It may be devoted to the very latest in contemporary art, but there’s also more than a whiff of nostalgia at this year’s Frieze London which breaks new ground by devoting an entire section to the Nineties – a time which still seems really quite recent to some of us. Channelling the collegiate spirit of an era when artists, gallerists and collectors all mixed, mingled, caroused and (often) co-habited, 14 galleries – often working collaboratively – have here recreated landmark exhibitions that defined the decade and shaped the art world future.
Over at Frieze Masters, the pace is calmer, the gallerists more courteous but the experience is no less immersive. More than ever this year it is akin to visiting a multitude of museums which span the cultural history of the world. New York’s Jason Jacques Gallery provides a booth full of bizarre writhing beasties captured in an array of exceptional Art Nouveau ceramics, which sits right beside the austere rigour of a museum-like recreation of a De Stijl room, complete with classic furniture and stained glass by the likes of Theo van Doesburg, Gerrit Rietveld and Bart van der Leck, courtesy of Galerie Ulrich Fiedler from Berlin.