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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 30 June 2009 Issue No.175



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

1 - Prom 12: Elgar / Delius / Holst - In the second of this weekend’s concerts celebrating the musical legacy of the three great British composers who died 75 years ago, Sir Charles Mackerras contrasts Elgar’s ‘stout and steaky’ Cockaigne with Delius’s poetical Song of the High Hills, before venturing into the solar system for Holst’s mystical planetary survey. 25 July. www.royalalberthall.com

2 - BP British Art Displays: Turner/Rothko - The links between these two artists are well documented. After visiting an xhibition of Turner’s works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1966, Rothko reportedly commented that ‘This man Turner, he learnt a lot from me’. A few years later, Tate’s renowned Turner Bequest was a major influence on Rothko’s decision to donate nine of his Seagram murals to the Collection. For the first time, Tate Britain visitors are able to move directly from the immersive, meditative environment of the so-called ‘Rothko Room’ into a display of Turners from the 1966 MoMA exhibition that Rothko attended. These include a key selection of loose, experimental watercolours, such as A Pink Sky above a Grey Sea c.1822, and Storm Clouds: Sunset with a Pink Sky 1833, which demonstrate the striking affinity between these two great painters. Six works from Rothko’s Seagram series are on show, as is a selection of other works by the artist. Until 26 July. www.tate.org.uk

3 - Bernstein on Broadway - Conductor - Carl Davis, Vocalist - Graham Bickley, Vocalist - Sarah Eyden and Vocalist - Kim Criswell. The very best music from Leonard Bernstein’s fabulous musicals including West Side Story, On the Town, Candide, Wonderful Town and many more. 20 August. www.rpo.co.uk

4 - Classified - Classified focuses on the way artists use ordering systems in their work, exploring how our need to classify affects our perception of the world. The exhibition addresses this desire to collect, order and categorise, and will show how artists often use these networks and relationships in ways that reveal the inherent instability of meaning. The works in this exhibition employ a variety of methods and approaches, but are united by the artists’ engagement with the ways we all codify the objects and images that surround us as part of our daily life. Classified offers visitors to Tate Britain the opportunity to see exceptional works by leading contemporary artists and to explore the recent development of Tate’s outstanding collection. Artists represented in the exhibition are: Phillip Allen, Gillian Carnegie, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Martin Creed, Tacita Dean, Jeremy Deller, Mark Dion, Ceal Floyer, Damien Hirst, Simon Patterson, Peter Peri, Fiona Rae, Simon Starling, and Rebecca Warren. Until 23 August. www.tate.org.uk

5 - Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. - Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. is an exhibition that takes an imaginative and expansive look at text-based art practices from the 1960s to the present day. In particular the exhibition is inspired by the example of Concrete Poetry, a movement that flowered in the 60s but which is now largely forgotten. Concrete Poetry explored the graphic potential of language alongside its poetic and literary possibilities, and so too do the works in this exhibition, which includes works by figures who emerged in the 60s alongside those of younger, contemporary artists. Until 25 August. www.ica.org.uk

6 - Paco Pena - Flamenco sin Fronteras - Delving into an often overlooked period of flamenco history, Paco Peña explores the many dance styles that emerged through the migration of Spanish performers to Latin America in the early 1900s, and their significant impact on flamenco today. Combining the very best flamenco dancers with a sensational band of musicians and virtuoso singers, this brand new show takes audiences right to the heart of Latin America, with all the intensity, depth and raw energy that have become this maestro's trademark. From 1 September until 5 September. www.sadlerswells.com

7 - Walking in My Mind - Walking in My Mind explores the inner working of the artist's imagination through dramatic, large-scale installation art. Ten international artists - Charles Avery, Thomas Hirschhorn, Yayoi Kusama, Bo Christian Larsson, Mark Manders, Yoshitomo Nara, Jason Rhoades, Pipilotti Rist, Chiharu Shiota and Keith Tyson - transform the Hayward Gallery's indoor galleries and outdoor sculpture terraces into a series of gigantic sculptural environments, each of which represents an individual mindscape. Interior worlds of emotions, thoughts, memories and dreams collide with exterior reality, blurring the boundaries between inner and outer space. Until 6 September. www.hayward.org.uk

8 - Radical Nature - Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969–2009 - The beauty and wonder of nature have provided inspiration for artists and architects for centuries. Since the 1960s, the increasingly evident degradation of the natural world and the effects of climate change have brought a new urgency to their responses. Radical Nature is the first exhibition to bring together key figures across different generations who have created utopian works and inspiring solutions for our ever-changing planet. Radical Nature draws on ideas that have emerged out of Land Art, environmental activism, experimental architecture and utopianism. The exhibition is designed as one fantastical landscape, with each piece introducing into the gallery space a dramatic portion of nature. Until 18 October. www.barbican.org.uk

9 - Mariscal - Drawing Life - The Design Museum presents the first UK retrospective of Spanish designer and artist Javier Mariscal. Regarded as one the world’s most innovative and original designers of our time, Mariscal’s rich and diverse body of work spans kooky cartoon characters to stunning interiors, from furniture to graphic design and corporate identities. The exhibition and graphics will be designed by Mariscal, promising an immersive experience for the visitor into the world and mind of Mariscal. The exhibition space will be a fully illustrated environment, rich with orchestrated scenarios and installations, each telling the story of Mariscal's pivotal projects, designs and the drawings that shaped them. Sketches, designs, films and photographs will be on display alongside furniture and textiles. Mariscal will also design and paint an elaborate mural for the exterior of the Design Museum showcasing his unique vision and signature design style. Until 1 November. www.designmuseum.org

10 - Turner Prize - The Turner Prize is a contemporary art award that was set up in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art. The prize is awarded each year to 'a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding'. Nominations are invited each year, and the prize is judged by an independent jury that changes annually. The four shortlisted artists present works in a show normally held at Tate Britain before the winner is announced in December. From 6 October until 16 January. www.tate.org.uk


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