Your monthly cultural crib sheet compiled by Citizen Femme.
Designed for cosmopolitan globetrotters – based anywhere from London to New York – we’ve rounded up the best exhibitions to see, the films to watch, and the events to catch in your chosen city this month.
Multiple Realities, Cisterene, Copenhagen, Denmark
Multiple Realities is a wowing exhibition created by Japanese-born artist, Chiharu Shiota. In the dark chambers of Cisternerne, immerse yourself in a dreamlike space where art is illuminated amongst colonnades, mirrors, and maze-like walkways. Shiota is known for her large-scale, web-like thread installations – building on this model, Cisternerne has afforded the artist to work with water. The result: an uncanny exhibition.
TOAST Renewal Workshop Space, Somerset House, London, UK
This summer, Somerset House presents Eternally Yours, a free exhibition exploring ideas around care, repair, and healing. Showcasing diverse examples of creative reuse, Eternally Yours ‘explores the unexpectedly hopeful and healing stories that repair reveals’. In conjunction with the exhibition, a series of events exploring the concept of repair will be led by lifestyle brand TOAST. We’re bookmarking one with textile repairer and artist Molly Martin, whose workshop will discover the art of visible mending, showing you how to repair and restore your beloved homeware textiles. Tickets cost £15 and all ticket sales will be donated to the Somerset House Young Talent Fund.
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
The 2022 edition of the Whitney Biennial, the longest-running survey of American art, has been in the works since 2019. The eightieth edition of the landmark exhibition, titled Quiet as It’s Kept, features the work of 63 artists and collectives, including Ellen Gallagher, Alejandro Morales, Sable Elyse Smith, Emily Barker, Coco Fusco, and Charles Ray, amongst others. Broken up into two experiences on the fifth and sixth floors of the Meatpacking District building, the exhibit reflects the challenges, complexities, and possibilities of the American experience today, presented by an intergenerational and interdisciplinary group of artists.
Love Brings Love, Palais Galliera, Paris, France
Love Brings Love celebrates the cherished fashion designer Alber Elbaz. Following the designer’s passing last year, AZ Factory, the fashion start-up he had recently founded, imagined and organised a show (held on on 5 October 2021) in his honour. In all, 46 participating fashion houses and designers came together to create looks inspired by the man and his prolific legacy. Now, Palais Galliera are recreating the collaborative show in an unprecedented exhibition format, reproducing the order on the runway, the effects, music, and lights which made the evening such an unforgettable moment of fashion history.
Christies’ London Now Festival, London, UK
Christie’s London Now presents ‘an innovative summer season of exhibitions, events, and auctions celebrating the capital’s unique identity and vibrant diversity’. Hosted at Christie’s headquarters in St. James’, The Art of Literature, a dedicated series of events exploring the relationship between art and literature, will headline the festival. Curated by Christie’s next generation of specialists, the exhibitions will ‘seek to forge new narratives and provoke discussion about the links between the literary and the visual arts.’ Festival highlights include: Christie’s Lates: The Art of Literature on 8 June at 6PM, and John le Carré: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold on 11 June 2022 at 10.30AM.
Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, UK
One of the worlds’ leading art and literature festivals, Hay Festival brings speakers, readers, and writers together to share stories and ideas in both live and online events. Founded in 1987, this year’s programme includes talks from author and How to Fail podcaster, Elizabeth Day, actor Benedict Cumberbatch, and influencer and writer Candice Brathwaite, amongst other speakers. ‘A global conversation, sharing the latest thinking in the arts and sciences with curious audiences’, Hay runs until 5 June 2022.