The Diary in February

The pick of events happening this month

Words by Sophie Tolhurst

1. Steve McQueen Year 3 (with Tate, Artangel and A New Direction)
November 2019 – May 2020
Tate Britain + various sites around London

By photographing 76,000 year 3 pupils, artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen has created ‘a mass portrait of an entire age group of Londoners’. Beyond the gallery, the portraits can be seen on billboards across the capital. |

2. Van Eyck’s Colours in Design
13 March – 6 September 2020
Design Museum Gent, Ghent

Image credit: Tinus Vermeersch.Image credit: Tinus Vermeersch.

Coinciding with a Jan Van Eyck retrospective at Ghent’s Museum of Fine Arts, this exhibition looks at the painter’s ‘universe of pigment’, focusing on the designers he has inspired, internationally and across disciplines, from jewellery design to architecture.

3. Light + Building – Messe Frankfurt
8 – 13 March 2020
Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main

With connected security systems fast becoming an integral part of technical building infrastructure, for its 20th year this trade fair for lighting and buildingservices technology has a dedicated platform: Intersec Building.

4. Collect, presented by the Crafts Council
27 February – 1 March 2020
Somerset House, London

Image credit: Ring 1994 (Left) and Ring 2000 (Right), Rudolf Bott.Image credit: Ring 1994 (Left) and Ring 2000 (Right), Rudolf Bott.

Collect was founded in 2004 to promote the best international artists and galleries working in contemporary craft. Now mainly showing works made in the past five years by living artists, there is plenty of new work to discover and invest in. 

10 – 13 March 2020
Palais des Festivals, Cannes

This lively show for the real estate sector attracts worldwide visitors to Cannes for networking, exhibitions and events. The conference programme theme is The Future is Human, considering the property needs for the earth’s estimated 9.7 billion inhabitants by 2050.

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