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Events in Art and Archaeology

Limestone head from a temple. Selinous, Sicily, c. 540–510 BC. Museo Archeologico Regionale ‘A Salinas’, Palermo.© Regione Siciliana.
Limestone head from a temple. Selinous, Sicily, c. 540–510 BC. Museo Archeologico Regionale ‘A Salinas’, Palermo.
© Regione Siciliana.
Sicily: culture and conquest
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  British Museum  •  21 April - 14 August 2016
 

Sicily has been shaped by waves of conquest and settlement by different peoples over 4,000 years. Since the 8th century BC, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans all settled or invaded the island, lured by its fertile lands and strategic location. Over time, this series of conquests forged a cultural identity unlike any other.

The exhibition sheds light on the remarkable artistic and architectural achievements of the island through objects in the British Museum’s own collection alongside outstanding loans from Sicily and around the world, including many objects coming to the UK for the very first time.

 



British Museum Website


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

<P>Korakrit Arunanondchai: <EM>Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3</EM>, 2015Video, 25:27 min. © The artist, Carlos/Ishikawa London, Clearing New York</P>

Korakrit Arunanondchai: Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3, 2015
Video, 25:27 min.
© The artist, Carlos/Ishikawa London, Clearing New York

Emotional Supply Chains
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Zabludowicz Collection  •  24 March - 17 July 2016
 

Zabludowicz Collection announces: Emotional Supply Chains, a new exhibition addressing the construction of identity in the digital age. Featuring 16 leading international artists and including six new commissions, all works are drawn from the Zabludowicz Collection and produced since the year 2000.

Exhibited artists include: Korakrit Arunanondchai (TH), Neil Beloufa (FR), David Blandy (UK), David Raymond Conroy (UK), Andrea Crespo (US), Simon Denny (NZ), Aleksandra Domanović (YU), Ed Fornieles (UK), Guan Xiao (CHN), Eloise Hawser (UK), Ann Hirsch (US), Pierre Huyghe (FR), Daniel Keller (US), Seth Price (US), Frances Stark (US), Christopher Kulendran Thomas (UK).

Through diverse aesthetic and narrative approaches, the participating artists explore how a sense of self is sourced and assembled through a supply chain of readily available constituent parts: objects, ideas and experiences that are often mediated on screen or online. In 1938 Socialist psychoanalyst Otto Fenichel proposed the theory of ‘narcissistic supply’ to describe the way individuals draw support or sustenance for their self-esteem from their environment. Our digital present seems to offer vast possibilities for such supply, and for fabricating multiple, fluid identities. However, online spaces are increasingly structured by capital and commerce, directing ‘chain-store selves’ to be replicated across a multitude of platforms, each reaffirming and circulating our tastes, preferences and networks.1 The participating artists combine elements of autobiography and anthropology to explore the tensions between happiness and anxiety, confinement and escape, and play and addiction that structure our virtual and physical interaction with others and the world around us.



Zabludowicz Collection Website


Contact: Zabludowicz Collection
176 Prince of Wales Road
London
NW5 3PT
United Kingdom
Tel: (44) 20 7428 8940

Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Barbican Art Gallery  •  16 March - 19 June 2016
 
 

Curated by the British photographer Martin Parr, Strange and Familiar considers how international photographers from the 1930s onwards have captured the social, cultural and political identity of the UK.

From social documentary and portraiture to street and architectural photography, the exhibition celebrates the work of leading photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rineke Dijkstra, Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand. Bringing together compelling photographs and previously unseen bodies of work, Strange and Familiar presents a vibrant portrait of modern Britain.



Barbican Centre Website


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

Imran Qureshi: Where the Shadows are so Deep
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  The Curve  •  18 February - 10 July 2016
 
 

Barbican has commissioned the award-winning Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi to create a new body of work for The Curve.

For his first major London commission, Qureshi presents Where the Shadows are so Deep, a series of exquisite miniature paintings, drawing upon The Curve as a motif in this tradition. Beginning with scenes of nature, the sequence of works gradually introduces darker elements, subtly implying the uncertainty of what lies around the bend. Hung at varying heights along the dramatic 90-metre span of the space, these delicate, jewel-like paintings lure the visitor in, demanding an altogether different kind of looking.



Barbican Centre Website


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

Eugène Delacroix: <EM>Convulsionists of Tangier</EM>, 1837–8© The Minneapolis Institute of ArtBequest of J. Jerome Hill 73.42.3
Eugène Delacroix: Convulsionists of Tangier, 1837–8
© The Minneapolis Institute of Art
Bequest of J. Jerome Hill 73.42.3
Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  National Gallery of Art  •  17 February - 22 May 2016
 

From the bold colours and abstract shapes of Matisse and Kandinsky, to the expressiveness of Van Gogh and Gauguin, to the vibrant complementary colours of the Impressionists. All can be traced back to Eugène Delacroix – the last painter of the Grand Style but equally one of the first modern masters, who transformed French painting in the 19th century.

Placing Delacroix alongside contemporaries such as Courbet and Chassériau, this exhibition traces 50 years of Delacroix’s legacy, exploring the profound impact he had on generations of artists to come.



The National Gallery Website


Contact: The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN
Tel: 44 (0)20 7747 2885

Events in Classical Music

Jerusalem Quartet
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Wigmore Hall  •  16 May 2016
 

Beethoven, Bartók

Jerusalem Quartet



Wigmore Hall Website



Detailed schedule information:
1:00 pm

Contact: Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street
London
W1U 2BP
Tel: (44) 20 7935 2141

Joshua Bell, violin: Sam Haywood, piano
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Wigmore Hall  •  10 May 2016
 
Vitali, Beethoven. Fauré

Wigmore Hall Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street
London
W1U 2BP
Tel: (44) 20 7935 2141

Quatuor Mosaïques: Robert Levin, piano
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Wigmore Hall  •  7 May 2016
 
Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart

Quatuor Mosaïques
Robert Levin piano

Wigmore Hall Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street
London
Tel: (44) 20 7935 2141

The Endellion String Quartet
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Wigmore Hall  •  4 May 2016
 
 

Haydn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky

The Endellion String Quartet



Wigmore Hall Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street
London
W1U 2BP
Tel: (44) 20 7935 2141

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Punk 1976-78
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  British Library  •  13 May - 2 October 2016
 
 

The British Library’s punk exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of this musical phenomenon.

Starting with the impact of the Sex Pistols in 1976, it explores punk’s early days in the capital and reveals how its remarkable influence spread across music, fashion, print and graphic styles nationwide. Showcasing a range of fanzines, flyers, recordings and record sleeves from the British Library’s collections alongside rare material from the archives held at Liverpool John Moores University, including items from England's Dreaming: The Jon Savage Archive, the exhibition celebrates the enduring influence of punk as a radical musical, artistic and political movement.



British Library Website


Contact: The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Tel: 44 (0)1937 546546

Mea<EM>sure for Measure</EM>RECKLESS, Heady Conduct
Measure for Measure
RECKLESS, Heady Conduct
Measure for Measure: By William Shakespeare
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  The Rose Playhouse  •  10 - 29 May 2016
 

William Shakespeare: Measure for Measure

Vienna has fallen into disarray, decadence and debauchery after decades of corrupt rule, with justice turning a blind eye. A chaotic city, full of hot heads and hot beds, driven by an alluring beat. The Duke has fled, appointing the cool headed, cold hearted Angelo to make things right. When Angelo sentences Claudio to death for breaking the law on his watch, Claudio's virtuous sister Isabella is dragged from the nunnery to help, but Angelo’s autocracy begins to waver in the face of the enigmatic Isabella.



The Rose Playhouse Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: The Rose Playhouse
56 Park Street
London SE1 9AR
England
Tel: 44 (0)20 7261 9565

ViviVivien Leigh (as Titania) from <EM>A Midsummer Night’s Dream</EM> at The Old Vic Theatre, 1937. Photograph by J W Debenham. Courtesy of the Mander and Mitchenson collection at the University of Bristol and ArenaPA.
ViviVivien Leigh (as Titania) from A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Old Vic Theatre, 1937. Photograph by J W Debenham. Courtesy of the Mander and Mitchenson collection at the University of Bristol and ArenaPA.
Shakespeare in Ten Acts
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  PACCAR Gallery  •  15 April - 6 September 2016
 
 

Journey through 400 years of history – from the first productions of Hamlet and The Tempest – to understand how Shakespeare’s plays have been transformed for new generations of theatre-goers.

Experience the glamour of Vivien Leigh’s Lady Macbeth costume, the surprising circus prop from Peter Brook’s radical 1970s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the stunning detail of the Globe’s award-winning costumes from Twelfth Night starring Mark Rylance.

Shakespeare in Ten Acts showcases over 200 unique and rare items such as the only surviving play-script in Shakespeare’s hand, an authentic Shakespeare signature, the earliest printed edition of Hamlet from 1603 and Shakespeare’s First Folio.



British Library Website


Contact: PACCAR Gallery
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
Tel: 44 (0)1937 546546

<EM>Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones</EM>Saatchi Gallery
Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones
Saatchi Gallery
Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Saatchi Gallery  •  5 April - 4 September 2016
 
 

Taking over the entire two floors of the Saatchi Gallery with 9 thematic galleries, Exhibitionism combines over 500 original Stones' artefacts, with cinematic and interactive technologies offering comprehensive insight into the band's  fifty year history.

From dressing room and backstage paraphernalia to rare instruments; original stage designs, iconic costumes, rare audio tracks and video footage; personal diaries; poster and album cover artwork; and wraparound cinematic experiences that celebrate every aspect of their careers.



Saatchi Gallery Website


Contact: Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York's HQ
King's Road
London
SW3 4RY

Loraine Hansberry: <EM>Les Blancs</EM>
Loraine Hansberry: Les Blancs
Les Blancs: By Lorraine Hansberry
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Olivier Theatre  •  22 March - 4 May 2016
 

Loraine Hansberry: Les Blancs

An African country teeters on the edge of civil war. A society prepares to drive out its colonial present and claim an independent future. Racial tensions boil over. Tshembe, returned home from England for his father’s funeral, finds himself in the eye of the storm.

A family and a nation fall apart under the pressure to determine their own identity as this brave, illuminating and powerful play confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution.

Written eleven years after A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s final drama is an unknown masterpiece of the American stage and a highly theatrical search for the soul of post-colonial Africa. Les Blancs is the National Theatre debut of the  multi-award-winning Yaël Farber whose productions include The Crucible (Old Vic) and the internationally acclaimed Mies Julie and Nirbhaya.



National Theatre Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: National Theatre
Upper Ground
London SE1 9PX
United Kingdom
Tel: (44) 20 7452 3000

Sharon D ClarkePhoto: Seamus Ryan
Sharon D Clarke
Photo: Seamus Ryan
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: By August Wilson
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  National Theatre  •  22 February - 18 May 2016
 

August Wilson: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Chicago, 1927. In a recording studio on the city’s South Side, a battle of wills is raging.

Ma Rainey, Mother of the Blues, uses every trick in the book to fight her record producers for control of her music. Hardened by years of ill-treatment and bad deals, she’s determined that ‘Black Bottom’, the song that bears her name, will be recorded her way.

But Levee, the band’s swaggering young trumpet player, plans to catapult the band into the jazz age. His ambition puts them all in danger.

Inspired by the real-life Blues legend and infused with her music, August Wilson’s play speaks powerfully of a struggle for self-determination against overwhelming odds.

Sharon D Clarke plays Ma Rainey.



National Theatre Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: National Theatre
Upper Ground
London SE1 9PX
United Kingdom
Tel: (44) 20 7452 3000

Naomi Campbell by Patrick Demarchelier, 1987Condé Nast Archive, London © The Condé Nast Archive
Naomi Campbell by Patrick Demarchelier, 1987
Condé Nast Archive, London
© The Condé Nast Archive
Vogue 100: A Century of Style
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  National Portrait Gallery  •  11 February - 22 May 2016
 
Vogue 100: A Century of Style showcases the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916, with over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being shown together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.

National Portrait Gallery Website


Contact: National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
London
WC2H 0HE
Tel: (44) 020 7306 0055



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