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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 13 July 2010 Issue No.196



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

1 - Roman Cieślewicz - A major retrospective exhibition of work by one of the most influential graphic designers of the twentieth century. The show is curated by the Royal College of Art's David Crowley, Andrzej Klimowski, Jeff Willis along with Anna Grabowska-Konwent from the National Museum in Poznan and will be the first major retrospective of Cieślewicz’s work in Britain, showing over 150 key works from his diverse career. Until 7 August. www.rca.ac.uk

2 - Carlos Acosta - Premieres - Carlos Acosta is the world's favourite dancer and his summer seasons at the London Coliseum hotly anticipated every year. For 2010, Carlos will perform his most ambitious new show to date. PREMIERES will see Carlos perform five works for the first time and on the largest stage in London. PREMIERES includes; - a new commission from Danza Contemporanea de Cuba's George Cespedes, following the Company's recent sell-out run at Sadler's Wells and across the UK, - a Carlos debut in Russell Maliphant's masterpiece Two, made famous in the version danced by Sylvie Guillem and now reworked for Carlos, - Royal Ballet Principal Zenaida Yanowsky dancing with Carlos in a new work by Edwaard Liang (NDT, New York City Ballet and many others), - A new work choreographed by Carlos, his first since smash hit Tocororo, and featuring a new music commission from Cuban violinist Omar Puente - Carlos's physically most revealing piece, a new mixed media collaboration with Simon Elliott of Ahh...Arts Igniting Minds, with emerging digital artists, Shaun O'Connor, Barry Gene Murphy, Mehmet (aka Memo) Akten, Anna Boberg, Peter Forde, Francesco Pastori, and featuring the magnificent Pegasus Choir. From 28 July until 7 August. www.eno.org

3 - Henry Moore - Radical, experimental and avant garde, Henry Moore (1898-1986) was one of Britain’s greatest artists. This major exhibition will re-assert his position at the forefront of progressive twentieth-century sculpture, bringing together the most comprehensive selection of his works for a generation. Henry Moore will present over 150 significant works including stone sculptures, wood carvings, bronzes and drawings. Henry Moore will reveal the range and quality of Moore’s art in new ways – sometimes uncovering a dark and erotically charged dimension that challenges the familiar image of the artist and his work. Henry Moore first emerged as an artist in the wake of the First World War, in which he served on the Western Front. This exhibition will emphasise the impact on Moore’s work of its historical and intellectual contexts: the trauma of war, the advent of psychoanalysis and new ideas of sexuality, and the influence of primitive art and surrealism. Until 8 August. www.tate.org.uk

4 - Last Night of the Kenwood Proms starring Faryl Smith and Wynne Evans - A triumphant season finale and ultimate Last Night of the Proms, starring classical sensation Faryl Smith and magnificent tenor Wynne Evans. Accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Inglis and culminating in a stunning percussive firework finale, this unforgettable evening will feature all of your Last Night favourites. 21 August. www.picnicconcerts.com

5 - Tanguera - Boasting a company of over 50 dancers and musicians, Tanguera tells a story of unrequited love in early 20th century Buenos Aires. When Giselle, a young French woman, arrives in Argentina as one of the first waves of European immigrants, she meets Lorenzo, a port worker who falls in love with her at first sight. But as Giselle falls deeper into Buenos Aires' seedy under- world, Lorenzo must fight to win her love. This is an adrenaline-charged journey through the world of tango with award-winning choreography by renowned Argentinean dance star Mora Godoy, and a seductive score performed by a full orchestra with one of Argentina’s most celebrated tango singers Marianela live on stage. From 3 August until 22 August. Buy tickets

6 - The Wyeth Family: Three Generations of American Art- This exhibition presents members of Wyeth family starting with N C Wyeth. N C Wyeth (1882-1945) was one of America’s finest illustrators, best known for his outstanding book illustrations of Treasure Island, The Boy's King Arthur and Robinson Crusoe. His illustrations in oils are magnificent, lush, technically brilliant examples of imaginative story-telling, and he painted some lovely landscapes as well. Until 22 August. www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

7 - Wolfgang Tillmans - In this new exhibition, conceived for the Serpentine Gallery, Tillmans will reflect on his longstanding relationship with London and show both new works made specifically for this show, as well as a range of images from throughout his career. The exhibition will focus on both the figurative and the abstract in Tillmans’ work, and embrace a broad range of subjects; from unconventional yet intensely eloquent portraits, to large-scale, colour-saturated abstractions that capture the beauty of photography’s chemical processes. Until 29 August. www.serpentinegallery.org

8 - The New Décor - The New Décor is an international survey of some 30 contemporary artists, who explore interior design as a means of engaging with changes in contemporary culture. Until 5 September. www.southbankcentre.co.uk

9 - The Surreal House - Step inside a labyrinth of chambers, designed by acclaimed young architects Carmody Groarke, and experience The Surreal House - its haunted rooms, delirious forms, blasted architecture and cinematic dreamscapes - featuring a host of artists, architects and film makers including Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, René Magritte, Man Ray, Joseph Cornell and Maya Deren through to more contemporary figures, among them; Louise Bourgeois, Rebecca Horn, Edward Kienholz and Rem Koolhaas. At times enchanting, playful and at others, deeply disquieting, The Surreal House is a dwelling that is essentially everything that the rational, functional Modernist house is not. Until 12 September. www.barbican.org.uk

10 - John Pawson - Plain Space - This autumn, the Design Museum presents a major exhibition of the work of British architect John Pawson. Often labelled a ‘minimalist’, he is known for his rigorous process of design. By reducing and editing he creates architecture and product designs of visual clarity, simplicity and grace. Plain Space celebrates Pawson’s career from the early 1980s to date and includes a selection of landmark commissions including the Sackler Crossing at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the new Cistercian Monastery of Our Lady of Novy Dvur in the Czech Republic and Calvin Klein’s iconic flagship store in New York, as well as current and future projects. At the heart of the exhibition is a site-specific, full-sized space designed by Pawson to offer a direct and immersive experience of his work. This is the first time the Design Museum has realised a 1:1 scale architectural installation inside the museum. Using a rich range of media the exhibition will explore projects from Pawson’s career. From 22 September 2010 until 30 January 2011. www.designmuseum.org


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