Nine internationally-renowned street artists will produce Klimt-inspired masterpieces in front of a live audience in Londons Grosvenor Gardens, on Tuesday 21st August.
Situated upon plinths, the artists will create new works resonant with the influence of Klimt in the square format, as part of the Vienna Tourist Boards campaign to celebrate the 150th birthday of the famous Viennese artist. Inspired by Viennas rich cultural diversity, the unique celebration aims to showcase the citys modern art scene and imperial heritage.
The completed works work will be displayed in the famous Lazarides Gallery
in Soho as a public exhibition, Klimt Illustrated.
The free live event runs from 9am to 7pm on 21st August, and the exhibition at Lazarides Gallery will be free and open to the general public from 24th August to 1st September, Tuesday to Saturday 11am 7pm.
The Vienna Tourist Board has worked with the Lazarides Gallery and curator, Sydney Ogidan of BLK River, to secure the nine artists, who are: Mode 2, Lucy McLauchlan, Vhils, Ron English, Christian Eisenberger, Bastardilla, Know Hope, Marlene Hausegger. Work will also be on display from Shepard Fairey, the famous American contemporary street artist and illustrator.
Austrian DJ, DEF Mike, will also be playing in Grosvenor Gardens throughout the day.
Working outside conventional practice and the contemporary art system, Lazarides welcomes a broad audience to an extensive exhibition programme, off-site projects and online exhibitions and collectives. Lazarides supports and develops the work of a group of artists who collectively, defy categorisation.
Founded in 2006 by Steve Lazarides, Lazarides represents some of the most exciting and innovative artists working today including Antony Micallef, David Choe, JR, Vhils, Faile, Jonathan Yeo, Charlie Isoe, Conor Harrington, Ian Francis, Stanley Donwood, 3D, Invader, Kelsey Brookes, Mode 2, Todd James/Reas, Blu, Paul Insect and BAST.