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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 6 October 2009 Issue No.182



1.) Top 10 London events
2.) Other Events, Theatre listings, Museums and Galleries
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1. Top 10 London events

1 - Roger Hiorns: SEIZURE - British artist Roger Hiorns uses unusual materials to effect surprising transformations on found objects and urban situations. Fire emerges from storm drains, perfume permeates metal surfaces, and copper sulphate crystals colonise industrial objects. SEIZURE was Hiorns’ most ambitious work to date and his first major sculptural project within an urban site, and it marked a radical shift in scale and context in his work. The artist encouraged the growth of an unexpected crystal form within a low-rise late-modernist development near the Elephant & Castle in south London. 75,000 litres of copper sulphate solution were pumped into the council flat to create a strangely beautiful and somewhat menacing crystalline growth on the walls, floor, ceiling and bath of this abandoned dwelling. Until 18 October. www.artangel.org.uk

2 - Frieze Art - Frieze Art Fair takes place every October in Regent’s Park, London. The fair showcases new and established artists to an international audience. Frieze Art Fair features more than 150 galleries from around the world, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to see and buy art by the world’s leading artists. From 15 October until 18 October. www.friezeartfair.com

3 - Rigoletto - Brilliantly relocating the original Renaissance court setting of Verdi’s great revenge drama to the vendetta-driven culture of 1950s Mafia-run New York, Jonathan Miller’s ‘Little Italy’ staging of Rigoletto was acclaimed as a classic when it was first seen in 1982 and has remained in ENO’s repertoire ever since. For its latest revival, leading Verdi baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore, who has sung the title role to acclaim in Brussels, Vienna and the Netherlands, now sings it for the first time on the British stage. Until 23 October. www.eno.org

4 - The Otolith Group - Informed by Satyajit Ray’s unmade film 'The Alien' (1967) and Pier Paolo Pasolini's 'Appunti per un film sull'India' (1968), 'Otolith III' is a single screen projection that replays Ray's unrealised science fiction as a series of competing past potential futures. 'Otolith III' is accompanied by 'Otolith Timeline' (video, colour, 30 minutes, 2003) which situates The Otolith Trilogy in a speculative history of the 20th and 21st Century. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of events, including a seminar with The Otolith Group and discussions with filmmaker Eyal Sivan and Bidoun magazine. Until 24 October. www.theshowroom.org

5 - The Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair - The Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair is an established showcase for Artists and Designers to promote and sell their work. The whole event takes place at the Candid Galleries in Islington with each of the four weeks covering specific disciplines. The fair provides a platform for over 200 individual artists across the entire art and design spectrum to show their latest work. Until 25 October. www.icadf.com

6 - Gustav Metzger: Decades 1959–2009 - This is a major exhibition of work by the influential artist and activist Gustav Metzger, examining his life-long exploration of politics, ecology and the destructive powers of 20th-century society. The exhibition draws together the themes and methodologies that have informed the London-based artist’s practice from 1959 until the present day. The broad cross-section of works on view include Metzger’s auto-destructive and auto-creative works of the 1960s, such as his pioneering liquid crystal projections; the ongoing Historic Photographs series, which responds to major events and catastrophes; and later works exploring ecological issues, globalisation and commercialisation. Until 8 November. www.serpentinegallery.org

7 - Svapnagata - Trilok Gurtu Orchestra - Audiences all over the world have been enthralled by Trilok Gurtu's burning sense of rhythm and his compositions, which link subtle Indian rhythms and singing with elements of modern jazz and rock. For Svapnagata he presents a special evening in collaboration with seven classical Western musicians and an eclectic mix of instruments ranging from French horn, trumpet and violin to the santoor and didgeridoo. Together they perform works including a Bach concerto and the Romanian Dances by Béla Bartók. The Western musicians in turn will perform Trilok Gurtu's own compositions with him and world renowned Norwegian Saxophonist Jan Gabarek will make a special guest appearance. 22 November. Buy tickets

8 - Christmas Spectacular at The O2 - Myleene Klass is to host this evening of Christmas celebrations, light displays, special effects and indoor fireworks. Raymond Gubbay, the classical spectacular impresario, will make his debut at The O2 this December with Christmas Spectacular on 23rd December, a rousing night of carols, traditional tunes and some cracking Christmas number ones. Anthony Inglis will conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in this Christmas extravaganza which will also feature Alison Jiear and Stephanie Corley, Sopranos, Jon Christos, Tenor, the Royal Choral Society and Metro Voices. The concert will be all the public have come to expect of Gubbay's productions with light displays, special effects and an indoor firework finale. Buy ticket

9 - No Love Lost, Blue Paintings - Damien Hirst - The Wallace Collection presents an exhibition of 25 new paintings by Damien Hirst, including two triptychs. The ‘No Love Lost’ series, created between 2006 and 2008, marks the artist’s return to the solitary practice of painting. Since the start of his career, Hirst has challenged what it means to be an artist. ‘No Love Lost’ bears witness to a bold new direction in his work: a series of paintings that, in the artist’s words are “deeply connected to the past.” From 14 October 2009 until 24 January 2010. www.wallacecollection.org

10 - David Chipperfield - Form Matters - One of the most important architects working today, David Chipperfield produces subtle and sophisticated buildings with an acute sensitivity for materials and a powerful awareness of their environment. This major exhibition celebrates his work for the first time in the UK and spans his entire career to date, including such acclaimed projects as the River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, and the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach, Germany, winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture 2007. The exhibition also illustrates important public commissions including the reconstruction of the Neues Museum in Berlin, and The Hepworth Wakefield gallery. This detailed survey examines a range of projects through new and archive models, sketches, drawings, photographs and film. From 21 October 2009 until 31 January 2010. www.designmuseum.orgs


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