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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 09 March 2010 Issue No.192



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

1 - Ana Mendieta: Silueta and Silence - The first ever exhibition in the UK devoted solely to the work of Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta (1948-1985) reveals the enduring power of one of the most singular voices in contemporary art. This survey of work that has rarely been seen anywhere in the world focuses on vintage photographs of her silueta series, a number of films of her performances and a restaging of an important performance-installation piece, affording a rare opportunity for British audiences to discover in depth this inimitably passionate artist. An artist who both inhabited and transcended her status as a woman and a Latin American émigré, Mendieta’s generous embrace of a wide range of media, from film, photography, drawing and installation, and her poetic, meticulous explorations of the complexity of human identities foreshadowed many disciplinary and conceptual developments in art during the last two decades, making her one of the most significant yet unacknowledged artists of the late twentieth century. Until 20 March. www.alisonjacquesgallery.com LAST CHANCE

2 - Swan Lake - Magia de la Danza - Making its long-awaited debut at the London Coliseum, Ballet Nacional de Cuba presents two programmes, which showcase the company’s unparalleled technique and extraordinary flair for invigorating Western ballets with vivid Cuban passion. Swan Lake was the first ballet to be performed by Ballet Nacional de Cuba, when Alicia Alonso established the company in 1948. Performed with drama and style, this classic production features world-class performances from the full company of dancers. Magia de la Danza is a mixed bill which brings together extracts from seven of the company's most famous ballets including The Nutcracker, Coppélia and Swan Lake. These performances feature a full live orchestra and four special guest appearances from international superstar Carlos Acosta, who performs with the company on 30 March and 1, 7 and 8 April. This will be the first time Acosta has ever danced with Ballet Nacional de Cuba in the UK. From 30 March until 11 April. www.sadlerswells.com

3 - Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition - Come and see the exhibition of winning and commended images from the 2009 competition. This year they have a larger gallery and images are displayed in bigger formats. You can also hire audio guides, featuring comments from the awarded photographers and competition judges. Until 11 April. www.nhm.ac.uk

4 - The Bloomberg Commission: Goshka Macuga: The Nature of the Beast - Goshka Macuga is widely acclaimed for her sculptural installations of artefacts and photographs, derived from art history, politics and anthropology. The artist focuses on a key moment in the history of the Whitechapel Gallery: the presentation of Picasso’s Guernica in 1939. Organised in collaboration with the Stepney Trade Union Council in east London to raise awareness of the Spanish Civil War, the suggested price of entry was a pair of boots, left underneath the work, to be sent to the Republicans in Spain. Forming the centrepiece of Macuga’s installation is a life-size tapestry of Guernica. Macuga’s project draws connections across historic and contemporary world affairs, their protagonists and the cultural ripple effects they have triggered. Until 18 April. www.whitechapel.org

5 - Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2010 - The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize rewards a living photographer, of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution, in exhibition or publication format, to the medium of photography over the previous year. Until 18 April. www.photonet.org.uk

6 - Paul Nash - The Elements - Paul Nash (1889 – 1946) painted beautiful landscapes of the Downs, strange flooded rooms, and classic images of two World Wars. The exhibition includes paintings, watercolours and photographs from the whole of his career, showing how he selected elementary objects, to put them in relationships of conflict or harmony, and found pathways, nests and thresholds between them and within them. Until 9 May. www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

7 - Chris Ofili - Chris Ofili’s intensely coloured and intricately ornamented paintings are on show at Tate Britain in a major survey of the artist’s career that brings together over 45 paintings, as well as pencil drawings and watercolours from the mid 1990s to today. Ofili has built an international reputation with his works that bridge the sacred and the profane, popular culture and beliefs. His exuberant paintings are renowned for their rich layering and inventive use of media, including balls of elephant dung that punctuate the canvas and support them at their base, as well as glitter, resin, map pins and magazine cut-outs. Until 16 May. www.tate.org.uk

8 - Céleste Boursier - Mougenot - Trained as a musician and composer, French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. His installation for The Curve will take the form of a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other instruments and objects. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a captivating, live soundscape. Until 23 May. www.barbican.org.uk

9 - The Indian Portrait 1560-1860 - An important exhibition telling the story of the Indian portrait over three centuries will open at the National Portrait Gallery on 11 March 2010. Bringing together 60 works from international public and private collections, The Indian Portrait 1560-1860 will celebrate the beauty, power and humanity of these works of art. The exhibition sets out to show that Indian portraiture - an area of artistic achievement overlooked in Britain - should be seen alongside other outstanding portraits from around the world. The works in the exhibition range from magnificent formal portraits of the Mughal emperors to penetrating studies of courtiers and holy men, as well as candid depictions by Indian artists of Europeans living in India. These paintings are a record of a rich and complex history, embracing influences from Iran and Europe as well as local Hindu and Muslim traditions. They not only show a growing self-awareness of how Indians saw themselves, but also how they wished to be seen. From 11 March until 20 June. www.npg.org.uk

10 - Ernesto Neto - Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto (born 1964) transforms the upper galleries and outdoor sculpture terraces with a new site-specific commission and a number of new sculptural works. Neto, who lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, has established an international reputation for his work over the past 20 years. In 2008 he created a spatial and sensory installation for the Hayward Gallery’s acclaimed exhibition Psycho Buildings. From 19 June until 5 September. www.southbankcentre.co.uk


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