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Leisure and culture highlights of autumn 2019

From an all-night arts festival to an installation of yarn sculptures, this autumn brings a host of thought-provoking events

Paris Nuit Blanche, Paris, France 

Paris Nuit Blanche
Paris, France
October 5
Every year in October, visitors get the chance to see a completely different side of Paris with this all-night arts festival. Museums and galleries stay open into the early hours, free of charge, while art installations and neon lights provide novel ways of reimagining the city’s famous sites. Founded in 2002, the festival has been so popular that it’s since spread to other French and European cities.

Artistic Licence: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection
New York, US
May 24, 2019 – January 12,2020
Artistic Licence is the first-ever artist-curated exhibition at New York’s famous Guggenheim museum. The event gives six artists the opportunity to celebrate the museum’s collection of modern and contemporary art. It’s also an opportunity for these artists to address any gaps in the Guggenheim’s archives. Jenny Holzer – one of the six curators – has chosen only to display works by women to highlight gender disparity in the art world.

Vienna Biennale
Vienna, Austria
May 29 – October 6
Founded in 2006, the Vienna Biennale is an international event showcasing contemporary art, with the aim of generating creative projects to help improve the world. This year explores some of the most pressing issues of the modern age, from artificial intelligence to climate change and responsible consumption. Across nine exhibitions, a host of artists, designers and architects will provide their take on how technology is shaping lifestyle, consumption, art and design. This interdisciplinary exhibition is sure to be bold and thought-provoking.

Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles
Tokyo, Japan
June 20 – October 27
Berlin-based artist Chiharu Shiota is known for creating huge installations woven from red, black and white yarn. Having become disillusioned with painting while studying at art school, Shiota began weaving several years later. She likens her technique to “drawing in the air”. The end result is immersive, evocative works that almost resemble a complex network of blood vessels or walls of cobwebs. The Soul Trembles is the artist’s largest-ever solo exhibition.

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