The Art Newspaper–previews

Istanbul Biennial

The profile of the 11th Istanbul Biennial fits in with our chastened times. The curatorial collective responsible for the show, What, How & for Whom? (WHW), is a socially and politically aware quartet that is promoting artists largely outside of the established biennial network. Like the Moscow Biennale (see p58), the emphasis is on the peripheries. Read more…

Gustav Metzger

If you’ve spent any time in the London art scene, you’ll no doubt have seen a distinctively small, mysterious man quietly milling through the crowds at many a private view. This man is German-born, 82-year-old Gustav Metzger, and his solo show at the Serpentine this autumn has been a long time coming. Read more…

Xavier Veilhan

As only the second contemporary artist to show works at the grand Château de Versailles outside Paris following the controversial Jeff Koons exhibition of 2008, French artist Xavier Veilhan has a hard act to follow in terms of impact. Read more…

Gwangju Design Biennale

The third edition of the Gwangju Design Biennale is titled “The Clue”, looking at the design aspects of “clothing, eating, living, enlightening and enjoying”. Each of these five areas has its own exhibition, exploring local design traditions within an international context. Read more…

Edinburgh International Festival: The Enlightenments

The official visual arts contribution to this year’s Edinburgh International Festival is a series of works under the umbrella of “The Enlightenments”, brought together by Australian curator Juliana Engberg. Read more…

Jeff Koons: Popeye Series

It was clearly time to have a Jeff Koons show. This major US artist has never had a solo museum show in the UK, and the Serpentine has stepped in with an exhibition dedicated to the artist’s “Popeye Series”, begun in 2002. Read more…

Serpentine Pavilion: SANAA

This year’s Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Japanese architecture duo SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa), is the most open structure so far, a delicate undulating form supported by 99 thin columns. Read more…

Les Rencontres d’Arles

Les Rencontres d’Arles turns 40 this year, and to celebrate the photography festival is hosting a total of 60 exhibitions, under the rubrics “40 Years of Rencontres” and “40 Years of Ruptures”, directed by François Hébel. The exhibitions look to the history of the festival, with shows dedicated to key figures in the development of Les Rencontres. Read more…

Ugo Rondinone: the Night of Lead

Swiss-born, New York-based artist Ugo Rondinone’s only museum show of 2009 is also his solo debut in Spain. Curated by Augustín Pérez Rubio, Musac’s acting director, “The Night of Lead” occupies 2,500 sq. m of the museum’s spaces dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Read more…

Contemporary Art Norwich

The Contemporary Art Norwich biennial in the east of England presents exhibitions and events featuring established and emerging artists, organised by Norfolk & Norwich Festival. OUTPOST gallery is showing three major solo shows of UK artists Lynn Hynd, Jamie Shovlin and Matthew Darbyshire, as well as a number of residencies. Read more…