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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 21 October 2008 Issue No.158



1.) Top 10 London events
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1. Top 10 London events

1 - Anish Kapoor - From an early stage in his career Anish Kapoor has worked closely with architects and engineers on a number of major works. Get a rare and fascinating insight into many of these key projects with an exhibition of his architectural models, many of which have never been displayed to the public before. Until 8 November. www.architecture.com

2 - Forever 27 - This is a portrait of the much mythologised ‘27 Club’, the group of ill-fated rock stars whose lives have been tragically cut short at the age of 27. Featuring iconic images from a collaboration of world-renowned rock photographers, Proud Camden, London will present a definitive look at Rock & Roll’s most infamous member’s club. From a group of over 30 musicians belonging to the Club, the exhibition will focus on the five most legendary, depicted through iconic and never before seen images. Featuring many striking images of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones and Kurt Cobain, this revealing show promises to celebrate their talent and shed fresh light on their short lives and mysterious, untimely deaths. Until 9 November. www.proud.co.uk

3 - RPO presents Best of Broadway - London's much loved Musicals show returns! With a dazzling West End cast, including Ria Jones, Mary Carewe, Graham Bickley and Michal Dore and with the combination of the show-stopping music, the special light effects, not to mention the magnificent surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall, it is little wonder that this tremendous show is a firm favourite and has fast become a popular alternative to London’s West End. 13 November. www.royalalberthall.com

4 - Sangre Flamenca - Nuevo Ballet Español and its artistic directors Rojas and Rodriguez have garnered praise throughout the world for their unique mix of contemporary dance and traditional flamenco. For this UK premiere, the entire company of 11 dancers - five women and six men - performs a series of heart-racing bulerías, tangos, zapateado, jaleos and martinets, in a virtuosic display of traditional flamenco with a distinctly 21st Century edge. From 28 October until 15 November. www.sadlerswells.com

5 - Lucian Freud - This is a major loan exhibition of early works by Lucian Freud. The earliest paintings, from 1940, were completed when the artist was only 17. Many of the paintings in the exhibition are from private collections and not normally available to be seen by the public. This will be the first exhibition devoted entirely to the artist’s early work since 1997 with all works on loan from private or public collections worldwide, and several being shown publicly for the first time. Until 12 December. www.hh-h.com

6 - Cildo Meireles - Cildo Meireles  is widely recognised as one of the leaders in the international development of Conceptual art. This exhibition is the first extensive presentation of the artist’s work in the UK. Revealing how he is particularly fascinated by scale, the works range from an object in the form of a small ring to an installation covering 225 square metres. Meireles has made some of the most philosophically brilliant, politically telling and aesthetically seductive works in recent art. Since the late 1960s he has created sculptures and installations which involve an element of participation. His deep interest in the relationship between the sensorial and the cerebral, the body and the mind, is now seen as one of the defining characteristics of the post-war Brazilian avant-garde, out of which Meireles emerged with his early works at the end of the 1960s. He has remained loyal to these origins, and to a political and ethical viewpoint formed outside the so-called cultures of plenty. Until 11 January. www.tate.org.uk/modern

7 - Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms - No artist living in the second half of the 20th century has made a deeper impression on popular culture and consciousness than Andy Warhol (1928-87). The Hayward presents a major exhibition that brings a fresh perspective to his work, showing works from the 1950s through to the 1980s. The exhibition presents Warhol’s films, screen-tests, videos and television programmes, which combined with extraordinary archive material, seminal paintings and installations, illuminates his creative process. Until 18 January. www.hayward.org.uk

8 - This Is War! Robert Capa at Work - Gerda Taro On the Subject of War - Robert Capa is one of the leading photographers of the twentieth century and defined how modern warfare was photographed. This exhibition, which includes over 150 images, some never-before-seen photographs and newly discovered documents, illuminates Capa’s working process and features many of the photographs that have become iconic images of war. The talented and groundbreaking German photographer, Gerda Taro spent her brief but dramatic career photographing the Spanish Civil War alongside Robert Capa, her lover and collaborator. She was one of the first female photographers to work on the frontline and the first to be killed in action in 1937, aged just 26, whilst covering the battle for the city of Brunete. Taro’s unflinching images of the casualties of war, distinguished by her experimentation with the dynamic camera angles of New Vision photography, are a remarkable contribution to the tradition of war photography. Until 25 January 2009. www.barbican.org.uk

9 - Paths to Fame: Turner Watercolours from The Courtauld - This exhibition will be the first full display of The Courtauld Gallery’s outstanding collection of watercolours by J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). The works span the artist’s career from important early landscapes made when he was a teenager, to the highly finished watercolours and his celebrated expressive late works. The works form The Courtauld Gallery will be supplemented by closely related loans from Tate and private collections, enabling viewers to see the development of some compositions from early sketches and exploratory ‘colour beginnings’ to finished watercolours and published prints. From 30 October 2008 until 25 January 2009. www.courtauld.ac.uk

10 - Mark Rothko - This is the first significant exhibition of his work to be held in the UK for over 20 years. Tate Modern's iconic 'Rothko Room' works are reunited for the first time with works from Japan. Rothko’s iconic paintings, composed of luminous, soft-edged rectangles saturated with colour, are among the most enduring and mysterious created by an artist in modern times. In the exhibition his paintings glow meditatively from the walls in deep dark reds, oranges, maroons, browns, blacks, and greys. Until 1 February. www.tate.org.uk/modern


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