Each year, in the month of June, the art world gathers in Basel for the world ‘s biggest international art fair. It is fair to say that Art Basel dominates the summer art season. A prestigious event, running since 1970, expanding to three host cities Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, Art Basel has shaped the season with multiple satellite art fairs popping up to accompany it. Look out for Fine Line Arts next blog post on the satellite art fairs taking place at the same time as Art Basel.
However Basel is not the only city to host top class art fairs this summer. Here is Fine Line Arts list of other art fairs to attend in Europe in the coming months…
Founded in 1998, Momentum is one of two international art fairs, alongside Lofoten International Art Festival, that is held in Norway. For its 10th edition Momentum will be exploring emotion – The Emotional Exhibition, presenting 29 international artists including Daniel Birnbaum and Olafur Eliasson:
“Works by 29 international artists, of which some were already on show in earlier editions, also give room to the desire to look back at some previous situations of MOMENTUM, to revisit them from an emotional point of view, and to think about the position of MOMENTUM during all these years. This exhibition happens now, but looks back at the nine previous editions, remembering or reconfiguring moments that can define the present time. The concepts and ideas behind The Emotional Exhibition offer a way to deal with formats, definitions, identities and emotions with a need to reformulate how to act and what to do, how to share and how to build something with a sort of new non-vocabulary – one that we share and that we can find within the complexity of emotions.” (The Biennial Foundation)
Moss, Norway. 8 June – 9 October 2019
Creative Interruptions will be hosting a festival at the BFI Southbank this June. Creative Interruptions is a project formed of five universities and some non-university based contributors exploring ‘the role of the arts and creativity within diverse communities.’ (Creative Interruptions) The event held over two days will be a combination of presentations, workshops and panel discussions including mediums such as VR and film. This is an exciting opportunity to be included in the discussion on arts and inequality. To read more about this event and its focus head over to Creative Interruptions festival page.
London, UK. 17 -18 June 2019
Mänttä Art Festival
Held in the Finnish town of Mänttä-Vilppula, the Mänttä Art Festival spans the length of the summer season. This is the ideal place to discover fresh contemporary Finnish artists. This years theme for the festival is ‘The Human Era’ asking the question ‘What happens when humans control the land and natural resources?’ This years festival is curated by artist Marja Helander who is a Sámi photographer, video artist and film-maker, on her approach to curating she stated “for me, the main goal is to curate the exhibition into an experience that leaves the guests with a strong emotional impact… One thing it won’t be is boring.” (Mänttä Art Festival) Artists to be featured at the art festival include Johanna Rotko, the Artist Collective KUNST and Hanna Vihriälä.
Mänttä, Finland. 16 June – 1 September 2019
Sónar+D takes place in Barcelona in the month of July alongside Sónar, ‘recognised since 1994 as one of the most important events for experimental culture in Europe.’ (Sónar+D
) The event programme is full of talks, demos, workshops, exhibitions, immersive experiences and more. Stating that ‘creativity is one of the main forces transforming reality in the 21st Century’ Sónar+D describes this event as:
“…an international congress exploring how creative minds are changing our present and imagining new futures, in collaboration with researchers, innovators and business leaders from all sectors and industries. Since 2013, this antidisciplinary meeting of communities and iconic names brings together in Barcelona leading artists, creative technologists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, thinkers, scientists, entrepreneurs, makers and hackers.” (Sónar+D)
This event is the opportunity to see what’s next in cutting edge culture and tech and hear from experts in these fields as past participants have included Björk, Brian Eno, Gene Kogan, Zach Lieberman, Skrillex, Google Artists and Machine Intelligence, United Nations VR and the creators of Monument Valley. Find out more via Sónar+D.
Barcelona, Spain. 17 – 20 July 2019
Code Art Fair
Code Art Fair not only showcases the best in Contemporary Scandinavian artwork but also the best Contemporary art from around the world. An ambitious art fair with the mission to define and shape the art scene of tomorrow the fair is a platform for emerging galleries alongside established ones. The fair aims to present thought provoking and progressive art through exhibiting galleries selected by the Code curatorial team.
Copenhagen, Denmark. 29 August – 1 September
CHART Art Fair
Alongside Code Art Fair, CHART Art Fair will also be running over the last weekend of August in Copenhagen. Established in 2013, CHART ‘is an influential non-profit organisation committed to strengthening the role of the Nordic region within the international art, design and cultural scene.’ (CHART
) The 2019 schedule is yet to be announced, but Fine Line Art is looking forward to attending at the end of the summer.
Copenhagen, Denmark. 30 August – 1 September