This week in London: Dalí, Duchamp and (of course) Frieze!

October is here and London is, once more, getting ready to welcome the thousands art-loving visitors of the Frieze Annual Fair which opens doors next Thursday (October 5)! The numbers are nothing more then impressive: some 160 of the world’s leading galleries will grace the Regent's Park tents with contemporary art by over 1.000 acclaimed artists. At the same time, the Frieze Masters features more than 130 leading modern and historical galleries with art from the ancient era and Old Masters to the late 20th century! There is something for everybody (plus the Frieze Sculpture with monumental installations throughout the Park) and you cannot really call yourself an art-lover if you miss this!
 
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Antoine Claudet, Two brothers, about 1855. Stereo daguerreotype 6.7 x 5.7 cm. Wilson Centre for Photography © Photo courtesy the owner
 
 
Outside Regent's Park, The National Gallery kicks off the week with “Reflections: Van Eyck & the Pre-Raphaelites”, a brand new exhibition examining the impact of van Eyck’s “Arnolfini Portrait”, one of the gallery’s most popular holdings, to the leading Pre-Raphaelites such as John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rosetti and William Holman Hunt. An intriguing exhibition subject, you have to admit!
 
 
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Tom Wesselmann, Nude with Lamp, 1977-80. Oil on canvas. © The Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York
 
Meanwhile, leading London galleries present new, exciting (and free) shows during the week:
-  New works, most of them large-scale installations by Dan Jones at the Newport Street Gallery (Sweet Liberty exhibition, from October 3 to January 21, 2018).
Leonor Antunes’ hanging sculptures made from materials including metal, leather and rope at the Whitechapel Gallery  (The frisson of the togetherness exhibition from October 3 until April 8, 2017)
-  A two-venue exhibition of Pop Art legend, Tom Wesselmann at Gagosian Gallery (Davies Street building) and Almine Rech Gallery (from October 4 to December 16, 2017)
-  The, always exciting, brotherly duo of Jake and Dinos Chapman expand their preoccupation with Goya’s etchings to commend issues as the power of images in modern culture! (The Disasters of Everyday exhibition, Blain|Southern Gallery, from October 4 to November 11, 2017)
Lisson Gallery celebrates half a century of existence bringing together an impressive roast of its artists at the Store Studios at The Strand: Works by Anish Kapoor, Lee Ufan, Tony Gragg, Ai Weiwei, Lawrence Weiner, Julian Opie and Wael Swawky, to name only a few, will provide you a crash-course of the art of the past 50 years. (Everything at once exhibition, from October 5 to December 10, 2017)
 
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© Wael Shawky. From Everything at once exhibition.
 
The week is expected to close triumphantly with the opening of the long-awaited show Dalí / Duchamp at the Royal Academy of Arts!
Did you know that the Surrealism’s royalty Salvador Dalí and the inventive father of conceptual art, Marcel Duchamp were close friends? The exhibition sheds light to this friendship and the ways that they influenced each other through 80 works by the artists plus photographs, documents and correspondence!
 
 
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Marcel Duchamp, The King and Queen Surrounded by Swift Nudes (verso with Paradise: Adam and Eve), 1912. Oil on canvas, 126.4 x 140.3 cm. Philadelphia Museum of Art © Succession Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2017.
 
 
For more exhibition openings check this week's agenda (below) or visit our London city-page! Have fun!
 

 
THIS WEEK'S AGENDA
 
October 2
The National Gallery - Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites  / Until April 2, 2018
October 3
Victoria Miro Gallery II - Idris Khan: Absorbing Light / Until December 20, 2017
Newport Street Gallery - Dan Coles: Sweet Liberty
Whitechapel Gallery - Leonor Antunes: the frisson of the togetherness / Until April 8, 2017 (mail 9 Aug)
Gagosian Gallery Brittania Street - Douglas Gordon, I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person/ Until October 7
October 4
Gagosian Gallery Grosvenor Hill - Brice Marden / Until December 16, 2017
Gagosian Gallery Davies Street - Tom Wesselmann: Bedroom Paintings / Until December 16, 2017
Almine Rech Gallery - Tom Wesselmann / Until December 13, 2017
Alan Cristea Gallery - Michael Craig-Martin: Quotidian / Until November 17, 2017
Blain Southern Gallery - Alex Dordoy: The Moss is Dreaming /  Until November 11, 2017
Blain Southern Gallery - Jake & Dinos Chapman: the Disasters of Everyday Life  /  Until November 11, 2017
David Zwirner Gallery - Sherrie Levine: Pie Town /  Until November 18, 2017
October 5
Lisson Gallery - Everything at once / Until December 10, 2017
October 6
House of Illustration - John Yeoman and Quentin Blake: 50 Years of Children's Books / Until March 4, 2018
October 7
Royal Academy of Arts - Dalí / Duchamp / Until January 3, 2018
 

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