UPCOMING MUST-ATTEND GLOBAL GOINGS-ON IN THE WORLDS OF ARCHITECTURE, ART, DESIGN, FASHION, AND BEYOND.
Festival del Film Locarno
Founded in 1946, the international Festival del Film Locarno draws thousands to the Swiss town, which, for the festival, turns its Renaissance-era town square, Piazza Grande, into a massive open air cinema. This year’s attendees can anticipate a tribute to American director Roger Corman, a Hollywood legend famous for turning the B-movie into an art form in its own right.
Seattle Art Fair
Only in its second year, the Seattle Art Fair will have something for everyone, now that newly appointed artistic director Laura Fried—profiled in our Art column on page 94—has rounded it out with dynamic, cross-disciplinary programming. Besides a range of artwork presented by 82 galleries, the roster includes a number of performances and special projects by artists including Glenn Kaino, Adam McEwen, Roxy Paine, Brendan Fowler, and choreographer Luciana Achugar, whose collaboration with Seattle’s Velocity Dance Center will culminate in a one-time “durational public performance” on Aug. 5.
India International Jewellery Show
A global institution in the gem and jewelry markets, as well as the industry’s largest fair in India, the annual show hosts more than 1,200 exhibitors and expects visitors from over 80 countries. This year’s edition includes the debut of a product gallery, the “Hall of Innovation,” which will highlight the work of rising talent, female entrepreneurs, and start-ups.
Billing itself as the area’s first and only art fair dedicated to contemporary art, Art Aspen has given collectors a reason to visit the skiing destination in summer. Housed in a 16,000-square-foot arena at the Aspen Ice Garden—a functional ice rink for the rest of the year—the fair will bring together an estimated 25,000 visitors and around two dozen dealers showcasing art from 1950 and later.
Aug. 7-Dec. 4
“Alternative Dreams: 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Culled from the collection of the late Bay Area art dealer Jung Ying Tsao, the exhibition “Alternative Dreams: 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection” includes 130 paintings dating to the late Ming and early Qing dynasties. Many works—created by scholars, government officials, and Buddhist monks—double as elegantly rendered historical records.
Design Weekend São Paulo
Inspired by counterparts in Milan and London, Design Weekend São Paulo has made the city the center of design in South America. The fifth edition expects more than 400 designers, journalists, entrepreneurs, and other guests, who will divide their time between trade shows, seminars, and parties around the Alameda Gabriel design district.
Copenhagen Fashion Week
In an otherwise sleepy month for the fashion industry, Copenhagen Fashion Week has evolved into a major sartorial event, resulting in long-overdue attention for brands based in the Nordic region. Houses including Ganni, Henrik Vibskov, and By Malene Birger will make their return, while labels like House of Dagmar and Uniforms for the Dedicated will show for the first time.
Aug. 11-Sept. 17
Singapore International Festival of Arts
Under the direction of Fulbright scholar Ong Keng Sen, the festival offers a multifaceted art and performance experience spanning nine venues over six weeks. This year’s theme is “Potentialities,” a motif the director refers to as “an optimism that looks to the future rather than at the grimness of the present.”
Grand Place of Brussels Flower Carpet
Continuing a biennial tradition that began in 1971, Brussels’s Grand Place will be transformed as dozens of volunteers arrange over 600,000 begonias to create a floral tapestry known as the Flower Carpet. The aromatic showcase will be celebrated with nightly concerts accompanying sound-and-light shows.
Hublot Polo Gold Cup
Polo players and fans from countries across the globe will come together for the annual summer tournament in Gstaad, this time with China representing Team Hublot. The Cup expects more than 6,000 spectators who, in addition to the games, can look forward to the Polo Players’ Parade on Friday afternoon.
In the spirit of summer, Grey Goose is hosting roving pop-up experiences at more than two dozen locations worldwide, featuring its signature vodka and elderflower-based libation, Le Grand Fizz. At each location, visitors will approach what appears to be the storefront of a charming Parisian-style bakery called Boulangerie Bleue. A bit farther back, the bakery gives way to a beach club evoking the South of France. To truly embody the region, music sets a breezy mood and French dishes are served alongside the brand’s signature cocktails. Boulangerie Bleue will also feature La Camionette, an intimate martini bar disguised as a delivery van, and La Chariot, a French sorbet cart repurposed as a top shelf minibar. By design, these pop ups coincide with famed summertime happenings. Having debuted at Cannes this summer, this journey includes stops at the U.S. Open and in the Hamptons. Grey Goose will end the summer tour in September with stops on the fall Fashion Week circuit, joining the festivities in both Milan and Madrid.
Follow Boulangerie Bleue pop-ups this summer in key cities around
Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Munich, Calgary, Alberta, and Vancouver.
Venice, Madrid, the Hamptons,
New York City, and Milan.
To learn more about Boulangerie Bleue and its travels, visit greygoose.com
KentPresents: A Festival of Ideas
Organized by the the Kent School, the festival encourages the exchange of knowledge between more than 80 luminaries, whose expertise ranges from engineering to politics to art. Among this year’s speakers are Dr. Charles Elachi of NASA; Danielle Gray, a lawyer who served the Obama administration for five years; and Sarah Lewis, a Harvard professor and art historian.
In its fourth year, the furniture and lifestyle trade show brings together the best in Scandinavian design. Separate sections designated for furniture and interiors showcase an array of offerings from more than 100 regional brands representing established designers, newcomers, and everyone in between.
Pebble Beach, California
Every August, Pebble Beach is the place to be for vintage and luxury car enthusiasts. This year marks the 66th edition of the highly-anticipated showcase, which celebrates the past, present, and future of automobiles. Categories spanning various classes of antique models, specific brands, and concept cars will be judged for originality and authenticity as well as design, styling, and elegance.
Aug. 26-28Art-O-RamaMarseille, France Since its inception in 2007, Art-O-Rama has gained a big reputation for keeping things small, offering intimate spaces to 21 contemporary art galleries, as well as seven art edition publishers. The fair emphasizes a creative curatorial approach to the presentation of booths: An interesting proposal is a prerequisite for inclusion—themore avant-garde, the better.art-o-rama.fr
For its 20th anniversary, Art Copenhagen has split into two smaller fairs, which will play out under the same roof at Scandinavia’s second-largest exhibition and conference venue, Bella Center. One, titled Selected, caters to more experienced collectors with an interest in contemporary art. The other, Code, is organized according to the maxim that “good art should be accessible to everyone.”
Long Night of Museums
Berlin does at least two things well: art and nightlife. The city’s annual Long Night of Museums is a chance for the worlds to mingle, with upwards of 100 museums of all sizes and specialities open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Kicking off this year on Aug. 29, the U.S. Open is a calendar event for tennis fans. It’s also an annual destination for Manhattan’s fashion elite—and as the tournament coincides with New York Fashion Week (Sept. 8-15), VIPs will be traveling from the runway to tennis stands in style. Many will opt for sleek, on-demand helicopters powered by Blade. Through its relationship with Grey Goose, Blade-arranged flights will ferry clients, libations in hand, between select locations in downtown Manhattan and the Hamptons to helipads in Queens. Upon arrival, guests can cool off with a crisp Grey Goose vodka cocktail. The drink is mixed with premium raspberry liqueur and lemonade, and topped with a tennis-theme garnish—fresh honeydew melon balls. Developed exclusively for the event, the Grey Goose Honey Deuce is the signature drink of the U.S. Open for the tenth consecutive year. Available onsite as well, the cocktail will be served at the Grey Goose bar in the United States Tennis Association’s Food Village, the brand’s five satellite bars, and other points of interest throughout the tennis center. Select Manhattan locations will also have the Honey Deuce on offer, allowing even more New Yorkers to partake.
The Honey Deuce
- 1 1 ⁄4part Grey Goose vodka
- 1 ⁄ 2 part Premium raspberry liqueur
- Fresh squeezed lemonade
- 3 Frozen honeydew melon balls
Fill a chilled highball glass with ice and add Grey Goose vodka. Top with lemonade to just below the rim, then add premium raspberry
liqueur. Garnish with honeydew melon balls.
To learn more about Boulangerie Bleue and its travels, visit greygoose.com
New Holland Island Reopens to the Public
St. Petersburg, Russia
Located on a triangular strip of land on the Moyka River, which runs through St. Petersburg, the man-made island of New Holland has attracted curiosity since Peter the Great oversaw its creation in 1719. Years of neglect and a devastating fire in 2004 reduced the historic structures to ruins, but the past decade has seen major restoration efforts that will culminate in August with a grand reopening.
Eighth International Alvar Aalto Design Seminar
Inspired by the Finnish architect and designer from which it takes its name, this year’s seminar will take cues from the theme “Maximal | Minimal,” an idea geared towards highlighting designers’ processes and related effects on marketability and sustainability. The 12 speakers include Milano Design Award 2016 winner Hans Lensvelt and the young British designer Max Lamb.
Aug. 28-Sept. 5Burning Man Describing itself as a festival “dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance,” Burning Man lets participants construct a temporary metropolis, dubbed Black Rock City, in any way they see fit. Creativity abounds with art installations (this year’s theme is the Italian Renaissance, summed up as “Da Vinci’s Workshop”), performances, mutant vehicles, and other projects that coalesce to form a community that, together, builds its wildest dreams.burningman.org
Through Aug. 28
House Vision 2016 Tokyo Exhibition
Koto District, Tokyo
Three years after staging its first edition, Japanese designer Kenya Hara has resurrected the residential architecture showcase he dubbed “House Vision Exhibition.” The exhibition investigates the future of the “house,” and the ever-evolving relationship between host and guest. Airbnb, the project’s first Western partner, will also spearhead a project with Tokyo-based architect Go Hasegawa.
Sarah Arison, President, Arison Arts Foundation
“To say that I’m excited for this summer is a mild understatement. After months of planning, I’m about to take off for Venice, Italy, where I’ll have my wedding. My fiancé proposed last year in Venice during the Biennale, so we returned. It’s happening at the JW Marriott, which opened last year on its own island off of Piazza San Marco. We’re encouraging our guests to check out the Architecture Biennale while they’re there. After that, my husband and I will take a train to Milan to visit the Fondazione Prada, which currently has a Theaster Gates show, and then continue on to the Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como for a few days, where we’ll have lunch at Locanda dell’Isola Comacina. Then we head to Provence for a month, where we’ll make sure to have lunch at my favorite restaurant, La Colombe D’Or. Nearby is the Maeght Foundation, which has a Jean Claude and Christo installation, and the Matisse Chapel. I also can’t wait to see James Turrell at the Venet Foundation in Le Muy. Then it’s off to London to see the Alex Katz show at the Serpentine Galleries, and the Serpentine Pavilion by Bjarke Ingels. Over Labor Day in Paris, we will catch the premiere of the American Ballet Theatre’s production of Alexei Ratmansky’s Sleeping Beauty, which will mark the company’s first appearance at the Paris Opera in 25 years.”
LOOKING AHEAD: SEPTEMBER
The Architectural League of New York’s Beaux Arts Ball
The party of the year for New York’s architecture crowd, the League’s annual benefit gala is back. Guests will enjoy special installations, music, drinks, and light fare.
London Design Biennale 2016
The first-ever London Design Biennale will unfold this month at the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Court and River Terrace at Somerset House. More than 30 countries from six continents are set to participate.
Sept. 16-Sept. 18
NY Art Book Fair
MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens
Back at MoMA PS1, the 11th edition of the NY Art Book Fair comes around this fall with its showcase of artists’ books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals, and zines.
Sept. 17-Oct. 9
Photo Docks Art Fair
Held at the ultra-modern DNV GL Headquarters—designed by our May 2016 cover star and leading architectural mind Odile Decq—the Photo Docks Art Fair focuses on contemporary photography and video art.
Start Art Fair
More than 60 galleries from 35 global cities, from Tbilisi to Los Angeles, will exhibit at this year’s Start Art Fair, which is hosted by Saatchi Gallery and organized to highlight “emerging artists and new art scenes.”
Sept. 14-April 18
Barbican Centre x Bocci at London Design Festival 2016
Vancouver and Berlin-based design and manufacturing firm Bocci has been commissioned by Barbican Centre to design an expansive sculptural lighting installation, timed to debut at London Design Festival.