Diary - September 2012
Brussels Accessible Art Fair
21-23 September, www.accessibleartfair.com
The aim of Brussels Accessible Art Fair is to bring artists and art lovers face to face, giving the art buyer the opportunity to gain more insight into the work they are purchasing.
7-8 September, www.berlinfestival.de
Of Monsters And Men, Grimes and Django Django join Sigur Rós, Franz Ferdinand and The Killers at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport. The festival also hosts the world's biggest (but quietest) after-show party when 10,000 headphones will allow ticket holders to silent disco until 4am.
14-16 September, www.artcopenhagen.dk
Visitors are given the chance to meet Scandinavia's leading contemporary art galleries and young galleries from other European countries. Saturday is Gallery Night when participating galleries are open from 7pm-10pm.
Pietas Jan Fabre
Antwerp, until 23 September, www.visitantwerpen.be
Created by Jan Fabre in 2011, this controversial marble sculptural suite was exhibited for the first time during the 54th Venice Biennale. This month you can see it in the artist's home city of Antwerp as part of the city's Summer of Contemporary Art. A booklet is available to guide you through the art-filled neighbourhoods.
Barcelona Acció Musical (BAM)
21-23 September, www.bcn.cat/merce
Taking place during the week-long festivities of the Festes de la Mercé, BAM stages live, free concerts on Plaça del Rei in the Gothic quarter; famous names perform outside the cathedral, with dance acts at the Fòrum and rumba at Portal de la Pau.
Oslo By Design
The last decade in Oslo has seen a flurry of architectural activity which has altered the landscape of the Fjord City forever. The Renzo Piano-designed Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, which is moving to its new home on the Tjuvholmen Peninsula this month, is the latest monument to the city's profile.
The transformation of Oslo's waterfront began modestly in the mid-1980s with the redevelopment of the old shipyard at Aker Brygge - now one of the liveliest districts of the city. The adjacent Tjuvholmen Peninsula, partly built from reclaimed land, has seen great expansion in recent years as part of the Oslo: Fjord City project. This is the biggest building project in the capital's history, aiming to make the fjord more accessible to the public.
Tjuvholmen means "thief islet", so-called because thieves were executed here in the 18th century. The future is less grim, with the grand opening of the new museum on 29 September. Part of the Tjuvholmen Icon Complex, the museum comprises three boldly designed, sloping buildings under one glazed roof. "The landmark building represents a meeting point between land and fjord," says Hossam Gadalla, of Narud Stokke Wiig Architects, a Norwegian firm working closely with Renzo Piano.
Tjuvholmen follows the opening of Norway's Opera House in 2008, right on the waterfront in the Bjørvika area. Another part of the Fjord City project, the Opera House gave the former container port a new lease of life and the neighbourhood is now a cultural centre for modern Oslo. A new Munch museum is also in the pipeline and there are plans for 5,000 apartments and 20,000 workplaces in the area.
www.visitoslo.com; www.tjuvholmen.no; www.afmuseet.no
Superhuman, Wellcome Collection, London, until 18 October, wellcomecollection.org
It seems fitting that a city that has just witnessed men and women pushing their bodies to the limits in the Olympic Games should now be hosting Superhuman, an exploration of the ways in which humans have sought to improve and adapt their bodies.
The exhibition takes the long view of physical and chemical enhancement, from an ancient Egyptian prosthetic toe to the futuristic promises of nano- and biotechnology.
"Human enhancement is one of the most exciting and feared areas of modern science, where sci-fi imaginings seemingly come alive," says curator Emily Sargent. "Our desire to enhance ourselves and our ingenuity to do so is in evidence throughout our history."