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Curated by Hayward director Ralph Rugoff, this expansive exhibition brings together 31 contemporary artists who exploit paint as their primary medium. Little else, it turns out, unites their practice.

You’ll come across paintings with cats, dogs, shoes, spitfires, ghosts, invented scenes, historical scenes, swimmers, smokers, and a whole lot more. Paintings made from oil paint and others made with shampoo. Paintings that make you laugh, squeal, squirm and cry.

Mixing It Up is a timely celebration of the material possibilities of paint. After months of scrolling saturated, swipe-able images, it’s fantastic to see paint’s drips, mists and daubs showcased to such dazzling effect. There is a lot here to digest in a single viewing. But persevere and you’ll be handsomely rewarded.

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09 September 2021 — 12 December 2021

Viewing Humble Works, Colnaghi London

Marina mania has struck. Although the long-anticipated Marina Abramović retrospective at the Royal Academy has been postponed (again), September sees the opening of two exciting Marina shows.

The first can be found at London’s Lisson Gallery. Seven Deaths, which takes over Lisson’s Cork Street and Lisson Street spaces, features a new, immersive cinematic experience centred on the talented and tragic figure of singer Maria Callas. Colnaghi, meanwhile, stages Humble Works, a group exhibition of new pieces by Abramović, Nico Vascellari and Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich that respond to a series of masterworks spanning from Antiquity to the Modern Era.

New installation, photography and video works will be displayed alongside historic paintings or objects of the artists’ choosing, highlighting the creative synergies among artists across different ages. Among the standout exhibits is Diego Velázquez’s full-length portrait of Mother Jerónima de la Fuente from 1620, rarely seen on public view in the UK.

‘It is our privilege to present these artist’s deeply personal artistic responses to their selected masterpieces in this unique site-specific exhibition,’ says Colnaghi senior global director Chloe Stead. ‘I hope that visitors will find the juxtapositions and dialogues between the works thought-provoking, perhaps provocative, but certainly rewarding.’

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17 September 2021 — 22 November 2021
If you’re lucky enough to be in Berlin this weekend, make sure to scope out the first edition of Gallery Weekend *Discoveries, a new series of exhibitions spotlighting fresh artistic talent organised by the Gallery Weekend Berlin network. Gallery Weekend Berlin has long been a highlight of the international arts calendar, and it seems its little sister is primed to follow suit.

Some 50 galleries across the city are taking part in the new initiative, among them Tanja Wagner, Crone and Sprüth Magers, which presents a solo exhibition of ten new works by the Paris-based artist Hanni Alftan. König Galerie, meanwhile, highlights a trio of artists whose reputations are on the rise, including painter Dennis Osadebe and Californian-based artist Heather Day. At Peres Projects, you’ll find Staying with the Trouble, Harm Gerdes’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Gallery hop complete, head down to the Neue Nationalgalerie to catch its solo Alexander Calder exhibition, featuring his entrancing mobiles, stabiles and standing mobiles. If you’re a fan of avant-garde art, look to Museum Barberini’s brilliant exhibition exploring Impressionism in Russia. Scoot along to Transit for supper before sipping on classic cocktails at Ora. And then to bed. Or not. Berlin’s famously hedonistic clubs have finally reopened. At least for now, the all-night party has resumed. See you on the dance floor.

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16 September 2021 — 18 September 2021