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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 01 December 2008 Issue No.161



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

1 - John Rutter's Christmas Celebration - John Rutter's magical Christmas music has added extra sparkle to Christmases around the world, and his annual celebration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a festive treat not to be missed. Join them at the Methodist Central Hall, Westminster for a seasonal mix of carols, Christmas favourites and plenty of opportunities to sing along. 20 December. www.methodist-central-hall.org.uk

2 - Richard Serra - Three new steel sculptures will be shown at the Britannia Street galleries together with "forged drawings" – small, geometric forged steel plates with paint stick applied to the surface. At the same time, new works on paper will be shown at the Davies Street gallery. Richard Serra is one of the most significant artists of his generation. His groundbreaking sculpture explores the exchange between artwork, site, and viewer. He has produced unparalleled large-scale, site-specific sculptures for architectural, urban and landscape settings. Until 20 December. www.gagosian.com

3 - Robin Rhode: Through the Gate - Rhode’s practice, which incorporates performance, photography, film, drawing and sculpture, draws upon his upbringing in South Africa. For this exhibition, he tackles the historical relationship between Britain and his native country. Until 10 January. www.whitecube.com

4 - Cold War Modern - Design 1945-70 - The period after the Second World War was one of anxiety and tension but also one of great optimism and unprecedented technological development. This exhibition examines how design was shaped by the cold war period against the backdrop of the battle between communism and capitalism, the advances of the space race, and the international competition to be modern. Concentrating on the years from 1945 to 1970, the exhibition displays objects from around the world including the USA, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Italy, France, East and West Germany, Cuba and the UK. Until 11 January. www.vam.ac.uk

5 - Rafael Lozano-Hemmer - Frequency and Volume - For his first solo UK exhibition in a public gallery, Lozano-Hemmer transforms The Curve into an immense interactive environment. Frequency and Volume is composed of 48 radios, which can potentially all be tuned to different channels simultaneously. The 90-metre long arc of the gallery wall becomes a visual and sonic representation of London’s radio spectrum, constantly changing according to the physical position of its visitors. Until 18 January. www.barbican.org.uk

6 - Dispersion - Dispersion presents seven international artists who work with photography, film, video and performance. All of these artists explore the appropriation and circulation of images in contemporary society, examining the role of money, desire and power in our accelerated image economy – from the art market to the internet and art historical icons to pornography. The works in Dispersion often take the form of archives, histories or collections, sometimes adopting an anthropological approach. In many cases, they are characterised by an interest in feminism and gender politics in the realm of sexuality and sub-culture. All the works however are informed by personal or idiosyncratic narratives, exploring the role of subjectivity in the contemporary flow of imagery and capital. From 3 December until 1 February. www.ica.org.uk

7 - Cirque Du Soleil : Quidam - Cirque du Soleil brings Quidam to London. An extraordinary show seen by millions of people worldwide, now for the first time in the Royal Albert Hall! Quidam contains all elements Cirque du Soleil is famous for: astonishing acrobatics, awe-inspiring aerial acts, unique lighting, and an elaborate set design. Get ready to discover an acrobatic show where hope and beauty come to life. From 8 January 2009 until 1 February 2009. Buy tickets

8 - Rodchenko & Popova: Defining Constructivism - Rodchenko & Popova: Defining Constructivism will explore the work of Alexander Rodchenko and Lyubov Popova between 1917 and 1929. Arguably two of the Russian avant-garde’s most influential and important artists, they were integral to the stylistic and theoretical underpinning of Russian Constructivism. With over 350 objects, this exhibition charts the evolution of their aesthetics from abstract painting to graphic design and will include their designs for cinema and theatre as well as numerous posters, books, and costumes. From 12 February until 17 May 2009. www.tate.org.uk/modern

9 - Van Dyck and Britain - Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) was the greatest painter in seventeenth-century Britain. Though trained in Flanders, he had a huge impact on British cultural life as the principal painter at King Charles I’s ostensibly elegant court, where his impact was similar to that of Hans Holbein at the court of Henry VIII. This visually sumptuous exhibition brings together some of the finest and most magnificent paintings that van Dyck produced during his years in Britain. It also reveals his continuing visual legacy through portraits by artists from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, including Sir Joshua Reynolds and John Singer Sargent. From 18 February until 17 May 2009. www.tate.org.uk

10 - Body Worlds & The Mirror of Time - BODY WORLDS & The Mirror of Time will feature a special presentation on the human life cycle and ageing. Visitors will witness the body living through time - at its most radiant, and as it changes, grows, matures, peaks, and finally wanes. The exhibition shows the complexity, resilience, and vulnerability of the human body through anatomical studies of the body in distress, disease and optimal health. The exhibition includes human and animal specimens to be seen in London for the first time. The plastinates show the form, beauty, function, and potential of the human and animal body. Until 23 August 2009. Buy tickets


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