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LCD’s 2014 Highlights

LCD’s 2014 Highlights

As we hit the last weeks of 2014 and look forward to 2015, team LCD nominate 10 of their favourite cultural events of the year…

 

1) The inaugural Leading Culture Destinations Awards

Ok, so we know we’re biased, but of course for us this was the cultural event of the year. The Awards was a chance for us to bring our online guide into the real world and celebrate the best cultural institutions around the world – as well as officially launch Leading Culture Destinations to the world. Read more… 

 

 

2) Marina Abramović, 512 Hours, at the Serpentine Gallery, London

World-renowned performance artist Marina Abramović brought her personal, experiential practice to London, in a show that saw her welcome every ‘viewer’ to participate in a primal exchange. This was truly one of the most spiritual and overwhelming experiences we’ve ever hadRead More…

 

 

3) Here and Elsewhere @ New Museum, New York

In a time of huge political turmoil in the Arab world, alongside constant political and social debate, the New Museum presented this exhibition of over 45 artists from 15 countries from the region, offering us a different kind of cultural insight and reminding us of its rich and complex artistic outputRead More…

 

 

4) Sensing Spaces @ Royal Academy, London

This groundbreaking show invited seven Architectural practices from around the world to build site-specific installations within the grandeur of the Academy’s Main Galleries.. The resulting interventions were aesthetically, mentally and physically enthralling, inspiring and stimulatingRead more…

 

5) United Visual Artists ‘Momentum’ @ The Barbican Centre, London

This site-specific installation was simply one of the most extraordinary pieces of work we’ve experienced for some time.  And ‘experience’ is the only word qualified to describe this immersive, light and sound piece, which questioned our perceptions of time, movement, mass and spaceRead more…

 

6) Barbara Kruger @ Modern Art Oxford

Consumerist culture and mass media has no more vociferous a critical commentator than Barbara Kruger, who has used bold lettering, colour and the pairing of dramatic imagery with appropriated slogans, to create insightful and illustrative critiques since the 1980s. This recent exhibition at Modern Art Oxford, fast becoming one of our favourite institutions, was a superb showcase of her workRead more…

 

7) Yayoi Kusama @ the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai

Yayoi Kusama is widely considered to be the queen of psychedelic, environmental installation art – a title justified as soon you experience her immersive, mind-boggling shows and realise that no one could really begin to compete. Kusama transports her audiences into surreal, disorienting planes and A Dream I Dreamed, at MoCA Shangai, (previously seen at Tate Modern, Le Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Whitney Museum) created another mesmerising environment that we just didn’t want to leaveRead more…

 

8) Lucio Fontana @ Musée d’art Moderne, Paris

Lucio Fontana lived an incredibly interesting life. Raised by an artist and surrounded by architects, he was one of the first abstract sculptors of 1930s Italy. This retrospective captured the rich working history of this amazing and influential artist, paying warranted attention to every facet of his long career, from his emergence in the 1920s, until his death in 1968Read more…

 

9) Jeff Koons @ The Whitney, New York

Whether you like it or not (and there’s an ongoing debate here at LCD) Jeff Koons is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated and unabashedly infamous artists of our time. His unmistakable recent works are so glossy, gleaming and (often) gigantic, that they’re impossible to ignore. This enormous retrospective explored and explained how he reached the lauded position of international heavyweight, with almost 150 pieces from 1978 to present dayRead more…

 

10) The opening of Hauser & Wirth’s Somerset outpost

The idea for Iwan and Manuela’s thrilling project came about after the gallerist couple developed strong ties to the local community of Bruton, Somerset, and discovered the rich heritage of a set of farmhouse buildings on the outskirts of the village. The result is an arts complex that is deeply rooted in local British history, whilst being dedicated to international contemporary art – and a place we can’t wait to visit in the new yearRead more…

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