Frieze and Tomorrow

It is Frieze week in London which means that the whole contemporary art world goes into overdrive and all the modern and contemporary art galleries hold events and exhibitions around what has become one of the world’s biggest and most successful art fairs, Frieze.

Last night I went to the opening of Frieze Masters, a more sedate and less showy affair than Frieze itself but with stunning works of art ranging from Antiquities to Breugel to Basquiat.  I moved on to a private view of Tomorrow, an exhibition by Danish and Norweigian artists Elmgreen and Dragset held at the V&A.  This duo were responsible for a wonderful golden boy rocking horse on the ‘fourth plinth’ in Trafalgar Square and they have established a name internationally for their witty, innovative work.

The V&A commissioned Elmgreen and Dragset to create a major site specific installation covering five rooms.  The artists have transformed the gallery into a South Kensington apartment belonging to an elderly, failed architect: the ficticious Norman Swann.  We, the viewers/guests, are welcomed to the apartment by elegantly clad butlers, and are invited to snoop around the drawing room, bedroom, study etc and examine the books, paintings, photos, pillboxes by the bedside, clothes and private papers of the occupant conjuring up a distinct image of his personality.  All I can say is, these Nordic boys must have had immense fun working on this project- I thoroughly enjoyed meandering through the rooms and musing on Norman Swann’s life.  The exhibition runs to the beginning of January and is well worth a visit.

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