Lawrence Van Hagen is the curator of the What's Up exhibitions presenting dynamic surveys dedicated to supporting emerging artists by creating a dialogue between them and more institutional artists. Each exhibition is curated within unusual settings in London, Paris, New York, Hong Kong and Seoul enhancing the initial concept.
Lawrence Van Hagen's childhood was firmly rooted in the art world, by time he left school, Lawrence had already hosted his first auction at Phillips in collaboration with Simon de Pury, raising over £1m to fund public school bursaries for underprivileged young people. Following an undergraduate degree in Computer Science at UCL and a Masters in Innovation at Imperial College Lawrence decided to dedicate more of his time to art. The first What’s Up show took place in Soho in 2016, had an 85 per cent sell through rate featuring the work of 50 of some the most significant contemporary and post war artists along with the rising talents in art world. The idea was based on the notion of what’s up on walls today, who are the artists to look out for right now. This idea holds true today, with 9 exhibitions in 5 different countries What's Up continues to grow....
In collaboration with Smart Fine Arts Ltd. founded in 1995, Lawrence van Hagen is also committed in advising clients on particular purchases and to assess each client’s needs on an individual basis to build their collection. We tailor our services in order to suit the most unique requirements with upmost discretion and confidentiality.
We seek out the most innovative artworks through a careful selection and extensive research from galleries, institutions, private art foundations, fairs, biennials, artists’ studios and private collections around the world.