Past meets present in January as the London Art Biennale returns to Chelsea’s Old Town Hall. Will Stokes reports.
With the annual autumn flurry of art fairs behind us, many will undoubtedly be anticipating the cold sweat of withdrawal, frantically looking for something to look forward to in the New Year. Never fear: the London Art Biennale is set to return to the Chelsea Old Town Hall in January 2015, and promises to deliver.
Chelsea was, in fact, London’s artistic hub in the nineteenth century, with painters like D.G. Rossetti, Turner and Whistler among its eminent acquaintances. No better place, then, for cognoscenti and layman alike to gather in the name of contemporary art from all over the world. Focusing on painting, works on paper, sculpture, applied and digital art, the 2015 Biennale promises a visual feast for collectors and enthusiasts, in the warm, mahogany-panelled surroundings of John Brydon’s elegant municipal building, designed in 1885.
Attracting thousands of visitors, 2013’s London Art Biennale enjoyed widespread critical acclaim. The event saw 140 artists from 40 countries representing a plethora of contemporary art movements, and culminated in a charity auction conducted by Nicholas Bonham, of the prestigious Bonham auction house, offering work by the likes of Andy Warhol and designer Giorgio Armani.
The 2015 London Biennale will present a similarly eclectic selection of artists from around the world, including José Van Roy Dalì (son of Salvador); seven year-old Australian ‘child prodigy’ Aelita Andre (commonly cited as the world’s youngest professional artist); Italian sculptor Luciano Iannucci and abstract painter Daniela Grifoni.
THE LONDON ART BIENNALE WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 20-25 JANUARY 2015.