1. Reading Andy Warhol – September 18 - January 12
Many are aware of Andy Warhol's close affinity with books and publishing and yet an upcoming exhibition at the Museum Branhorst in Munich is the first to consider the pop art master's literary creations and exploits in their entirety. Beginning with a number of illustrations made after famous novels during his student days in the 1940s, the display spans Warhol's self-published (and distributed) thematic booklets from his period as a graphic artist in the 1950s, through the illustrated tomes he went on to create in collaboration with other artists in the Factory. A complementary range of key Warhol works are also on display at Munich's Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.
2. Unknown Festival, Croatia – September 10-14
The latest addition to the growing Croatian music festival scene, Unknown Festival debuts on September 10. From the same promoters as Hideout Festival, The Warehouse Project and Field day, the 4-day event hosts boat parties, pool parties, multiple stages and a host of artistic treats by Mad Ferret Productions, Kid Acne x Unit and Painted by Pixies. Set in Rovinj on the coastline of North Croatia, headlining artists include Jessie Ware, SBTKRT, The Horrors, Django Django and Four Tet amongst others.
"Beginning with a number of illustrations made after famous novels during his student days in the 1940s, the display spans Warhol's self-published thematic booklets"
3. Illuminum: Fine fragrance meets Art exhibition – September 4
Illunium Fine Perfume have collaborated with perfumer Cécile Zarokian and artist Matthieu Appriou for an exhibition that fuses art and fragrance through a series of six figurative illustrations accompanied by complimentary scents. ISIPCA graduate Zarokian trained at Robertet for four years before creating her first fragrance Amouage Epic for Woman, before launching her own company Cécile Zarokian Sarl in 2011. Approiou has previously worked for Hennessy, Krug, Dom Perignon and Bollinger. The exhibition is held at the unique Illuminum Fragrance Lounge on Dover Street and emphasises the sensual relationship between art and scent.
4. Ben Sherman x The Icons – September, and Bonnie Gull x The Wildlife Trust Summer Party – September 6
Classic menswear brand Ben Sherman continue their collaboration with The Teenage Cancer Trust with a special 5-piece limited edition collection launching this month. Each piece has been designed by an icon from the 1960s to 2000s, ranging from a Union Jack emblazoned number by The Who’s Roger Daltrey to a bright red smiley print from controversial British art duo Jake & Dinos Chapman. Another charitable cause with fantastic perks is the end of summer BBQ feast to be hosted by acclaimed seafood shack Bonnie Gull at London Wildlife Trust’s Camley Street nature reserve in Kings Cross. An urban oasis on Regents Canal, the nature reserve will play host to various Bonnie Gull food stations, offering guests the rare opportunity to tuck into Chef Luke Robinson’s delicious dishes, with all profits donated directly to the Wildlife Trust's Living Sea Project.
5. Honey Dijon x Kenny Scharf for Classic Through The Eyes Of – September 16
Honey Dijon takes the reigns for the fourth instalment of the Classic Through The Eyes Of mix series, released through Luke Solomon and Derrick Carter's seminal label Classic Recordings. For each compilation, the label invites artists to put together a tracklist with material exclusively from Classic's back catalogue. Alongside reworkings of house favourites such as Blaze's Lovelee Dae and Isolee's Beau Mot Plage, Dijon's offering features the sounds of Metro Area, Lil' Mark and Iz & Diz, as well as showcasing her own production skills with unique remixes of Style of Eye, DJ Alias and Induceve. Cover art comes courtesy of acclaimed artist and friend of Dijon, Kenny Scharf.
6. John Baldessari, 1+1=1 at Moscow's Garage Center For Contemporary Culture – September 21 - November 24
The first exhibition of Baldessari's work to be shown in Russia, 1+1=1 is a display of the celebrated artist's most recent completed series of paintings which offers "a playful 'double take' on the canon of art history". In each work, Baldessari has reinterpreted a masterpiece – by the likes of de Chirico, Duchamp and Hockney – working from reproductions of the pieces in art history textbooks. The resulting paintings are a fascinating extension of Baldessari's "longstanding investigations onto the tensions between text and image."
7. Francis Bacon & Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone – September 12 - January 19
A new major exhibition at Oxford's Ashmolean museum will bring together 20 paintings by iconic figurative artist Francis Bacon and 20 sculptures by his esteemed contemporary Henry Moore. The display will consider themes such as the respective artists' treatment of the human figure and the effect of the violence of the twentieth century upon their work, drawing surprising parallels between the two men who have rarely been linked prior to now.
8. A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now – September 13 - October 20
This month marks the opening of a new ICA Off-Site project at The Old Selfridges Hotel which seeks to illustrate the off-kilter path taken by London's alternative scene by bringing together art, fashion, graphics and design from the 1980s to the present day, and considering what today's emerging artists have in common with their cultural forbearers. Among those taking part are Gilbert & George, Julie Verhoeven, JW Anderson and Louise Gray, while speakers at a series of free weekly talks include SHOWstudio and Tom Dixon.
9. New stores from Pringle, Belstaff and Paul Smith – September
Joining a line of high-end favourites, the new Pringle store opens on Mount Street. The store coincides with the launch of the brand’s latest archive collection, ‘Princess Grace: More Than an Image,’ a Grace Kelly exhibition, the title of which derives from a quote given to Time Magazine in 1955. Celebrated luxury lifestyle brand Belstaff open their new London flagship store this month, with an interior drawing from their unique heritage and motorcycle inspired legacy. Fittingly, a bike parade on September 15 will mark the opening. While Paul Smith have re-vamped and expanded their Albemarle Street flagship store which now boasts an imposing facade incorporating hand drawings by Smith himself in bespoke cast iron panels and an interior filled with an eclectic mix of design pieces including a wall covered in thousands of dominoes.
10. Kasia Bobula: Backstage – September 6 - October 14
AnOther contibuting photographer Kasia Bobula's latest exhibition opens at Galeria w Lesie in Warsaw this month. Entitled Backstage, it will showcase Bobula's skillfully captured behind-the-scene snapshots from an array of fashion shows, for publications including AnOther, The New York Times Style Magazine and Dazed & Confused. She tells us, "There is quite an abstract element to all photos that are in the show, focusing not so much on the clothing, but more on specific girls, situations and also venues of the selected shows, be it a row of empty benches in a dimly-lit car park (Thomas Tait), an incredibly ornate staircase (Valentino Couture), or a forest in the mist that is actually part of the set at the McQ Alexander McQueen show."
Compiled by Mhairi Graham, Rhiannon Wastell and Daisy Woodward