Cultural Events: Fairs and Exhibitions around the World, May Edition

The month of May appears to bloom in other forms than just Nature.  This month is full of interesting fairs and exhibitions around the world.  From New York Art Week, the height of New York’s art and cultural season to The Chelsea Flower Show in London.  Read on and enjoy art and beauty.

Fairs and Exhibitions around the World

New York Events and Fairs

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2017

Image via The New York Times Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2017

From April 2nd to June 1st 2017 This year is the 45th year anniversary of Kips Bay Decorator Show House.  The lucky home to be transformed by celebrated Interior Designers this year is located on 125 East 65th Street.  Since living overseas for the past 5 years, in Brazil and then in Europe, I haven’t been able to cover any of the East Cost Decorator Show Houses, which I did consecutively since the year 2008.  But when in New York City this summer,
I’ll make sure to pay a visit to The Hampton Designer Showhouse, which stays open longer and get inspired by all these incredible designers.  All proceeds of this 45 year old design event benefit Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, which currently reaches over 10,000 young people at nine locations throughout the Bronx.  Today, the club is proudly one of the most prominent and responsive youth development agencies in New York City.

NYC x DESIGN from May 2nd to May 24, 2017

Spanning all disciplines of design, NYCxDESIGN creates a collaborative platform for cultural and commercial opportunities, increasing awareness of and appreciation for design by all audiences.  NYCxDESIGN brings together all the disciplines of design, commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program, including exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios.  The event is a collaboration between New York City Economic Development Corporation, City agencies, the Mayor’s Office, City Council, and a steering committee composed of some of the City’s most renowned design
institutions, retailers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, curators, educators, editors and—of course—designers. Under NYC x DESIGN umbrella there are many other different exhibitions and events throughout New York.  Ror a complete list of them go here.

International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) From May 21 to May 24th 2017.

ICFF is North America’s largest series of design events for interiors with more than 750 exhibitors from around the world showcasing what’s best and what’s next in contemporary design, luxury interiors and high end furniture.

Art New York and Context New York from May 3-7 at Pier 94

The two sisters fairs produced by Art Miami alongside each other will showcase artwork from more than 150 galleries representing nearly 1,200 artists from 50 countries.


Events in London

London Events

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show from May 23rd to May 27th
Showcasing the best on garden design World-renowned garden designers, plant specialists, florists and nurseries come together every year to one of London’s most charming and affluent neighbourhoods to show off cutting-edge garden designs and inspirational floral exhibits.

Affordable Art Fair from May 11 through May 14.

If you are a young collector with a set budget and happen to be in London, Affordable Art Fair is the place to buy art.  The show offers limited edition by household names and younger and emerging artists creations.  Work is priced at a maximum of £5,000.  Definitely one I would go.

Giacometti from May 10th to September 10th 2017.

Tete Modern in London presents the UK’s first major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti for 20 years.  Celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman, Giacometti’s distinctive elongated figures are some of the most instantly recognizable works of modern art.  This exhibition reasserts Giacometti’s place alongside the likes of
Matisse, Picasso and Degas as one of the great painter-sculptors of the
twentieth century.

Berlin Events

Gallery Weekend from April 28th through Sunday 30th 2017

The festival presents exhibitions by emerging and established artists from 47 Berlin galleries.

Christopher le brun painting

Christopher Le Brun, Now Turn The Page. From April 28th through May 26th, 2017

coinciding with Gallery Weekend Berlin there is a solo presentation by acclaimed UK artist, Christopher Le Brun.  The British artist’s paintings are stunning.  Now Turn the Page features new oil paintings, and mixed media works on paper.

Paris Events and Fairs

Roland-Garros French Open of course from May 28 through June 11 2017

European Museum Night on May 20th

La Nuite Europeenne des Musees- Museums stay open late and many other events are planned among the City of Light.

Saint Germain des Pres Jazz Festival from May 11 through May 22 2017

What could be better than Paris, jazz while enjoying a good glass of Riesling.

Happening in Venice

La Biennale “Viva Arte Viva”
The exhibition that happens biannual, hence its name will open to the public
on Saturday May 13th and runs through Sunday November 26th 2017.
Artists will exhibit in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the
Arsenale and in the historic city centre of Venice.

There are many other events from previous posts that are still going on.  For more info go here.

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