The evening of Monday 24 February brought with it the opening of both Gallery Elena Shchukina’s second exhibition space in Knightsbridge and the first UK solo exhibition of Monaco-based Brazilian artist, Marcos Marin.
The original Gallery Elena Shchukina in Mayfair has, since its opening last year, seen some truly incredible art exhibitions. The new second space has followed suit with the Marcos Marin: Icons exhibition. This show displays a range of Marin’s new and recent works, drawing on 60s Op art as well a Warholian fascination with celebrity culture.
Elena Shchukina’s second gallery on London’s enviable Beauchamp Place continues the concept of her original space by placing furniture alongside art to create curated living spaces. The opening night itself saw the gallery filled with a wide variety of guests – ranging from Parisian singer Gregory Bakian, representatives of the Brazilian Embassy in London and notable art collectors, artists and key figures in the London art scene.
There was a particular treat for all the guests when Marin himself, an accomplished pianist having studied since the age of five, accompanied the strong vocals of Gregory Bakian in a rare performance. The music merged perfectly with the event and the art.
Pieces included sculptures, paintings and screen prints of renowned figures from art, entertainment, politics and sport. Particularly striking were the sculptures of Salvador Dali and the large painting of David Beckham. A viewer is forced into a consideration of art and contemporary culture.
It is an exhibition worth experiencing. A wander amidst Marin’s diverse pieces draws the viewer’s gaze in a voyeuristic direction. His art demands an interaction with reality, illusion and fame.
Gallery Elena Shchukina’s second space, 18 Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge
24 February – 28 March