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Events in Art and Archaeology

Limestone head from a temple. Selinous, Sicily, c. 540–510 BC. Museo Archeologico Regionale ‘A Salinas’, Palermo.© Regione Siciliana.
Limestone head from a temple. Selinous, Sicily, c. 540–510 BC. Museo Archeologico Regionale ‘A Salinas’, Palermo.
© Regione Siciliana.
Sicily: culture and conquest
LONDON  •  British Museum  •  21 April - 14 August 2016
 

Sicily has been shaped by waves of conquest and settlement by different peoples over 4,000 years. Since the 8th century BC, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans all settled or invaded the island, lured by its fertile lands and strategic location. Over time, this series of conquests forged a cultural identity unlike any other.

The exhibition sheds light on the remarkable artistic and architectural achievements of the island through objects in the British Museum’s own collection alongside outstanding loans from Sicily and around the world, including many objects coming to the UK for the very first time.

 



British Museum Website


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

<EM>Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds</EM>
Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds
Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds
LONDON  •  British Museum  •  19 May - 27 November 2016
 

Vanished beneath the waters of the Mediterranean, the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus lay at the mouth of the Nile. Named after the Greek hero Heracles, Thonis-Heracleion was one of Egypt’s most important commercial centres for trade with the Mediterranean world and, with Canopus, was a major centre for the worship of the Egyptian gods. Their amazing discovery is transforming our understanding of the deep connections between the great ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece.

Preserved and buried under the sea for over a thousand years, the stunning objects in the exhibition range from magnificent colossal statues to intricate gold jewellery. Sacred offerings and ritual objects reveal the cult of Osiris – the god of the underworld who held the promise of eternal life. They tell stories of political power and popular belief, myth and migration, gods and kings. Journey through centuries of encounters between two celebrated cultures, meeting iconic historical figures such as Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Hadrian and Antinous on the way.

Over the last 20 years, world-renowned archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team have excavated spectacular underwater discoveries using the latest technologies.



British Museum Website


Contact:

British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
United Kingdom

 


Tel: (44) 20 7323 82 99

Yayoi Kusama: <EM>All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins</EM>, 2016. Mirror room with pumpkin lamps292.4 x 415 x 415 cm 115 1/8 x 163 3/8 x 163 3/8 in edition of 3 plus 1 artist’s proofs. Courtesy KUSAMA Enterprise, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore and Victoria Miro, London © Yayoi Kusama Photography © Noriko Takasugi.
Yayoi Kusama: All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016.
Mirror room with pumpkin lamps
292.4 x 415 x 415 cm 115 1/8 x 163 3/8 x 163
3/8 in edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proofs.
Courtesy KUSAMA Enterprise, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore and Victoria Miro, London
© Yayoi Kusama
Photography © Noriko Takasugi.
Yayoi Kusama
LONDON  •  Victoria Miro  •  25 May - 30 July 2016
 

Spanning the gallery’s three locations and waterside garden, the exhibition features new paintings, pumpkin sculptures, and mirror rooms, all made especially for this presentation.

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s lifelong exploration of the self’s relationship to the infinite cosmos has given rise to a highly influential career in which she has continuously innovated and re-invented her style. For the exhibition at the Wharf Road galleries, she has created three mirror rooms: All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, Chandelier of Grief and Where the Lights in My Heart Go, all of which place the viewer within a universe of varying proliferating reflections.

New paintings displayed alongside these immersive rooms continue an enduring preoccupation with multiplying polka dots and dense scalloped ‘infinity net’ patterns – Kusama’s obsessive repetition of these forms on canvas, which she has described as a form of active self-obliteration, responds to hallucinations first experienced in childhood. The pumpkin, another motif that she has returned to throughout her career, is also present in the form of new mirror polished sculptures.



Victoria Miro Website


Contact:

Victoria Miro
16 Wharf Road
London N1 7RW


Tel: (44) 20 7336 8109

<P>Korakrit Arunanondchai: <EM>Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3</EM>, 2015Video, 25:27 min. © The artist, Carlos/Ishikawa London, Clearing New York</P>

Korakrit Arunanondchai: Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3, 2015
Video, 25:27 min.
© The artist, Carlos/Ishikawa London, Clearing New York

Emotional Supply Chains
LONDON  •  Zabludowicz Collection  •  24 March - 17 July 2016
 

Zabludowicz Collection announces: Emotional Supply Chains, a new exhibition addressing the construction of identity in the digital age. Featuring 16 leading international artists and including six new commissions, all works are drawn from the Zabludowicz Collection and produced since the year 2000.

Exhibited artists include: Korakrit Arunanondchai (TH), Neil Beloufa (FR), David Blandy (UK), David Raymond Conroy (UK), Andrea Crespo (US), Simon Denny (NZ), Aleksandra Domanović (YU), Ed Fornieles (UK), Guan Xiao (CHN), Eloise Hawser (UK), Ann Hirsch (US), Pierre Huyghe (FR), Daniel Keller (US), Seth Price (US), Frances Stark (US), Christopher Kulendran Thomas (UK).

Through diverse aesthetic and narrative approaches, the participating artists explore how a sense of self is sourced and assembled through a supply chain of readily available constituent parts: objects, ideas and experiences that are often mediated on screen or online. In 1938 Socialist psychoanalyst Otto Fenichel proposed the theory of ‘narcissistic supply’ to describe the way individuals draw support or sustenance for their self-esteem from their environment. Our digital present seems to offer vast possibilities for such supply, and for fabricating multiple, fluid identities. However, online spaces are increasingly structured by capital and commerce, directing ‘chain-store selves’ to be replicated across a multitude of platforms, each reaffirming and circulating our tastes, preferences and networks.1 The participating artists combine elements of autobiography and anthropology to explore the tensions between happiness and anxiety, confinement and escape, and play and addiction that structure our virtual and physical interaction with others and the world around us.



Zabludowicz Collection Website


Contact: Zabludowicz Collection
176 Prince of Wales Road
London
NW5 3PT
United Kingdom
Tel: (44) 20 7428 8940

Bhupen Khakhar:&nbsp;<EM>You Can’t&nbsp; Please All</EM> 1981© Bhupen Khakhar
Bhupen Khakhar: You Can't  Please All 1981
© Bhupen Khakhar
Bhupen Khakhar: You Can't Please All
LONDON  •  Tate Modern  •  1 June - 6 November 2016
 
 

Renowned for his unique figurative style and incisive observations of class and sexuality, Bhupen Khakhar (1934-2003) played a central role in modern Indian art and was a key international figure in 20th century painting. This landmark exhibition showcases vivid works on canvas, luminous watercolour paintings and experimental ceramics. 

An accountant-turned-artist, Bhupen Khakhar demonstrated a commitment to representing his world with unflinching honesty. High and low merged in narrative paintings with influences ranging from devotional aesthetics and street culture to European painting and pop art. He confronted provocative themes, particularly his homosexuality.  

This show brings together Khakhar’s work from across five decades and collections around the world for the first time since his death from cancer.



Tate Modern Website


Contact: Tate Modern
Bankside
London
SE1 9TG
Tel: 44 (0)20 7887 8888

Michael Armitage: <EM>Kampala Suburb</EM>, 2014
Michael Armitage: Kampala Suburb, 2014
Imitation of Life: Melodrama and Race in the 21st Century
MANCHESTER  •  Home  •  30 April - 3 July 2016
 
 

Imitation of Life looks at the performance of racial politics in an evolving, digital world. Oral histories and verbatim storytelling drawn from theatre and cinema, painting and sculpture, all confront the fluid, changing politics of representation and race.

Inspired by the 1959 film of the same name (by legendary German-American director Douglas Sirk), this exhibition, like the film, is filled with subtext and double meaning. Imitation of Life considers the context of racial politics over the last fifteen years in the US and Europe, focusing on artists whose work uses (melo)drama as a form of social, political and institutional critique. The group exhibition includes a new commission from Sophia Al-Maria and work from Larry Achiampong, Michael Armitage, Kevin Beasley, Jordan Casteel, Loulou Cherinet, Loretta Fahrenholz, Lauren Halsey, Tony Lewis, Jayson Musson, Jacolby Satterwhite and Martine Syms.

A new book, Fear Eats the Soul, featuring responses by artists and writers to the exhibition and its themes accompanies the show.



Home Website


Contact: Home
2 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester
M15 4FN
Tel: (44) 0161 200 15 00

Imran Qureshi: Where the Shadows are so Deep
LONDON  •  The Curve  •  18 February - 10 July 2016
 
 

Barbican has commissioned the award-winning Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi to create a new body of work for The Curve.

For his first major London commission, Qureshi presents Where the Shadows are so Deep, a series of exquisite miniature paintings, drawing upon The Curve as a motif in this tradition. Beginning with scenes of nature, the sequence of works gradually introduces darker elements, subtly implying the uncertainty of what lies around the bend. Hung at varying heights along the dramatic 90-metre span of the space, these delicate, jewel-like paintings lure the visitor in, demanding an altogether different kind of looking.



Barbican Centre Website


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

Events in Jazz

Pat Metheny with Antonio Sanchez, Gwilym Simcock & Linda Oh
LONDON  •  Ronne Scott's Jazz Club  •  29 June - 2 July 2016
 
Pat Metheny with Antonio Sanchez, Gwilym Simcock & Linda Oh

Ronne Scott's Jazz Club Website



Detailed schedule information:

5:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Contact: Ronne Scott's Jazz Club
47 Frith Street
Soho
London W1D 4HT
Tel: (44) 020 7439 07 47

Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah Sanders
LONDON  •  Ronne Scott's Jazz Club  •  9 July 2016
 
Pharoah Sanders

Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders' sound can be as raw and abrasive as it is possible for a saxophonist to produce. The hallmarks of Sanders' playing at that time were naked aggression and unrestrained passion. In the years after John Coltrane's death, however, Sanders explored other, somewhat gentler and perhaps more cerebral avenues -- without, it should be added, sacrificing any of the intensity that defined his work as an apprentice to Coltrane.

Pharoah Sanders  (b. 1940, Little Rock, Arkansas) made his first record as a leader in 1964 for the ESP label. After John Coltrane's death in 1967, Sanders worked briefly with his widow, Alice Coltrane. From the late '60s, he worked primarily as a leader of his own ensembles. From 1966-1971, Sanders released several albums on Impulse, including Tauhid (1966), Karma (1969), Black Unity (1971), and Thembi (1971). In the mid-'70s, Sanders recorded his most commercial effort, Love Will Find a Way (Arista, 1977).   In 1995, Sanders made his first major-label album in many years, Message From Home (produced by Bill Laswell for Verve). The two followed that one up in 1999 with Save Our Children. In 2000, Sanders released Spirits -- a multi-ethnic live suite with Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph. In the decades after his first recordings with Coltrane, Sanders developed into a more well-rounded artist, capable of playing convincingly in a variety of contexts, from free to mainstream. Some of his best work is his most accessible.



Ronne Scott's Jazz Club Website



Detailed schedule information:
6:00 pm, 10:30 pm

Contact: Ronne Scott's Jazz Club
47 Frith Street
Soho
London W1D 4HT
Tel: (44) 020 7439 07 47

James Morrison Quartet
LONDON  •  Ronne Scott's Jazz Club  •  27 - 28 June 2016
 
 
James Morrison Quartet

Ronne Scott's Jazz Club Website



Detailed schedule information:
6:00 pm

Contact: Ronne Scott's Jazz Club
47 Frith Street
Soho
London W1D 4HT
Tel: (44) 020 7439 07 47

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Average White Band
LONDON  •  Ronne Scott's Jazz Club  •  11 - 14 July 2016
 

Average White Band

Alan Gorrie (bass/gtr/keys), Onnie McIntyre (guitar & vocals) Rocky Bryant (drums & percussion), Rob Aries (keys, bass), Fred Vigdor (Saxes, keys, vocals), Brent Carter (Vocals)

Paradoxically, given their Scottish roots, the six-piece took the instrumental influences of US Jazz greats Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, The Crusaders etc., and R&B heroes such as Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Al Green, and Stevie Wonder - and molded their own authentic soulful blend.



Ronne Scott's Jazz Club Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm, 10:30 pm

Contact: Ronne Scott's Jazz Club
47 Frith Street
Soho
London W1D 4HT
Tel: (44) 020 7439 07 47

<P>Paapa Essiedu as HamletPhoto: Royal Shakespeare Company</P>

Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet
Photo: Royal Shakespeare Company

Hamlet: By William Shakespeare
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON  •  Royal Shakespeare Theatre  •  5 April - 13 August 2016
 

William Shakespeare: Hamlet

Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead.

Returning home he finds his world is utterly changed, his certainties smashed and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order he faces a stark choice. Submit, or rage against the injustice of his new reality.

Simon Godwin (The Two Gentlemen of Verona 2014) directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeare's searing tragedy.

Royal Shakespeare Company



Royal Shakespeare Theatre Website


Contact: Royal Shakespeare Company
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 6BB
Tel: (44) 01789 403493

Frontispiece from the First Folio, the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, dating from around 1623© Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford.
Frontispiece from the First Folio, the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, dating from around 1623
© Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford.
Shakespeare's Dead
OXFORD  •  Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford.  •  22 April - 18 September 2016
 

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Bodleian Libraries present a major exhibition, fittingly called Shakespeare's Dead, which reveals the unique ways in which Shakespeare brings dying, death and the dead to life. The exhibition is curated by two University of Oxford English professors, Simon Palfrey and Emma Smith, whose innovative research on this subject underpins the exhibition’s content.

"This unique exhibition explores a fascinating theme in Shakespeare’s works,’ said curator Emma Smith. Shakespeare’s Dead shows how Shakespeare channelled the universal fear of death into dramatic moments that continue to affirm life for audiences and readers around the world. The exhibition will be an opportunity for visitors to rediscover Shakespeare in a whole new light."

The exhibition features many gems from the Bodleian’s world-famous collections, including Shakespeare's First Folio, the earliest editions of his works including Romeo & Juliet and Venus and Adonis, and many other original quarto playbooks.



Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford Website


Contact: Bodleian Libraries
Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3BG
England
Tel: (44) 1865 277162

<EM>Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones</EM>Saatchi Gallery
Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones
Saatchi Gallery
Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones
LONDON  •  Saatchi Gallery  •  5 April - 4 September 2016
 
 

Taking over the entire two floors of the Saatchi Gallery with 9 thematic galleries, Exhibitionism combines over 500 original Stones' artefacts, with cinematic and interactive technologies offering comprehensive insight into the band's  fifty year history.

From dressing room and backstage paraphernalia to rare instruments; original stage designs, iconic costumes, rare audio tracks and video footage; personal diaries; poster and album cover artwork; and wraparound cinematic experiences that celebrate every aspect of their careers.



Saatchi Gallery Website


Contact: Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York's HQ
King's Road
London
SW3 4RY

Punk 1976-78
LONDON  •  British Library  •  13 May - 2 October 2016
 
 

The British Library’s punk exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of this musical phenomenon.

Starting with the impact of the Sex Pistols in 1976, it explores punk’s early days in the capital and reveals how its remarkable influence spread across music, fashion, print and graphic styles nationwide. Showcasing a range of fanzines, flyers, recordings and record sleeves from the British Library’s collections alongside rare material from the archives held at Liverpool John Moores University, including items from England's Dreaming: The Jon Savage Archive, the exhibition celebrates the enduring influence of punk as a radical musical, artistic and political movement.



British Library Website


Contact: The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Tel: 44 (0)1937 546546

ViviVivien Leigh (as Titania) from <EM>A Midsummer Night’s Dream</EM> at The Old Vic Theatre, 1937. Photograph by J W Debenham. Courtesy of the Mander and Mitchenson collection at the University of Bristol and ArenaPA.
ViviVivien Leigh (as Titania) from A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Old Vic Theatre, 1937. Photograph by J W Debenham. Courtesy of the Mander and Mitchenson collection at the University of Bristol and ArenaPA.
Shakespeare in Ten Acts
LONDON  •  PACCAR Gallery  •  15 April - 6 September 2016
 
 

Journey through 400 years of history – from the first productions of Hamlet and The Tempest – to understand how Shakespeare’s plays have been transformed for new generations of theatre-goers.

Experience the glamour of Vivien Leigh’s Lady Macbeth costume, the surprising circus prop from Peter Brook’s radical 1970s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the stunning detail of the Globe’s award-winning costumes from Twelfth Night starring Mark Rylance.

Shakespeare in Ten Acts showcases over 200 unique and rare items such as the only surviving play-script in Shakespeare’s hand, an authentic Shakespeare signature, the earliest printed edition of Hamlet from 1603 and Shakespeare’s First Folio.



British Library Website


Contact: PACCAR Gallery
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
Tel: 44 (0)1937 546546



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