GENEVA | Geneva International Motor Show
With the auto industry in a state of flux, there’s never been a more fascinating time to head to Geneva than 2019. As upstart brands continue to challenge traditional marques, this year’s show promises to be an eye-opener as an increasingly crowded market readjusts to attract buyers during a period when the very nature of mobility is changing. Despite all this, petrol-heads can rejoice: over 150 European and world launches are planned, and the announcement of the Car of the Year on the eve of the show always adds a frisson of excitement to proceedings.
CANNES | Mipim
As the world’s leading property market, the Marché International des Professionnels d’Immobilier (MIPIM) goes from strength to strength in its ability to attract the international real-estate industry’s big hitters. Now in its 30th year, 3,350 companies from 100 countries will be present, representing the entire chain from developers to hotel groups, and all asset classes from hospitality to infrastructure. A keynote session from Sébastien Bazin, the chairman and CEO of AccorHotels, will set the agenda. With 26,000 participants and 5,400 investors all in one place, anyone serious about property heads here.
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MAASTRICHT | Tefaf
The European Fine Art Fair, also known as TEFAF, kicks off in March in the Dutch city of Maastricht. Established in 1988, the world’s most prestigious antiques, design and fine-art fair covers nothing less than 7,000 years of creative endeavour, making it a must-see for professional collectors and other interested parties alike. Because the fair is poorly served by commercial air travel, a private jet can dramatically reduce the time spent getting there – and is also the perfect vehicle for transporting any precious finds back with you.
HONG KONG | Art Basel
With a truly international roster on its books, galleries from Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia are included in the list of participants for this year’s Hong Kong instalment of Art Basel. Held at the city’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, the fair is nevertheless committed to showing local art both modern and historical: half of the galleries on display have a presence in the Asia and Asia-Pacific regions, and artists represented are both emerging and established. It’s this range that makes Art Basel Hong Kong one of the East’s most exciting celebrations of creativity.
VENICE | Venice Biennale
1 May-24 November
All eyes will be on the Arsenale as the 58th biennale opens for business in May. This year’s theme, “May You Live in Interesting Times”, is a response to the new world order currently asserting itself. According to curator Ralph Rugoff, “The exhibition will focus on the work of artists who challenge existing habits of thought and open up our readings of objects and images, gestures and situations.” Established in 1895, the modern-day version is expected to attract more than 500,000 visitors over its seven-month run, which has grown hugely in scope to encompass art forms ranging from architecture to dance.
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