Since 2003, Frieze Week has been taking place throughout London, and while this year embraces a more hybrid approach, 250 galleries will still be hosting various works, talks and studio visits. Films and live performances will also be part of the 8-day art fair.

The Frieze Viewing Room runs from October 9 to 16. There will be a live chat option available to connect galleries with collectors, and six virtual spaces to explore, courtesy of architect Annabelle Selldorf.

The virtual platform allows collectors and viewers to browse art from emerging and established artists, as well as the opportunity to sign books using an augmented reality feature. Key to note is for most of the virtual showings, registration is required.

Galleries such as Hauser & Wirth have created an virtual viewing room with a simulated Frieze booth.

Those that reside in London will have the opportunity to check out studios in person or head to Regent Park to take in the sculpture work as part of Frieze Sculpture, which is free to attend.

Frieze’s global director Victoria Siddall noted that galleries have adapted to a more tech-leaning approach this year, but that galleries are hoping a return to normal.

“The general feeling I get from galleries is they are looking forward to be able to get back to art fairs, partly because it’s such an important part of their business,” she said.

Artistic director of Frieze London, Eva Langret, noted that Frieze Week is about “celebrating our galleries, our artists, institutions and cities,” adding that “resilience and community” are key to the curation and celebration of art.

While we might not get to see the works in person, we can and will support from afar.

Here’s a selection of virtual viewings to check out.


6:00pm-7:00pm BST, 1:00pm-2:00pm EST

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Here Trenton Doyle Hancock and James Cohan will talk about Hancock’s creative process during quarantine, delving into his motivations behind his two-part exhibition, Something American. This is his seventh solo exhibition at James Cohan, which runs until October 17, and it looks at the ways of seeing one’s self.
5:00pm-5:45pm BST, 11:00am-11:45am EST
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This guided tour, guided courtesy of Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, of the Frieze London stand will take viewers to the Rio d Janeiro venue, Carpintaria, with the works looking at human desire and drive. The presentation will see pieces by Robert Mapplethorpe, Ernesto Neto, Adriana Varejão, Jac Leirner, Rivane Neuenschwander, among others. The tour will be held via Google Meets.
October 11
4:30pm-5:30pm BST, 10:30am-11:00am EST
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This virtual studio visit will see Indian born Sandeep Mukherjee and curator Diana Campbell Betancourt discuss Mukherjee’s painting, drawing, installation and sculpture works. We will learn more about Mukherjee’s relationship to movement, imagery and its “moving matter” in relationship to time and space. This is an event we are particularly excited to watch.
October 13
3:00pm-4:00pm BST, 9:00am-10:00am EST
There is no RSVP required for this event, which will highlight Cao Fei‘s new book HX. The discussion will feature curator and academic Yang Beichen, HX designer Sun Xiaoxi, Serpentine Gallery artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist, and curator Joseph Constable. The book accompanies Fei’s work entitled Blueprints, which was recently shown at the Serpentine Gallery. The book looks at the historical and political themes in Fei’s research work, coming also with varying perspectives. The HX derives from the neighborhood of Cao Fei’s studio in Beijing, China. More info here.
October 13
5:00pm-6:00pm BST, 11:00AM-12:00PM EST
This pre-recorded talk from Japanese painting, sci-fi and anime legend, Takashi Murakami, will present more from the man himself, looking at his creations that circle within pop culture, history, and fine art realms. Perhaps you recall Murakami’s children film, Jellyfish Eyes (2013), or maybe have seen one his multiple creations before, but whether you recall or not, or if you haven’t been graced by his creative impact before, this is an event not to miss. More here.
“Misunderstanding produces new and interesting.” – Takashi Murakami
October 14
6:30pm-7:30pm BST, 12:30pm-1:30pm EST
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Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase‘s hand-painted vintage prints are the focus of this event, presented by the Michael Hoppen Gallery. The event hosts BAFTA and Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Mark Gill, who is working on an upcoming biopic about Fukase’s life. It also features Dr. Lena Fritsch, the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Fritsch’s work focuses on Japanese art and photography.

October 14
5:00pm-7:00pm BST, 11:00am-12:00pm EST
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Another event not to miss, the Gazelli Art House‘s group show, Enter Through the Headset 5, enters its fifth year anniversary, showcasing 10 artists and pairs and their work in virtual reality and new media. Viewers can take in the VR content as well as create an avatar, all from home.
October 15
3:00pm-3:50pm BST, 9:00am-9:50pm EST
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Held through Webex, the Zeno X Gallery will bring you inside the virtual studio with Romanian artist Mircea Suciu. Here the painter and draughtsman will talk about his practice and process of creating art while offering a first look into his new series of works.
October 16
10:00am-11:00am BST, 4:00am-5:00am EST
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This online event is a VIP event celebrating Becoming Alluvium from Thao Nguyen Phan. Currently showing at the Chisenhale Gallery, Phan’s “first solo exhibition in a UK institution,” touches on her research on the Mekong River that runs through Tibet, China, Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. The piece comes with single channel film work and a series of lacquer and silk paintings. As per Frieze’s description, “the works simultaneously explore real and imaginary worlds.”
Lastly, Alberta Whittle is the recipient of this year’s Frieze Artist Award for her film RESET, which will screen throughout the eight days of the art fair. It is available here to watch. Each year Frieze, in collaboration with Forma, commissions an artist to make a film that will be shown during the event, and Whittle, an artist, researcher and curator, drew on the writings of queer theorist, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick for her entry. RESET focuses on personal healing in the wake of the global pandemic. It also explores xenophobia and colonialism. It was filmed across Barbados, South African and the UK.
All photos via Frieze London