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Hermès to hold “Hors les Murs” Exhibition in Lyons

This June, Hermès will be visiting the city of Lyon, France to showcase its master craftsmen’s skills and promote its artisanship to a wider public. The “Hors les Murs” Exhibition will last a month before setting off for in Moscow in September.

Hermès at work, Nagoya, October 2017

Skilled workers from Hermès’ various departments will demonstrate their crafts, which include making saddles, handbags, silk scarves, ties, watches and jewelry. The show will take place in the city’s Palais de Bourse.

“Hermès Hors les murs”, Vancouver, September 2016

Known for its historic role in the country’s silk industry, Lyon is the perfect venue for the annual “Hors les Murs” Exhibition. Having opened a workshop earlier in April near the Swiss border, Hermès currently has 3,3100 leather goods makers across 16 sites in France. and four sites in the Rhone-Alpes region. The company’s textile business, near Lyon, employs 455 craftsmen.

Hermès at work, Nagoya, October 2017

With ten dedicated display, each dedicated to one of Hermès’s signature crafts, allowing general public to witness the craftsmen “transform their materials to produce handbags, saddles, scarves, ties, jewellery and watches”.

The talented artisan will showcase their expertise, answer the bugging queries on their craft, and offer their own thoughts on the extraordinary techniques behind Hermès renowned craftsmanship.

Hermès at work, Nagoya, October 2017

Besides the ten modules, the event will feature the screening of a 360º immersive film demonstrating the skills of the master glass-makers and sculptors of the Saint-Louis crystal works, bought by Hermès in 1989.

“Dietro Le Quinte”, Milan, May 2017

Hermès will be host engaging round-tables talks and workshops at the “Hors les Murs” Exhibition, for visitors to gain a deeper understanding and sentiment towards the term “artisan” and the heart behind such hallmark.

“Hermès at work”, Tokyo, Omotesando Hills, March 2017

Visitors can also look forward to a bistro serving food to enjoy this festive event.

Design Galleries Heading to PAD Geneva

Invited by the seventh edition of contemporary art fair Artgenève, PAD Geneva will bring in Italian Talent to the show and gather together prominent international galleries, hailing from France, the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland to showcase jewellery, contemporary design, antiques and sculpture in Paris (for 21 years) and London (for 11 years.)

Here’s a look at some of the design galleries heading to the event:

Maria Wettergren


“Odds and Ends” by Ditte Hammerstrom. Ash, MDF, lacquer, 36.5 X 46.5 X 58 cm, limited edition of eight (+ 4 AP) | Image courtesy of Galerie Maria Wettergren / Ditte HAMMERSTROM

The gallery showcases limited editions and highlights unique works from the Paris-based and specialist of Scandinavian art and design, Galerie Maria Wettergren. The artists and designers’ works represented in dialogues, combining new technologies and traditional expertise.

Achille Salvagni

“White Spider” chandelier by Achille Salvagni, 2017, 20-piece limited edition. Six-arm chandelier with 24-karat gold plating, aged finish | Image courtesy of Achille Salvagni

Designer Achille Salvagni, who is apt in creating unique objects and bespoke furniture, will present a 20-piece limited edition gold-plated chandelier.

Armel Soyer

“O.R.P.” by Christopher Boots, chandelier, 8-piece limited edition, rock crystal, natural color fade, aged brass | Image courtesy of Christopher Boots / Armel Soyer

Parisian gallery, Galerie Armel Soyer specialises in 21st-century decorative arts and will present pieces from its gallery based in the Alps, with creations to furnish the chicest of chalets.

Galerie Italienne

“Spazio Tattile: Chapter 2 – The Collector’s House,” Galerie Italienne, Paris | Image courtesy of Marco Illuminati

The “Spazio Tattile” series of exhibitions from Italian art specialist Galerie Italienne exhibits pieces by artists that the gallery represents in dialogue with furniture pieces or other objects.


“Pyramids of Makkum” by Studio Job for Royal Tichelaar Makkum | Image courtesy of Studio Job / Priveekollektie

Focusing on artists straddling the worlds of art and design, Dutch gallery Priveekollektie presents work from rising stars plus well-known artists and designers.

PAD Geneva will run from February 1-4. For more information on artgenève & PAD Genève, please visit its official website here.

Five Exhibitions To Look Out For In Paris

Design fans and industry professionals heading to Paris can look forward to attend the Maison & Objet trade fair as well as the Paris Déco Off fringe festival this January 18-23, the French capital will turn into an attractive venue to showcase an array of interior designs and innovative decorations. This year, Maison & Objet will feature 3,000 brands, including 674 new exhibitors. Gain insights into new and future trends and view the various creations at the events, plus a host of exhibitions await.

“Bring it On – Danish Contemporary Jewelry” (until January 21)

La Maison du Danemark will present a snapshot of the current Danish contemporary jewellery scene. Themed “Bring It On”, 26 contemporary jewellery artists will present a wide range of jewellery focusing on ornament, design object and body art. Curated by Art Jewellery Copenhagen, the event will explore the art of contemporary jewellery-making and various aspects of jewellery with thought-provoking topics such as: Is it merely decorative? Is it art or is it an investment?

“Beyond Seeing” (January 28)

Held at WIP La Villette, Goethe-Institut is celebrating Paris fashion week and Franco-German Week with an exhibition called “Beyond Seeing”, where the blind and partially sighted people had the opportunity to work together with a team of design students to explore fashion beyond sight, focusing on hearing, smell, touch and how the body fills space.

“Constance Guisset Design, Actio!” (until March 11)

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is giving carte blanche to designers and scenographer Constance Guisset for a retrospective of 10 years of design under her own name, including brands like Petite Friture, Moustache, Matière Grise and Louis Vuitton.

“L’Expérience de la Couleur” (until April 2)

The famous Sèvres ceramics works will occupy the Musée National de la Céramique, Sèvres, showcasing artist’s interpretation and perception into colours and featuring nearly 400 works, with pieces by Ettore Sottsass, Andrea Branzi and Pierre Charpin.

“Azzedine Alaia: Je Suis Couturier” January 22 to June 10, 2018, 18 rue de la Verrerie

There will be an exhibition featuring 35 major pieces by the late fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa at 18 rue de la Verrerie, where he previously lived and worked. The artworks were specially selected by Olivier Saillard for the exhibition.


For more information, please visit here.


Damien Hirst: New ‘Colour Space’ Paintings

Damien Hirst, “Flesh Tint” (2016) | Image courtesy of Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Following a public showcase of contemporary artworks by Damien Hirst in Venice last year, “Treasures From the Wreck of the Unbelievable” was perhaps the most talked-about exhibition of 2017. The Venice exhibition featured hundreds of objects said to have been lost in a legendary shipwreck and all of his works were for sale.

After years of uncharacteristic silence, this artist known for his love-it-or-hate-it artworks is orchestrating his own comeback. This time, with a new series of artworks, which will go on showcase at Houghton Hall starting March 25, and convened under the theme “Colour Space”.

Damien Hirst: New ‘Colour Space’ Paintings

“Colour Space” will showcase some of Hirst’s most celebrated sculptures such as the “Virgin Mother” (2005-2006), “Charity” (2002-2003), including a series of paintings based on his previous iconic “Spot Paintings” of the 1980s and ’90s, inspired by the logic of mechanical paint application.

Although the “Flesh Tint” (2016) is said to be “looser and more organic in appearance,” according to a statement, Hirst explains: “I originally wanted the Spots to look like they were painted by a human trying to paint like a machine. Colour Space is going back to the human element, so instead you have the fallibility of the human hand in the drips and inconsistencies.”

He adds, “There are still no two exact colours that repeat in each painting, which is really important to me. I think of them as cells under a microscope.”

Keep a look out for a display of outdoor sculptures on showcase as well, such as “Saint Bartholomew”, “Exquisite Pain” (2006, in the Entrance Hall), plus two smaller sculptures from the artist’s “levitation” series, featuring air blowers and table tennis balls.

The exhibition will take place from March 25 through July 15. For more information, please visit www.houghtonhall.com.

Six Design Exhibitions to Visit in 2018

From the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the museums around the world have put together a showcase of jewellery by artists; a brooch by Orlan, reminders of the Soviet era; red wealth and a history of the nightclub; the role of design, etc.. Here’s a list of exhibitions that design lovers won’t want to miss in 2018.

Six Design Exhibitions to Visit in 2018

Image courtesy of Philippe Servent, Paris

“Surrealist spoon-brooch with watch-comb by Salvador Dalí”, from March 7 to July 8, 2018, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Diane Venet has collected jewellery by artists for over 30 years, and will exhibit her 230-piece collection at this show in Paris, alongside other jewellery loaned by galleries, collectors and the families of artists. Organised in chronological order and by theme, jewellery created by 150 artists, including Niki de Saint Phalle, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, will be on display.


Image courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

“Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960-today”, from March 17 to September 9, 2018, at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein

Nightclubs and discos are hotbeds of contemporary culture, and they were there at the birth of avant-garde movements that questioned the established codes of social life. These extraordinary places merge design, graphics and art with sound, light, fashion and special effects. The Vitra Design Museum’s exhibition examines the role of design in the history of the nightclub. It features films, vintage photos, posters, flyers, fashion, music and light installations to take visitors on a journey to a world of glamour and subculture.


Image courtesy of Brussels Design Museum

“Soviet Design. Red Wealth”, from January 24 to May 21, 2018, at the Brussels Design Museum

This exhibition takes us back in time, starting from post-war USSR until the Olympic Games of 1980, through a collection of daily objects and graphics, which speak volumes about life in the Soviet Union at that time. Each section represents a different aspect of Soviet life and culture: childhood and leisure, sports and public events, furniture and household products, even precision engineering and industrial production.


Image courtesy of Brussels Design Museum

“Peter Ghyczy: 50 years of functionalism”, from February 7 to March 11, 2018, at the Brussels Design Museum

The Brussels Design Museum — known as the ADAM — is also staging the very first exhibition dedicated to the designer Peter Ghyczy. He is probably best known for his Garden Egg Chair, designed in 1968.


“The Future Starts Here”, from May 12, 2018, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Image courtesy of E.O.Wilson Biodiversity Foundation

The V&A has put together a hundred objects that demonstrate the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow.


Image courtesy of Rijksmuseum

“Kwab. Dutch Design in the Age of Rembrandt” from June 29 to September 26, 2018, at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

In the 17th century, fantasy sea creatures, scary monsters and strange body shapes reminiscent of molten candle wax decorated jugs, furniture, and smart interiors. This trend was known as the auricular style. It was a Dutch decorative arts movement which won over the rest of Europe, particularly Germany and France, and can even seen in some of Rembrandt’s works. This exhibition at the Rijksmuseum features the auricular style in over a hundred works of art from the Golden Age.



Louvre Abu Dhabi Draws Crowd like a Magnet in the UAE

For more than ten years in the making, the first museum named “The Louvre Abu Dhabi” is finally opened to the public on Saturday. It has attracted a large crowd of almost hundreds of Emiratis along with Asian, European and Arab expatriates.

A VIP inauguration was also held and French President Emmanuel Macron was among the first visitors to visit the museum. In addition the exciting opening, the Malian Troupe Awa de Sangha put up a cultural and dance performance on Nov 11.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi project is the first museum of its kind in the Arab world and this museum is meant to be “universal with a strong focus on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures.”

Inside the expansive museum houses famous works from the Paris institution along with pieces from Middle Eastern civilisations. All of its permanent collection consists of some hundreds of pieces that were acquired from the earliest Mesopotamian civilisations to the present day.

The displays are presented in a modern, light-filled structure in harmony with its desert-island setting. Located on the low-lying Saadiyat Island, the area where the museum sits on is a developing tourism and culture hub, which is about 500 m off the coast of the United Arab Emirates’ capital.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi will spend one billion euros ($1.16 billion) under a 30-year agreement with France where the latter will provide expertise, loans works of art and organises temporary exhibitions. However, the Paris museum will lend works to its Abu Dhabi partner on a voluntary basis, for a maximum of two years in the next ten years.

“The Louvre in France takes a 400-million-euro share of that sum for the use of its name up to 2037.”

Time, a Hermès object at Hermès Takashimaya from 27 October to 5 November

Slim d'Hermes L'heure Impatiente

Slim d’Hermes L’heure Impatiente

As a subset of watch media, we often pontificate on how the mechanical watch is more art than functionality and yet often marketing collaterals from various brands still define a transcendent genre in terms of chronometry and precision. Every now and again, a watchmaker like Montre Hermes reminds us that however anachronistic a mechanical watch, the raison d’etre of modern time telling isn’t in its precision but in the romance of its artistry and the ingenuity of its display. To wit, Time, as a Hermès object and by extension, the display of physical embodiments of their watchmaking philosophy invite us to discover time as a vast playground and a veritable experience.

Time, a Hermès object at Hermès Takashimaya from 27 October to 5 November

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get in back.” – Harvey MacKay

10 years ago, Hermes gave us the Cape Cod Grandes Heures Automatic which opened our eyes to how we perceive time intangibly and at times imprecisely as described in the adages, “time flies when you’re having fun” and “a watched pot never boils” with a complication which at chosen intervals would speed up or slow down the angular velocity of hour and minute hands- in other words represent time’s flight or crawl depending on the hour. Today Montre Hermes measures the fun of time perception through newer objects of whimsy like the Slim d’Hermes L’heure Impatiente and the majesty of artistry with watches like the Slim d’Hermes Grrrrr!, in essence, Hermes has liberated us (even if at least momentarily) from time’s deleterious effects – to wit, to gaze upon their novelties at Time, a Hermès object exhibition at Hermès Takashimaya is to find time suspended.. so to speak.

Slim d'Hermes Grrrrr!

Slim d’Hermes Grrrrr!

Time, a Hermès object at Hermès Takashimaya from 27 October to 5 November 2017

Time, a Hermès object at Hermès Takashimaya from 27 October to 5 November 2017

For Hermes, time is an object born of uncompromising expertise. Its inherent tension is translated by the house into a singular characteristic. Rather than measuring, ordering, and seeking to control it, Hermes dares to explore another time, designed to arouse emotions, open up interludes and create spaces for spontaneity.

All is revealed to friends of the brand and industry media on 26 October 2017 where a show by Gandini Juggling has been specially choreographed to explore the physicality of this watchmaking philosophy beyond the exemplar of a few key timepieces shown at Time, a Hermès object ; Gandini Juggling’s cast of peculiar characters will mix with guests with apples pirouetting in hands with a ballet of fluid and precise gestures: a poetic dance allegorical to the question of time and gravity for the questions – will there be an Apple missed as the pace of the game accelerates? Does the display feel like an hour’s worth of entertainment or less? A demonstration of how time has slipped away, at the whim of the artists and apples shaping the space.

Gandini Juggling 2013

A disconcerting scenography continues the day after for public display from 7 October to 5 November at Hermès Takashimaya; First, with monolithic windows in which the watches appear and disappear in time with pulsating light. Then come interactive screens, human sized to better appropriate the forms. Before these two-way mirrors, silhouettes of the visitors are displayed before slowly vanishing into smoke. Videos and images succeed each other, stretched, duplicated in the manner of a kaleidoscope. It is for us, in front of the screen, to decide what to do with this time, this playful ally that belongs to us, always.

Exhibition details for Time, a Hermes Object at Hermès Takashimaya

Gandini Juggling choreography interpreting Montre Hermes’ watchmaking philosophy revealed to selected guests on 26 October 2017 at Hermes Takashimaya. The show is followed by a scenography circuit open to the public from 27 October to 5 November.



© Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid / Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Picasso meets Lautrec in Madrid

The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Spain will be holding an exhibition from Oct 17, 2017 to Jan 21, 2018, featuring five sections. The show will examine the 19th– and 20th-century art of two masters: the young Picasso as an admirer of Lautrec in Barcelona and his early years in Paris, as well as compare subjects common to both artists. Each section of the show will shed light on the influence of the cabaret painter’s work throughout the Spanish artist’s career.

Here’s what you can look out for in the five sections of the exhibition:

© Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid / Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Lautrec’s artworks encapsulate the personality of people


“Lautrec became aware of his talent for caricature early in his career, effectively capturing the personality of the people he painted. He painted many caricature self-portraits, as well as portraits of people he knew, such as Jane Avril. Picasso also used caricature in his work. In fact, two paintings — ‘Jane Avril’ by Lautrec and ‘Bust of a Smiling Woman’ by Picasso — display the same characteristic style and pointillist technique.”


© Kunsthaus Zürich / Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

Underworld shows another perspective so often overlooked by art


“The two painters’ work offered a window onto a world often overlooked by art, such as Parisian cafés and the cabarets of Montmartre. Lautrec painted posters for shows and portraits of their stars, such as La Goulue and Jane Avril, on many occasions. This fascination with Parisian nightlife is also seen in the work of Picasso, with works such as ‘The Diners.”


Comparing the artistic approach of two master artists


“The world of the circus also played a key role in the careers of both artists. Lautrec was particularly interested in equestrian acts, while Picasso had a more melancholic approach, portraying harlequins as the outcasts of Parisian nightlife.”


© Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid / Picasso - Baltimore Museum of Art, The Cone Collection, formed by Dr Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland

Brothel Life

“Prostitution is another subject common to both artists, expressed in many works by both Lautrec and Picasso. Lautrec portrayed prostitutes attending to their toilette, getting dressed or playing cards, whereas the Spanish painter took a more erotic, sometimes pornographic, approach. At the turn of the 20th century, Picasso went to Saint-Lazare hospital to sketch women with syphilis, leading to works such as ‘Woman with Bangs.”


© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Musée national Picasso-Paris

The artworks carry a symbolic meaning in this section.

Hidden Eros

“When it comes to erotic themes, Lautrec, influenced by Degas, painted more symbolic and delicate connotations, whereas Picasso took a more violent approach.”

Africa’s Largest Art Museum “Zeitz MOCAA” Opens in Cape Town

Atrium vault of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

Sprawling across 6,500 sqm of the extensive exhibition space, the inaugural shows will use all of the 100 galleries available across seven floors of The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA). In fact, the rush was so great that 24,000 tickets were sold out in a matter of minutes as reported by The Guardian even before its official opening on Sep 22.

Nestled in a converted grain silo with views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Zeitz MOCAA is uniquely built to truly embrace Africa’s devotion to contemporary arts. Generously supported by a not-for-profit public institution, Zeitz MOCAA is privately funded and currently houses the collection of the German businessman Jochen Zeitz, together with a series of temporary exhibitions.

The “Luanda, Encyclopedic City” showcases mass-produced images from the artist’s photographic series “Found Not Taken” (2009- 2013) and “iimpundulu zonke ziyandilandela”, featuring original works by South African artist Nicholas Hlobo from the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. He played with the idea by utilising materials such as rubber inner tubing, colourful ribbons, an animal skull, and pink theatre lights combined to complete his artworks.

In addition, enjoy all that the museum has to offer – top-end restaurants, cafes, shops and a 28-room boutique luxury hotel on its upper levels.

“This museum is a symbol and an icon of the confidence we feel about being Africans, the confidence we feel about our place in the world.” – Mark Coetzee, Executive Director and Chief Curator

The newly developed Curatorial Lab will experiment with curatorial practice, research new methodologies, and address under-represented topics such as confronting issues facing the marginalised LGBTQ community. The project attempts not only to promote intercultural understanding but also develop critical thinking about gender and sexuality in South Africa.



Tang Kok Soo, 'Elephants Crossing the Water', mixed media

UOB presents first solo exhibition by Tang Kok Soo, ‘Tang and Tranquility’ at UOB Art Gallery

Tang Kok Soo, 'Elephants Crossing the Water', mixed media

Tang Kok Soo, ‘Elephants Crossing the Water’, mixed media

The first element that strikes viewers looking at Tang Kok Soo’s painting ‘Elephants Crossing the Water’, is the unusual placement of bodiless ‘eyes’, taking the form of small black dots dispersed throughout the painting. A signature feature in his ‘Stone’ series, as are the whimsical specks of colour on the canvas, these ‘eyes’ direct ours to different elements in the painting and foreground the coming together of individual lives in a community.

Conveying a sense of resilience and groundedness of its mammal subjects in the face of a challenge, Tang’s painting won the 2016 United Overseas Bank (UOB) Painting of the Year (POY), Singapore (Established Category Gold award). Artists and gallerists in the nation would undoubtedly know of the competition, established by UOB in Singapore back in 1982. Conceptualised with the vision of supporting rising talents in the local art scene, the award has proven a prestigious title for local artists to aspire to. Cultural Medallion recipients Anthony Poon and Chua Ek Kay are but part of its illustrious alumni.

Clinching one of the top prizes in the competition that recognised these artists who made a mark on Singapore’s art history is a testament to Tang’s meticulous technique and creativity. Charcoal, watercolour and Chinese ink, three of his choice materials, are skilfully applied on the canvas. For the dry and wet materials to co-exist, the painting must have been done layer by layer, lending an undoubted sense of materiality to the final piece. Lines and shapes tease elephant figures, but distinct outlines ultimately elude the viewer, who is left content to address the painting as a cross between figurative painting and Russian abstraction art.

For the Johore-born Tang, the road to practising art and winning the 2016 UOB Painting of the Year, Singapore (Established Category Gold Award) was a winding one. Exposed to watercolour and oil painting techniques at around age 11, Tang uncovered a deep longing for making art. The age of 38, however, saw Tang as an engineer, who decided then to dedicate his time to making art full-time instead. Clinching the award was one of the ways in which his decision bore fruit.

Tang Kok Soo, 2016 UOB Painting of the Year, Singapore (Established Category — Gold Award) Winner

Tang Kok Soo, 2016 UOB Painting of the Year, Singapore (Established Category — Gold Award) Winner

Another way in which this decision is proven a favourable change, of course, is Tang’s first solo exhibition, ‘Tang and Tranquility’, showing at the UOB Art Gallery from April 12 to May 19. Entering into Tang’s world, the viewer straddles between cityscape paintings bathed in yellow, with streaks of light rendered so realistic that the streets in these paintings might just be alive, to the skilful use of grey to create the illusion of texture in his ‘Stone’ series. The occasional vibrant red and blue hues play an important role of imbuing the paintings with perspective and a sense of life.

Tang Kok Soo shares the motivations behind his practice, and how winning the 2016 UOB Painting of the Year, Singapore (Established Category — Gold Award) has shaped his path as an artist.

You are a firm believer that moral character and qualities shape the art you create. How do your values influence your work?

My life as an artist is meaningful as long as I know that my artworks contribute to the betterment of society. I believe that even if art does not contribute to society, it should not harm or negatively influence society.

There is no one standard for art. However, the artist’s state of mind and intentions should be sincere and pure, as they come through to the viewers who appreciate their artworks. That should be the ultimate aspiration of an artist  to have an unwavering conviction to create art that aligns with the artist’s inner-self and purity of heart.

I draw inspiration from the Confucian saying, “In the Classic Poetry or Book of Song, or 诗经 in Chinese, are three hundred pieces, but the design of all of them may be embraced in one sentence ‘Having no depraved thoughts’”.

As an artist, I strive to uphold a high standard of conduct and morals, so that my paintings will embody a positive message.

You believe that art has the power to leave a positive mark on society. In what way do you think your art will leave a legacy?

I believe that artworks give viewers a glimpse into the inner world of the artist. I try to channel positive energy and compassion through my artworks with the hopes that it will have a positive impact on the art community and society.

Tang Kok Soo, 'One Heart', mixed media

Tang Kok Soo, ‘One Heart’, mixed media

Who has helped you or made an impact on you along the way to making art achieve the purpose you would like it to achieve?

My wife has been a true pillar of support in my journey to become a full-time artist. She is my mirror and a beacon for me to look up to. Her sincerity and compassion never fail to shine through no matter how difficult our journey is.

I also have an artist friend whom I consider to be a true confidante. He knows my artistic ambitions, what inspires me, and my passion.

Mindfulness and positivity characterise your work. Why is it so important to be positive? Why must you develop your art in that direction?

Art is about reaching a common level with the viewer, to be able to move them subtly and gently. As a full-time artist, I paint daily for eight to 10 hours, if not more. I am usually alone when I paint, and this gives me the opportunity to get in touch with my inner voice. As I do not have many opportunities to interact with people, I hope to impart positive messages through my artworks. I believe that true creativity stems from one’s heart and inner self.

You use mixed media and watercolour in your paintings. Why? What made you decide that the materials and medium you used was necessary to express what you want to express?

There is no fixed form or framework for creating good works of art, so I try not to restrict myself to any specific technique.

From a commercial perspective, recreating popular artworks with the similar techniques and styles may help to boost sales. However, being too entrenched in a singular concept or technique may block the artist’s creativity and hinder the evolution of their artworks in the long term.

Tang Kok Soo, 'Cattle Stockmen', mixed media

Tang Kok Soo, ‘Cattle Stockmen’, mixed media

You were born in Malaysia, spent your childhood in Brunei, then came to Singapore in 1986 and discovered painting and art. How have these places influenced your paintings?

I spent my growing years in Brunei, where I learnt to live simply with a contented heart.

I have spent the past 31 years in Singapore, where I built my career and started my family. Singapore is where I belong. It is in Singapore where I built my vision, honed my outlook in life and developed my passion for the arts.

Singapore was where you learnt watercolour and oil painting, and fell in love with art. For many years, you treated art as a hobby. What made you leave your job in engineering in 2013 to become a full-time artist? What were the thoughts going through your mind? Was the switch a drastic or gradual process?

In 2009, I crossed paths with two artist friends, Tay Bak Chiang and Ng Woon Lam, whom I knew during my younger days when I used to spend time at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and the Federation of Art Societies Singapore.

I learnt about their success as artists, after which I reflected on what had I been doing over the past decade. I felt that I had wasted valuable opportunities by discontinuing my practice of fine art, and was filled with a sense of emptiness. Thereafter, I picked up my paintbrush again and started painting during my free time.

In 2013, at the age of 38, I realised that was nearing my golden age and did not want to look back on life with regrets. With the invaluable support of my wife, I gave up my stable career in engineering to practice fine art full-time.

To quote Confucius, “At fifteen my heart was set on learning; at thirty I stood firm; at forty I had no more doubts; at fifty I knew the mandate of heaven; at sixty my ear was obedient; at 70, I could follow my heart’s desire without transgressing the norm”. Today, as I reflect upon this sentence I regret not pursuing art from the age of 15. At my current age of 41, I hope to remain firm in my goal and make up for lost time by working on my art every day.

Tang Kok Soo, 'Thriving', mixed media

Tang Kok Soo, ‘Thriving’, mixed media

Where did you learn painting in Singapore? Were you influenced by other artists of that time?

I am a self-taught artist; my passion and enthusiasm for art drive me to learn as much as I can. I read a lot of art-related books and I spend a lot of time in museums and art galleries.

I am inspired and influenced by artists such as Chen Chong Swee, Gog Sing Hooi, John Singer Sargent, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and the Russian Masters. I also enjoy studying the works of Wu Guanzhong, Chua Ek Kay, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Cheong Soo Pieng, Pieter Bruegel, Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt.

We often start off doing something without recognising ourselves as a person who is competent at it. At what point did you realise you were not just a person making art, but you were an artist?

When I decided to become a full-time artist in 2013, it was with the clarity of mind that I wanted to create art that would contribute to society. It was also spurred by my desire to work hard as an artist to make up for lost time.

Tang Kok Soo, 'Joyfulness', mixed media. 'Joyfulness' has been sold at Art Stage Singapore 2017

Tang Kok Soo, ‘Joyfulness’, mixed media. ‘Joyfulness’ has been sold at Art Stage Singapore 2017

You won the 2016 UOB Painting of the Year (POY), Singapore (Established Category Gold Award). Why did you choose to join the competition? What does this recognition mean to you as an artist?

When I became a full-time artist at 38 years old, I was not well known in the art community. Winning the 2016 UOB Painting of the Year (POY), Singapore (Established Category Gold Award) boosted my confidence in my artistic abilities and affirmed my decision to pursue art as a career.

The UOB Group Strategic Communications and Customer Advocacy (GSCCA) team engaged me shortly after the win to organise my solo exhibition at the UOB Art Gallery. They worked closely with me to curate the artworks for the exhibition and select the exhibition theme, and to organise media interviews, a gallery tour and photography to profile my exhibition to UOB employees and the public. The entire process was new to me.

My winning artwork was selected as the inspiration for the design of the 2016 UOB Annual Report. I was honoured and pleasantly surprised that my artwork was selected due to the positive message behind my work.

I appreciate the efforts of the UOB GSCCA team, who worked tirelessly to make all the arrangements for my first solo exhibition; from the design and printing of the exhibition catalogue to giving me an enormous push to promote my works to the public through the Bank’s regional network.

Going forward, I hope to continue creating art with a sincere and pure heart and to explore new painting techniques.

Tang Kok Soo, 'Tenacious Wish', mixed media

Tang Kok Soo, ‘Tenacious Wish’, mixed media

Has winning the 2016 UOB Painting of the Year, Singapore (Established Category Gold Award) paved the way for more exhibition opportunities?

Yes, definitely! With the UOB Painting of the Year (POY) competition, I was able to showcase my artworks on a regional level, and network with UOB POY artists from around across the region.

Since winning the 2016 UOB POY competition, I have broadened my clientele base to a wider audience which I normally would not be able to market to. This includes regional art collectors and new collectors.

I have exhibited my artworks at the UOB Art Space @ Art Stage Singapore 2017 alongside 14 other UOB POY artists from around Southeast Asia. I am honoured to host my first solo exhibition at the UOB Art Gallery. I sincerely thank UOB, especially the UOB GSCCA team, for giving me the chance to launch my first solo art exhibition at UOB’s headquarters in Raffles Place, Singapore.

Tang Kok Soo, 'Memories #3'

Tang Kok Soo, ‘Memories #3’

We would like to thank UOB for relaying the questions to the artist in Chinese, and transcribing and translating the interview as shown above.

4 design exhibitions in Paris, France: Beyond Maison & Objet fair for our fix on interior design

Maison & Objet Paris is underway and brings us some of the finest that the world of interior design and decor have to offer. We take a look at four design-related exhibitions outside of the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre.

“Imparfait – Nobody’s Perfect” through February 4, 2017, Merci

Concept store Merci is celebrating the broken, the irregular, the flawed and the wonky, embracing a trend that rejects the smooth, the perfect and the artificial. “Imparfait – Nobody’s Perfect” presents a series of objects damaged in accidents or featuring manufacturing faults, with objects that are broken, worn, holey, burned and torn. The exhibition also highlights how they can be patched up for a second life, notably with the Japanese ceramics technique “Kintsugi” or “Be Ga” for textiles. Design fans will recognize the iconic “Le Parfait” jar, distorted by artist Nadia Gallardo, and classic Duralex drinking glasses revisited by designers Loris&Livia.

Innovation Beyond Time and Space (Innovation par delà le temps et l’espace): four exhibitions celebrating Japanese design and craftsmanship,through February 4, 2017, L’Atelier Blancs Manteaux

The L’Atelier Blancs Manteaux concept store is celebrating Japanese arts and crafts with four exhibitions presenting the skills of various artisans. “More Than” focuses on a group of Japanese small and medium-sized enterprises and producers who have joined forces to present typically Japanese products and services to foreign markets. “Densan” looks at “Japan Artisan Material,” a collective of creators working with high-quality materials or using unique techniques from various regions of Japan. “Neo Densan” focuses on design duos, pairing Japanese designers with French designers. Finally “Kyoto Contemporary” seeks to bring “Kyo-mono” — quality traditional crafts used for centuries in Japan — to contemporary life.

“L’esprit du Bauhaus” (The Bauhaus spirit), through February 26, 2017, Musée des Arts Décoratifs

From 1919 to 1933, the Bauhaus art schools in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin (Germany) trained a host of students who went on to become major names in the world of design, such as Marcel Breuer, who designed tubular furniture, as well as photographer Florence Henri, who studied under Paul Klee and Vassily Kandinsky. Bringing together painters, architects, craftspeople, engineers, actors, musicians, photographers and designers, the institution helped reinvent living spaces by combining these disciplines. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is paying homage to this fundamental artistic movement, exploring the periods and forms of art that helped shape the spirit of the Bauhaus — from the Middle Ages to Asian arts — while also presenting historical Bauhaus pieces.

“Jean Nouvel, Mes Meubles d’Architecte” (Jean Nouvel, the furniture of an architect), through February 12, 2017, Musée des Arts Décoratifs

While the architecture of Jean Nouvel is world renowned, his furniture designs are less well-known. However, from 1987 to the present day, the architect has designed more than 100 pieces. These creations will be on show in the Middle Ages, and 17th- and 18th-century collection galleries of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, as well as in the museum’s section dedicated to advertising, designed by Jean Nouvel in 1998.

Japanese artwork in Singapore: Yukiharu Furuno holds solo exhibition at That Spare Room

Marking a milestone in his career as a ceramic artist, Yukiharu Furuno will feature at least 20 artworks in his solo exhibition. Titled “Inspirations from the Blue”, the exhibition will commemorate the 50 years that he has spent crafting ceramic works. Running from March 4 to 14, the exhibition will also be the first time that the artist has exhibited his art in Singapore. To be located at The Spare Room, within close proximity to the Japanese community in Singapore, it will be a chance for fans of Furuno’s to purchase his handiwork.

Through the exhibition, which is an extension of his award-winning Royal Blue series, visitors will be able to learn more about his inspiration and how the pieces were crafted. Furuno will use the exhibition to introduce several new pieces that reflect the various cultures and designs in Singapore. However, we have yet to get a sneak peek at the Singapore-inspired works, to provide you an in-depth description of what is in store.

The materials used in making the glazes for his work, Furuno uses Japanese plant materials that can be found in Hanna in the Osaka prefecture. This allows the artist to bring viewers on a journey deep within the forests and oceans he conjures up with his art. One interesting element that visitors will be able to witness, is the transition of Fururno’s work from featuring yellow ash-glazed ceramics to a distinct new style. While the former had been a signature of his for 35 years, the artist made the switch in 2003 upon the passing of his wife. Along with an exhibition, visitors will be able to meet the artist himself at selected timings and interact with him through tours and sharing sessions.

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Exhibition in Singapore: Last chance to catch Open A Door To Israel at Marina Bay Sands

One does not have to hop on a plane and drop some serious dough to travel to a far-flung location. With the help of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel, those visiting the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich history and culture of Israel through the exhibition “Open A Door To Israel”.

Until Dec 23, guests will be able to explore various aspects of the country with the help of nine ‘Curiosity Doors’. Each with its own theme, the doors represent education, culture, family, heritage, technology, diversity among others and break down barriers that help visitors to see the similarities that Israel has with Singapore. With a duration of 30 minutes for each session, guest will be greeted by an LED screen that features an interactive video, games and interactive library.

Apart from opening doors to the country, the exhibition will allow guests to take part in traditional Israeli events and other interactive experiences. Using two large screens and robotic projectors to feature the stories of Israel, the 10-minute multimedia presentation is the perfect platform for Israel to show off its technological advancements.

Launched last year at the Tel Aviv Port, the exhibition has visited countries such as Poland, Italy, France and Russia. “Our goal is to present Israel’s vibrant society and its core values through the Open a Door exhibition and connect further with our friends from all over the world. By creating this personal hands-on experience, we can showcase the true face of Israel in all its beauty,” said HE Ms Yael Rubinstein, Ambassador of Israel.

Open a Door to Israel, December 9 – 23, Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Hall C, 1 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018971

Arthur Streeton, 'Circular Quay,' 1892 at 'Australia's Impressionists' © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Art Exhibitions in 2017: 4 museums Revisiting Major Art Movements in New York and London

Taking a break from the contemporary world, sometimes it is necessary to trace the roots of the modern artworks we know and love, going back to its historical references. With that in mind, refresh your knowledge of some of history’s major art movements in 2017 with these four exhibitions.

“A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde” – December 3, 2016, to March 12, 2017, at MoMA, New York, USA

MoMA is retracing the rise of the Russian avant-garde movement, from the First World War to the end of the first five-year plan of the USSR (the inter-war period). Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, it presents the movement’s first experimental projects (paintings, drawings, sculptures, etchings, books, films, etc.)

“Surrealism in Egypt: Art and Liberty 1938-1948” – November 17, 2017, to March 11, 2018, at Tate Liverpool, UK

This is the first comprehensive museum exhibition about the Art and Liberty Group (Art et Liberté -jama’at al-fann wa al-hurriyyah). This collective of politically engaged artists and writers with surrealist leanings lived and worked in Cairo in the late 1930s until the late 1940s. “Surrealism in Egypt: Art and Liberty 1938-1948” shows how the movement, usually associated with European artists, transcended borders, notably thanks to travel and correspondence with artists such as André Breton and Lee Miller.

“Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites” – October 4, 2017, to April 2, 2018, at The National Gallery, London, UK
'The Arnolfini Portrait', 1434, Jan van Eyck at 'Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites' © National Gallery, London

‘The Arnolfini Portrait’, 1434, Jan van Eyck at ‘Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites’
© National Gallery, London

The National Gallery is focusing on the painting “Arnolfini Portrait” by Van Eyck, exploring how the work became a beacon by which Pre-Raphaelites forged a new style of painting. The exhibition brings together “Arnolfini Portrait” and other paintings for the first time, highlighting the piece’s influence on the work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896) and William Holman Hunt (1827-1910).

“Australia’s Impressionists” – December 7, 2016, to March 26, 2017, at The National Gallery, London, UK

“Australia’s Impressionists” is the UK’s first exhibition dedicated to the work of Australian impressionists. It presents the movement as a unique artistic current, certainly linked to its French and British counterparts, yet also entirely distinct.

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Architecture Museum Hosts Gingerbread Exhibition

Gingerbread City is made up of Caramel Wharf, Pancake Rise, Puddington… These are some of the six districts you will have the chance to visit in London this month. And if they do sound like some parts of a city, they are a lot sweeter, though not actually for eating.

These ‘neighborhoods’ are part of Gingerbread City, the latest exhibition hosted by the Museum of Architecture (MoA) and entirely made of sugar. Here you’ll find galleries, small shops, cafés and bars: everything can be eaten – but not yet! All we can say is we hope they’ve figured out how to keep the ants away. They are indeed submissions from some of the UK’s leading architectural schools and firms such 4M Group, Arup, Foster & Partners, Hopkins Architects and spacelab to a great gingerbread structures contest. A total of 64 teams are taking part and will be judged – the story does not say if the judges will be pastry chefs.. or Hansel & Gretel.

Feeling crafty? Workshops will be hosted as well – some might say they are made for families with kids, but no doubt adults with a sweet tooth will be welcome too.

The very sugary event, celebrating of course the British Christmas Spirit, is held as part of the museum’s winter fundraiser. The money raised  (a fee is imposed for a “Plot Passport” on each submission) will be used to to support MoA’s upcoming exhibitions and 2017 program.

Gingerbread City at The Museum of Architecture (MoA) London. From Dec 7 to 22. General public admission: free

Design Miami Features Major Brand Collaborations

Maison Kitsuné – John Alcorn capsule collection

The only collaboration listed here that’s not being shown as part of the Design Collaborations section of the show, this capsule collection with French fashion brand Maison Kitsuné will be featured in the Market program, which presents design-driven retail. This limited-edition mini capsule collection created in partnership with Design Miami features work by the late 1960s American illustrator John Alcorn, whose illustrations are used as the fair’s identity this year. The collection will also be available at The Webster Miami, online at Maison Kitsuné and in stores in Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo and New York.

Airbnb – ‘Sobremesa’

Emerging Mexico City-based design studio Pedro&Juana is behind this exploration of shared space, whose name refers to a Mexican tradition of lingering around the table in conversation after a meal. Inspired by iconic Mexican courtyard spaces, the installation will change throughout the week to represent how people live and participate in Airbnb homes them over time. The exhibition also features a program of meals, cocktails and music.

Dean & DeLuca – ‘Stage’

The New York gourmet market and fine food retailer has partnered with architect Ole Scheeren to create a prototype of his design for a food retail concept titled Stage. The prototype features a “glowing, pristine object in polished stainless steel with the undulating topography of a bespoke, high tech display system.” Stage will operate during the fair as Design Miami’s food partner.

Dean & DeLuca's "Stage" by Ole Scheeren © Buro-OS Design Miami 2016

Dean & DeLuca’s “Stage” by Ole Scheeren
© Buro-OS
Design Miami 2016

Fendi – ‘The Happy Room’

The luxury house is bringing an interpretation of a modular VIP room. With simple volumes and rounded shapes, the room by architect Cristina Celestino makes reference to the arch of Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome and features a contrasting play of different types of marble.

Audi – ‘The extra hour’

Luxury car brand Audi will bring a collaboration with LEGO, which takes its inspiration from the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept. Emphasizing the idea that this technology allows the user to control time, the installations features 13 numerals arranged around the vehicle to form a giant clock, with the number 25 included to symbolize the “extra hour” enabled by the driving technology.

Louis Vuitton – ‘Objets Nomades’

This installation will comprise iconic creations from the Objets Nomades furniture collection, including the
Stool by Atelier Oi, the Cocoon by the Campana Brothers, the Bell Lamp by Barber & Osgerby, the
Swing Chair by Patricia Urquiola and the Lounge Chair by Marcel Wanders. Louis Vuitton will also unveil  the Blossom Stool, designed by Tokujin Yoshioka, and the Fur Cocoon by the Campana Brothers.

Design Miami, which runs alongside Art Basel Miami Beach, bills itself as a “global forum for design,” with a focus on collectible design. This year’s fair runs from November 30 through December 4.

NASA – A Human Adventure at ArtScience Museum

NASA – A Human Adventure, which opened November 19 at the Marina Bay Sands ArtScience Museum, is an exhibition fully dedicated to humankind’s epic journey into the unknown. Part of the museum’s current season, the exhibition also happens to be the largest of its kind to be held in Singapore.

NASA – A Human Adventure offers visitors a chance to be a part of the expeditions beyond our skies and for once, it really is rocket science! More than 200 historically-significant artifacts of space travel will be showcased at the event and are organized in five distinctly-themed galleries.

Dreamers Gallery

Dreamers Gallery

The first gallery, The Dreamers (above), is dedicated to the visionaries who manifested the ideas of space exploration, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Chesley Bonestell and Robert McCall. The next gallery, Go Fever, highlights the important space discovery events throughout history, which started with the launch of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik in 1957. The third gallery is Pioneers, which pays homage to the rocket scientists and engineers of NASA. The fourth gallery Endurance (below) delves into the hardships of an astronaut’s life (hint: gravity always wins). The final gallery Innovation comes back to the core of space voyages: new ideas and technologies.

Space suits in Endurance gallery

Space suits in Endurance gallery

One of the many highlights of the exhibition is a full scale reconstruction of NASA’s iconic Space Shuttle, where space crews spend their time in space. Visitors will be able to view the flight deck and experience the life of an astronaut, vicariously of course.

Spacecraft Lunar Module Adapter access hatch (L)and Apollo Lunar Module crew cabin (R)

Spacecraft Lunar Module Adapter access hatch (L) and Apollo Lunar Module crew cabin (R)

The ArtScience Museum has also specially commissioned a project from Indonesian artist Venza Christ, titled Indonesia Space Science Society. Featuring a three-meter long sculpture and soundtracks of radio waves from space, the mixed-media installation offers an out-of-this-world experience for the senses.

Indonesia Space Science Society

Indonesia Space Science Society

Other highlights include a 2G force experience with the G-Force Astronaut Trainer ride, a Jupiter nose cone recovered from the ocean, and film shots from Apollo 8, 12 and 17 voyages.

Gemini spacecraft

Gemini spacecraft

“This is truly a-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the spacecraft, rockets and technology that changed history and our understanding of our universe. NASA – A Human Adventure is a blockbuster exhibition that brings visitors on an extraordinary journey through 100 years of human space adventure.” said Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. “To anyone who has ever dreamed of Mars, this season is for you.”

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Moncler Opens New York Flagship, Celebrates City with Art

French luxury outdoor apparel brand Moncler, after having imposed its signature down jackets around the world, opened its first American flagship in a city that will definitely enjoy the warmth, the comfort and the style of their products: New York City. Two locations have been announced: Madison Avenue (main venue) and Prince Street, Soho.
Celebrating this grand opening, Moncler wanted to pay tribute to the Big Apple and imagined two art projects that would both enlighten NYC creativity and the brand’s experimental style.


The first part of the tribute has been handed to Thom Browne. The stylist conceived an installation, called “USA Flag”, consisting of 28 special limited editions of the brand’s iconic jackets – same model, different design – all having the American as common theme. The jackets, each of them being unique and numbered, will be assembled to create mosaic decorating the background of the boutique before being sold online to benefit NPO Robin Hood.

Thom Browne also designed a full Special Collection, featuring jackets, cashmere sweaters and other special items, only available at the Madison Avenue boutique – and yes, they will all be Stars and Stripes.

The second part of that Tribute is a unique realization by famous NYC Film Director Spike Lee. His contribution, is a Short Musical Film celebrates the Big Apple’s heat of life and magical atmosphere.

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Frame from Musical Film “Brave” by Spike Lee for Moncler

The Film, called “Brave” – reference to the lead song, begins with Spike Lee himself reciting The Sonnet “The New Colossus, inscribed on The Pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.  “Lady Liberty’s Flame,” concluded Spike Lee, “welcomed millions of people arriving in the United States of America. Their first step onto American soil was in New York City. I hear that in this song, “Brave Suffering Beautiful”, which holds the essence of what it means to be an American in this particular period in time.”

Through Moncler’s tribute to New York, all can see the brand’s love and respect for the Big Apple. Thom Browne and Spike Lee bring their own vision of the common theme, making the project and innovative and exciting demonstration of Moncler’s personality.


Watch the full film below:

Gucci Sponsors Chatsworth House Fashion Exhibition

Gucci Sponsors Chatsworth House Fashion Exhibition

Britain’s Chatsworth House has been revealed as the setting for what is widely expected to be one of 2017’s major fashion exhibitions, sponsored by Gucci.

“House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth” is set to explore the life of the historical Cavendish family and additional famous figures, including Bess of Hardwick, the 18th century “Empress of Fashion” Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; Fred Astaire’s sister and dance partner Adele Astaire and Nancy Mitford. Supermodel Stella Tennant will also have a starring role in the show.

Covering art history, fashion, jewelry, design and textiles, the exhibition will tell the story of the Devonshire Collection and the role fashion played in the protagonists’ lives. Curated by International Editor-at-Large at American Vogue Hamish Bowles, it will be set into various rooms of the house and organized by theme, including ‘Coronation Dress’, ‘The Devonshire House Ball’, ‘Bess of Hardwick and the Tudor influence’, ‘The Georgiana Effect’ and ‘Entertaining at Chatsworth’, among others. Highlights include a Givenchy bolero worn on the Duchess of Devonshire’s wedding day, uniforms, coronation robes and fancy-dress costumes, and historic and contemporary couture from Christian Dior, Gucci, Helmut Lang, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Vetements.

“This exhibition proves how much historical objects are an incredible source of inspiration for creating the present,” says Alessandro Michele, Creative Director at Gucci. “Thus far the house has been speaking, now House Style gives a voice to the wardrobes of its inhabitants and guests.

“House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth”, a 200-page survey of fashion at Chatsworth featuring photographs by Mario Testino, Cecil Beaton and Bruce Weber, will also be published to mark the exhibition.

The exhibition will run from March 25 to October 22 2017. For more information, see www.chatsworth.org

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Pergamon Museum Temporary Exhibition Space

Pergamon Museum – Berlin’s biggest and most popular museum, with more than a million visitors every year – has been closed since 2014 and was meant to reopen five years later. The date has been pushed back to 2023, due to major renovation delays and the public might not have access to the full collection before 2025.

Archeology fans can be reassured though, as Berlin’s Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK) announced the opening of a temporary exhibition space as early as 2018. A two-story building designed by Berlin-based Spreeformat Architekten is being constructed for the occasion, not far away from the museum itself. It will host various historical art pieces, including parts of the Pergamon Altar, world-famous highlight of the Pergamon Museum collection. This is significant because the Altar was one of the highlights confirmed to be off-limits until the reopening of the museum. The AFP confirms that Telephos Frieze will be on display, alongside a panorama by Yadegar Asisi depicting the ancient metropolis of Pergamon itself.

More details will be released in 2017. Check Pergamon’s Museum website to learn more about the collection and renovation.