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.
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Masterpiece Presents provides a platform for innovative, immersive works of art.
Masterpiece Presents 2022 featured two monumental light installations by Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha, represented by Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
For this special presentation, Agha has created an illuminated cube, fabricated from laser-cut steel into which she cuts elaborate patterns. Suspended and lit from within, the work casts lace-like floor-to-ceiling shadows that completely transform the surrounding environment, alluding to the richly ornamented public spaces, such as mosques, that Agha was excluded from as a female growing up in Lahore. Agha’s second installation, This is NOT a Refuge II, explores the loss of family and home that stems from displacement and resettlement.
Past installations have included works by Marina Abramović, Phyllida Barlow and Iván Navarro.
From a Paula Rego's major drawing to enigmatic Swedish landscapes and surprisingly modern Japanese screens, discover this year's exhibits and stands that have been judged to be outstanding — perhaps undiscovered, rare, provenanced, and of beauty.
Experience Masterpiece London 2022 with our 360° tour.
THE MASTERPIECE TEAM
HARRY VAN DER HOORN
Head of Partnerships & Engagement
Exhibitor Relations Manager
Digital & Social Media Manager
Head of Vetting
VIP & Private Events Coordinator
Head of Marketing & Digital
MASTERPIECE EXHIBITOR COMMITTEE
The Masterpiece Exhibitor Committee is selected from exhibiting Masterpiece galleries. Their primary role is to advise and make recommendations
to the organisation regarding new exhibitors as well as fair development.
Hauser & Wirth
ALESSANDRA DI CASTRO
Alessandra di Castro
There are 27 individual vetting committees whose membership is taken from leading international specialists comprising scholars drawn from all areas of the art world including museum curators, conservators, auctioneers, dealers and gallerists. And to ensure that the skills of vetting are passed down to future generations, Masterpiece has established a mentee scheme, where those new to vetting learn from the more experienced.
These specialists are called upon to use their knowledge, expertise and experience in the handling works of art, to review every exhibit at the Fair that falls within their area of expertise to ensure that exhibits are genuine works of art of the period they are represented to be and in their original form. They base their judgement on the authenticity of the work of art. They also seek clarity in the label which is required to show the correct attribution, provenance, references to condition and restoration, and where applicable, details relating to materials or placement in an edition, as well as certificates of authentication, catalogue raisonné numbers, exhibition or literature history. At times, an exhibit may be requested to be either removed or relabelled.
Working alongside the vetting committees are the Art Loss Register and the Cranfield Forensic Institute. The Art Loss Register (ALR) check exhibits against its database which is one of the world’s largest privately managed dataset of works of art, antiques and collectables that are reported as stolen, missing, looted, subject to a dispute or loan or with other issue. Any object found to be subject to a claim is removed from the Fair. Cranfield Forensic Institute support the vetting committees with the interpretation of technical and scientific reports and analytics of substantiation of various materials and associated data.
Through the process of vetting, confidence is given to all who visit, whether museum curators, experienced collectors or those new to buying, and it is central to the ethos and integrity of the Fair.
The Art Loss Register
Cranfield Forensic Institute
The opinion of the Masterpiece Vetting Committees is given to the best of their knowledge based on the information provided and no member of the Vetting Committee, nor Masterpiece London Ltd shall be liable for any direct or indirect loss. Images of works of art contained in publicity material, including the Masterpiece website, or used on social media may not have been reviewed and are illustrative only.