Lonnie Schlein, Pulitzer prize winner and New York Times photo-editor for over 35 years has been nominated as a special guest of the London Art Biennale. Lonnie will be part of the jury as well as responsible for the general photography of the show. Also, as a lovely memory for the exhibited artists, all artworks will be photographed with Lonnie or Biennale curator Peter Gagliardi in order to personally immortalise the moment for each artist presented in our celebration of contemporary art.
For over 35 years, Lonnie Schlein worked as photo-editor for The New York Times while simultaneously pursuing his own career as a photographer. In 2001, he was assigned to handle all photography documenting the Sept. 11 attacks on The United States for the paper’s special section, “A Nation Challenged,” which won the Pulitzer Prize. He also edited The Times’ photo book, “A Nation Challenged,” which remained on the best-seller list for several months.
While at The New York Times, Mr. Schlein served as Foreign Picture Editor and was in charge of photo coverage during the fall of Gorbachev and other major world events; he served as National Picture Editor during both the Clinton and Bush Administrations, and spent much time in Washington directing coverage of three Presidential Elections, Inaugurations, and the Impeachment process. He has also served in the Metro, and Arts sections, as well as the Travel section where he assigned stories to photographers all over the world.
Prestigious prizes ranging from important artworks such an original Andy Warhol to a brandnewFiat 500 have been donated over the years in order to raise funds for noble causes. A very special thank you to Lady Sophie Windsor as our charity ambassador for the Biennale 2019.
This year, there will be a charity raffle in which, as always, 100% of all money raised will go directly to charity. Raffle Prizes will include some very exciting items such as an original artwork by Ludovic Rodo Pissarro 1878 – 1952 (Camille Pissarro’s son and student), an artwork by Hazel Guggenheim Mckinley, 1903-1995, sister to Peggy who founded the Guggenheim museum in Venice, and an artwork by Lady Hobart, 1931 – 2005, the late Duchess of Leeds.
Raffle lots will also include an original handmade Persian rug, dinner at Gordon Ramsey’s Savoy Grill, brunch at the Ritz and a week’s stay for two in a suite at the Arts Club Boutique Hotel in Chianciano, Tuscany.
Tens of thousand pounds have been raised over the years and we look forward to doing our part for special causes and thank the support of our patrons and clients.
How to purchase tickets will be announced a few weeks before the Biennale!
The UK and London are currently going through a difficult period related to the surge in Covid-19 transmissions but there is hope. To date, approximately 1.3 million people have already been vaccinated and there is widespread confidence that Great Britain will be vastly immunised in the next months leaving lots of time for the build up to the Biennale. The exhibition is taking place at the very end of June/early July so it looks as though the London Art Biennale may be one of the first events to open its doors once the economy is allowed to breathe again. Following the trend after the first lockdown, we are expecting to benefit from an increase in movement and excitement as people are finally allowed to circulate with an unquenched thirst for art that has materialised over months of lockdowns.
In relation to Brexit, the excellent news of the UK/EU trade deal could not have come any later but, as many expected, arrived just on time. The consequences of the successful EU trade deal are that transport to/from the UK and EU member states will be tariff free and easy. Therefore, any deliveries of artworks between the UK and EU will be straightforward and we will, nonetheless, assist and give full guidance to approved artists.
It has been a strange year for everyone – including artists as well as various sectors of the art world. The selection process for the 2021 London Art Beinnale is open/ongoing and will continue for several weeks ahead. We are very pleased with the quality of the applications and the 5th edition of the Biennale promises to be a breathing exhibition.
We wish you all an excellent Christmas and an even better 2021.
The London Art Biennale is, of course, a physical exhibition open to the public and in 2021 it may also be captured by the latest 3D technology to immortalise the exhibition. The 3D tour would, not only, allow art lovers who visit the exhibition to have another look at their favourite pieces but would also allow enthusiasts from all around the world to view the show from virtual reality headsets or simply from their personal computers at home.
The halls of the Biennale, in their historic and majestic Victorian splendour, showcasing contemporary art ranging from painting to installation to video art, will be a stimulating and exciting experience in high definition 360° view. The artworks that will be exhibited will be evaluated by the selection committee (the selection process is still open for artists to submit) so we have yet to find out which artists will be presented in the 2021 Biennale. However, we do know that the hanging committee always do a stimulating and excellent job of curating the selected artworks.
As ever, nothing beats experiencing the exhibition in person, so we recommend a visit, but the 3D tour will be the next best option for people to view the exhibition in its final curated form!We hope to get this project confirmed and look forward to announcing updates developments!
The London Art Biennale’s vast range of prizes for selected artists includes exhibition opportunities in various prestigious locations, one of which is the Chianciano Art Museum in Tuscany, Italy.
After the main exhibition of the London Art Biennale, taking place from the 30th of June – 4th of July 2021, 25 artists from the event will be awarded and called to be exhibited in the Chianciano Art Museum for a group show spanning over the course of a month following the conclusion of the Biennale.
The building’s 3000 m2 space took three years of construction and was inaugurated in 2009 as the Chianciano Art Museum as we know it today. Housing over 1000 artworks from all over the world, from modern and classical artistic movements, including the works of Salvador Dali, Damien Hirst, Edward Munch, Rembrandt, and Guercino among many others, the Museum also hosts numerous temporary exhibitions and has been featured on news platforms such as The New York Times for its impressive collection and its impact on Tuscany as a historical attraction. An accommodator for international artworks, the Chianciano Art Museum is an artistic and cultural hotspot to the province of Chianciano Terme where Renaissance architecture and ancient Roman thermal baths call home.
One of the London Art Biennale’s aims is to help artists gain exposure in the art world, and an opportunity to exhibit Internationally would be an advantageous achievement to start their careers as formal artists.
Architects and interior designers have been planning the exhibition layout for the 2021 London Art Biennale to help coalesce artworks to the beautiful Victorian architecture of Chelsea Old Town Hall. The layout for the exhibition has been approved by curator Peter Gagliardi in a vision that will allow the Grade II listed Chelsea Old Town hall, its the Hall adorns high ceilings, intricate wall trims, marble columns and rich wooden floors, to exuding a sophistication and honour its heritage.
Built in 1887, Chelsea Old Town Hall’s vestry was commissioned and designed by William Willmer Pocock in the Italianate style. The building was discovered to be structurally unsound, so it was demolished and the new vestry was designed by Leonard Stokes in the Neoclassical style, completed in 1907. The Stokes vestry became a frequent venue for art exhibitions throughout the decades, and The London Art Biennale has been established in the Chelsea Old Town Hall since 2013 for art lovers to unite and to celebrate artworks from all over the world. Once again, excitement is brewing in London as preparations are being made for the installation of the fifth edition of the Biennale in 2021.
Due to the historical backgrounds and architecture of the building, Chelsea Old Town Hall is the perfect venue with a formal museum environment to showcase artworks in the most elegant manner. Architects and interior designers are utilising the Hall by putting up temporary walls to maximise space to exhibit artworks, and electricians will be working to accommodate the new wall spaces by installing spotlights that will illuminate the artworks on every wall. The London Art Biennale requires at least a 30-man-team to arrange the exhibition over the span of several days with utmost delicate handling of the artworks.
As we are heading towards the end of 2020, with 2021 just starting to peep around the corner, the art world is getting ready for the much anticipated and prestigious biennial art exhibition in the city – the London Art Biennale.
With four past exhibitions in 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019, the London Art Biennale is currently taking applications for the upcoming 2021 exhibition. A celebration of modern art, and a calling for artists from all over the world with every stylistic choice from any artistic movement, the London Art Biennale offers artists a platform to have their work exhibited in Chelsea, London, where they will have the chance to win numerous awards including monetary prizes of up to a £5,000 GBP. The Biennale’s wide range of awards consists of multiple monetary awards, subcategory awards, and the opportunity to have work professionally critiqued by the International Confederation of Art Critics. Curated by Gagliardi Gallery, in partnership with the Chianciano Art Museum, other prizes include month-long group shows where artwork is chosen for exhibition in an Italian museum, as well as fully paid all-inclusive retreats at The Art Club Boutique in Tuscany, with your very own private art studio for a whole week.
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