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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.



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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.



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Victoria Miro
16 Wharf Road
London N1 7RW


Tel: (44) 20 7336 8109

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga<EM>Reconnaissance</EM>, 2016.Acrylic and oil on canvas, 170 x 150 cm
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga
Reconnaissance, 2016.
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 170 x 150 cm
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga
LONDON  •  October Gallery  •  30 June - 30 July 2016
 

In his first UK solo exhibition, Congolese artist, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, casts a quizzical gaze upon the dynamic and often fraught cultures that make up his homeland. Kamuanga Ilunga explores the relationship of the Mangbetu people, a group recognisable by their cloth-bound heads, to the rise of modernisation. Visually, the paintings reference the Democratic Republic of Congo’s rich reserves of coltan – a metallic ore used in computer chips and mobile phones– which have contributed to much of the country’s ongoing conflict.

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1991, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, trained at the Kinshasa Academy of Arts and has founded the dynamic Congolese art collective ‘M’Pongo’, representative of the creative vibrancy to be found in modern Kinshasa.  

Kamuanga Ilunga pays equal reference to both this modern industry and the traditional culture of the Mangbetu, bringing their vibrant fabrics, symbolic objects and daily rituals into confrontation with the digital imagery of the present day. His paintings possess a monumental quality that is both heroic and elegiac, with a striking and sophisticated interplay of intensity and emptiness, two and three dimensions, and Congolese pattern painted as European drapery.

Kamuanga Ilunga’s work has been exhibited across Africa, notably at DakArt; Biennale OFF Senegal in 2014, and made its London debut at the Saatchi Gallery’s Panagaea II in 2015.



October Gallery Website


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October Gallery
24 Old Gloucester Street
Bloomsbury
London WC1N 3AL


Tel: 44 (0)20 7242 7367

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
LONDON  •  Burlington House  •  13 June - 21 August 2016
 
 
Curated by Richard Wilson, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition features works by Jane and Louise Wilson, Ron Arad, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Yinka Shonibare.

Royal Academy of Arts Website


Contact: Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London W1J 0BD
United Kingdom


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

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

<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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