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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 15 June 2010 Issue No.195



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

1 - Tosca - Famed as one of the foremost Toscas of recent decades, Catherine Malfitano returns to direct Puccini’s ever-popular opera with rising star Amanda Echalaz making her ENO debut in the role that Ms Malfitano once made her own. With one Tosca on stage and another behind the scenes, a radical new design approach’ with ‘an exciting visual and dramatic approach, and the proven Puccinian passion of Edward Gardner, ENO’s Olivier Award-winning Music Director, in the pit, this new production promises to be a thrilling new take on Puccini’s most powerfully theatrical opera. Until 10 July. www.eno.org

2 - Free Range 2010 - The show provides the best platform for graduate art and design students to showcase their work to both public and industry. Free Range is a one stop shop featuring more than 100 university courses from across the UK providing visitors with a unique opportunity to meet the hottest new creative talent all under one roof. Shows rotate weekly over the 8 week season and are curated by discipline including design, graphics, photography, art and interiors. Until 26 July. www.free-range.org.uk

3 - 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

4 - Rude Britannia: British Comic Art - Through a great diversity of art forms – including painting, drawing, sculpture, film and photography – comedy, the comic, and visual humour will be explored in their many dimensions. The exhibition will be presented and interpreted by some of the country’s best-known cartoonists and comedy writers including Steve Bell, Harry Hill, Gerald Scarfe, and the team at Viz Magazine. Drawing on material far beyond the traditional realm of visual satire, Rude Britannia will bring together sculptures, installations and performances. Works by contemporary artists such as Angus Fairhurst will be contrasted with key historical pieces by Gillray and Cruikshank. Radio, film and new media will play a part in the show, reflecting how technological developments have consistently reinvigorated the genre and engaged new audiences. Until 5 September. www.tate.org.uk

5 - Sargent and the Sea - American expatriate artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is best known for his glamorous society portraits. Now, for the first time in Britain, 'Sargent and the Sea' will present more than 80 paintings, drawings and watercolours that reveal a less familiar side of the artist: the seascapes and coastal scenes subjects produced in his early career during summer journeys from Paris to Brittany, Normandy and Capri, as well as two transatlantic voyages. From 10 July until 26 September. www.royalacademy.org.uk

6 - Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera - Exposed offers a fascinating look at pictures made on the sly, without the explicit permission of the people depicted. With photographs from the late nineteenth century to present day, the pictures present a shocking, illuminating and witty perspective on iconic and taboo subjects. Beginning with the idea of the 'unseen photographer', Exposed presents 250 works by celebrated artists and photographers including Brassaï's erotic Secret Paris of the 1930s images; Weegee's iconic photograph of Marilyn Monroe; and Nick Ut's reportage image of children escaping napalm attacks in the Vietnam War. Sex and celebrity is an important part of the exhibition, presenting photographs of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, Paris Hilton on her way to prison and the assassination of JFK. Other renowned photographers represented in the show include Guy Bourdin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Philip Lorca DiCorcia, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Lee Miller, Helmut Newton and Man Ray. Until 3 October. www.tate.org.uk/modern

7 - Gauguin - Gauguin (1848-1903) is one of the most influential and celebrated artists of the late nineteenth century. Remarkably, this is the first major exhibition in London to be devoted to his work in over half a century. Bringing together over one hundred works from public and private collections from around the world, the exhibition will take a fresh and compelling look at this master of modern art. Challenging commonly held assumptions about the artist and his practice and encompassing paintings, sculptures and drawings, as well as a documentary section, the exhibition will reveal the complexity and richness of his narrative strategies for a twenty-first century audience. Key loans include Self-portrait with Manao tu papau 1893, Teha 'amana has many Parents 1893 and Vision of the Sermon 1888. From 30 September 2010 until 16 January 2011. www.tate.org.uk/modern

8 - Venice: Canaletto and his Rivals - This exhibition presents the finest assembly of Venetian views since the much-celebrated display in Venice in 1967. It features works by Canaletto and all the major practitioners of the genre. Bringing together around 50 major loans from public and private collections across Europe and North America, the exhibition highlights the rich variety of Venetian view painting. The exhibition includes many of Canaletto’s greatest masterpieces, including ‘The Riva degli Schiavoni, looking West’ (Sir John Soane’s Museum, London), The Stonemason’s Yard (The National Gallery, London), and four of the finest works from the Royal Collection. From 13 October 2010 until 16 January 2011. www.nationalgallery.org.uk

9 - Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance - The first exhibition in Britain since 1979 of the works of the great Regency painter Thomas Lawrence will open in October. Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance will showcase the most important British portrait painter of his generation and explore his development as one of the most celebrated and influential artists in Europe at the start of the nineteenth century. It will include the artist's greatest paintings and drawings, many of which are rarely seen in public and which convey the power and originality of his work. In order to provide a fresh understanding of Lawrence and his career, the exhibition will explore both his technical innovations as a draughtsman and painter and his unprecedented international reputation. It will also place him within the broader contexts of the aesthetic debates, networks of patronage and international politics of his day. From 21 October 2010 until 23 January 2011. www.npg.org.uk

10 - Journey through the afterlife: ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead - The ‘Book’ was not a single text but a compilation of spells designed to guide the deceased through the dangers of the underworld, ultimately ensuring eternal life. Many of the examples of the Book of the Dead in the exhibition have never been seen before, and many are from the British Museum’s unparalleled collection. These beautifully illustrated spells on papyrus and linen were used for over 1,000 years, and the oldest examples are over 3,500 years old. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these fascinating and fragile objects on display. In addition to the unique works on papyrus and linen, superbly crafted funerary figurines (shabtis), amulets, jewellery, statues and coffins illustrate the many stages of the journey from death to the afterlife, including the day of burial, protection in the tomb, judgement, and entering the hereafter. From 4 November 2010 until 6 March 2011. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk


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