Review of the London Biennale 2013
The 2013 inaugral show of the London Art Biennale was truly a breathtaking exhibition.
The show was organised in the Chelsea Old Town Hall on the King's Road, an iconic London landmark. On the evening of the Inauguration, guests were welcomed by a Scottish Bagpipe player the who entertained the hordes of visitors entering the show. The main hall of the exhibition is spectacular and powerful in which visitors had no choice but to pause and gasp at the beaty and impact of the colours and compositions that quicky surrounded them.
The first artwork that could be seen was the immense sculpture by renowned Dutch artist Emilie Cummings in the centre of the room. The artwork is literally a feat of engineering but is delicate in its shapes and forms while gracefully embraced by the decorated 20 meter high Vitorian ceiling and elegant chandeliers.
One takes a moment to absord the visual intensity of the exhibition, an expressive oil on canvas by Alessandra Manfredini from Italy on first wall on the left and an excellent pastel drawing by Ryzard Milek, Poland's leading pastel artist, on the right hand side.
The Biennale showcased the artworks of 140 artists that come from 40 different nations that ranged from the USA represented by William Baran Mickle, Frances Mercer, Victoria Milo and Bette Ridgeway, to Saudi Arabia represented by Badoor Alsudiry and Meervata Alameer, to Japan represented by Misa Aihara and Keizan Deguchi to nama a few.
The show was undoubtedly an event that had been planned and staged in a manner that considered all the elements. Due to the high standard of the work, I imagine that there was tremendous effort put into the collection of such a broad and diverse range of artistic creation.
The London Biennale was a pleasure to visit from an artistic point of view as well as a fun exhibition and I am pleased that London continues to be a frontrunner in art and global creativity.