5 Events to Attend During Frieze Week

By Kate Perutz

We recommend 5 of the best events you can attend during Frieze week.

Toby Ziegler and Darian Leader in Conversation

The Freud Museum

Tues 3 October 6.30-7.30pm

Toby Ziegler, The Genesis Speech. Installation view at The Freud Museum, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery, London.

Toby Ziegler’s current exhibition The Genesis Speech at the Freud Museum will be unpacked by the artist in a conversation with psychoanalyst and author Darian Leader. Ziegler’s exhibition presents sculptural and digital interventions in the Freud Museum which centre on the hand as motif, with particular concern for our future relationship with digitalisation. The relationships between artist, author and venue should lead to fascinating avenues of thought opening up during the conversation. Booking is not required and entrance is free with admission.

Read more: freud.org.uk

Richard Flood Notes from the Playground Book Launch

Frieze Reading Room

Fri 6 October, 3.30-4.30pm

Paul Thek, 2 Birds, 1975. Oil on newspaper sheet, 57.8 x 85.1 cm. Reproduced on the cover of Notes from the Playground. Courtesy Thomas Dane Gallery.

Thomas Dane Gallery and Ridinghouse host a book launch to mark the release of Richard Flood’s Notes from the Playground. The book is a carefully selected anthology of thirty essays by Flood from the past forty years, many of which draw on Flood’s interactions with artists including Paul Thek, Michael Landy and Robert Gober. Richard Flood is currently Director of Special Projects and Curator at Large at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. The event will include a short reading followed by a book signing by the author. This event does not require tickets. 

Read more: frieze.com

GUESTS, GHOSTS, HOSTS: Manthia Diawara, Alexander Kluge, Sarah Morris and Richard Sennett

Serpentine Galleries

Fri 6 October, 7-10pm

Manthia Diawara, An Opera of the World, 2017. Courtesy Serpentine Galleries.

On the eve of this year’s 2017 Marathon, the Serpentine Galleries will host a prelude to the event. The evening will include two discussions, one featuring filmmaker and theorist Manthia Diawara and artist Sarah Morris conversing about their recent films, and the other between filmmaker and author Alexander Kluge and professor and author Richard Sennett, which will be moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Two films will also be shown - Diawara’s An Opera of the World, 2017, and Morris’s Finite and Infinite Games, 2017. Tickets are required.

 Read more: serpentinegalleries.org

John Bellany Archivist Tour, FXF17

Fortnum & Mason

Fri 6 October, 11am 

FXF17 installation image. Credit Ian Gavan-Getty.

Art collector Frank Cohen and Fortnum & Mason have coordinated to create an exhibition of Scottish artist John Bellany’s work within the walls of Fortnum’s iconic Piccadilly store. To coincide with the exhibition Fortnum’s in-house historian and archivist, Dr. Andrea Tanner, leads a tour of the exhibition which will focus on the stories behind the works on display. Given Bellamy’s turbulent life, this is sure to be a revealing event. Ticket price includes tea after the tour

Read more: fortnumandmason.com

What We Left Behind

Part of Open Lab Showcase (Day Two)

Rich Mix

Fri 6 October, multiple performances

What We Left Behind is an immersive experience exploring the gruelling conditions at Mount Everest’s highest point where climbers can succumb to oxygen deprivation, snow blindness and delirium. The climate of this so-called ‘Death Zone’ is explored using soundscape, projection and physical theatre to distort the balance of the senses. This performance is part of Open Lab Showcase, the culmination of emerging artists’ developmental residencies in the Barbican Pit Theatre. It’s worth noting that the event requires a ticket and is described as ‘physically challenging’ - visitors should dress accordingly.

Read more: barbican.org.uk

Kate Perutz is Head of Operations for Artworks London.

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