Once again, our seven proposals for next June and even some of them beyond those dates. Take note and if there is an opportunity to visit any of these exhibitions, go to these festivals, enjoy some concert or enter these artistic fairs, do not hesitate it. And by the way, if you really want to know what it’s like to be very British, we’re also talking about the Ascot Racing.
1-Exhibition: Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive
One of the greatest architects of the twentieth century was the American Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 – 1959). An author with an enormous work, loaded with intellectual references, always original, and at times radical, since he did not hesitate to use the latest materials or the latest technological resources of his time. That is, a breakthrough architect and creator, to be revered by future generations.
A figure of enormous caliber, deserving this tribute the MoMA New York will do for the 150th anniversary of his birth. An exhibition that will open on June 12th and will remain open until October 1st, 2017. The exhibition, as the title says, intends to unpack the archives of the museum and other collections, to show to the public more than 400 drawings, objects, material paintings, furniture, etc., which were key in the creation of his most emblematic buildings: the New Yorker Guggenheim, the Waterfall House or his own home and studio in Oak Park.
2-Sónar in Barcelona
The stages of the Fira de Montjuïc and Fira Gran Vía L’Hospitalet will once again provide electronic music all day and night, as the Sónar de Barcelona returns from the 15th to the 17th of June. Although this time in the poster of musicians and Djs there is a special performance out of date, that of the Icelandic artist Björk, who will open the festival at the Sónar Hall in Montjuïc on Wednesday, June 14th with a performance that promises to be unique, as she is. This show will make the public dance.
She will kick off more than 140 concerts with techno stars such as Nicolas Jaar, Arca & Jesse Kanda, Joe Goddard or De La Soul. But if something distinguishes Sónar is that in its programming there is not only music; it is a global artistic meeting, with activities from other disciplines and with very interesting workshops and exhibitions, as the one from this year that will pay tribute to the great David Bowie.
From June 15th to 18th, one of the most important art fairs on the international calendar will take place in the Swiss city of Basel: Art Basel; the original one, as it should not be forgotten that this event has its sister franchises in two other continents, Art Basel Miami and Art Basel Hong Kong. The Swiss fair always has as great protagonists the creators of Europe, although here it does not exclude anyone, whatever their origin is.
On this occasion, nearly 300 galleries will attend to this artistic forum, which will show more than 4,000 artists from all disciplines, whether painting, sculpture, photography, videos, digital art, etc. The most innovative and also what is still to be discovered. During the days of Art Basel, the entire city of Basel is completely immersed in a creative environment, as the city at the same time programs numerous interesting exhibitions and acts for visitors.
4-Royal Ascot Racing
Ascot Racing has been celebrating since 1711, always in mid-June, and always starting on Tuesday and finishing on Saturday. And in this 2017 will happen again, from the 20th to the 24th of June. The Queen Elizabeth will not miss this annual appointment, delighted to see the horses’ races and the outfits the assistants wear, as it happened at the beginnings of this event when Queen Anne of England went to inaugurate the hippodrome of Ascot.
Because beyond equestrian and betting, the Ascot Royal Racing is a social event, in which attend anyone who is or pretends to be someone. And you have to shine, especially the ladies, who have to follow the strict rules in clothing but they are more free regarding the pamelas in their head, ranging from the most elegant to the most original, through extravagance. But precisely that is one of Ascot’s hallmarks and its royal race.
Its full name is Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, i.e., the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. But it is better known as Glasto. A denomination much more in agreement with the hippie spirit that will flood from June 21st to 25th the English population of Pilton, in the county of Somerset. There is the farm of Michel Favis, who after seeing a concert of Led Zeppellin, decided that he wanted to hear something similar in his lands.
A few decades later, he succeeded and the greatest pop, rock and song protest stars have come here. Like this year, where up to 80 performances are planned, which have as headliners Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Kris Kristofferson, Ed Sheeran or Kate Perry. In addition to music, as always in the programming of this festival, assistants will be able to see artisan exhibitions or circus performances. All this in an idyllic and dreamy environment in the English countryside.
6-Arena Festival in Verona
Perhaps you know Verona as the Italian city where the famous romance between Romeo and Juliet takes place. But Verona is much more than the “city of love”. To start, it is the city where most Roman remains are left, with the obvious exception of Rome. Among that ancient legacy stands out especially the Arena of Verona, an amphitheater built in the first century, which after two millennia of history, continues to fulfill a scenic function.
Since 1913, the Verona Lyric Festival has been celebrating, that is possibly one of the most prestigious opera festivals in the world, both for the quality of the performances and for the venue where it is held. This is where the biggest ones have been, and they will also be in 2017, from June 23rd to August 26th, with a tight calendar of operas including Nabuco, Aida, Rigoletto, Tosca and Madame Butterfly, in addition to the zarzuelas sung by Plácido Domingo or the dance performance starring Roberto Bolle.
7-Serpentines Gallery in London
Throughout the summer, Serpentines Gallery located in Kesington Gardens become a place of pilgrimage for art lovers who are in London. If this is your case, put it on your agenda, from June 23rd to October 8th and you will be able to see the new Serpentine Pavilion that is built every year in this place. An award that this year goes for the architect Diébédo Francis Kére, originally from Burkina Faso.
The construction of this ephemeral pavilion near Lake Serpentine is the great symbol of this public and free gallery, but there is more. In this space talks, meetings or projections will take place, which always have a close relationship between art, architecture and education. Check the schedule on the website of Serpentines Gallery, and if you are in London on those dates, do not miss it.
You see, like every month we present you a little bit of everything: art, music, fashion, travel, etc… Seven proposals that you may not be able to attend in person, but at least from Horse we recommend you to follow them in networks and in the media, because all of them will anticipate some of the cultural and social trends of the coming months.
Translation by Raquel Sanchez