10 Must-See Gallery Shows in London During Frieze Week

It's the best time of the year for gallery shows in London.

CY TWOMBLY Bacchus, 2006 - 08

Alighiero Boetti Autoritratto (Alfabeto muto), (1971)
Photo: courtesy Luxembourg & Dayan

As Frieze London and Frieze Masters approach and excitement builds, galleries in London are announcing their autumn shows. But with so much to see, it’s good to be prepared. We have compiled a list of the top shows you should visit during Frieze week that have been announced so far.

1.  “Alighiero Boetti: A Private Collection” at Luxembourg & Dayan

We have been hearing and seeing a lot about Alighiero Boetti recently but this exhibition is quite unique, as it comprises a sole collection and will be sold as such.

The exhibition will include some of the artist’s most acclaimed works including Lampada Annuale (1967), Autoritratto (alfabeto muto) (1971),  and Mappa (Per Nuova Desideri) 1983-4.

The collection of over sixty works by the founder of Arte Povera was collected over 40 years and spans 1965-1990. The exhibition is a chance to view this unique collection as a whole.

 “Alighiero Boetti: A Private Collection” will be on view at Luxembourg & Dayan from October 13 – December 12


Gianni Colombo Project for Roto-optic (1964)
Photo: courtesy Robilant & Voena

2. Gianni Colombo “The Body and The Space” at Robilant & Voena

Robilant & Voena’s Mayfair gallery will be showing “The Body and the Space” which is Gianni Colombo’s first solo show in the UK, and will focus on the artist’s work during the 1960s and 70s.

Made up of 30 works the exhibition, curated by Francesca Pola and Marco Scotini, will not only include his kinetic, interactive paintings but also Colombo’s only video art work, realized in 1970 in collaboration with the Italian conceptual artist Vincenzo Agnetti, Vobulazione e bieloquenza neg.

Gianni Colombo, “The Body and The Space” will be on view at Robilant & Voena from October 2 – November 20

Timothy Taylor

Josephine Meckseper
Photo: courtesy Timothy Taylor Gallery

 3. Josephine Meckseper at Timothy Taylor Gallery

Josephine Meckseper opens her second solo show with Timothy Taylor during Frieze Week.

We can expect to see her expand on her practice, using mediumsas various as abstract sculpture and wall vitrines. Meckseper combines these elements and explores art history, activism, advertising, and cinema.

“Josephine Meckseper” will be on view at Timothy Taylor Gallery from October 12 – November 14


Candida Höfer
Photo: courtesy Ben Brown Fine Art

4. Candida Höfer “Memory (2015)” at Ben Brown Fine Arts

Candida Höfer, who was awarded the Cologne Art Prize earlier this month, focuses on deserted interiors, rooms, and zoological gardens in her large-scale photography.

The works that will be shown at Ben Brown Fine Arts are of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. “Memory” (2015), is a series of imposing photographs depicting the majesty of the Hermitage. These photographs are both eerie and awe-inspiring as the extravagant halls and ballrooms of the Hermitage are laid bare in stunning detail.

Candida Höfer, “Memory” will be on view at Ben Brown Fine Arts from October 13 – November 27


Wilfredo Arcay ETNAIRAV (1959)
Photo: courtesy Mayor Gallery

5. Wilfredo Arcay “Cuban Structures” at Mayor Gallery 

Mayor Gallery will be showing Wilfredo Arcay’s “Cuban Structures,” an exhibition exploring the structured reliefs and paintings of the Cuban Cubist.

Arcay initially began working with Cubist paintings but, in 1956, he left painting behind to pursue working in colored wood reliefs to much critical acclaim. This exhibition will be Arcay’s first since 1986 and the first ever solo show of his work in London. 

Wilfredo Arcay,”Cuban Structures” will be on view at Mayor Gallery from October 13 – November 20

Frank Stella

Frank Stella, Die Marquise von O (1999)

6. Frank Stella at Bernard Jacobson

Coinciding with Frank Stella’s exhibition opening at the Whitney Museum of Fine Art, this show in London will include works from the 1990s and 2000s.

The eponymous exhibition will include the 15 meter painting Die Marquise von O (1999) alongside other works which draw inspiration from the German writer, poet, and playwright Heinrich von Kleist.

“Frank Stella” will be on view at Bernard Jacobson from September 17 – November 21  

Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander from Fieldwork (2015)
Photo: courtesy Lisson Gallery

7. Ryan Gander and Boomberg & Chanarin at Lisson

This hotly anticipated double bill at West London’s Lisson Gallery opened this week but will still be on during Frieze week for those who haven’t yet made it down.

Ryan Gander is showing a series of interlinked works under the title “Fieldwork” including sculpture, photography, and installation in what the gallery describes as an “individuated encyclopedia.”

Meanwhile, Broomberg & Chanarin will be showing “Rudiments” in their first solo show at Lisson which will include photographic works based around a film of the same name.

“Fieldwork” and “Rudiments” will be on view from September 25 – October 25

CY TWOMBLY Bacchus, 2006 - 08

Cy Twombly Bacchus (2006 – 08)
Photo: courtesy Cy Twombly Foundation Collection © Cy Twombly Foundation

8. Cy Twombly at Gagosian

Two Gagosian locations are showing two exhibitions during Frieze week, one of photography and another which will include an unseen Bacchus paintings.

The exhibition of paintings will mark the opening of the third branch of Gagosian in London, just a walking distance from their Davies Street Gallery, which will be simultaneously showing “Cy Twombly Photographs.”

“Cy Twombly” and “Cy Twombly Photographs” will be on view from October 10 – December 12 at their Grosvenor Hill and Davies Street Galleries, respectively .

Installation Shot <br> Photo: courtesy Pace Gallery

Installation Shot of “From Point, From Line, From Wind”  
Photo: courtesy Pace Gallery

9. Lee Ufan “From Point, From Line, From Wind” at Pace Gallery

Pace Gallery will be showing paintings by the Korean master Lee Ufan. Having enjoyed a much higher profile in Europe after exhibiting at the Palace of Versailles, Ufan’s conceptual simplicity is also gaining popularity.

The exhibition at Pace focuses on works produced in the 1970s and 80s as Ufan perfected his boundary-pushing take on Abstraction.

“From Point, From Line, From Wind” is on view at Pace Gallery from September 15 – October 31


Anj Smith Mathematisation and the Lifeworld (2015)
Photo: courtesy of Hauser & Wirth

10. Anj Smith “Phosphor on the Palms” at Hauser & Wirth 

Anj Smith’s paintings will be on view at Hauser & Wirth for the artist’s first solo show in London since 2011.

Smith explores blurred boundaries in visual references and meaning combing portraits, vegetation, and insects, to name but a few.

Anj Smith, “Phosphor on the Palms” will be on view at Hauser & Wirth from September 22 – November 12

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