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Somerset’s strange fruit
Hauser & Wirth is an international art gallery with its heart in the countryside. We visit its premises in Somerset to review a weird and wonderful show that looks at our relationship with the land.
The secret to buying a painting
In the latest episode of our ‘Secret to...’ series, Alexander Gilkes, co-founder of online auction house Paddle8, unveils the alchemy that surrounds the world of collecting art.
This contemporary art exhibition opened in Athens this year, as well as its home town of Kassel in Germany. It features artwork and performances from global artists about boundaries, displacement and the relationship between Greece and Germany.
Time to collect
From design to art, magazines to furniture, we all know the pleasure of collecting. But how do we ensure that passion beats pure investment? This was the question that Robert Bound posed to the speakers at this year’s Quality of Life Conference in Vienna.
Portrait of a Nation
Singapore is not used to letting people do whatever they want and thus it has been stuck with a moribund art scene. But the opening of the new National Gallery aims to change perceptions of the city-state both at home and abroad; Monocle takes a look at a fast-emerging art scene.
Son of a Beach: Miami's art scene
Miami was all washed-up but then a new breed of art galleries and a boatload of art collections sailed in, aided by the fair winds of Art Basel's Miami fair and the lure of the tropics. Monocle's culture editor finds out how this big, bad city turned into a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed art town.
Art is Therapy
Art is about more than just a nice painting – it can be a tool for understanding the many brushstrokes of life. So says philosopher Alain de Botton, who's co-curating a new exhibition in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam called Art is Therapy. Monocle's culture editor Robert Bound met De Botton in the Rijksmuseum to learn more about his artistic treatment.
Punctual? Rigorous? Romantic? What does it mean to be typically German? Rolf Sachs, a half-German, half-French artist and designer with a wry eye and a scarf made from dusters, explores the clichés that form his notion of a nation in a new exhibition at MAKK, Köln's Museum of Applied Arts. Culture editor Robert Bound went along to sort the ‘schadenfreude' from the 'sehnsucht'.
Art in Berlin
Berlin’s vibrant arts scene is getting serious and growing up. Creatives are making real investments in the city to transform its unusual spaces.
13th Venice Architecture Biennale - Part one
British architect David Chipperfield was chosen to be director of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale this year. "Common Ground" was the theme he picked for the showcase. From 29 August to 25 November visitors can observe how architects, photographers, artists, filmmakers and urban planners together responded to sharing their space.
Arles Photography Festival
What Cannes is to film and Venice is to architecture - Arles is to photography. Our Monocle film crew headed down to the South of France for the opening week of Les Rencontres d'Arles - the world's leading photography festival.
THE MONOCLE BRIEFINGS: London Galleries
From cutting edge upstarts to blue-chip stalwarts, London's art galleries are ever innovating with new spaces and new ideas. Monocle visits four that each in their own way show the art scene to be as bold as ever.
54th Venice Biennale
Culture editor Robert Bound reports from the 2011 Venice Biennale, pitching the cream of contemporary art against the most classical backdrop of them all. Away from the parties and gin palaces parked on the Grand Canal, this year's show was an overtly political affair with an engaged Middle Eastern showing and the national pavilions of Old Europe offering their walls up to all comers. The Art Olympics are back in town.
Monocle visits Seoul's Shinsegae department store to talk with artist Jeff Koons about Sacred Heart, his newest addition to the shopping landmark's rooftop sculpture garden.
Art Basel Miami Beach
Over the course of a few sun-soaked December days, Art Basel Miami Beach attracts the art world to south Florida. Monocle's culture editor Robert Bound reports on the state of the art market and looks at what the art fair has meant for its host city.
53rd Venice Art Biennale – Part 2
In our second film from the Venice Art Biennale, Monocle’s culture editor Robert Bound goes off piste to explore the curatorial instincts at François Pinault’s new Punta Della Dogana, the Fondazione Prada’s John Wesley retrospective and Axel Vervoordt’s In-Finitum installation at the Palazzo Fortuny.