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Events in Australia

Gods, Myths and Mortals: Greek Treasures Across the Millennia from the Benaki Museum
MELBOURNE  •  Hellenic Museum of Melbourne  •  10 September 2014 - 10 October 2019
 

The exhibition: Gods, Myths and Mortals: Greek Treasures Across the Millennia from the Benaki Museum, offers a manageable, yet complete, picture of the span of Greek civilisation. 

It highlights the unbroken continuation and unity of Hellenism, from earliest prehistory to the Classical and Hellenistic years, from the Roman era to the end of the Byzantine period, and from the centuries of foreign rule up to the revolutionary revival of 1821, and the founding of the Modern Greek state. The captivating progression of Greek art, and the twists and turns of Greece’s history are narrated by representative objects from almost eight millennia, coming as much from Greece itself as from lands where Greek culture took hold. At this crossroads between Europe, Africa and Asia, man – despite long periods of unrest and insecurity – managed to maintain the essential components of his civilisation: an anthropocentric view of the world, lively and inspirational thinking and the fruitful assimilation of as many influences as were accepted from its conquerors over time. 

In the exhibition of the Benaki Museum, aspects of everyday life and different sides of religious expression are presented together with documents about the social and political organisation, in order to record the narrative that can be read within the development of Greek civilisation. 



Hellenic Museum of Melbourne Website


Contact:

Hellenic Museum of Melbourne
280 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia


Tel: 61 3 8615 9016

Events in Austria

Budapest Festival Orchestra: Iván Fischer, conductor
VIENNA  •  Konzerthaus  •  27 May 2018
 

Mahler: Symphony No. 2

Budapest Festival Orchestra
Wiener Singakademie, Choir
Christina Landshamer, Soprano
Elisabeth Kulman, Mezzo-sopran
Iván Fischer, conductor



Vienna Konzerthaus Website



Detailed schedule information:
19h30

Contact: Vienna Konzerthaus
Lothringerstrasse 20
A-1030 Vienna
Tel: (43) 1 242 002

Gautier Capuçon
Gautier Capuçon
Wiener Symphoniker: Gautier Capuçon, cello
VIENNA  •  Konzerthaus  •  29 May 2018
 

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote op. 35 (1897)
Herbert Müller, Viola
Ein Heldenleben op 40 (1898)


Wiener Symphoniker
Gautier Capuçon, cello
Philippe Jordan, conductor



Vienna Konzerthaus Website



Detailed schedule information:
19h30

Contact: Vienna Konzerthaus
Lothringerstrasse 20
A-1030 Vienna
Tel: (43) 1 242 002

Events in Canada

Zhang Huan: <EM>To Raise the Water Level in a Fish Pond (Close Up),</EM> 1997, dye coupler print, 83 x 117 cm approx. Purchased 2011. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © Zhang Huan, Courtesy Zhang Huan Studio. Photo: NGC
Zhang Huan: To Raise the Water Level in a Fish Pond (Close Up), 1997, dye coupler print, 83 x 117 cm approx.
Purchased 2011. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
© Zhang Huan, Courtesy Zhang Huan Studio. Photo: NGC
The Extended Moment: Fifty Years of Collecting Photographs
OTTAWA  •  National Gallery of Canada  •  4 May - 16 September 2018
 
Featuring works by Diane Arbus, Edward Burtynsky, and Henri Cartier Bresson, this exhibition organized by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada features a selection of 151 works – some on display for the first time – by more than 100 artists. It reveals how photographers living in different time periods were influenced by their predecessors and explores the role of photographer as an instrument of storytelling.

National Gallery of Canada Website


Contact:

National Gallery of Canada
CPI Galleries, on mezzanine level
380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa
Canada



Events in Czech Republic

Photo courtesy of Museum of Communism
Photo courtesy of Museum of Communism
Museum of Communism
PRAGUE  •  Museum of Communism  •  6 October 2006 - 31 December 2018
 

Housed in the Palace Savarin just off Wenceslas Square and adjacent to Mc-Donald's, the Museum of Communism is the work of American businessman Glenn Spicker who owns bagel shops and bars in Prague. The Museum's three sections, the Dream, the Reality and the Nightmare include secret police surveillance equipment and an interrogation cell, propaganda material, posters and a class-room with communist school books, statues of Lenin and Stalin, a number of sub-standard goods and consumer products that one associates with communism in Eastern and Central Europe and a display devoted to the 1989 Velvet Revolution. 



Museum of Communism Web Site


Contact: Na Příkopě 10
Prague 1
Tel: (42) 224 21 29 66

Events in England

Glenn Brown, <EM>Children of the Revolution</EM> (after Rembrandt), 2017 © 2018 Glenn Brown. Photo: Mike Bruce
Glenn Brown, Children of the Revolution (after Rembrandt), 2017 © 2018 Glenn Brown.
Photo: Mike Bruce
Historical Baggage: Glenn Brown and His Sources
LONDON  •  British Museum  •  15 May - 22 July 2018
 
Historical Baggage features graphic works by Glenn Brown alongside the sources that inspired them. Brown’s early series of layered portraits based on prints by Rembrandt and Lucian Freud are contrasted with his recent series Half-Life (2016), in a fresh engagement with Rembrandt’s graphic oeuvre. The centerpiece, a major new drawing generously donated by the artist, is shown alongside the Rembrandt print to which it responds. The display illustrates Brown’s stylistic development, moving from appropriating found lines to transforming them as the basis of his unique visual language.

British Museum Website


Contact: British Museum
Great Russell Street 
Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG |
Tel: 44 20 7323 8299

Aaron Heffernan and Kate Fleetwood in <EM>Absolute Hell</EM> at the National Theatre
Aaron Heffernan and Kate Fleetwood in Absolute Hell at the National Theatre
Absolute Hell : By Rodney Ackland
LONDON  •  Lyttelton Theatre  •  25 April - 16 June 2018
 
 

Rodney Ackland: Absolute Hell

Joe Hill-Gibbins, director

Bomb-blasted London. A Soho den in the hangover from World War II, where members drink into the darkness, night after night. Lying, fighting and seducing, these lost souls and bruised lovers struggle from the rubble of war towards an unknown future.

With:

Esh Alladi, Elizabeth Andrewartha, Ashley Byam, Jonathan Coote, Rachel Dale, Carole Dance, Joanna David, Charles Edwards, Patricia England, Kate Fleetwood, Kate Fleetwood, Jenny Galloway, Frazer Hadfield, Aaron Heffernan, Simon Hepworth, Lloyd Hutchinson, Martins Imhangbe, Stephanie Jacob, Connor Mills, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Anita Reynolds, John Sackville, Liza Sadovy, Jonathan Slinger, Eileen Walsh, Danny Webb




National Theatre Website


Contact: National Theatre, Upper Ground,
South Bank, London SE1 9PX
Tel: (44) 020 7452 3000

Macbeth: By William Shakespeare
LONDON  •  Olivier Theatre  •  19 April - 23 June 2018
 
 

William Shakespeare: Macbeth

Rufus Norris, director

With:
Nadia Albina, Michael Balogun, Stephen Boxer, Anne-Marie Duff, Trevor Fox, Andrew Frame, Kevin Harvey, Sarah Homer, Hannah Hutch, Nicholas Karimi, Rory Kinnear, Joshua Lacey, Penny Lacey, Anna-Maria Nabirye, Patrick O'Kane, Amaka Okafor, Hauk Pattison, Alana Ramsey, Beatrice Scirocchi, Rakhee Shamar, Laetitia Stott, Parth Thakerar.


National Theatre Website


Contact: National Theatre, Upper Ground,
South Bank, London SE1 9PX
Tel: (44) 020 7452 3000

Events in Finland

Grayson Perry: <EM>Matching Pair,</EM> 2017
Grayson Perry: Matching Pair, 2017
Grayson Perry: Folk Wisdom
HELSINKI  •  Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma  •  13 April - 2 September 2018
 

Grayson Perry explores subjects that are universally human: identity, gender, social status, sexuality and religion. He is a great chronicler of contemporary life, yet he favours traditional materials and techniques such as ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry.

The artist speaks openly and unabashedly about his own identity and there is a strong autobiographical element in his work. During childhood, he retreated into a private world of fantasy, and in his teens Perry discovered his predilection for cross-dressing. His female alter-ego Claire and his childhood teddy bear Alan Measles appear in many of his works.

Perry is celebrated for his ability to combine highly crafted objects with scenes of contemporary life. His subject matter is drawn from his own childhood and life as a transvestite, as well as wider social issues from class, sex and religion, masculinity and the current cultural and political landscape.

Folk Wisdom includes Perry’s important recent work Matching Pair, 2017 – two monumental pots – which were made about Brexit and the battle between those who voted for Britain to leave the EU and those who wished to remain. They were created following an appeal by Perry through social media, when he invited the public to contribute ideas, images, phrases and photographs to represent the things people loved about Britain, their favourite brands, who represented their values and their thoughts about Brexit. That they look remarkably similar is, according to Perry, ‘a good result, for we all have much more in common than that which separates us.’



Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma Website


Contact:

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Mannerheiminaukio 2
00100 Helsinki
Finland


Tel: (358) 294 500 50

Nathaniel Mellors &amp; Erkka Nissinen: <EM>The Aalto Natives</EM>
Nathaniel Mellors & Erkka Nissinen: The Aalto Natives
Nathaniel Mellors & Erkka Nissinen: The Aalto Natives
HELSINKI  •  Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma  •  16 March - 9 September 2018
 

The Aalto Natives showcases artist duo Erkka Nissinen and Nathaniel Mellors who represented Finland at the 2017 Venice Biennale. 

The Aalto Natives video installation is a humorous yet critical examination of Finnish identity that involves creativity, nerdy humour and a cast of national celebrities. The work reflects on themes such as national identity, creation myths and nationalism.

The video installation tells the story of two aliens named Geb and Atum who return to explore a place they created millions of years ago, Finland. The aliens are especially interested in the society and culture that has developed in Finland in the meantime. The new installations in Kiasma continue the story of the video: many of the animated puppets from the video are featured in the new installations.



Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma Website


Contact: Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Mannerheiminaukio 2
00100 Helsinki
Finland
Tel: (358) 294 500 50

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