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Events in Art and Archaeology

Mummified Jackal ObliqueOriental Museum, Durham © Kate Weightman
Mummified Jackal Oblique
Oriental Museum, Durham
© Kate Weightman
Animal Mummies Revealed
LIVERPOOL  •  World Museum  •  14 October 2016 - 26 February 2017

The animal mummies, including cats, birds, jackals and crocodile are pulled together from collections across the UK, from Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester.

The exhibition explores the practice of preparing animals as votive offerings to the gods. Millions of animals were religiously sacrificed and mummified in ancient Egyptian times. The mummies are on display alongside related cultural artefacts, including statues, photographs, journals and archive material showing us how the animal mummies were excavated and selected by archaeologists and museum experts, and how they were collected and distributed as curios and souvenirs, particularly in Britain

World Museum Website

Contact: World Museum
William Brown Street
L3 8EN
Tel: (44) 151 478 43 93

Malick Sidibé: Danse<EM>z le Twist,</EM> 1965(c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
Malick Sidibé: Dansez le Twist, 1965
(c) Malick Sidibé.
Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
Malick Sidibé: The Eye of Modern Mali
LONDON  •  Somerset House  •  6 October 2016 - 15 January 2017
The late Malian photographer. Sidibé is known for his black-and-white images chronicling the lives and culture of the Malian capital, Bamako, in the wake of the country's independence. The exhibition presents 45 original prints from the 1960s and 1970s around three defined themes: "Au Fleuve Niger / Beside the Niger River", "Tiep à Bamako / Nightlife in Bamako", and "Le Studio / The Studio". Sidibé was the first photographer, and first African artist, to receive a Gold Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2007. Other significant awards include The Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2003, as well as the Infinity Award from International Center of Photography in 2008 and winning the Arts and Entertainments category at the World Press Photo competition in 2010.

Somerset House Website

Contact: Somerset House Trust
South Building
Somerset House
Tel: 44 (0)20 7845 4600

Power and Protection
OXFORD  •  Ashmolean Museum  •  20 October 2016 - 15 January 2017

Showcasing over a hundred spectacular objects from Morocco to China, Power and Protection is the first major exhibition to explore the supernatural in the art of the Islamic world. Within Islamic societies, people of all backgrounds have engaged in fascinating and sometimes controversial practices such as the casting of horoscopes and the interpretation of omens. Power and Protection includes objects and works of art from the 12th to the 20th centuries which have been used as sources of guidance and protection in both the private sphere and in dramatic events such as battles and royal births. Amongst the displays are dream-books, talismanic clothing and jewel-encrusted amulets.

The exhibition opens with a gallery of objects associated with astrology. One of the highlights is the Horoscope of Prince Iskandar (1384–1415), grandson of Timur (or ‘Tamburlaine’). Created in 1411 when the prince was an adult, the horoscope was manipulated to suggest celestial support for Iskandar’s political aims. It is also an extraordinary work of art - with images of planets and signs of the zodiac set in a rich blue background with gold decoration - which demonstrates the skills of the royal workshop of illuminators, gilders, calligraphers and paper-makers.

The opening section of the exhibition also explores geomancy or ‘the science of sand’ – a technique that interprets marks made in the earth. A particular highlight is an object that can be described as a 13th-century ‘computer’ designed to calculate a person’s fortune using circular dials and sliding arcs which help produce a geomantic reading. Once the dials were turned the geomancer could interpret the alignment of the dots within the instrument and thereby provide answers to the client’s questions, perhaps predicting the sex of an unborn child or discovering the infidelity of a spouse. Dated 1241–2 and signed by Muhammad ibn Khutlukh al-Mawsili, a craftsman who worked in Mosul, Damascus and Cairo, the device is completely unique and there is no evidence of a comparable object from any culture.

The exhibition goes on to examine the power of the written word, particularly the Qur’an. A display of stunning ceremonial objects, military equipment and medical tools reveal how the Holy Book of Islam could be used as a protection and cure. This includes a group of Turkish talismanic shirts (16th–18th centuries) entirely covered with Qur’anic passages which were worn for protection in battle or during times of illness; a huge 17th-century battle standard or banner (over three metres tall) from Deccan in India; and an exceptional full set of steel armour (from 18th-century Iran) inscribed with holy verses and decorated with gold inlay. Centre-stage in this gallery are two pages from a monumental 14th-century Qur’an from Egypt illuminated in gold and lapis lazuli, each page measuring a staggering 78 by 48 cm. When it was still intact, the book would have weighed hundreds of pounds, requiring several men to lift it.

The final gallery focuses on the range of personal amulets and talismans created to harness and channel protective and healing powers. Here we have miniature Qur’ans with pages just a couple of centimetres wide which could be worn on a chain or carried in a pocket, as well as contemporary amulets from the shrine of Eyüp in Istanbul.

Ashmolean Museum Website

Contact: Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont St
Tel: (44) 1865 27 80 00

Xhosa Snuffbox in the shape of an ox, South Africa, Late 19th CenturyPhoto © The Trustees of the British Museum
Xhosa Snuffbox in the shape of an ox, South Africa, Late 19th Century
Photo © The Trustees of the British Museum
South Africa: The Art of a Nation
LONDON  •  British Museum  •  27 October 2016 - 26 February 2017
In this exhibition a diverse range of art from across the ages tells a story that stretches back 100,000 years. From rock art made by the country’s earliest peoples to works by South African artists at the forefront of contemporary art.

British Museum Website

Contact: British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
Tel: 44 (0)20 7323 8299

Events in Classical Music

Igor Levit
Igor Levit
Igor Levit, piano
LONDON  •  Wigmore Hall  •  6 December 2016


Igor Levit, piano

Wigmore Hall Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

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

Events in Jazz

Christian McBride Jazz Series
LONDON  •  Wigmore Hall  •  9 December 2016
Christian McBride, double bass
Renée Fleming, soprano
Julian Joseph, piano

Wigmore Hall Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

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

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in <EM>No Man’s Land</EM>
Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in No Man's Land
No Man's Land: By Harold Pinter
LONDON  •  Wyndham's Theatre  •  7 September - 17 December 2016

Harold Pinter: No Man's Land

Directed by Sean Mathias

With Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Owen Teale, Damien Molony

One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.

Detailed schedule information:
Monday-Saturday evenings at 7:30pm with matinee performances on Wednesday & Saturday at 2:30pm

Contact: Wyndham's Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0DA
Tel: (44) 020 7759 8070

<P>Antony Sher as King Lear, Natalie Simpson as Cordelia and Marcus Griffiths as King of FrancePhoto: Elie KurttzRoyal Shakespeare Company</P> • <P>&nbsp;</P> • <P>&nbsp;</P>

Antony Sher as King Lear, Natalie Simpson as Cordelia and Marcus Griffiths as King of France
Photo: Elie Kurttz
Royal Shakespeare Company



Royal Shakespeare Company: King Lear: By William Shakespeare
LONDON  •  Barbican Theatre  •  10 November - 23 December 2016

William Shakespeare: King Lear

Directed by Gregory Doran
Design by Niki Turner
Lighting by Tim Mitchell
Music by Ilona Sekacz
Sound by Jonathan Ruddick
Movement by Michael Ashcroft
Fights by Bret Yount

Royal Shakespeare Company

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age overtakes him, he decides to divide his kingdom among his children, living out his days without the burden of power. Allowing vanity to cloud his judgement, he believes he can relinquish the crown while enjoying the same authority and respect he has always known.

Misjudging his children’s loyalty, he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state he has taken for granted. Alone in the wilderness, he is left to confront his mistakes.

Barbican Centre Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:15 pm

Contact: Barbican Centre
Silk Street London
Tel: (44) 020 7638 8891

Wildlife Photographer of the Year© Sam Hobson
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
© Sam Hobson
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
LONDON  •  Natural History Museum, London  •  21 October 2016 - 10 September 2017

This year’s competition was the most competitive to date, attracting almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries.

Judged by a panel of international experts, winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.

The exhibition features the collection of 100 exceptional images, revealing the astonishing diversity of life on our planet and highlighting our crucial role in protecting it.

Natural History Museum, London Website

Contact: Natural History Museum, London
Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD
United Kingdom
Tel: (44) 20 7942 500

Barbican - courtesy of Guy Marineau and Chloé Archive Paris
Barbican - courtesy of Guy Marineau and Chloé Archive Paris
The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined
LONDON  •  Barbican Art Gallery  •  13 October 2016 - 5 February 2017

Potent, provocative and sometimes shocking, the word vulgar conjures up strong images, ideas and feelings in us all. The Vulgar is the first exhibition to explore the inherently challenging but utterly compelling territory of taste in fashion, from the renaissance through to contemporary design. Examining the constantly evolving notion of vulgarity in fashion whilst revelling in its excesses, you are invited to think again about exactly what makes something vulgar and why it is such a sensitive and contested term.

Drawn from major public and private collections worldwide, The Vulgar showcases over 120 stunning objects, ranging from historical costumes to couture and ready-to-wear looks, with contributions from leading contemporary designers such as Walter van Beirendonck, Chloé, Christian Dior, Pam Hogg, Charles James, Christian Lacroix, Lanvin, Moschino, Miuccia Prada, Agent Provocateur, Elsa Schiaparelli, Philip Treacy, UNDERCOVER, Viktor & Rolf, Louis Vuitton and Vivienne Westwood.

Barbican Centre Website

Contact: Barbican Centre
Silk Street London
Tel: (44) 020 7638 889

Romeo and Juliet: By William Shakespeare
LONDON  •  The Rose Playhouse  •  15 November - 10 December 2016

William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Directed by Alex Pearson
Presented by Wolf-Sister Productions and Pepe Pryke

Two warring families, the Montagues and the Capulets, find themselves far from home. Caught up in a greater conflict, they have been uprooted to a refugee camp. Before Romeo encounters Juliet, the family feud leads to a street brawl. But when they do meet, they fall passionately in love.

The Rose Playhouse Website

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

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

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