Challenging, eye-opening, horizon widening and all within a taxi ride from the nearest Conrad address. These are the contemporary art shows not to be missed this season.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Above: Dog Hood, 2011, by Yoshitomo Nara. Exhibited by Blum & Poe at Art Basel, Miami, 2014.

Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, Florida, USA.

When: 3—6 Dec, 2015.

Who: More than 200 of the world’s leading modern and contemporary art galleries.

Why: A great opportunity to seek out upcoming artists together with museum-caliber masterpieces. The balmy south beach sunshine is a bonus too.

Frieze London


Above: The Documentary Geocentric Puncture by GUAN Xiao, 2012. To be exhibited at Frieze London, 2015.

Where: Regent’s Park, London.

When: 14—17 October, 2015.

Who: 160 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries, from almost 30 countries.

Why: If you haven’t been to Frieze before, say nothing. It’s our secret. Just get yourself there this October to immerse yourself in the most important contemporary art fair on the international calendar.

William Kentridge, Seoul


Where: MOMA, 30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul.

When: 1 December—27 March 2015.

Who: Major South African artist William Kentridge.

Why: This is the first solo exhibition of the artist in Korea, and brings together several significant groups of drawings and paintings with animations and more recent Indian ink drawings on book pages. A fascinating cultural event.

Frank Gehry, Tokyo

Where: 21_21 Design Sight Gallery, 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo.

When: 16 October 2015—7 February 2016.

Who: Frank Gehry, one of the most preeminent architects in America.

Why: Gehry’s iconic works include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Fondation Louis Vuitton, which opened last year. This exhibition ties together the ideas, process and unchanging conviction of the architect. A compelling retrospective.


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