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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 07 April 2009 Issue No.169



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

1 - Kutlug Ataman - fff - fff, an abbreviation of ‘found family footage’, consists of images drawn from home movies of the 1950s and 60s. This footage was borrowed by Ataman from the archives of two British families, the Fryers and the Howards, whose fathers were pioneering researchers into the effects of flight and g-force on pilots. Ataman has appropriated this material and overlaid it with original music composed by Michael Nyman, to create 10 short films, each with its own individual score. Until 18 April. www.thomasdane.com

2 - Unique forms - Boccioni was perhaps the most significant of the five artists associated with the first wave of Futurist painting. Equally articulate with verbal and visual imagery, Boccioni went on to become the foremost theorist of Futurist aesthetics, which he expounded with tremendous energy and rigour in his tract Futurist Painting and Sculpture published in 1914, two years prior to his untimely death during a military exercise. The power and energy of Boccioni's thought and work remains exhilarating to this day, and familiarisation with his ideas and imagery makes it clear that the First World War deprived modernism of one of its most talented and promising artists. Until 19 April. www.estorickcollection.com

3 - Jim Lambie - Lambie’s show comprises a series of experiments in the transformation and perception of space and energy. The viewers’ sightlines are first disrupted as Lambie applies the latest incarnation of The Strokes to the floor. One of Lambie’s vibrant vinyl tape pieces, The Strokes’ fluorescent curves and swirls navigate the gallery’s architecture, undulating over and around every cranny and groove. Quietly, a number of “Sonic Reducers”, concrete blocks containing record spines, sink into the floor. From the walls, collaged eyes peer out from between mosaiced fragments of mirror that hypnotically expand and refract the surroundings. The eyes, extracted from their original contexts and left to swim in patches of bright colours, stare in every direction. Until 25 April. www.sadiecoles.com

4 - Mythologies - Turning the 21,500 square feet gallery into a giant cabinet of curiosities, 'Mythologies' features work by over 40 international artists, including major figures such as Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Sophie Calle, Christian Boltanski, Tony Cragg, Kiki Smith, Bill Viola, Keith Tyson and Damien Hirst, alongside emerging talents such as Carlos Amorales, Jamie Shovlin and Nicholas Hlobo. Until 25 April. www.haunchofvenison.com

5 - Wildlife Photographer of the Year - The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition finds the very best wildlife images taken by the world’s top professional and amateur photographers. Now in its 44th year, the most innovative and imaginative photographic images have been judged and selected by a panel of experts and will be on view until 26 April. www.nhm.ac.uk

6 - Kenny G - For one night only you can enjoy Kenny G. For the past two decades, Kenny has established himself as the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era. His most recent studio album, the Latin influenced Rhythm & Romance, originally released in the UK during March 2008, is a unique combination of rich Samba, Salsa and Bossa Nova love songs anchored by Kenny's intoxicating signature saxophone melodies. 27 April. www.royalalberthall.com

7 - Peter Grimes - The most significant British opera in over two centuries, Peter Grimes, is a work of visceral and sustained beauty. Premiered by English National Opera — as Sadler’s Wells Opera — in 1945, Britten’s masterwork astonished audiences from its first night and its grip on the repertoire has continued ever since. Peter Grimes is the anti-hero outsider in a fishing village whose picture perfect façade conceals the paranoia of closed minds. David Alden’s eagerly awaited new production follows his recent and unforgettable Jenùfa and Lucia di Lammermoor for ENO. Edward Gardner conducts this electrifying score. The cast is headed by Stuart Skelton with Amanda Roocroft, Gerald Finley and Felicity Palmer. From 9 May until 28 May. www.eno.org

8 - Shah 'Abbas: The Remaking of Iran - This is the first major exhibition to explore the rule and legacy of Shah `Abbas, one of the formative figures in the creation of modern Iran. Shah of Iran from 1587 – 1629 AD, he is remembered as one of the country’s most influential kings and a great military leader, ruling Iran at a time of political renewal, when it succeeded in positioning itself as a world power with a sharply defined national identity. The exhibition will feature luxurious gold-ground carpets, exquisite Chinese porcelains, illustrated manuscripts, watercolour paintings, metalwork and beautiful silks, objects similar to those Shah `Abbas gave to important religious sites across Iran. Until 14 June. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

9 - Constable portraits: The Painter and his circle - This is the first exhibition dedicated to Constable's portraits and the insights they bring to Constable's art, life and relationships. Exhibited works will be on loan from institutions such as Tate, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, V & A, Royal Academy and Yale Center for British Art, alongside works from private collections, many of which have not been on public display for many years. Remarkably, considering Constable's reputation and output of approximately 100 portraits, this body of work is not well-known. Constable Portraits will offer the opportunity to re-evaluate and rediscover the previously marginalised work of this important artist. Until 14 June. www.npg.org.uk

10 - Wallace & Gromit present A World of Cracking Ideas - The £2m exhibition is a fun, family-oriented, interactive show which aims to appeal to all ages by telling the story of innovation and to inspire people’s creativity and flair. The exhibition looks at how people can protect their ideas using intellectual property. The exhibition takes visitors on a tour of 62 West Wallaby Street, the famous home of Wallace & Gromit, where they can take in objects from the Science Museum’s collections, which reflect the spirit of innovation, whilst interacting with some of Wallace’s own cracking contraptions such as the Tellyscope II, the Piella Propellor and the Blend-o-Matic. Visitors are encouraged to come up with their own creative ideas, which they can jot down and leave at ‘Ideas Stations’ located in the Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Bathroom, Workshop and Garden. Until 1 November. www.sciencemuseum.org.uk


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