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2022 at a Glance: Design Exhibitions

The United Nations cite climate change as the defining crisis of our time. This year, designers and galleries are coming together to find ways to help.

Lights, Sounds, Air

The word “photosynthesis” translates as “a putting together of light.” Roosmarijn Pallandt’s COP26 sound sculpture delves into this phenomenon.

Lighting up Space

“My ambition is, in a sense, to make you see a little bit more tomorrow than you saw today.” A new show brings the minimalist spirit of Robert Irwin to Berlin.

Between Analogue and Virtual

BIENALSUR – the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of the South – creates a network of associative collaboration around the globe.

5 to See: Winter Light Shows

This festive season, London is aglow with immersive and interactive artworks: from mist-filled rooms to giant tree-like sculptures.

Gifts for Art Lovers

10 gift ideas for culture lovers this season. 2021’s list includes gallery memberships, photobooks, subscriptions and camera accessories.

The Aesthetica Awards:
Open for Entries

The Aesthetica Awards are open for submissions, celebrating the best contemporary talent across art, photography, literature and film.

Galvanise:
The December/January Issue

This issue of Aesthetica is dedicated to perseverance, resilience and determination. In the face of anything, we have power to change.

A Hybrid Exhibition

“The pandemic has taught us what the real value of art is.” ING Discerning Eye returns to London and online, highlighting the future of contemporary art.

Vibrant Towers

Yorkshire Sculpture Park fills the Weston Gallery with Annie Morris’ rich, towering sculptures, combining play and intimacy.

Biomechanical Life

Anicka Yi has long explored the thresholds of human, animal and robotic intelligence. Now, she has filled Tate Modern’s iconic Turbine Hall.

Memories in Paper

Thomas Demand painstakingly re-stages highly political locations in paper and cardboard. He photographs and then destroys them.

10 to See: Black History Month 2021

The Black History Month 2021 theme is Proud to Be. Here are 10 key arts exhibitions, online resources and events to explore this month and beyond.

5 to See: Frieze Week 2021

Frieze returns to London with three concurrent fairs, offering new perspectives on conflict, desire, pollution and how to reshape the canon.

Art Fairs in a New World

2021 has seen the return of some of the world’s most popular art fairs. But what do these creative gatherings look like in a post-lockdown world?

Art and the Ocean

“The sea and its ecosystems encompass us all.” Art appears across South Korea’s beaches, questioning our relationships with the non-human world.

Art on the Airwaves

We preview five of the most exciting contemporary art podcasts, from deep dives into the lives of women artists to 20th century sculpture.

Art and Landscape:
Aesthetica Art Prize 2021

Never has it been more important to consider our relationship with the natural world. Artists from our 2021 longlist bring the landscape into focus.

A Frozen Narrative

Elmgreen & Dragset’s new installation asks more questions than it answers, as part of Copenhagen Contemporary’s exhibition The Art of Sport.

Piecing it Together

Karen Navarro calls upon photography, collage and sculpture to investigate the concepts of race, gender and belonging, and how they converge.

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