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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 19 October 2010 Issue No.199



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

1 - Christian Marclay: The Clock - Known for his mastery of collage, Marclay has for this new work edited thousands of fragments from a vast range of films to create a 24-hour, single-channel video called 'The Clock'. 'The Clock' is constructed out of moments in cinema when time is expressed or when a character interacts with a clock, watch or just a particular time of day. Marclay has excerpted thousands of these fragments and edited them so that they flow in real time. While 'The Clock' examines how time, plot and duration are depicted in cinema, the video is also a working timepiece that is synchronised to the local time zone. Until 13 November. www.whitecube.com

2 - Marina Abramović - Comprised of new and key past works in the mediums of video, photographs and sculpture, the show will be in two parts across both Bell Street galleries. 52-54 Bell Street will feature the Rhythm series, from her early performances, exhibited for the first time in its entirety, while 29 Bell Street will feature new work from her Back to Simplicity series. Since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early 1970s, Marina Abramović has led the way in performance as a visual art form. Described as 'one of the defining artists of radical performance', she has transcended the form's provocative origins and created some of the most important works in the genre. Challenging, uncompromising and often shocking, Abramović's durational practice continually experiments with, and explores the boundaries of, both her mental and physical endurance and that of her audience. With her body as both subject and medium, she tests the relationship between performer and audience, withstanding pain, exhaustion and danger in her quest for emotional, liberating and conscious altering transformation. Until 13 November. www.lissongallery.com

3 - Treasures from Budapest: European Masterpieces from Leonardo to Schiele - This exhibition showcases the breadth and wealth of one of the finest collections in Central Europe. Comprising works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, with additional key loans from the Hungarian National Gallery, the exhibition features over 200 works by artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, El Greco, Rubens, Goya, Manet, Monet, Schiele, Gauguin and Picasso. Many have not previously been shown in the UK. Until 12 December. www.royalacademy.org.uk

4 - Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works - The exhibitionfeatures over seventy fabric drawings made between 2002 and 2008, as well as four large-scale sculptures. Made from clothes and other domestic effects accrued over decades, Bourgeois’s fabric drawings are abstract yet acutely personal works, retaining allusions to the materials’ past incarnations. Until 18 December. www.hauserwirth.com

5 - Magic Show - For some, the idea of magic suggests fantasy and illusion, while for others it signals a license to practice deception. Magic Show considers these aspects intertwined, how both art and magic employ perception-shifting tactics that exploit the power of suggestion. Artists, like magicians, manipulate and mystify not simply for entertainment, but to redress fundamental relationships within the social, political or cultural realm. Magic Show features work by 24 international artists, with new commissions and an archive of historical posters, curious props and offbeat ephemera from the world of theatrical magic. Artworks and artefacts flourish in the grey area between fact and fiction, and demonstrate the potential of trickery and illusion to overturn logical thought. From 6 October until 19 December. www.pumphousegallery.org.uk

6 - Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929 - V&A major autumn exhibition explores the world of the influential artistic director Serge Diaghilev and the most exciting dance company of the 20th century, the Ballets Russes. Diaghilev imaginatively combined dance, music and art to create 'total theatre'. A consummate collaborator, he worked with Stravinsky, Chanel, Picasso, Matisse and Nijinsky. Diaghilev's dramatic performances transformed dance, reawakening interest in ballet across Europe and America. Celebrating the company's key period of activity, this major exhibition reveals Diaghilev's enduring influence on 20th-century art, design and fashion and includes more than 300 objects including giant theatre cloths, original costumes, set designs, props and posters by artists and designers including Léon Bakst, Georges Braque and Natalia Goncharova. These tell the story of a company which began in the social and political upheaval of pre-Revolutionary Russia and went on to cause a sensation with exotic performances that had never been seen before. Until 9 January 2011. www.vam.ac.uk

7 - Move: Choreographing You - Use your mind and body to gain a new understanding of perception this autumn. Move: Choreographing You invites you to become a participant - and in some cases a dancer - in installations and sculptures by internationally renowned visual artists and choreographers from the last 50 years. Move: Choreographing You explores how dance has been a driving force in the development of contemporary art since the 1960s. Among sculptural works, set pieces and installations, encounter dancers from Laban Contemporary Dance ontheir own journeys through the galleries. Pick up a hula hoop on the outdoor terrace, watch impromptu performances and go for a spin in the digital archive. Move is staged in a beautiful sequence of concertina'd screens. The space is designed by Amanda Levete Architects - the same team that created internationally recognised buildings including Selfridges department store in Birmingham and the media centre at Lord's cricket ground. Until 9 January. www.southbankcentre.co.uk

8 - John Martin - John Martin (1789–1854) was a key figure in the nineteenth-century art world, renowned for his dramatic scenes of apocalyptic destruction and biblical catastrophe. Tate Britain’s major exhibition will be the first show dedicated to his paintings for over 30 years, and the largest display of his works seen in public since 1822. Bringing together his most famous paintings from collections around the world, as well as previously unseen and newly-restored works, the exhibition will reassess this singular figure in art history, and reveal the enduring influence of his apocalyptic art on painting, cinema and popular spectacle. Until 15 January 2011. www.tate.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 - 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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