As summer draws to a close, cultural programming kicks into high gear and our calendars start to fill with art fairs, design weeks, and biennials taking place around the world.
In France, Maison & Objet (September 7) is the cornerstone of Paris Design Week, the dynamic citywide showcase for the latest trends in interiors. (The fair’s young talent show, Le Off, moves to a temporary art venue and shouldn’t be missed.) Nearby, the 30th edition of the highly esteemed Paris Biennale (September 7) kicks off. The event, which has recently transformed into a yearly happening, showcases 70 exhibitors displaying their wares under the glorious glass-domed roof of the Grand Palais, including the best in Old Masters, antiques, objets, and jewelry. (Highlights this year include a display of some 20 museum-quality Napoleonic pieces from the collector Pierre-Jean Chalençon.)
Other highly anticipated design events this month include the second edition of the Beirut Design Fair (September 21), which includes a vibrant mix of galleries, design studios, and emerging designers—confirming the cultural renaissance of Lebanon’s seaside capital. Aline d’Amman, the Beirut-born, Paris-based architect and interior designer behind the new Crillon Hotel, is an ambassador of the fair. “I’m thrilled to see my hometown buzzing with experiments, new talents, and a joyful way of interpreting traditions through the lens of a new generation,” d’Amman told Galerie.
The ninth edition of the Beirut Art Fair takes place during the same week and gathers roughly 50 contemporary art galleries, including a selection from Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Insider’s tip: Don’t miss the major satellite exhibition, “Cycles of Collapsing Progress,” an hour’s drive away at the International Fairground at Tripoli, the series of remarkable half-finished sculptural buildings designed in the 1960s by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Oscar Niemeyer.
Detroit has also been experiencing a major cultural revival in recent years, and artists, curators, and dealers are laying the groundwork for a dynamic creative scene. In 2015, Detroit was the first American city to be named a UNESCO City of Design. Every September is a dedicated month of design. Highlights this year include an exhibition of historic Michigan and Detroit talents, including Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, George Nelson, and Marcel Breuer at the Shinola flagship store or a private tour of the opulent 1922 Detroit Opera House.
South America is undoubtedly one of the buzziest regions for art and design right now. The 33rd edition of the Bienal de São Paulo (September 7), which opened this week, reveals the region’s experimental, diverse array of talents. In a departure from how the exhibition is traditionally organized, this edition comprises seven individually curated group shows under the helm of Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro.
Held at the Oscar Niemeyer–designed Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, it includes such highlights as striking historic works by Tunga and Ana Prata as well as emerging local talents such as Maria Laet and Mariana Palmer. ArtRio is next up for those on the biennial circuit, which is opening back-to-back with the Seoul Mediacity Biennale, the Gwangju Biennale, and the Busan Biennale.
Read on for our curated list of the best in art and design happenings around the world.
Detroit Design Month, Detroit
Expo Chicago, Chicago
Maison & Objet, France
La Biennale Paris, France
Positions Berlin, Germany
Contemporary Istanbul, Turkey
Unseen Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Istanbul Design Biennial, Turkey
September 22–November 4
Art Berlin, Germany
Vienna Contemporary, Austria
Art Basel Cities in Buenos Aires, Argentina
São Paulo Biennial, Brazil
September 7–December 9
Beirut Art Fair, Lebanon
Beirut Design Fair, Lebanon
Seoul Mediacity Biennale, South Korea
September 6–November 18
Busan Biennale, South Korea
September 8–November 11
Gwangju Biennale, South Korea
September 9–November 11