The inside track to November’s creative architecture festivals and art exhibitions
Built To Last
The World Architecture festival returns to the city of Berlin to celebrate its tenth consecutive year. This time the annual event will be fittingly situated in the Arena Berlin – a converted bus depot – on 15-17 November. It has quickly become the largest annual event of its kind, offering plenty for practising architects and visitors with an interest in architecture. Focusing on the theme of ‘performance’, this year’s committee of guest speakers comprises a host of world-class architects, including Alison Brooks, creative director of Alison Brooks Architects, and Kim Cook, the director of Art & Civic Engagement, Burning Man Festival. Aside from discussions and talks, there re exhibitions, opening and closing galas, networking events and much more.
Sound And Fury
This month, the Barbican in London sees the highly anticipated first large-scale solo exhibition of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. During the 1980s, Basquiat was a pioneer of the Down Town New York arts scene. A self-taught artist, poet and DJ, he worked alongside other greats such as Blondie and Andy Warhol before his untimely death at the age of 27 in 1988. ‘Basquait: Boom For Real’ comprises over 100 pieces from museums around the world and features rare film and photography of the young artist in his element.
Language Of Art
The Parkview Museum Singapore is celebrating humanity’s rich and complex history with an exhibition entitled ‘The Artist’s Voice’. The show, which opens on 17 November, comprises the work of 34 artists from various countries spanning several generations. Together, these works demonstrate how art can convey common human experiences, serving as a universally understood language that transcends cultural differences and time.
The Royal Academy, London pays tribute to Jasper Johns with a comprehensive survey of his works, the first in 40 years. Collecting 150 of the American artist’s paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, the show entitled ‘Something Resembling The Truth’ shows how Johns’ own visions and curiosities have evolved over the years, from his preoccupation with abstract patterns in the 1970s to his more minimal conceptual Catenary series created in early 2000.