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Events in Art and Archaeology

Cultus Deorum
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Saatchi Gallery  •  1 - 27 October 2014
 
 
Curated by Zavier Ellis, Cultus Deorum is an exhibition of works by nine contemporary artists, in the Prints & Originals Gallery of the Saatchi Gallery in London.

The term cultus deorum was defined by the Roman philosopher Cicero as ‘the cultivation of the gods’. Pre-Christianity, these gods were pagan and the focus of many and varied cultish rituals. Prayer, sacrifice, offerings, symbols and ceremonial actions came to define any individual cult. Each artist in this exhibition explores the ‘cult drive’ with reference to their general practice.

The artists featured in the exhibition are Florian Heinke, Sam Jackson, Reece Jones, Eric Manigaud, Alex Gene Morrison, Gavin Nolan, Dominic Shepherd, John Stark and The Cult Of RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ. Zavier Ellis will also present a curator’s etching alongside an edition by each artist.

Contact: Saatchi Gallery
Prints & Originals Gallery
Duke Of York's HQ
King's Rd
London SW3 4RY
Tel: (44) 20 77 39 40 55 |

Portrait of Anselm Kiefer© Anselm Kiefer, 2006Photo: Renate Graf
Portrait of Anselm Kiefer
© Anselm Kiefer, 2006
Photo: Renate Graf
Anselm Kiefer
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Royal Academy of Art  •  27 September - 14 December 2014
 
German artist Anselm Kiefer (born 1945 in Donaueschingen, Germany) tries to shed light on the story behind the story. Explaining that he ‘pokes a hole, and then goes through it’, he highlights the processual nature of history and memory, especially when approached with subjective interpretations, a highly personal handling of individual mythologies and a distinctive creative style. The Royal Academy of Arts presents the first major retrospective of Kiefer’s work to be held in the UK. Considered to be one of the most important artists of his generation, the exhibition spans over forty years from Kiefer’s early career to the present time, bringing together artwork from international private and public collections. The exhibition is arranged chronologically, presenting the epic scale of his artwork and the breadth of media he has used throughout his career, including painting, sculpture, photography and installation. Kiefer (born 1945 in Donaueschingen, Germany) has also created a number of works conceived specifically for the Royal Academy’s Main Galleries

From cultural myths, to the Old and New testaments, Kabbalah, alchemy, philosophy and the poetry of Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann, Kiefer’s work wrestles with the darkness of German history and considers the complex relationship between art and spirituality. His technical use of materials such as clay, ash, earth, lead, fabric and dried flowers amongst others, adds further symbolism and depth to his work.

Highlights of the exhibition include photographs and paintings from the controversial Occupations and Heroic Symbols (Heroische Sinnbilder) series of the late 1960s and early 1970s. These images record Kiefer’s re-enactment of the Nazi salute in locations across Europe, made in the belief that one must confront rather than supress the experiences of history. A series of paintings from Kiefer’s Attic series is also on view, including Father, Son and the Holy Ghost (Vater, Sohn, Heiliger Geist), 1973 and Notung, 1973 depicting powerful renderings of wooden interior spaces based on the studio space that Kiefer was occupying in Walldürn-Hornbach in south-west Germany, which he has referred to as “a place to teach myself history.” The exhibition also feature his monumental architectural paintings, such as To the Unknown Painter (Dem unbekannten Maler), 1983 that reflect on the neo-classicist buildings of Albert Speer, Hitler’s architect, and the role of the artist in considering collective memory.

Kiefer has lived and worked in France since 1993.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with contributions from Richard Davey, Simon Schama, Kathleen Soriano and Christian Weikop.

Royal Academy of Art Website


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

Kazimir Malevich • © State Art Museum Nizhny Novgoro
Kazimir Malevich
© State Art Museum Nizhny Novgoro
Malevich: Revolutionary of Russian Art
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Tate Modern  •  16 July - 26 October 2014
 
Kazimir Malevich (1878–1935) has long been celebrated as one of the seminal founders of nonobjective art in the 20th century. He lived and worked through one of the most turbulent periods in twentieth century history. Tate Modern presents the first major Malevich retrospective for almost twenty-five years.

Starting from his early paintings of Russian landscapes, agricultural workers and religious scenes, visitors can see Malevich’s journey towards abstract painting and his iconic Suprematist compositions, including almost all the surviving paintings from the legendary 0.10 exhibition. The show explores his collaborative involvement with architecture and theatre, including his designs for the avant-garde opera Victory over the Sun. The exhibition also follows his temporary abandonment of painting in favour of teaching and writing, and his much-debated return to figurative painting in later life.

Between 1915 and 1932, Malevich developed a system of abstract painting called Suprematism, an art of pure form meant to be universally comprehensible regardless of cultural or ethnic origin. Like his contemporaries Piet Mondrian and Vasily Kandinsky, Malevich created an artistic utopia that became the secular equivalent of religious painting—in his case intending to replace the ubiquitous icon of the Russian home—creating works meant to evoke higher states of spiritual consciousness.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue from Tate Publishing and a programme of talks and events in the gallery.

Tate Modern Website


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

Bill Viola: Martyrs
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  St Paul's Cathedral  •  6 May - 31 December 2014
 
 
St Paul's Cathedralihosts Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), the first of two large-scale permanent video installations created by artist Bill Viola.

Created by Bill Viola and Kira Perov and opened in May 2014, Martyrs shows four individuals, across four colour vertical plasma screens, being martyred by the four classical elements.

As the work opens, four individuals are shown in stasis, a pause from their suffering. Gradually there is movement in each scene as an element of nature begins to disturb their stillness. Flames rain down, winds begin to lash, water cascades, and earth flies up. As the elements rage, each martyr’s resolve remains unchanged. In their most violent assault, the elements represent the darkest hour of the martyr’s passage through death into the light.

The work has no sound. It lasts for seven minutes.

Martyrs will be joined in 2015 by a second piece entitled Mary, which the artist has conceived as a companion work. The installations have been gifted to Tate, and are on long-term loan to St Paul’s Cathedral.

St Paul's Cathedral Website


Contact: St Paul's Cathedral
London
Tel: (44) 020 7246 8348

Events in Classical Music

Nathalie Stutzmann
Nathalie Stutzmann
Orfeo 55: Nathalie Stutzmann, director, contralto
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Wigmore Hall  •  17 October 2014
 

Vivaldi, Handel

Orfeo 55
Nathalie Stutzmann director, contralto



Wigmore Hall Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

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

Jean-Philippe Rameau
Jean-Philippe Rameau
Rameau Anniversary Concert: Les Paladins
LONDON:, ENGLAND  •  Wigmore Hall  •  1 October 2014
 

Rameau Anniversary Concert

Les Paladins
Jérôme Correas, director
Sandrine Piau, soprano

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), in addition to creating many operatic masterworks, made standout contributions to the new form of vocal music that emerged in France in the early 1700s.

To mark the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death, the French soprano joins Les Paladins and the ensemble’s charismatic Director Jérôme Correas for a concert designed to reveal the close harmony between the composer’s music and his choice of texts.



Wigmore Hall Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

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

Tetzlaff Quartet: Jörg Widmann, Mozart and Schubert
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Wigmore Hall  •  25 September 2014
 

Jörg Widmann, Mozart, Schubert

Tetzlaff 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 Dance

Photo courtesy of The Royal Ballet
Photo courtesy of The Royal Ballet
The Royal Ballet: Manon
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Royal Opera House Covent Garden  •  26 September - 1 November 2014
 

The Royal Ballet: Manon
Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Jules Massenet

A modern classic based on the Abbé Prévost's Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut, the story of the ambitious courtesan was one of MacMillan's greatest successes.

orchestrated and arranged by Martin Yates

Designs: Nicholas Georgiadis

Staging
Monica Mason
Christopher Saunders

Martin Yates, conductor

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Manon
Sarah Lamb
Lauren Cuthbertson
Marianela Nuñez
Roberta Marquez

Des Grieux
Rupert Pennefather
Sergei Polunin
Nehemiah Kish
Steven McRae



Royal Opera House Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Royal Opera House
Covent Garden
London

Tel: (44) 020 7304 40 00

Events in Jazz

Naturally 7 + The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars -
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Ronnie Scott’s  •  12 - 13 October 2014
 
 
Naturally 7 + The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars -

Ronnie Scott’s Website



Detailed schedule information:
8:30 pm, 10:30 pm

Contact: Ronnie Scott’s
47 Frith Street, Soho
London W1D 4HT
Tel: (44) 020 7439 07 47

Neil Cowley Trio
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Barbican Hall  •  3 October 2014
 
 
Neil Cowley Trio

Barbican Centre Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

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

Events in Opera

Il barbiere di Siviglia: By Gioachino Rossini
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Royal Opera House Covent Garden  •  19 September - 5 October 2014
 
 
Gioachino Rossini: The Barber of Seville
In Italian with projected English texts.

Director: Moshe Leiser
Director:Patrice Caurier
Set designs: Christian Fenouillat
Costume designs: Agostino Cavalca
Lighting design: Christophe Forey

Mark Elder, conductor
Orchestra Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Cast

Rosina: Serena Malfi
Count Almaviva: Michele Angelini
Figaro: Lucas Meachem
Doctor Bartolo: Alessandro Corbelli
Don Basilio: Maurizio Muraro
Berta: Janis Kelly
Fiorello: Wyn Pencarreg
Officer: Donaldson Bell
Ambrogio: Jonathan Coad
Notary: Andrew Macnair

Chorus Royal Opera Chorus
Concert Master: Peter Manning

Royal Opera House Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:00 pm

Contact:

Royal Opera House
Covent Garden
London


Tel: (44) 020 7304 40 00

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

A Most Wanted Man
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Barbican Cinema  •  12 - 25 September 2014
 
Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a performance as German intelligence operative Günther Bachmann, in director Anton Corbijn’s adaptation of John Le Carré’s intricate spy thriller.

Bachmann’s latest assignment is Dr. Faisal Abdullah (Homayoun Ershadi), a renowned Muslim academic and philanthropist who’s been backing terrorist activity. When Chechen refugee Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin) arrives in Hamburg and is suspected of being a dangerous terrorist, Bachmann devises a brilliant and dangerous plan to use him in a sting operation to expose Abdullah’s scheme.

A tense and exciting drama, the top-notch supporting cast also stars Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe.

Barbican Centre Website


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



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