MCH Group has taken the decision to cancel the 2023 edition of Masterpiece London, which was due to take place from 28th June to 5th July.
Escalating costs and a decline in the number of international exhibitors mean that the event is not commercially viable this year.
MCH Group is considering future options for the Masterpiece brand and will share further information in due course.
Founded in 2010, Masterpiece was one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary art fairs, bringing together over 140 of the most distinguished art dealerships and galleries from around the world. Showcasing the finest works of art, design, furniture, jewellery and more, from antiquity to the present day, the fair was held in the beautiful grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, from late June to early July.
Attracting established international collectors and the culturally curious, Masterpiece welcomed over 40,000 visitors over eight days. The fair offered an unparalleled opportunity to discover exceptional works for sale, from exhibitors spanning every major disciplines. Scrupulous vetting and thoughtful juxtaposition allowed one to encounter beautiful works of art, have one’s eyes opened to the unfamiliar, and buy with confidence.
In addition to hundreds of exhibitors’ presentations, visitors could also explore our curated sections including the Sculpture Series, showcasing significant modern and contemporary sculptural works, and Masterpiece Presents, a platform for innovative, immersive works of art. Past installations have included new works by Phyllida Barlow, Marina Abramović & Iván Navarro. Visitors could also attend the fair’s celebrated talks programme with leading curators, artists and exhibitors, providing insights into artists' and creators' practices, their times, techniques and styles.
In conversation with Felicity Aylieff
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In conversation with Eleanor Lakelin
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Through the Eyes of the Maker: Emily Young
Artist and stone-carver Emily Young discusses the hidden life within the stones she selects to work with, revealing the two-way relationship between artist and material. Emily Young's work is available through Masterpiece exhibitor Bowman Sculpture.SEE ALL VIDEOS
Through the Eyes of the Maker: Teresa Kutala Firmino
Artist Teresa Kutala Firmino discusses the use of pigment in her work, revealing the significance of colour in her narratives and the technical advantages of learning how to 'balance the canvas'.SEE ALL VIDEOS
Through the Eyes of the Maker: Wycliffe Stutchbury
Artist Wycliffe Stutchbury discusses the versatility of different woods and the indelible impression the landscape leaves on each of his artworks. Wycliffe Stutchbury is represented by Masterpiece exhibitor Sarah Myerscough.SEE ALL VIDEOS