As the winter season wraps London in its chilly embrace, the city’s art scene remains vibrantly alive, showcasing exhibitions from some of the most renowned .ART adopters. These exhibitions not only highlight the artists’ physical works but also underscore the importance of their digital presence in today’s interconnected world.
Marina Abramović at the Royal Academy of Arts
Marina Abramović’s retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts (London), open till January 1st, 2024, is a historic event, marking the first time a female artist has been honored in such a manner by the institution. Documenting her performances since the 1970s, the exhibition showcases Abramović’s journey, where she has often risked her well-being to test the extremes of human endurance. Her work transcends the label of performance art, challenging both the artist and the audience with its raw confrontational power. The Marina Abramović Institute (MAI), with its digital presence at www.mai.art, mirrors this ethos by preserving the history of performance art and fostering new explorations in immaterial art forms.
El Anatsui at Tate Modern
El Anatsui’s “Behind the Red Moon” at Tate Modern in London (on display till April 14th, 2024) is a monumental testament to the transformative power of art. His sculptural installations, created from thousands of metal bottle tops, weave together narratives of history, trade, and encounter. The Ghanaian sculptor’s work, officially represented online at www.elanatsui.art, is a dance of color, shape, and texture that invites viewers to reflect on the complex interplay between Africa and Europe, between past and present. Anatsui’s installations are not just visually stunning; they are a dialogue with the material itself, revealing the spiritual and physical properties that challenge our perceptions of traditional sculpture.
Matt Collishaw at Kew Gardens
Matt Collishaw’s exhibition “Petrichor” at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art in Kew Gardens is a fusion of art and nature, running till April 2024. Collishaw, a key figure among the Young British Artists, presents a series of works that explore the intricate dance between the natural world and its artistic depiction. The highlight of the exhibition is “Heterosis,” a dynamic NFT collection that allows for the creation of digital flowers, reflecting the speculative intrigue of the 17th-century tulip mania. This innovative project is featured on www.og.art, a platform that revolutionizes art collection by offering dynamic NFTs that evolve over time. Here, art is not static but a living entity that invites continuous interaction, symbolizing the ever-growing connection between art, technology, and community.