The european cultural agenda is full of very interesting events and exhibitions during the summer that flood the streets, taking advantage of the warm temperatures, to share the most interesting works on the international scene. This week we have selected some of the main events that are taking place now and that are an example of inspiration and creativity to bear in mind that we completely recommend.
Because summer is not just sun and sand.
Place: Kensington Garden, Hyde Park, London (England).
Dates: From June 25th to October 18th.
Each year, the Serpentine Gallery selects internationally renowned architects to create a temporal pavilion in the Gallery Gardens, a work that automatically becomes an international benchmark. This year, Spanish architects Selgascano, headed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano, designed the 15th Serpentine Pavilion, being the first Spanish architecture studio to be asked to design the temporary Pavilion.
In addition, this year the Serpentine Gallery is also carrying out a very interesting contest “Build your own pavillion – Young architects challenge”, aimed at fostering creativity among young students.
Place: Avignon (France).
Dates: July 4th – 25th.
Avignon Festival has become one of the most important contemporary performing arts event in the world, transforming its architectural heritage into various performance venues that welcome tens of thousands of theater-lovers. Its legendary space is the “Cour d’honneur” (main courtyard) of the Popes’ Palace.
There are more than thirty different shows performed during the Festival, and also readings, exhibitions, films and debates, all of which are gateways into the invited artists’ own world. Every evening, during the Festival, there is at least one show première, making Avignon a place of true creation and adventure for the artists as well as for the audience.
New Museum Garden at The National Gallery Museum of Denmark
Place: Copenhagen (Denmark).
The National Gallery of Denmark has acquired a new garden. The old ornate baroque garden has been transformed into a new open landscape, inviting museum visitors and passers-by to meet up and enjoy an art break. The new Museum Garden is also part of a larger ambition to create coherence and connection between the Park Museums: the Hirschsprung; the David Collection; the Natural History Museum of Denmark; the Botanical Gardens; Rosenborg Castle; the Cinemateque and, of course, the National Gallery of Denmark.
Also, if you go to Copenhagen, don´t miss the “World Architecture – Snøhetta” Exhibition at the Danish Architecture Centre, showcasing the work of one of the most important architecure firms in Denmark, with outstanding works such as the Oslo Opera House.
Grec – Barcelona Arts Festival
Place: Barcelona (Spain).
Dates: July 1st – 31st.
The Grec Festival of Barcelona, hosted at the Teatre Grec (Greek Theatre) on Montjuïc Mountain, is the main annual date with theatre, dance, music, circus and other stage arts. Over the years, the Grec has become not only the most outstanding summer cultural attraction in Barcelona, but also a key reference on the European festival calendar.
The Festival pursues a dual mission, supporting local production and producing outstanding works by Catalan artists and companies, and providing a window onto the world, presenting the most interesting international works in Barcelona. Indeed, the festival is today the city’s leading showcase for performances of shows produced abroad.
+ info: http://lameva.barcelona.cat/grec/es/
Paris takes art to the streets.
Paris has always been a dream-like city to visit. But during the summer, it´s even better, as many streets are filled with special exhibitions that make walking through its streets and parks a lovely experience. A photo exhibitions at the gates of the Louxembourg Park, watching the Stravinsky Fountain by artists Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely or going to the Paris Jazz Festival, held from June 6th to July 26th at the Botanical garden, are some extra options to take into acccount if you visit the “City of Love”.
Galway International Arts Festival
Place: Galway (Ireland).
Dates: July 13th – 26th.
A multidisciplinary art festival held since 1978, GIAF has become one of the most famous in the world and a source of current avant-garde works. This year´s Festival features a truly international programme of artists from all over the world, with a spotlight on Irish work and home-grown productions at the heart of this year’s programme, offering the very best of the performing and visual arts for two fantastic weeks.
Patricia Piccinini, one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists, who has received worldwide attention for her startling sculptures and digital environments is the star of one of the most important exhibitions which is being held at the GIAF. Also, many street performances turn the whole city into a massive scenario to be enjoyed by neighbors and visitors alike.