What Not to miss at Frieze 2023

Words by
Pippa Lowe

29th September 2023

From October 11-15th the world famous Frieze art fair in London is back and for a very special occasion! Frieze London is celebrating its 20th birthday and will be gracing Regent's Park with the inspiring works of galleries and artist from all over the world. An epicentre of culture dotted with refreshing pit-stops delivered from names including Maison Ruinart and illy. Here, SPHERE explores what to look out for at Frieze London 2023. 

This October, Frieze London turns twenty. The globally renowned contemporary art fair that gained fame alongside its 1991-born magazine accomplice reaches one step closer to embracing every corner of the art world each year. Now in its twentieth year, Frieze London introduces new elements including their Modern Women section dedicated to the works of female artists and their Studio section themed on the places of making, curated by MoMA's Sheena Wagstaff. As we approach the fair, SPHERE shares luxury highlights to look out for at Frieze London 2023.

SPHERE's Highlights for the Frieze art fair in London

Dr Barbara Sturm x Frieze

Frieze art fair in London- STURMGLOW Mirrors
The STURMGLOW selfie mirrors in Seoul

The name found on every celebrity’s skincare shelf, Dr Barbara Sturm, steps foot in London continuing her global partnership with Frieze. Immerse yourself in the innovative skincare world of Sturm with a sensory 360 degrees VR experience and a STURMGLOW ™️ selfie mirror. The exploration doesn’t stop with the virtual aspects, take the virtual and turn in into reality with the opportunity to have an in-depth Visia® 3D face-scanning to analyse your skincare needs before discovering the molecular cosmetics collection and skin supplement station. The main attraction is the anti-inflammatory lounge, providing a pocket of relaxation within the buzz of Frieze.

Explore between 11th and 15th October.

Breguet: 'Resisting Time' Curated by Somi Sim

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Somi Sim, Curator of Breguet's 'Resisting Time'

After success at New York and Seoul editions the luxury Swiss watchmaker, Breguet, makes an appearance at Frieze London with their exhibition, ‘Resisting Time’. Curated by Somi Sim, an independent curator based in Seoul and Paris.

The exhibition connects work from contemporary artists, Hanne Darboven and Julian Coignet with the heritage of Breguet by displaying artworks alongside Breguet watches throughout the years and archival material from the brand. The exhibition promises to be a fascinating representation of how artists expand on time-keeping practices.

View at Frieze London from 11-15 October.

Eva Jospin: Promenade(s) Exhibition

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A limited edition bottle of Ruinart amongst the ongoing works of Eva Jospin for Promenade(s)

Flute of Ruinart in hand, be transported to an enchanted cardboard forest from the creative mind and sculpting of Eva Jospin. Combining nature and architecture, Jospin’s pieces for Maison Ruinart strive to encapsulate the wild ecosystems of champagne vineyards whilst communicating the rich legacy of the name from creations of Gallo-Roman chalk mines where Ruinart cuvées face their maturation to majestic ceilings of the Gothic Cathedral of Reims. This exhibition promises will engulf you into a hidden hand-crafted world of Ruinart yearning to be explored.

On display at the Ruinart Art Bar at Frieze London from 11-15 October.

Art for Thought Coffee Cocktail Evening: illy X The Cultivist

Frieze art fair in London - illy Espresso Martini
An illy espresso martini as part of the Art for Thought Coffee Cocktail evening

Many times I have been asked whether I am a coffee or a cocktail person. Simply, I am both. I'm an espresso martini person. This event has been hand-picked for those who, like me, enjoy their coffee cocktails (along with a dosage of arts and culture).

illy has partnered with The Cultivist to host a series of enthralling talks from notable names in the art world. From the Executive Director of The Cultivist, Joey Lico speaking on 'how to build an art house' to Curator of the V&A East, Dr Madeline Haddon leading listeners through the artistic ages.The talks are accompanied with illy coffee cocktails, including a classic espresso martini as well as an illy negroni and cold brew lemon tonic mocktail. 

Taking place on the 9th October (Joey Lico) and 23rd October (Dr Madeline Haddon) at Mayfair-based restaurant, Apricity.

Book tickets for Joey Lico and Dr Madeline Haddon's Coffee Cocktail talks

Ruinart X Talkart Podcast Live at Serpentine Pavilion

Frieze art fair in London - Eva Jospin at work
Action shot of Eva Jospin at work on her pieces for Promenade (s)

From our airpods to the Serpentine Pavilion, podcasting touches down at Frieze 2023 with a live podcast from Talkart in collaboration with Maison Ruinart and Serpentine. This will be the first in a series of events highlighting sustainability. In this episode, Russel Tovey and Robert Diament speak with Eva Jospin on her career and inpirations behind the intriguing landscapes of 'PROMENADE(S)'. Jospin's commission for Ruinart carved predominantly from her favourite medium, cardboard. 

Running on Monday 10th October at the Serpentine Pavilion, tickets available from Eventbrite. 

Royal Salute x Conrad Shawcross

Frieze 2023 - Royal Salute
The Royal Salute time chamber by Conrad Shawcross

The timeless scotch whisky that dates to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Salute, has collaborated with sculptor Conrad Shawcross on a stunning project for a 53-year-old expression. Only 21 sculptures have been crafted, each consisting of a hand-spun glass disk with a spiked crystal decanter core. Guests are granted the opportunity during Frieze to sip on Royal Salute whisky cocktails (or neat if preferred) as they marvel the collection of Shawcross’ work for the prized whisky brand.

The limited Royal Salute Time Chambers by Conrad Shawcross will be available for purchase for an RRP of £98,000, visit royalsalute.com for more details.

Frieze London is taking place 11-15 October 2023 at Regent's Park.

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