for Art Basel Miami and the top parties you probably won't get into
As always, we are determined to find hope, sun, and LSD (love, stimulants, vitamin D) in Miami. Last year, postdiluvian floods reminded us that nature is bigger than even Gavin Brown’s beach party. This year, Zika put a cramp in Galerie Perrotin’s party and canceled Jack Shainman’s outdoor blast – but fear not, the show must go on and the parties rage on.

03.11.2016
#Turin
Top Six Shows in Turin
We are on a pilgrimage to Turin! Part of what makes the treasured art institutions in the city so exciting to see is the beautiful town that inspires them and the jaw-dropping post-Renaissance buildings they are housed in. Here are our top six shows that are must-sees.

20.10.2016
#Paris
Top ten shows to see in Paris during FIAC
There is no place like Paris; it is the right city for art. This year many galleries chose FIAC over Frieze. One major factor putting Paris back on the map is the evolution of FIAC under the Director Jennifer Flay. So here are our top 10 museum quality exhibitions to see in Paris now.

15.09.2016
#Berlin
Berlin Art Week for Aficionados
The art world shuts down in August, a time to cross the blurry boundary between professional (art) life into personal (art) life. We jump out of our bathing suit directly back to work in the newest fall fashion for the big openings of jam-packed September.

01.08.2016
#Berlin
Berlin's Project Space Festival Breaks the White Cube
Project Space Festival Berlin is an annual opportunity to step out of the white cube routine and experience the exciting fringes of the local scene. The strength of Project Space Festival is twofold, in its diversity and ephemerality. We’ve gone through it with a fine-comb to call out five of the finest.

26.07.2016
Gstaad my Love – A Summer Art Affair
The summer season of art is so quiet that in order to find a great show you have to make a great pilgrimage. We are heading off to Gstaad, one of the most remote art locations, for Project 1048 which is a little bit of everything, outdoor exhibition, boundary-defying collaboration and non-profit project.

07.07.2016
Liverpool on Strike for the Future
Facing the aftershocks of post-Brexit, it is urgent to go to the Liverpool Biennial. Under director Sally Tallant the Biennial takes over the city in the form of a free festival, a Midsummer night’s voyage through six episodes. Profound questions about our past, present, and future remain without easy answers in this political moment.

29.06.2016
#New York
New York Warm Up
No sleep till Brooklyn – NYC celebrates its week of summer openings. What better way to avoid the grotesque hot summer days than a pilgrimage through pristine well air-conditioned galleries in the art world’s capital?! Exactly, none.

23.06.2016
#Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf Back on the Map
In constant search of the next big celebration; we are heading for the infamous Rhineland. Historically thought of as the 80's center of the German art-world, it is now putting itself back on the map. Düsseldorf is the place to be with a new private museum, a new hip gallery, and commemorative performances!

18.06.2016
#Basel
Last Look at Art Basel
In the congested summer schedule of the touring art world, Art Basel is an event sometimes preferably ignored but never forgotten. Art Basel was overwhelming and exhausting. At times it was underwhelming, at times, it blew us away.

08.06.2016
#Zürich
Manifesta Tips
Just as the hangover is fading from (the celebrations of) the 9th Berlin Biennale, Manifesta 11 begins. Zurich, as everyone knows, is all about the money. Christian Jankowski hit it right on the head when he chose “What People Do For Money,” as the theme this year for Manifesta.