London's Can't-miss Creative Festival Is Perfect for Summer Exploring

Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Masterpiece London offers everything from antique furniture to cutting-edge performance art.

There’s no better time than the halcyon early days of summer to visit London, especially during the week when the grand Royal Hospital Chelsea becomes the nexus of the various branches of the creative world and Masterpiece London swings into full gear. The renowned fair, a leading force in the cross-collecting world, brings together fine art, design, furniture, and jewelry from antiquity to the present day, with 160 exhibitors from new and established galleries alike represented.


Courtesy Robilant + Voena

The highlights of this year’s fair are diverse, from the usual impressive display of a variety of work across disciplines and eras to new elements within the exhibition space. The Masterpiece Presents showcase will feature Marina Abramovic’s new Five Stages of Maya Dance, a set of five pieces by the artist bridging performance and sculpture. The elite galleries assembled will show key Impressionist, Modernist and Surrealist works by the likes of Monet, Miró, Chagall, and Ernst.


Rob Stothard/Getty Images

As always, artists from Britain and those working there will be highlighted, including this year Thomas Chippendale, whose cabinetry will be displayed in honor of the 300 year anniversary of his birth. The design, furniture, and decorative arts section will include works ranging from modern and contemporary design from Stockholm to unique handcrafted pieces by John Makepeace to Wedgwood collaborations and fine Taiwanese jewels; while the sculpture section is rife with modern masters like Alexander Calder, Henry Moore and others. June 28-July 4.