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Events in Art and Archaeology

LONDON, ENGLAND  •  The National Gallery, London  •  8 July - 6 September 2015
‘Soundscapes’ has commissioned musicians and sound artists to select a painting from the collection and compose a new piece of music or sound art in response. Immersive and site-specific, the experience encourages visitors to ‘hear’ the paintings and ‘see’ the sound.

The artists are:

Nico Muhly is a composer of chamber, orchestral, and sacred music, as well as opera and ballet.

Susan Philipsz OBE is a Turner Prize-winning sound artist.

Jamie xx is a DJ, music producer, and member of Mercury Prize-winning band, The xx.

Gabriel Yared is an Oscar-winning film composer, whose work includes the scores for ‘Betty Blue’ (1986), ‘The English Patient’ (1996), ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ (1999), and ‘Cold Mountain’ (2003).

Chris Watson is one of the world's leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena. He won BAFTA Awards for David Attenborough’s ‘Life’ and ‘Frozen Planet’ BBC series.

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller are internationally renowned installation and sound artists.

The National Gallery, London Website

Contact: The National Gallery, London
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN
United Kingdom
Tel: 44 20 7747 2885

15th Serpentine Pavilion.
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Serpentine Gallery  •  25 June - 18 October 2015
Spanish architects selgascano designed the 15th Serpentine Pavilion. The award-winning studio, headed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano, is the first Spanish architecture practice to be asked to design the temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine’s lawn in London’s Kensington Gardens. In keeping with the criteria of the scheme, this is the studio’s first new structure in the UK. The Pavilion is an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of panels of a translucent, multi-coloured fluorine-based polymer (ETFE) woven through and wrapped like webbing. Visitors can enter and exit the Pavilion at a number of different points, passing through a ‘secret corridor’ between the outer and inner layer of the structure and into the Pavilion’s brilliant, stained glass-effect interior.

15th Serpentine Pavilion  in London

The architects’ inspiration not only came from the site itself, but from the ways in which people move through London, notably the Underground with its many-layered, chaotic yet structured flow. selgascano’s design follows Smiljan Radić’s Pavilion in 2014, which was likened by many to a spaceship resting on Neolithic stones. Previous architects include Sou Fujimoto, 2013; Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, 2012; Frank Gehry, 2008; Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond, with Arup, 2006; Oscar Niemeyer, 2003; Daniel Libeskind with Arup, 2001; and Zaha Hadid, who designed the inaugural Pavilion in 2000.

Serpentine Galleries Website

Detailed schedule information:
Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm

Contact: Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
W2 3XA

Gold medal. Obverse: portrait of Louis XIV facing right. Reverse: Louis XIV as the sun warming the earth. Made by Jean Warin, 1672.
Gold medal. Obverse: portrait of Louis XIV facing right.
Reverse: Louis XIV as the sun warming the earth.
Made by Jean Warin, 1672.
Triumph and disaster: medals of the Sun King
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  British Museum  •  4 June - 15 November 2015
This display examines the greatest medallic project ever undertaken – a self-portrait of the reign of Louis XIV of France.

Louis XIV – known as the Sun King – was King of France for over 70 years, reigning from 1643 to 1715. In 1662 his Minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, put forward the idea of creating a series of medals commemorating the triumphs of Louis’ reign – a medallic history. This was to form an extraordinary work of collaborative art that resulted in a unique and fascinating self-portrait of the regime that dominated Europe for nearly 60 years.

The display explores the background to the medallic history’s production, introducing some of the key people involved in its design and execution, including Colbert, artist and sculptor Jean Warin and authors Charles Perrault (best known today for his collection of fairy tales) and Jean Racine. The display uses a selection of the British Museum’s outstanding collection of medals produced during this period to tell this fascinating story – from the setting up of a ‘Little Academy’ (a committee established in 1663 to advise Louis on commemorating his reign) to the process of creation and production, and how Louis was represented.

The show also includes a 1702 folio edition of the medallic history (Médailles sur les principaux événements du règne de Louis le Grand – essentially a catalogue of the medals that were produced) from the Department of Coins and Medals’ library collection.

British Museum Website

Contact: British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
United Kingdom
Tel: 44 20 7323 8299

Ibrahim Mahama: Untitled, 2013Draped jute sacks wall installation
Ibrahim Mahama: Untitled, 2013
Draped jute sacks wall installation
Pangaea III: New Art From Africa and Latin America
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Saatchi Gallery  •  11 March - 6 September 2015

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 III: New Art From Africa and Latin America features work by Aboudia, Dawit Abebe, Eduardo Berliner, Jean-François Boclé, Armand Boua, Pia Camil,  Alida Cervantes, Virginia Chihota, Alexandre da Cunha, Federico Herrero, Diego Mendoza Imbachi, Eddy Ilunga Kamuanga, Hamid El Kanbouhi, Ibrahim Mahama 
Jorge Mayet, Boris Nzebo, Alejandro Ospina, Ephrem Solomon, Mikhael Subotzky

Saatchi Gallery Website

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

Events in Classical Music

J. S. Bach: Six Cello Suites: Yo-Yo Ma, cello
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Royal Albert Hall  •  5 September 2015

J. S. Bach: Six Cello Suites

Yo-Yo Ma, cello


BBC Proms 2015 Website

Detailed schedule information:
9:00 pm


Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP

Tel: (44) 020 75 89 82 12

Emerson String Quartet : Elisabeth Leonskaja, piano
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Cadogan Hall  •  31 August 2015

Shostakovich, Barber

Emerson String Quartet
Elisabeth Leonskaja, piano

BBC Proms 2015 Website

Detailed schedule information:
1:00 pm

Contact: Tel: (44) 020 75 89 82 12

Sibelius: Kullervo: BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Royal Albert Hall  •  29 August 2015

Sibelius: Kullervo

BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Sakari Oramo, conductor

BBC Proms 2015 Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm


Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP

Tel: (44) 020 75 89 82 12

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Victorial and Albert Museum  •  13 June 2015 - 31 January 2016
This exhibition looks at the extremes of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers. It considers the cultural significance and transformative capacity of shoes and examines the latest developments in footwear technology creating the possibility of ever higher heels and dramatic shapes.

Victorial and Albert Museum Website

Contact: V&A South Kensington
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
United Kingdom
Tel: 44 (0)20 7942 2000

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