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Events in Art and Archaeology

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

Inventing Impressionism
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  The National Gallery  •  4 March - 31 May 2015

Paul Durand-Ruel, an entrepreneurial art dealer from Paris, discovered a group of young artists – including Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro and Sisley – and gambled.

Realising the fashionable potential of their derided ‘impressions’ of urban and suburban life, Durand-Ruel dedicated the rest of his life to building an audience for their work – creating the modern art market in the process.

Such was his perseverance, Durand-Ruel nearly bankrupted himself twice, before successfully globalising his operation with outposts in London, Brussels and New York, and establishing the one-man show as the international norm for exhibitions.

The National Gallery Website

Contact: The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN
Tel: (44) 020 7747 2885

Marlene Dumas: <EM>Rejects,</EM> 1994
Marlene Dumas: Rejects, 1994
Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Tate Modern  •  5 February - 10 May 2015

South African artist Marlene Dumas is one of the most prominent painters working today. Her intense, psychologically charged works explore themes of sexuality, love, death and shame, often referencing art history, popular culture and current affairs.

‘Secondhand images’, she has said, ‘can generate first-hand emotions.’ Dumas never paints directly from life, yet life in all its complexity is right there on the canvas. Her subjects are drawn from both public and personal references and include her daughter and herself, as well as recognisable faces such as Amy Winehouse, Naomi Campbell, Princess Diana, even Osama bin Laden. The results are often intimate and at times controversial, where politics become erotic and portraits become political. She plays with the imagination of her viewers, their preconceptions and fears.

Born in 1953 in Cape Town, South Africa, Dumas moved to the Netherlands in 1976, where she came to prominence in the mid-1980s. This large-scale survey is the most significant exhibition of her work ever to be held in Europe, charting her career from early works, through seminal paintings to new works on paper.

The title of the exhibition is taken from The Image as Burden 1993, a small painting depicting one figure carrying another. As with many of Dumas’s works, her choice of title deeply affects our interpretation of the work. It hints at the sense of responsibility faced by the artist in choosing to create an image that can translate ideas about painting and the position of the artist

Tate Modern websitte

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

Luc Tuymans: <EM>William Roberston,</EM> 2014Oil on canvas19 7/8 x 14 7/8 x 1 inches (50.3 x 37.8 x 2.5 cm)
Luc Tuymans: William Roberston, 2014
Oil on canvas
19 7/8 x 14 7/8 x 1 inches (50.3 x 37.8 x 2.5 cm)
Luc Tuymans: The Shore
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  David Zwirner  •  29 January - 2 April 2015

David Zwirner presents an exhibition of new paintings by Belgian artist Luc Tuymans (born 1958 in Morstel, near Antwerp). On view at the London gallery, which Tuymans inaugurated in October 2012 with the exhibition Allo!, The Shore includes work specifically made for this space.

On the ground floor, portraits of three Scottish Enlightenment thinkers originally painted by Henry Raeburn, one of Scotland’s most acclaimed artists from that time, fill out the small canvases, the flesh of their faces tinted pale blue, and the rest of their bodies and scholarly backgrounds dispersed. Captivated by Raeburn since an excursion to a museum in Ghent as a teen, Tuymans visited the art collection of the University of Edinburgh just prior to the 2014 independence referendum, and found in those works “an element of disruption” that matched the current political climate. Tuymans’s portraits will be shown alongside Raeburn’s originals in a forthcoming exhibition hosted by the Talbot Rice Gallery at the University in the fall of 2015.

The intensity of the close-up portraits is countered by two near-monochrome paintings depicting an obelisk in a wooded landscape and a single, puffy cloud respectively. Based on the wallpaper of a luxury hotel that Tuymans also visited on his Edinburgh trip, their serene, if stifling aestheticism seems to suggest how the perils of isolationism and class indifference may stall the radical ideas of forward-looking members of society.

Enlightenment ethics become juxtaposed with a notion of impending horror in the monumental title painting of the exhibition, kept entirely in a dark hue except from a narrow strip occupied by minuscule people. Based on the opening scene of the colonially-inspired 1968 film A Twist of Sand, the unidentifiable individuals are seconds away from being gunned down by an invisible source. Tuymans has noted that he strived to make a “really dark” painting for a long time, and The Shore relays the profound, if gradual, influence of Francisco Goya on his work. With his own victims unspecified and undifferentiated, the dramas evoked in the Spanish painter’s Black Paintings and The Third of May 1808 (1814) are echoed here on a larger scale, the slaughter as meaningless as it is universal. In Issei Sagawa, horror is suggested on a personal level in a portrait with uncharacteristically loose and gestural brushwork by the artist. Sagawa is notoriously known for killing and eating a fellow student at the Sorbonne University in Paris in the early 1980s, but is a free man today following the end of his prison sentence. It is the third time that Tuymans paints his portrait.

David Zwirner Website


David Zwirner
24 Grafton Street
London W1S 4EZ

Tel: (44) 203 538 31 65

Peter Paul Rubens: <EM>Pan and Syrinx</EM>, 1617Oil on panel40 x 61 cm.Museumslandschaft Hessen KasselGemäldegalerie Alte Meister, KasselPhoto: Museumslandschaft Hessen KasselGemäldegalerie Alte Meister/Ute Brunzel
Peter Paul Rubens: Pan and Syrinx, 1617
Oil on panel
40 x 61 cm.
Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Kassel
Photo: Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister/Ute Brunzel
Rubens and His Legacy
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Royal Academy of Arts  •  24 January - 10 April 2015
Rubens and His Legacy brings together masterpieces produced during his lifetime, as well as major works by great artists who were influenced by him in the generations that followed. We see the influence of Rubens in the prints of Picasso and Rembrandt, in the portraiture of Van Dyck, in the hunting scenes and devotional works of Delacroix, and in the landscapes of Constable and Gainsborough.

Royal Academy of Arts Website

Contact: Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House, Piccadilly
London W1J 0BD
Tel: (44) 020 7300 80 0

Events in Dance

<P><EM>Romeo and Juliet</EM>Rasta Thomas’ Dance Company</P>

Romeo and Juliet
Rasta Thomas' Dance Company

Romeo and Juliet: Rasta Thomas' Dance Company
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  The Peacock  •  3 - 29 March 2015

Romeo and Juliet

Rasta Thomas' Dance Company

This cocktail of dance takes you from the 1600s to the present day fusing ballet, hip hop and acrobatics with an eclectic soundtrack from Vivaldi to Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and David Guetta.

Sadler's Wells Theatre Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: The Peacock
Peacock Theatre
Portugal Street
Holborn, WC2A 2HT
Tel: 844 412 43 22

Events in Jazz

Stephane Belmondo
Stephane Belmondo
Stephane Belmondo 'Love for Chet',
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Ronne Scott's Jazz Club  •  30 - 31 March 2015
Stephane Belmondo, trumpet/flugel horn
Jesse Van Ruller. guitar
Thomas Bramerie, bass

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club Website

Detailed schedule information:

First House: 6:00 pm


Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club
47 Frith Street
London W1D 4HT

Tel: (44) 020 7439 07 47

Events in Opera

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Royal Opera House  •  10 March - 4 April 2015
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Music: Kurt Weill
Libretto: Bertolt Brecht
Director: John Fulljames
Set designs: Es Devlin
Costume designs: Christina Cunningham
Lighting design: Bruno Poet
Video designs: Finn Ross
Choreography: Arthur Pita
Translation: Jeremy Sams

Mark Wigglesworth, conductor
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Leocadia Begbick: Anne Sofie von Otter
Fatty: Peter Hoare
Trinity Moses: Willard W. White
Jenny: Christine Rice
Jimmy McIntyre: Kurt Streit
Jack O'Brien: Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
Bank Account Bill: Darren Jeffery
Alaska Wolf Joe: Neal Davies
Toby Higgins: Hubert Francis
Girl: Anna Burford
Girl: Lauren Fagan
Girl: Anush Hovhannisyan
Girl: Stephanie Marshall
Girl: Meeta Raval
Girl: Harriet Williams
Voice: Paterson Joseph
Bar Pianist: Robert Clark
Chorus: Royal Opera Chorus
Concert Master: Sergey Levitin

Royal Opera House Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

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

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

<P>Butterfly headdress of hand-painted turkey feathersPhilip Treacy for Alexander McQueen<EM>La Dame Bleue,</EM> Spring/Summer 2008Model: Alana Zimmer © Anthea Simms</P>

Butterfly headdress of hand-painted turkey feathers
Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen
La Dame Bleue, Spring/Summer 2008
Model: Alana Zimmer
© Anthea Simms

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Victoria and Albert Museum  •  14 March - 2 August 2015
The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty showcases McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection.

The original version of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2011 was organised by the Costume Institute and became one of the museum's top 10 most visited exhibitions.

Victoria and Albert Museum Website

Contact: Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
Tel: (44) 20 7942 2211

Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  The O2  •  1 - 31 March 2015
Five-time GRAMMY winner and international superstar Lionel Richie launched his current tour in the US in September 2013.

The O2 Website

Detailed schedule information:
6:30 pm

Contact: The O2
Peninsular Square
London SE10 0DX
Tel: (44) 20 8463 2627

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