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15th Serpentine Pavilion.
LONDON  •  Serpentine Gallery  •  25 June - 18 October 2015
 
Spanish architects selgascano designed the 15th Serpentine Pavilion. The award-winning studio, headed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano, is the first Spanish architecture practice to be asked to design the temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine’s lawn in London’s Kensington Gardens. In keeping with the criteria of the scheme, this is the studio’s first new structure in the UK. The Pavilion is an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of panels of a translucent, multi-coloured fluorine-based polymer (ETFE) woven through and wrapped like webbing. Visitors can enter and exit the Pavilion at a number of different points, passing through a ‘secret corridor’ between the outer and inner layer of the structure and into the Pavilion’s brilliant, stained glass-effect interior.

15th Serpentine Pavilion  in London

The architects’ inspiration not only came from the site itself, but from the ways in which people move through London, notably the Underground with its many-layered, chaotic yet structured flow. selgascano’s design follows Smiljan Radić’s Pavilion in 2014, which was likened by many to a spaceship resting on Neolithic stones. Previous architects include Sou Fujimoto, 2013; Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, 2012; Frank Gehry, 2008; Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond, with Arup, 2006; Oscar Niemeyer, 2003; Daniel Libeskind with Arup, 2001; and Zaha Hadid, who designed the inaugural Pavilion in 2000.

Serpentine Galleries Website



Detailed schedule information:
Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm

Contact: Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
London
W2 3XA

James Gillray (1756–1815): The plumb-pudding in danger: -or-state epicures taking un petit souper<Br> • Hand-coloured etching, 1805.
James Gillray (1756–1815): The plumb-pudding in danger: -or-state epicures taking un petit souper
Hand-coloured etching, 1805.
Bonaparte and the British: Prints and propaganda in the age of Napoleon
LONDON  •  British Museum  •  5 February - 16 August 2015
 
2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo – the final undoing of French general and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821). The exhibition includes works by British and French satirists who were inspired by political and military tensions to exploit a new visual language combining caricature and traditional satire with the vigorous narrative introduced by Hogarth earlier in the century.

The print trade had already made the work of contemporary British artists familiar across Europe. Continental collectors devoured the products of the London publishers, and artists across Europe were inspired by British satires.

This exhibition includes work by James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson, Richard Newton and George Cruikshank, some of the most thoughtful and inventive artists of their day.

British Museum Website


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

Glenn Ligon, Malcolm X (small version 1) #1, 2001
Glenn Ligon, Malcolm X (small version 1) #1, 2001
Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions
LIVERPOOL  •  Tate Liverpool  •  30 June - 18 October 2015
 
Glenn Ligon (born 1960) is one of the most significant American artists of his generation. Much of his work relates to abstract expressionism and minimalist painting, remixing formal characteristics to highlight the cultural and social histories of the time, such as the civil rights movement.

This exhibition brings together artworks and other material he references in his own work and writings, or work with which he shares certain affinities. His practice, especially his painting, is deeply involved in the legacy of Post-War American art, which he enriches through references to American history, especially African-American experience. This exhibition features many major figures such as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Jasper Johns alongside Ligon’s near contemporaries including Chris Ofili, Lorna Simpson and Felix Gonzales-Torres. Wider cultural phenomena such as the photojournalism of the Civil Rights struggle and Sun Ra’s seminal film Space is the Place also feature alongside the work of the artist.

Tate Liverpool Website


Contact: Tate Liverpool
Albert Dock
Liverpool Waterfront
L3 4BB
United Kingdom
Tel: 44 (0)151 702 74 00

Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation
LONDON  •  British Museum  •  23 April - 2 August 2015
 
The show is be the first major exhibition in the UK to present a history of Indigenous Australia through objects, celebrating the cultural strength and resilience of both Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. This culture has continued for over 60,000 years in diverse environments which range from lush rainforest and arid landscapes to inland rivers, islands, seas and urban areas today. Hundreds of different Indigenous groups live across this vast continent, each with their own defined areas, languages and traditions.

Indigenous Australians developed sustainable ways of living from the land and sea using objects of great beauty and efficiency. From the deadly precision of a boomerang to bags and baskets for carrying water and food – essential for survival – these objects require supreme skill to design and make. In the exhibition, examples of practical objects such as spear-throwers (the ‘Swiss Army knife of the desert’) sit alongside magnificent works of art, such as Uta Uta Tjangala’s Yumari (1981) – a masterpiece now featured on the Australian passport. The oldest continuing art tradition in the world, Aboriginal art tells stories of the great ancestral beings who created the land and the people, and gave the law and lessons for living which still continue today. In contrast, the objects from the Torres Strait Islands reflect the centrality of the sea and its creatures to the Islanders’ beliefs and way of life, including spectacular turtle-shell masks used in ceremonies before the arrival of Christian missionaries. Together, the objects in the exhibition give an overview of Indigenous Australian culture throughout the continent, both remote and urban.

British Museum Website


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

The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay
LONDON  •  Tate Modern  •  15 April - 9 August 2015
 
Sonia Delaunay (1885–1979) was a key figure in the Parisian avant-garde and became the European doyenne of abstract art.

Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, she celebrated the modern world of movement, technology and urban life, exploring new ideas about colour theory together with her husband Robert Delaunay.

This is the first UK retrospective to assess her artistic practice across a wide range of media. It features the groundbreaking paintings, textiles and clothes she made across a sixty-year career, as well as the results of her innovative collaborations with poets, choreographers and manufacturers, from Diaghilev to Liberty.

Tate Modern Website


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

The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay
LONDON  •  Tate Modern  •  15 April - 9 August 2015
 
Sonia Delaunay (1885–1979) was a key figure in the Parisian avant-garde and became the European doyenne of abstract art.

Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, she celebrated the modern world of movement, technology and urban life, exploring new ideas about colour theory together with her husband Robert Delaunay.

This is the first UK retrospective to assess her artistic practice across a wide range of media. It features the groundbreaking paintings, textiles and clothes she made across a sixty-year career, as well as the results of her innovative collaborations with poets, choreographers and manufacturers, from Diaghilev to Liberty.

Tate Modern Website


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

Gold medal. Obverse: portrait of Louis XIV facing right. Reverse: Louis XIV as the sun warming the earth. Made by Jean Warin, 1672.
Gold medal. Obverse: portrait of Louis XIV facing right.
Reverse: Louis XIV as the sun warming the earth.
Made by Jean Warin, 1672.
Triumph and disaster: medals of the Sun King
LONDON  •  British Museum  •  4 June - 15 November 2015
 
This display examines the greatest medallic project ever undertaken – a self-portrait of the reign of Louis XIV of France.

Louis XIV – known as the Sun King – was King of France for over 70 years, reigning from 1643 to 1715. In 1662 his Minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, put forward the idea of creating a series of medals commemorating the triumphs of Louis’ reign – a medallic history. This was to form an extraordinary work of collaborative art that resulted in a unique and fascinating self-portrait of the regime that dominated Europe for nearly 60 years.

The display explores the background to the medallic history’s production, introducing some of the key people involved in its design and execution, including Colbert, artist and sculptor Jean Warin and authors Charles Perrault (best known today for his collection of fairy tales) and Jean Racine. The display uses a selection of the British Museum’s outstanding collection of medals produced during this period to tell this fascinating story – from the setting up of a ‘Little Academy’ (a committee established in 1663 to advise Louis on commemorating his reign) to the process of creation and production, and how Louis was represented.

The show also includes a 1702 folio edition of the medallic history (Médailles sur les principaux événements du règne de Louis le Grand – essentially a catalogue of the medals that were produced) from the Department of Coins and Medals’ library collection.

British Museum Website


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

Ibrahim Mahama: Untitled, 2013Draped jute sacks wall installation
Ibrahim Mahama: Untitled, 2013
Draped jute sacks wall installation
Pangaea III: New Art From Africa and Latin America
LONDON  •  Saatchi Gallery  •  11 March - 6 September 2015
 

Taking its title from the prehistoric landmass that conjoined Africa and Latin America, this major survey reunites the two former sister continents by bringing together the work of 16 of their contemporary artists. The exhibition explores the parallels between their distinctly diverse cultures and creative practices, as they begin to receive recognition in the increasingly globalised art world. Years of colonial rule, rapid urban expansion, migration and political and economic unrest remain subjects for many of the artists.

Pangaea III: New Art From Africa and Latin America features work by Aboudia, Dawit Abebe, Eduardo Berliner, Jean-François Boclé, Armand Boua, Pia Camil,  Alida Cervantes, Virginia Chihota, Alexandre da Cunha, Federico Herrero, Diego Mendoza Imbachi, Eddy Ilunga Kamuanga, Hamid El Kanbouhi, Ibrahim Mahama 
Jorge Mayet, Boris Nzebo, Alejandro Ospina, Ephrem Solomon, Mikhael Subotzky



Saatchi Gallery Website


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

Soundscapes
LONDON  •  The National Gallery, London  •  8 July - 6 September 2015
 
 
‘Soundscapes’ has commissioned musicians and sound artists to select a painting from the collection and compose a new piece of music or sound art in response. Immersive and site-specific, the experience encourages visitors to ‘hear’ the paintings and ‘see’ the sound.

The artists are:

Nico Muhly is a composer of chamber, orchestral, and sacred music, as well as opera and ballet.

Susan Philipsz OBE is a Turner Prize-winning sound artist.

Jamie xx is a DJ, music producer, and member of Mercury Prize-winning band, The xx.

Gabriel Yared is an Oscar-winning film composer, whose work includes the scores for ‘Betty Blue’ (1986), ‘The English Patient’ (1996), ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ (1999), and ‘Cold Mountain’ (2003).

Chris Watson is one of the world's leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena. He won BAFTA Awards for David Attenborough’s ‘Life’ and ‘Frozen Planet’ BBC series.

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller are internationally renowned installation and sound artists.

The National Gallery, London Website


Contact: The National Gallery, London
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN
United Kingdom
Tel: 44 20 7747 2885

Events in Classical Music

BBC Symphony Orchestra : Marc-André Hamelin, piano
LONDON  •  Royal Albert Hall  •  12 August 2015
 

Pierre Boulez: Figures – Doubles – Prismes
Ravel: Frontispice (arr. P. Boulez)
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Stravinsky: The Firebird

BBC Symphony Orchestra
François-Xavier Roth, conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano



BBC Proms 2015 Website



Detailed schedule information:
18h30

Contact: Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP
Tel: (44) 020 75 89 82 12

Apollo’s Fire : Alina Ibragimova, violin
LONDON  •  Cadogan Hall  •  15 August 2015
 

C. P. E. Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann and J.S. Bach

Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichordist/director
Alina Ibragimova, violin

 



BBC Proms 2015 Website



Detailed schedule information:
15h

Contact: Cadogan Hall
London
Tel: (44) 020 75 89 82 12

Nicola Benedetti
Nicola Benedetti
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Nicola Benedetti, violin
LONDON  •  Royal Albert Hall  •  10 August 2015
 

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Korngold: Violin Concerto
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits, conductor
Nicola Benedetti, violin

 



BBC Proms 2015 Website



Detailed schedule information:
19h30

Contact:

Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP


Tel: (44) 020 75 89 82 12

Events in Opera

Orfeo: Claudio Monteverdi
LONDON  •  Royal Albert Hall  •  4 August 2015
 
 

Claudio Monteverdi: Orfeo
Sung in Italian

Cast

Krystian Adam: Orpheus
Mariana Flores: Eurydice/Hope
Francesca Aspromonte: Music/Messenger
Gianluca Buratto: Charon/Pluto
Francesca Boncompagni: Persephone
Andrew Tortise: Apollo/Shepherd 1
Esther Brazil: Nymph, Proms debut artist
Gareth Treseder: Shepherd 2/Spirit 2/Echo
Nicholas Mulroy: Spirit 1
James Hall: Shepherd 3, Proms debut artist
David Shipley: Shepherd 4/Spirit 3

Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor



Royal Albert Hall Website



Detailed schedule information:
19h30

Contact: Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP
Tel: (44) 020 75 89 82 12

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

<P>Butterfly headdress of hand-painted turkey feathersPhilip Treacy for Alexander McQueen<EM>La Dame Bleue,</EM> Spring/Summer 2008Model: Alana Zimmer © Anthea Simms</P>

Butterfly headdress of hand-painted turkey feathers
Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen
La Dame Bleue, Spring/Summer 2008
Model: Alana Zimmer
© Anthea Simms

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
LONDON  •  Victoria and Albert Museum  •  14 March - 2 August 2015
 
The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty showcases McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection.

The original version of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2011 was organised by the Costume Institute and became one of the museum's top 10 most visited exhibitions.

Victoria and Albert Museum Website


Contact: Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
Tel: (44) 20 7942 2211

Music, celebration and healing: the Sudanese lyre
LONDON  •  British Museum  •  18 June - 16 August 2015
 
This display features a magnificent 19th-century lyre from Nubia in northern Sudan, adorned with a diverse selection of coins, charms and beads.

This stunning lyre, known as a kissar, was owned and played by a singer, minstrel and spirit healer in Nubia (northern Sudan). He played it at important occasions such as weddings, and at ceremonies associated with the cults collectively referred to as Zār in Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. These cults, and the trance dances associated with them, were aimed at calming the restless spirits within those possessed who would come to seek treatment from the spirit healers. Zār ceremonies remain popular today in the wider region.

This type of lyre, also known as the tanbura outside Nubia, would have been the leading instrument in a small band which might also have included drums and tambourines. It is festooned with charms and wooden prayer beads, as well as numerous other pendant decorations, including cowrie shells, probably from the Maldives, a very small pistol(?) mechanism, bells, glass beads and coins from a wide area – Yemen, Egypt, the UK and even Indonesia. In common with many African objects it is anthropomorphic, with eyes, nose and outstretched arms. The name kissar means ‘skull’ and refers to the bulbous resonator of the instrument.

The display explores the historical and contemporary cultural significance of the lyre, and showcases the artistic qualities of one of the most remarkable objects in the Museum’s collection. In addition to highlighting the lyre’s relationship with alternative spirit healing, music and dance, the display demonstrates the development and continued use of a very ancient style of musical instrument.

British Museum Website


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

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
LONDON  •  Victorial and Albert Museum  •  13 June 2015 - 31 January 2016
 
 
This exhibition looks at the extremes of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers. It considers the cultural significance and transformative capacity of shoes and examines the latest developments in footwear technology creating the possibility of ever higher heels and dramatic shapes.

Victorial and Albert Museum Website


Contact: V&A South Kensington
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
United Kingdom
Tel: 44 (0)20 7942 2000



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