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Kazimir Malevich • © State Art Museum Nizhny Novgoro
Kazimir Malevich
© State Art Museum Nizhny Novgoro
Malevich: Revolutionary of Russian Art
LONDON  •  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  •  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

Digital Revolution: An immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and videogames
LONDON  •  Barbican Art Gallery  •  3 July - 14 September 2014
 
 

Digital Revolution explores and celebrates the transformation of the arts through digital technology since the 1970s. The exhibition brings together for the first time a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers pushing the boundaries of their fields using digital media. It also looks to the future considering the impact of creative coding, DIY culture, digital communities and the creative possibilities offered by technologies including augmented reality, artificial intelligence, wearable technologies, robotics and 3D printing.

Curated by Conrad Bodman, the exhibition includes new commissions from artists Umbrellium (Usman Haque and Nitipak 'Dot' Samsen); Universal Everything; Seeper; will.i.am and artist Yuri Suzuki; and a collaboration with Google in the form of digital art commissions called DevArt, pushing the possibilities of coding as a creative art form, featuring four new gallery commissions, an online inspiration hub and a competition for undiscovered creative coders. It also presents work by Oscar®-winning visual effects (VFX) Supervisor Paul Franklin and his team at Double Negative for Christopher Nolan’s film Inception; artists and performers including Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin, Björk , Amon Tobin, CuteCircuit and game developers such as Harmonix Music Systems (Dance Central).



Barbican Centre Website


Please click here for a Culturekiosque movie review of Christopher Nolan’s 'Inception'.

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

Events in Dance

Photo courtesy of The Royal Ballet
Photo courtesy of The Royal Ballet
The Royal Ballet: Manon
LONDON  •  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 Opera

Il barbiere di Siviglia: By Gioachino Rossini
LONDON  •  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



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