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Events in Art and Archaeology

Kazimir Malevich • © State Art Museum Nizhny Novgoro
Kazimir Malevich
© State Art Museum Nizhny Novgoro
Malevich: Revolutionary of Russian Art
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Tate Modern  •  16 July - 26 October 2014
Kazimir Malevich (1878–1935) has long been celebrated as one of the seminal founders of nonobjective art in the 20th century. He lived and worked through one of the most turbulent periods in twentieth century history. Tate Modern presents the first major Malevich retrospective for almost twenty-five years.

Starting from his early paintings of Russian landscapes, agricultural workers and religious scenes, visitors can see Malevich’s journey towards abstract painting and his iconic Suprematist compositions, including almost all the surviving paintings from the legendary 0.10 exhibition. The show explores his collaborative involvement with architecture and theatre, including his designs for the avant-garde opera Victory over the Sun. The exhibition also follows his temporary abandonment of painting in favour of teaching and writing, and his much-debated return to figurative painting in later life.

Between 1915 and 1932, Malevich developed a system of abstract painting called Suprematism, an art of pure form meant to be universally comprehensible regardless of cultural or ethnic origin. Like his contemporaries Piet Mondrian and Vasily Kandinsky, Malevich created an artistic utopia that became the secular equivalent of religious painting—in his case intending to replace the ubiquitous icon of the Russian home—creating works meant to evoke higher states of spiritual consciousness.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue from Tate Publishing and a programme of talks and events in the gallery.

Tate Modern Website

Contact: Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG
United Kingdom
Tel: (44) 20 78 87 88 88

Digital Revolution: An immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and videogames
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Barbican Art Gallery  •  3 July - 14 September 2014

Digital Revolution explores and celebrates the transformation of the arts through digital technology since the 1970s. The exhibition brings together for the first time a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers pushing the boundaries of their fields using digital media. It also looks to the future considering the impact of creative coding, DIY culture, digital communities and the creative possibilities offered by technologies including augmented reality, artificial intelligence, wearable technologies, robotics and 3D printing.

Curated by Conrad Bodman, the exhibition includes new commissions from artists Umbrellium (Usman Haque and Nitipak 'Dot' Samsen); Universal Everything; Seeper; and artist Yuri Suzuki; and a collaboration with Google in the form of digital art commissions called DevArt, pushing the possibilities of coding as a creative art form, featuring four new gallery commissions, an online inspiration hub and a competition for undiscovered creative coders. It also presents work by Oscar®-winning visual effects (VFX) Supervisor Paul Franklin and his team at Double Negative for Christopher Nolan’s film Inception; artists and performers including Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin, Björk , Amon Tobin, CuteCircuit and game developers such as Harmonix Music Systems (Dance Central).

Barbican Centre Website

Please click here for a Culturekiosque movie review of Christopher Nolan’s 'Inception'.

Contact: Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
Tel: (44) 20 76 38 88 91

Bill Viola: Martyrs
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  St Paul's Cathedral  •  6 May - 31 December 2014
St Paul's Cathedralihosts Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), the first of two large-scale permanent video installations created by artist Bill Viola.

Created by Bill Viola and Kira Perov and opened in May 2014, Martyrs shows four individuals, across four colour vertical plasma screens, being martyred by the four classical elements.

As the work opens, four individuals are shown in stasis, a pause from their suffering. Gradually there is movement in each scene as an element of nature begins to disturb their stillness. Flames rain down, winds begin to lash, water cascades, and earth flies up. As the elements rage, each martyr’s resolve remains unchanged. In their most violent assault, the elements represent the darkest hour of the martyr’s passage through death into the light.

The work has no sound. It lasts for seven minutes.

Martyrs will be joined in 2015 by a second piece entitled Mary, which the artist has conceived as a companion work. The installations have been gifted to Tate, and are on long-term loan to St Paul’s Cathedral.

St Paul's Cathedral Website

Contact: St Paul's Cathedral
Tel: (44) 020 7246 8348

<P>Oscar Murillo: <EM>Dark Americano</EM>, 2012Oil and dirt on canvas304.8 x 429.3 cm</P>

Oscar Murillo: Dark Americano, 2012
Oil and dirt on canvas
304.8 x 429.3 cm

Pangaea: New Art From Africa and Latin America
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Saatchi Gallery  •  2 April - 31 August 2014
Taking its title from the prehistoric landmass that conjoined Africa and Latin America, this major survey reunites the two former sister continents by bringing together the work of 16 of their contemporary artists. The exhibition explores the parallels between their distinctly diverse cultures and creative practices, as they begin to receive recognition in the increasingly globalised art world. Years of colonial rule, rapid urban expansion, migration and political and economic unrest remain subjects for many of the artists.

Pangaea: New Art From Africa and Latin America features work by Aboudia, Leonce Agbodjélou, Fredy Alzate, Antonio Malta Campos, Rafael Gómezbarros, David Koloane, José Lerma, Mário Macilau, Ibrahim Mahama, Dillon Marsh, Jose Carlos Martinat, Vincent Michea, Oscar Murillo, Alejandra Prieto, Boris Nzebo, Christian Rosa

Saatchi Gallery Website

Contact: Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York's HQ
King's Road

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Baldwin's Nigger R E L O A D E D
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Iniva  •  22 August 2014
Iniva is host to Baldwin's Nigger R E L O A D E D, a project created in partnership with artist Barby Asante and the London based collective of thinkers and artists ‘sorryyoufeeluncomfortable’.

In the 1969 film Baldwin's Nigger (dir. Horace Ové), author/activist James Baldwin and comedian Dick Gregory discuss the black experience in the United States relating it to the Afro-Caribbean experience in Britain.

Through artworks, interventions, performances, DJ sets, workshops and film screenings, the collective responds to the themes (race/identity/legacy) discussed in the film by setting up contemporary conversations through creative formats.

Iniva Website

Detailed schedule information:
3:00 - 11:00 pm

Contact: Iniva
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA
Tel: (44) 20 7749 1240

Paolo Roversi, Tanel Bedrossiantz, 1992. Barbès collection. Women’s prêt-à-porter fall/winter 1984–1985&lt;BR&gt;Digital print © Paolo Roversi&lt;BR&gt;
Paolo Roversi, Tanel Bedrossiantz, 1992. Barbès collection. Women’s prêt-à-porter fall/winter 1984–1985<BR>Digital print © Paolo Roversi<BR>
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Barbican Art Gallery  •  9 April - 25 August 2014

After its North American tour the first international exhibition devoted to French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier, who launched his first prêt-à-porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997, arrives in London. Dubbed fashion's enfant terrible by the press from the time of his first runway shows in the 1970s, Jean Paul Gaultier is one of the most important fashion designers of recent decades. The show features 140 ensembles and numerous documents, is particularly innovative in the theatrical mise en scène and multimedia approach provided by UBU/Compagnie de création's animated mannequins.

The openly gay Gaultier uses his designs to tackle gender and transgender issues through androgynous, gender-bending styles, meanwhile delving even further into some of the darker areas of the sexual revolution. Always provocative, he addresses issues of multiculturalism by bringing ethnic diversity to the Paris runway.

Barbican Centre Website

Contact: Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
Tel: (44) 20 76 38 88 91

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