Salone del Mobile 2019 in Milan, the new exhibition of the MET Costume Institute in New York and much more. These are the unmissable art and design exhibitions and fairs of 2019.

The beginning of a new year always coincides with a list of good intentions. Among these you cannot miss the list of art and design exhibitions to see in 2019. From Milan, where we play at home with the fair of all the fairs in the sector – the Salone del Mobile – to the spectacular MET in New York, passing through a charming Liverpool and …

Agenda in hand, we begin to book tickets for the unmissable exhibitions and fairs of 2019.

The Salone del Mobile 2019, Milan   

Courtesy photo: Salone del Mobile Milano












From April 9 to 14, 2019, the Milan design streets will come alive again with the most anticipated event of the year. Salone del Mobile 2019, 58th edition, coming soon, and the news will be many. Like every year, hundreds of International brands will exhibit their works and organize special events for the occasion. A consolidated business model that connects professionals and experts from around the world, creates networking between decision makers and the International design community: 435,065 presences from 188 countries. The Salone del Mobile is confirmed as the undisputed and Internationally recognized commercial platform of the living system.

Here design has found its home and continues to find its most complete representation. Here the living system takes life and shape.                         

Camp: Notes on Fashion, MET Costume Institute of New York

What does “camp” mean? If you look for the translation on any English-Italian dictionary you will come across exaggerated and effeminate. Susan Sontag, curator of this extraordinary exhibition, gives us concrete and precise examples to explain what this word means: “the Scopitone films, the Tiffany lamps, the Brown Derby restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, the drawings by Aubrey Beardsley, Swan Lake, the works of Bellini, Salome directed by Visconti, King Kong by Schoedsack, the clothes of women in the 20s and the porn movies watched without desire”. Camp: Notes on Fashion is an exhibition entirely dedicated to the interpretation of this concept so historic and so current, an imaginary contained in the Gucci collections created by an artistic pioneer such as Alessandro di Michele, or those of the avant-garde Comme des Garçons and Rei Kawakubo, or in the looks of the stars Lady Gaga and Rihanna, in queer programs like RuPaul’s Drag Race. 175 pieces that will include men’s and women’s clothing, as well as paintings, drawings and sculptures, all orchestrated by Belgian stage designer Jan Versweyveld. The first part of the tour will accompany visitors to discover the origins of the Camp, while the latter will illustrate it through the work of contemporary designers including Miuccia Prada and Demna Gvasalia, for a total of about 37 International names.


Peggy Guggenheim, the last Dogaressa – Venice

Courtesy photo: René Magritte, Empire of Light (L’Empire des lumières), 1953–54, oil on canvas, 195.4 x 131.2 cm. Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Who says that Venice = only Venice Biennale 2019? Of course, that was already on the agenda, but there is more to see in the eternal city on the water. The greatest art collector of all time … Finally an exhibition is dedicated to Peggy Guggenheim, in particular in the Venetian moment of her life. We are in 1948, after Peggy left New York and closed her famous gallery-museum that housed the masterpieces of the century. This special unpublished exhibition, open from September 21, 2019 to January 27, 2020 at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, will present a selection of paintings, sculptures and works of art that the famous Guggenheim has purchased for the love of art from the 40s to the 80s. Unmissable for true lovers of twentieth century painting.

Keith Haring exhibition – Tate Liverpool

Courtesy photo: Tate Liverpool

  Not just London calling. 2019 will be the year of Liverpool, a British city rising in the field of art and design. The legendary artist who became famous in New York in the 80s, whose wall masterpieces have become iconic symbol of contemporary art and artistic freedom. Call it street art, call it pop art, but undoubtedly Keith Haring’s show at the Tate Liverpool from 14th June to 10th November 2019 will surprise you in all possible ways.

The Value of Good Design – MOMA, New York    

Courtesy photo: MOMA, Museum of Modern Art New York















There is no visit to the Big Apple without a stop at MOMA. “Is there art in a broom? Yes, says the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, if it was designed both from the point of view of utility and aesthetics “. This quote, taken from a review of the 1953 on The Times, summarizes the concept of “design” according to the MOMA, one of the largest museums in the world. What can be defined as good design and how can it improve everyday life? Thus, the New York museum comes alive with furniture, household items, home appliances, sporting goods, toys and much more in vogue between the 30s and the 50s, for the exhibition The Value of Good Design (February 10 – May 27, 2019). Among the FIAT 500 series made in Italy, the cars of the Soviet era produced in Germany, a Brazilian kitchen chair, Japanese prints and sewing machines … Design in its purest form, combining functionality and image. TO BE SEEN.


Art Dubai 2019 – Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai 

Courtesy photo: Dubai World Trade Center

The biggest fair that combines art, entertainment and education. It takes place in Dubai and registrations for 2019 (April 18-21) are open. Over 4,000 International artworks sold at a price between 100 and 20,000 dollars. 180 galleries and artists coming from 43 countries. Interactive art, paintings and illustrations, talks, discussions open to the public and workshops for adults and children. Live artists and performers, a mural art marathon open to all, a craft market. Show case of art schools, competitions among students and assignment of the World Dubai Art Award. Do you need other reasons to visit Art Dubai at least once in your life?

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