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My London top five: Stephen Deuchar

Art world figures share their "don't miss" picks for shows going on during Frieze Week

Stephen Deuchar

Stephen Deuchar has been the director of the Art Fund, a national fundraising charity, since 2010. He served as the founding ­director of Tate Britain from 1998 to 2009. The Art Fund's membership, which topped 100,000 in June, has enabled the charity to donate £26m to museums across the UK to buy art in the past five years.

1) “Yinka Shonibare MBE at Greenwich”, Royal Museums Greenwich, until 23 February 2014

[Shonibare] explores themes of Britishness, trade and empire, commemoration and national identity in this selection of his work alongside the National Maritime Museum’s collections, including his former Fourth Plinth work Ship in a Bottle, which the Art Fund helped the museum acquire.

2) Elmgreen & Dragset, V&A, until 23 February 2014

See the gallery’s former textile galleries transformed into a fictional, retired architect’s apartment, featuring more than 100 objects from the V&A’s collections. You can read the script, lie on the architect’s bed and rifle through his books.

3) “Art Under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm”, Tate Britain, until 5 January 2014

This show explores the causes and effects of assaults on art over the centuries. Don't let it incite you to do the same.

4) Dennis Severs’s House, 18 Folgate Street, E1 6BX

This is a unique immersive experience: take an escorted tour through the ten rooms of this original Huguenot house, decked out to recreate snapshots of Spitalfields life in the 18th century. The tours are conducted in silence, allowing visitors to become immersed in Severs’s “still-life drama”.  

5) Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG

This venue does a mean afternoon tea and also hosts art in situ—including the incomparable Martin Creed— in its Gallery restaurant. I mention this as Creed’s Work No. 227: the Lights Going On and Off was recently acquired by the Tate with help from the Art Fund.


Yinka Shonibare at Greenwich
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