Patti Smith Joins Artist Anne Imhof To Rock In London’s New Year 

American Punk Rock legend Patti Smith and Golden Lion, Venice Biennale winner, German artist Anne Imhof will ring in 2021 online. 

A moving tribute to 100 NHS and healthcare workers who passed away this year from COVID-19

Patti Smith and her Band will mark the beginning of 2021 with a 10-minute performance at midnight online. Anne Imhof will show her digital piece ‘ONE’ in the lead up to the New Year. This is a gift to London, the city that Smith loves, the event will be streamed around the world for free, via the CIRCA YouTube channel on Thursday 31st December, 23.45 GMT.

In a run-up to midnight, CIRCA will present ‘ONE’ a major new 10-minute commission by the winner of the Venice Art Biennale 2017, Anne Imhof using footage filmed at the Tate Modern during the artist’s large-scale installation and performance in 2019. Piccadilly Circus will be washed in the glow of a setting sun, whilst the video counts down to midnight and the arrival of a new year. With the Brexit transition period coming to an end, the solitary and iconic image of Eliza Douglas whipping up the waves on the beaches of Normandy offers a poignant and hypnotizing emblem for the ending of the year.

Created by artist Josef O’Connor, CIRCA pioneered a new model for outdoor exhibitions by inviting a different artist each month to present new ideas on the iconic Piccadilly Lights screen. Following the success of their first c.20:20 exhibition, which launched in October 2020 with a 30 film commission by Ai Weiwei, c.20:21 will begin with Patti Smith who has created new work for the month of January. Sadly this has been cancelled due to COVID and will only take place online.

Starting 1 January 2021, CIRCA will be screened every evening at the new time of 20:21GMT. Patti Smith has also created 4 limited edition prints in support of the #CIRCAECONOMY costing £100 each. They are only be available to buy on WWW.CIRCA.ART/CIRCAECONOMY from 1 – 31 January 2021.

This special New Year’s Eve event will be streamed on the CIRCA YouTube Channel (23:30 – 00:10GMT) whilst visitors to Piccadilly Circus are encouraged to wear a face mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Headphones are required for a fully immersive audio-visual experience, delivered via the WWW.CIRCA.ART website to your phone.

To help raise money in support of their free public programme, CIRCA is offering 1,000 people the opportunity to #CYOURNAMEINLIGHTS on the iconic Piccadilly Lights screen next year, for just £100. Visit the CIRCA website for more info.

Anne Imhof said: “It is an honour to show my piece ‘ONE’ on the iconic screens of Piccadilly Circus leading up to midnight on New Years Eve as part of the c.20:20 project. The opportunity to take over Europe’s largest advertising display and open a portal to hope in the final moments of 2020 is humbling. Peace, freedom and respect for everyone in 2021.”

Josef O’Connor said: ‘These remarkable works by two of the world’s leading artists are a great gift to London. Piccadilly Lights, generously donated to artists by LandSec, is a wonderful new platform for their work which has assumed an even greater resonance during the pandemic. We are proud that CIRCA has played its part in making art more accessible to audiences across London when it is more important then ever before.’

Anne Imhof (b. 1978) lives and works in Berlin and Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She represented Germany at the 2017 Venice Biennale, where she was awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation and has won the Absolut Art Award (2017) and the Preis der Nationalgalerie (2015). Imhof’s performances have been staged in solo exhibitions at major international venues including the Hamburger Bahnhof, Biennale de Montréal, Kunsthalle Basel and Portikus Frankfurt (2016), MoMA PS1, New York (2015) and the Musée d’art Contemporain, Nîmes (2014). Her work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015); and the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (2014).

Patti Smith (b. 1946) lives and works in New York City. She is a singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist, known for her revolutionary merging of poetry and rock. In 1971, her first poetry reading at St Mark’s Church would go onto influence her debut album, Horses, which has been hailed as one of the top one hundred albums of all time by Rolling Stone. Her books include Just Kids, winner of the National Book Award in 2010, Wītt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, and Auguries of Innocence. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

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