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A unique list of selected art fairs around the world throughout 2024






'The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.' Jean Cocteau

THE INSTIGATOR Robert Mapplethorpe - Lisa Lyon - Thaddaeus Ropac Paris

"Lisa Lyon" by Robert Mapplethorpe / Photos © Courtesy of Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation






What could be more intriguing than a fabulous threesome in Paris with MAPPLETHORPE, ENNINFUL and ROPAC? We asked Edward Enninful about his very first curatorial work pairing Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography at Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris.


Enninful gives the exhibition a sensational visual harmony. Curating and pairing a selection of 46 prints brilliantly together, he forges a new dialogue between the images, inviting visitors to see Mapplethorpe’s work differently.


The exhibition spans fashion photography as well as stark portraits, nudes and still lives. By capturing unexpected subjects with a classical formality, Mapplethorpe defied prevailing aesthetic standards, paving the way far ahead for unconventional, and often shocking beauty to be appreciated as ART.


Everything has to be with storytelling, and that’s why the pairings in this exhibition were so relevant, and exciting to me.” Edward Enninful

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Robert Mapplethorpe / Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (France) 

2 March - 6 April 2024

/ Zoltan Alexander

THE INSTIGATOR 60th Venice Biennale - pink cloud






17 - 19 APRIL 2024


20 APRIL - 24 NOVEMBER 2024


The 60th edition of Venice Biennale, titled “Foreigners Everywhere,” inspired by Claire Fontaine Stranieri Ovunque (2004), and curated by Adriano Pedrosa, Artistic Director of the São Paulo Museum of Art, featured over 330 artists from 80 different countries.


The Biennale opened on 17 April 2024, for preview days, and from the 20 April to the public until late November.

Foreigners Everywhere” is a testament to how artists have always travelled around the world, how they moved around in various circumstances through cities, countries and continents, something that has only accelerated since the late 20th century, even now, in our current critical time, ironically with increasing restrictions regarding the dislocation or displacement of people. It is indeed time to give voice to vital matters such as identity, nationalism and acceptance that involve most nations. Not a small remit in today’s world.

The backdrop for the work is widespread with multifarious crises concerning the movement and existence of people in various countries, nations, territories, and borders, which reflect the perils and pitfalls of language, translation, nationality, expressing differences and disparities conditioned by identity, nationality, race, gender, sexuality, freedom, wealth, and greed. The Biennale’s primary focus is thus artists who are themselves foreigners, immigrants, expatriates, diasporic, exiled, or refugees. Migration and decolonization are key themes here.” curator Adriano Pedrosa 

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60th Venice Biennale, Venice (Italy)

VIP pre-opening

17 - 19 April 2024

Public opening

20 April - 24 November 2024

/ The Instigator

"Pink Cloud" purification at the Fondazione Sandretto, Isola di Sangiacomo / Video

© Courtesy of Zoltan Alexander

THE INSTIGATOR Eikoh Hosoe - Ordeal by Roses Nº15 - Michael Hoppen Gallery

"Ordeal by Roses Nº15" by Eikoh Hosoe / Photo © Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

THE INSTIGATOR Eikoh Hosoe - Ordeal by Roses Nº32 Mishima - Michael Hoppen Gallery

Mishima "Ordeal by Roses Nº32" by Eikoh Hosoe / Photo © Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery




Does Michael Hoppen gallery need an introduction? NO.


Hoppen is undoubtably the finest photographic gallery in London. Not only they hold one of the foremost collections of Japanese photography in Europe, mainly Japanese post-war photographers, Yoshihiko Ueda, Shōmei Tōmatsu, Masatoshi Naitō, Nobuyoshi Araki, Eikoh Hosoe, but represent the most acclaimed international photographers as well, Richard Learoyd, Guy Bourdin, Peter Beard, Brassaï, Tim Walker.


After 37 years at Jubilee Place, the gallery re-opened their doors in Holland Park, that perfectly describes the gallery’s next chapter, with Okashi, an exquisite exhibition on Japanese photography.


The concept of Okashi has been used throughout Japanese aesthetics to refer to elements with delightful strangeness, power, sensuality, and intrigue.


The show illustrates an eclectic understanding of Japan’s visual identity by including photographs, vintage textiles, woodblock Shunga prints, and rich colourful avantgarde posters. Michael Hoppen personally welcomed us the press, collectors, and art enthusiasts during the private view with a personalised tour and anecdotes. A one-of-a-kind exhibition with rare pieces.

A must see.


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Okashi / Michel Hoppen Gallery, London (UK)

13 April - 30 June 2024

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"To Breathe - Constellation" by Kimsooja at the Bourse de Commerce Pinault Collection / Photo and Video © Courtesy of Bourse de Commerce

THE INSTIGATOR Kimsooja - Bourse de commerce Pinault Collection - artist
THE INSTIGATOR Kimsooja - Bourse de commerce Pinault Collection - Rotunda






Emptiness is infinity.


South-Korean artist Kimsooja, invited to a carte blanche, has inverted Tadao Ando’s Rotunda at the Bourse de Commerce until September with an astounding installation titled “To Breathe - Constellation”. The Artist has covered the entire floor with hundreds of mirrored tiles, echoing the architecture of the space, turning our vision upside-down. In the mirrors the sky dissolves into the glass dome, reshaping our perception of space and challenging the sense of gravitation of our bodies.


"I invite the public to walk on the mirrors to become aware of the materiality of their bodies, and to think about the other side of themselves." Kimsooja


It is undoubtable a magical, breathtaking installation


THE INSTIGATOR Kimsooja - Bourse de commerce Pinault Collection - geometrics

Kimsooja also takes over 24 display cases in the circular Passage of the Bourse de Commerce, and the lower level of the museum, showcasing works and video installations that explore the themes of identity, borders, memory, and exile.


Curator: Emma Lavigne, General Director of the Pinault Collection

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Kim Sooja / Bourse de Commerce, Pinault Collection, Paris (France)

20 March - 2 September 2024

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THE INSTIGATOR Laurence Benaim - The Crossing of the appearances - Centre-Pompidou
THE INSTIGATOR Laurence Benaim - The Crossing of the Appearances - Centre Pompidou

"The Crossing of the Appearances" / Video © Courtesy of Centre Pompidou Paris

"The Crossing of the Appearances" / Photo © Courtesy of Zoltan Alexander








Who knows fashion and style in Paris better than writer, curator Laurence Benaïm, and how dull would Paris be without actor, performance artist Romain Brau?


They paired for the entire 20th century modern art on the 5th floor, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, juxtaposing fashion and art in “The Crossing of Appearances” with a unique performance of Brau “Le Corps à la Letter” reading love-letters to the designers.


Since the beginning of the 20th century, art and fashion have interacted through mutual inspirations like Andy Warhol and Yves Saint Laurent, and collaborations such as Helmut Lang, Louise Bourgeois and Jenny Holzer. One of the first couturiers was Paul Poiret to interact with artists like Robert Delaunay, Constantin Brancusi, Pablo Picasso and Raoul Dufy. Elsa Schiaparelli and Yves Saint Laurent were two other famous examples.


At the exhibition “The Crossing of Appearances”, a Christian Dior's suit is juxtaposed with Ellsworth Kelly, Martin Margiela's design with Giorgio de Chirico, and Marine Serre silhouette with Marcel Duchamp. At the heart of the exhibition “The Crossing of Appearances”, a sensual reading takes place by artist Romain Brau, of texts written by Laurence Benaïm, in the form of letters to creators and couturiers.


I wanted to shake off the museum stiffness, bring humour to the audience, and interpret Laurence’s text with emotions. I wanted to bring back my queerness, my vitamin.” Romain Brau


Read more about the exhibition and Brau’s role-play performance in our upcoming article. Full article will be published shortly.


Laurence Benaïm The Crossing of Appearances / Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)

24 January – 22 April 2024

Romain Brau Le Corps à la Letter / Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)

27 January - 28 February 2024

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THE INSTIGATOR Firouz FarmanFarmaian - Chiltern Firehouse

Portrait of Firouz FarmanFarmaian / Photo © Courtesy of Princess Antalya von Preussen







We unexpectedly run into Iranian artist Firouz FarmanFarmaian at Chiltern Firehouse in London, and as he was leaving the following day, we pulled our microphone out, and spontaneously recorded a conversation at the bar.


We revisited some of his previous exhibitions in Marrakesh, his collaboration with the 59th and the current 60th Venice Biennale, and the opening of his ArtRyad in Essaouira, Morocco.


Find out more about the artist, and listen to our spontaneous, noisy and passionate conversation in our review below…

Firouz FarmanFarmaian / Chiltern Firehouse, London (UK)

60th Venice Biennale Arte

Galleria Itinerarte, Venice (Italy)

18 April 2024

/ Zoltan Alexander

The season’s most anticipated photographic art fair, Photo London returns to Somerset House between 16 - 19 May 2024, with a VIP Preview Day on Wednesday  15 May, what promises to be a truly spectacular 9th edition.

Featuring over a hundred exhibitors, new and returning ones, from around the world across five continents. Photo London presents an unrivalled opportunity to discover and collect exquisite photographic works that span the past, present and future of the medium. Following their tradition, Photo London will present three major exhibitions including French photographer Valérie Belin, as part of 2024 Master of Photography.


Belin investigates the tension between the superficial appearance of objects and their true nature, between reality and artificiality.

THE INSTIGATOR will be present to cover the photographic fair, their most current galleries and photographers.

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