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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 20 October 2009 Issue No.183



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

1 - 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

2 - Grayson Perry - The Walthamstow Tapestry - The Walthamstow Tapestry explores the emotional resonance of brand names in our lives and our quasi-religious relationship to consumerism. Charting man's passage from birth to death, the tapestry is peppered with leading brands encountered along the way. Stripped of their logos and thus much of their identity, the names run alongside - often incongruous - depictions of people going about their everyday lives: walking the dog, nursing children, skateboarding, hoovering, and, of course, shopping. Perry is a great chronicler of contemporary life, in whose work sentiment and nostalgia sit subversively alongside fear and anger. Until 7 November. www.victoria-miro.com

3 - Anselm Kiefer: Karfunkelfee and The Fertile Crescent - The new work continues to confront the violence and paradoxes of human history, its endless cycle of creation and destruction. The paintings are allusive, not illustrative, with an emphatic material and spiritual presence. They seem almost sensuously painted but are the result of a long process during which both the artist and the elements have attacked the canvas. Until 14 November. www.whitecube.com

4 - Tate Britain Duveen`s Commission Eva Rothschild - For the latest in the celebrated Duveens Commission series, which has recently included Mark Wallinger and Martin Creed, Eva Rothschild has conceived a new ambitious sculpture for the galleries that lie at the heart of Tate Britain. This is the first time a single work has been designed to stretch nearly the full length of the space, over 70 metres. Using minimal materiality, the work fills and disrupts the grandeur of these neoclassical galleries with a chaotic, energetic presence. One of the most interesting artists of her generation, Rothschild makes striking objects which continually investigate new relationships between volume and mass, surface and structure. Until 29 November. www.tate.org.uk

5 - Sophie Calle: Talking to Strangers - Acclaimed for her photographic and film installations, Sophie Calle’s work reports on encounters and situations that she sets in motion. Whether asking strangers to sleep in her bed, or inviting an author to take charge of her destiny, she documents social interactions that require a pact of complete trust. This exhibition brings together major works from the 1980s to the present. Until 3 January. www.whitechapel.org

6 - Pop Life: Art in a Material World - "Good business is the best art" Andy Warhol once provocatively claimed. Tate Modern's hit autumn exhibition Pop Life examines how artists since the 1980s have cultivated their public persona as a product, and conjured a dazzling mix of media, commerce and glamour to build their own 'brands'. Beginning with the grandfather of Pop, Andy Warhol, the show includes Jeff Koons' infamous Made in Heaven series and his stainless steel Rabbit sculpture, an iconic array of golden spot and butterfly paintings from Damien Hirst's recordbreaking 2008 auction, and a reconstruction of Keith Haring's Pop Shop in New York. Also included will be works by Richard Prince, Martin Kippenberger, and the notorious YBAs, and a new commission by Takashi Murakami. Until 17 January 2010. www.tate.org.uk/modern

7 - Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts - The exhibition spans the period from the beginning of the 18th century to the mid-20th century, bringing together over 250 magnificent objects, many being lent from India’s royal collections for the first time. It examines the changing role of the maharajas within a social and historical context and reveals how their patronage of the arts, both in India and Europe, resulted in splendid and beautiful objects symbolic of royal status, power and identity. Until 17 January 2010. www.vam.ac.uk

8 - Drawing Attention: Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Van Gogh, Picasso and more - Over the last couple of decades, the Art Gallery of Ontario has put together arguably the greatest collection of master drawings in Canada. This glorious group of 100 of the best works ranges from Renaissance Italy to 18th century France, from English watercolours to masterpieces by Picasso and Matisse, from German Expressionism to Canada's own Group of Seven and David Milne. It includes Guercino, Boucher, Gainsborough, Ingres, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Turner, Leger, De Kooning, and Canada's remarkable Emily Carr. Until 17 January. www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

9 - The Sacred Made Real - Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600 - 1700 - This exhibition will bring together paintings and painted wooden sculptures by the great Spanish realists of the 17th century. ‘The Sacred Made Real’ will provide a reappraisal of the crucial role of these hyper-realist sculptures in the development of Spanish art. Providing a unique experience, sculpture and painting will be displayed side-by-side. This will be the first major exhibition to explore this relationship. From 21 October 2009 until 24 January 2010. www.nationalgallery.org.uk

10 - Design Real - Design Real is both a groundbreaking presentation of contemporary design and a unique insight into the mind of its curator, German designer Konstantin Grcic, one of the most influential figures in 21st-century design. Grcic has selected objects currently in serial, industrial production that push boundaries in form and function. The projects, all conceived in the last decade, range from items for everyday use, such as furniture and household products, to objects at the cutting-edge of industry and scientific development. The exhibition features an interactive space specially designed by Grcic where visitors can investigate how the designs interface with society. From 26 November 2009 until 7 February 2010. www.serpentinegallery.org


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