Frieze London Cancels Flagship Autumn Fair 2020




Frieze has announced that their flagship London fair won’t take place this year. The announcement came into VIPs’ in-boxes this afternoon. They said We regret to announce the cancellation of Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2020 but look forward to hosting the second edition of Frieze Viewing Room in October. The fair was set to take place Frieze
Thursday 8 October ending on Sunday 11 October – See full statement below.

Thank you for your patience while we have taken the time to consult with all our participating galleries, partners and the relevant authorities on the possibility of Frieze London and Frieze Masters taking place this year. We have given this significant thought, with your health and safety as our priority.

It is with great regret that we have determined that we cannot go ahead with Frieze London and Frieze Masters this year. Due to considerable logistical challenges regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), including complications around travel quarantine and continued restrictions, we have no choice but to cancel the physical editions of the fairs.

While we will not be together in person at the fairs this year we look forward to continued collaboration and community-building online with the second edition of Frieze Viewing Room, which will take place on the planned dates of the London fairs. We hope very much that you will join us digitally to support and celebrate fantastic galleries and artists from all over the world.

Frieze Week in London has become a cornerstone of the cultural calendar which brings an unparalleled energy to the great galleries and institutions in this city. We will continue to celebrate Frieze Week in London even though the fairs will not take place physically, and we will keep you informed of the exhibitions taking place in October.

We will write again in the coming weeks with updates on the latest developments of Frieze Viewing Room and Frieze Week, so please stay tuned for all our news. We look forward to staying in touch.

With warmest regards from everyone at Frieze

Frieze was founded in 1991 by Amanda Sharp, Matthew Slotover and Tom Gidley with the launch of frieze magazine, a leading magazine of contemporary art and culture. Sharp and Slotover established Frieze London in 2003, one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs which takes place each October in The Regent’s Park, London. In 2012, Frieze launched Frieze New York taking place in May; and Frieze Masters, which coincides with Frieze London in October and is dedicated to art from ancient to modern. In 2019, Frieze opened its first edition in Los Angeles at Paramount Pictures Studios, taking place in Februrary.

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