Artists, connoisseurs, enthusiasts and collectors of the art world all arrive in London from across the globe in October for two of the biggest and most prestigious art fairs in the international scene.
The Frieze London fair celebrates the best contemporary artists around today, with engaging paintings, sculptures and installations created after the year 2000. Frieze Masters by contrast, showcases different kinds of historical art, with ancient, Renaissance and Old Masters works adorning the exhibition spaces.
From the 3rd to the 6th of October both art fairs take place in Regent's Park and as well as the collections, the event includes a series of talks, music performances and award shows, all centred around the intriguing, tasteful and daring artworks that form the core of the Frieze events.
Read on for a handy list of what to keep an eye out for at the 2019 Frieze Art Fairs:
Explore the exhibitions
Obviously, the star attraction at both Frieze London and Frieze Masters is the art itself. A series of expertly curated exhibitions take place over the weekend, held in Regents Park's exhibition areas. The contemporary pieces of Frieze London are a delight to explore, with modern art to provoke and engage, taking a variety of different forms, shapes and sizes. Frieze Masters, as ever, takes its visitors back across the span of art history, yielding spectacular works, many of which having changed the course of art history and human culture since ancient times.
Attend talks from art experts
An important fixture in the Frieze Art Fairs is the talks programme, with each given by experts from the art world. These presentations delve deep into the art that makes up the exhibitions, giving history and context to art movements that form the disciplines we know today. The programme of talks was recently announced, and include talks by such figures as Simone Leigh, Sable Elyse Smith and T.J. Wilcox. A highly anticipated selection of talks focus on the Bauhaus art school, which enjoys its 100 year anniversary this year. The talks will look at this iconic school's architectural-art symbiosis and its impact in shaping the human understanding of what role art plays in everyday life.
Discover the art of music
While Frieze London is mostly about art in its traditional sense, the LIVE platform at Frieze London is a celebration of performance art and time-based works. Choreography, dance and other forms of time-based exhibits all take place in designated spaces, each one with intricately structured routines to offer a glimpse into another different part of the art scene. Performances by such figures as choreographer William Forsythe, visual artist Cecilia Bengolea and multi-media pioneer Shezad Dawood all make up LIVE'S tantalising schedule.
London's compelling art scene regularly hosts such internationally-renowned events as Frieze London and Frieze Masters, and this vibrant reputation makes it a fantastic place to live for culture lovers. For new homes in London, be sure to take a look at our collection of listings in the capital.