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Must of the week 6 - 12 July 2015

MUST KNOW: ITALIAN GALLERY TO OPEN LONDON OUTPOST IN OCTOBER

As prices for Italian post-war art continue to break records in London, Tornabuoni Art is due to open a gallery in the UK capital in October, a week before the Italian auctions begin.

The first exhibition (8 October-5 December) will feature more than 40 works by Lucio Fontana, including a rare black velvet work on wood from 1956 and the popular museum exhibit, L’Inferno, also from 1956. It will be the Italian conceptualist’s first solo show in London for more than a decade. Works by Fontana have sharply risen in value over the past few years. His auction record stands at €19m, achieved in November 2013 for one of his Concetto Spaziale paintings. The artist’s gallery prices have increased accordingly. Several works in Fontana’s forthcoming London exhibition are priced around the €5m mark.

 Roberto Casamonti established Tornabuoni Art in Florence in 1981 and has gone on to open galleries in Milan, Portofino, Fort dei Marmi and Paris. Solo exhibitions by Alighiero Boetti, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Francesca Pasquali and Luca Pignatelli are also being organised for the new London gallery. Pignatelli, who first trained as an architect, has never had a show in London before. A group show of Italian masters from the 1950s and 1960s is also in the pipeline.

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MUST SEE:  PRIVATE COLLECTION GOES BIG AND BOLD IN SCULPTURE PARK NEAR ST. TROPEZ

If you are passing through Var in the South of France this summer then make a stop at the new contemporary sculpture park, Domaine Du Muy, aimed at collectors and lovers of sculpture which opens July 13.

Run by Paris-based Galerie Mitterrand, the sculpture park includes works by Carsten Höller, Yayoi Kusama, Anthony Gormely, and Sol LeWitt, with many hailing from the private collection of Pierre Lorinet, the chief financial officer of Trafigura, one of the world's largest commodities trading houses.

Located one hour from St Tropez, the park has around 25 acres of land which will act as an open air gallery to some 30 sculptures, a mixture of existing works and new commissions, such as Tomás Saraceno's Cloud Cities, a 5 meter-long sculpture of interconnected polyhedrons.

The opening installation is curated by Swiss curator Simon Lamuniere, on the theme of art and nature.“Sculptors today gravitate toward gigantism," said Mr. Mitterrand of the project when speaking to the New York Times last year. “Galleries must adapt, if they want to preserve their relationship with the artists."

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MUST HAVE: TIFF MANUEL BAGS AND CLUTCHES

Tiff Manuell is a South Australian artist, illustrator, and designer of her own line of accessories. After deciding to take two days off per week (from her other job—at commercial illustration art brand Happy House, which she also co-founded), she began designing various clutches, laptop bags, and handbags, along with other accessories such as necklaces and key rings. Although Manuell's goal is to make each product one-of-a-kind, all of her products have one common characteristic: they evolved from an original work of abstract art. "This journey for me so far is pretty close to my heart. I'm pretty passionate about creativity. I want to be blown away by what I do or at least excited by the end result," she tells CH. "Designing something innovative has to be the best feeling."

Manuell's array of accessories are unique and couldn't be more personal. She creates each artwork in her studio and works with one machinist. "I cut lengths of canvas one meter by two-and-a-half meters and paint them either hanging or flat. They can take a few days depending on the layers, sometimes over a week to complete at different stages. We then cut these up and add details where necessary, sometimes scattered and collaged over each individual bag or on top as an extra accessory detail," she says, of her process.

These paintings-turned-clutches are one of the most colorful ways to get your own little piece of wearable art. Tiff Manuell bags and clutches are available online.

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