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Events in Art and Archaeology

Claude Monet: <EM>Le jardin de l’artiste à Giverny</EM>, 1900
Claude Monet: Le jardin de l'artiste à Giverny, 1900
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Royal Academy of Arts  •  30 January - 20 April 2016
Using the work of Monet as a starting point, this exhibition examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.

Royal Academy of Arts Website

Contact: Burlington House
London W1J 0BD
Tel: (44) 020 7300 80 00

Michael Craig-Martin: Transience
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Serpentine Gallery  •  25 November 2015 - 14 February 2016

This exhibition by Michael Craig-Martin (b. Dublin, 1941) brings together works from 1981 to 2015, including his era-defining representations of once familiar yet obsolete technology; laptops, games consoles, black-and-white televisions and incandescent lightbulbs that highlight the increasing transience of technological innovation. The exhibition also features new wallpaper that has been conceived especially for the exhibition.

From the earliest work in the show, a wall drawing first produced in 1981 (the same year that the first personal computer was made available), to a painting from 2014 that depicts the minimal lines of an iPhone, Craig-Martin’s work has recorded the profound impact that electronic technology has had on the way we consume and communicate. The exhibition explores the seismic shift from analogue processes to digital technologies that informed the production and distribution of new kinds of objects in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Serpentine Gallery Website

Contact: Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
W2 3XA
Tel: (44) 020 7402 6075

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George Stubbs: A Cheetah and a Stag with two Indian Attendants, 1765
Artist and Empire: Facing Britain's Imperial Past
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Tate Britain  •  25 November 2015 - 10 April 2016
This autumn Tate Britain presents a major exhibition of art associated with the British Empire from the 16th century to the present day.

In 21st century Britain, ‘empire’ is highly provocative. Its histories of war, conquest and slavery are difficult and painful to address but its legacy is everywhere and affects us all. Artist and Empire will bring together extraordinary and unexpected works to explore how artists from Britain and around the world have responded to the dramas, tragedies and experiences of the Empire.

Featuring a vast array of objects from collections across Britain, including maps, flags, paintings, photographs, sculptures and artefacts, the exhibition examines how the histories of the British Empire have shaped art past and present. Contemporary works within the exhibition suggest that the ramifications of the Empire are far from over.

The show raises questions about ownership, authorship and how the value and meanings of these diverse objects have changed through history, it also asks what they still mean to us today.

Tate Britain Website


Tate Britain
London SW1P 4RG


Tel: 44 (0)20 7887 8888

The Egyptian god Horus in Roman military costumeEgypt, 1st-2nd century AD
The Egyptian god Horus in Roman military costume
Egypt, 1st-2nd century AD
Egypt: Faith after the Pharaohs
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  British Museum  •  29 October 2015 - 7 February 2016

After the deaths of Cleopatra and Mark Antony in 30 BC, Octavian (later Augustus) entered Alexandria, and Egypt became a Roman province, setting its path for the next 600 years. In Roman Egypt there were many hundreds of gods. The one God of Jews and Christians was one among many and invocations of Solomon, Moses and Jesus are found side by side with deities from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome.

The exhibition begins in 30 BC, when Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire after the death of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and continues until AD 1171 when the rule of the Islamic Fatimid dynasty came to an end. The remarkable objects in the exhibition have been uniquely preserved in Egypt’s arid climate, and many have never been on display before. Their survival provides unparalleled access to the lives of individuals and communities, and they tell a rich and complex story of influences, long periods of peaceful coexistence, and intermittent tension and violence between Jews, Christians and Muslims.
More about the exhibition

The state’s use of religion to assert power is shown by fabulous sculptures that mix ancient Egyptian and Roman imperial iconography, and letters on papyrus concerning the treatment of Jews and early Christians. Gravestones and architectural elements demonstrate the reuse and reworking of sacred spaces – temple complexes were reused as churches and, later, mosques.

The changes in people’s private lives are shown through everyday objects – delicate fragments of papyrus preserve some of the earliest surviving Jewish scriptures and lost Christian gospels. Colourful garments and accessories show what people wore, and soft-furnishings show how they dressed their homes.

British Museum Website

Contact: British Museum
Great Russell Street
Tel: 44 (0)20 7323 8299

Events in Dance

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Sadler's Wells  •  11 - 14 February 2016

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch — „…como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si…“ (Like moss on a stone)

Featuring the haunting music of Chilean composers including the theatre director, playwright, poet, singer songwriter and political activist Victor Jara, this piece draws from the country's popular music, its politics and culture.

Created with her 21-strong company while touring Northern and Southern Chile, como el musguito... is the last work completed by the choreographer before Pina Bausch's death.

Sadler's Wells Theatre Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Sadler's Wells
Rosebery Avenue,
London, EC1R
Tel: (44) 20 7863 80 00

Events in Opera

La Traviata: By Giuseppe Verdi
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Royal Opera House  •  16 January - 19 March 2016

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata 
Opera in three acts, four scenes
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, after Alexandre Dumas fils´s play La Dame aux camélias
Peformed in Italian

Richard Eyre, director
Revival Director: Daniel Dooner
Set designs: Bob Crowley
Lighting design: Jean Kalman
Director of movement: Jane Gibson


Three casts led by Venera Gimadieva, Maria Agresta and Nicole Cabell.

Royal Opera Chorus
Ochestra of the Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:00 pm

Contact: Royal Opera House
Covent Garden
Tel: (44) 020 7304 40 00

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Cirque Berserk!
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Peacock Theatre  •  8 - 24 February 2016

Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers, death-defying stunt men and of course the award-winning clown, Tweedy.

The show also features the world’s most hair raising circus act - the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Terror’.

Sadler's Wells Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Peacock Theatre
Portugal Street
Holborn, WC2A 2HT
Tel: (44) 020 7863 82 22

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