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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 14 February 2011 Issue No.202



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

1 - Martin Creed Mothers - Following a series of critically-acclaimed international solo shows, performances and installations this year and his residence in Edinburgh this summer, Martin Creed returns to London with a major exhibition at Hauser & Wirth’s new Savile Row gallery. Creed will present a monumental new sculpture in the north gallery and works across a variety of media in the south gallery. Creed will also release a single and video. Creed’s work is all-encompassing and seems to seek both to reassure and to confound expectations. Until 5 March. www.hauserwirth.com

2 - Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year - The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition finds the very best images of nature taken by the world’s top professional and amateur photographers. The 2010 search has now been completed, and the winning and commended images will be on show in the exhibition at the Natural History Museum. Until 11 March. www.nhm.ac.uk

3 - Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard: Publicsfear - PUBLICSFEAR brings together film, video and sound works made over the past seven years by London-based collaboration, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard. The pieces selected for their South London Gallery show equally explore ideas around both being part of and/or observing an audience. Works range from File under Sacred Music, the artists' meticulous remake in 2003 of The Cramps’ 1978 bootleg video of their live performance for a group of patients at the Napa State Mental Institute, through to the film Performer. Audience. F*** Off, 2009, in which we witness the often hilarious, but occasionally uncomfortable, impact on the audience of a stand-up comedian drawing attention to individuals within the group. Whereas these two pieces feature the direct representation of audiences, in Silent Sound, 2006, shown here for the first time in London, the tables are turned to heighten gallery visitors’ awareness of their own position as part of an audience, as a potential target for manipulation: subliminal messaging, we are told, is being employed within this immersive and powerfully moving sound experience.  Until 18 March. www.southlondongallery.org

4 - Classical Spectacular - The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra return to play all the classics with thundering cannons and indoor fireworks. From 17 March until 20 March. www.royalalberthall.com

5 - Lang Lang - Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle - Heralded as the 'hottest artist on the classical music planet’ by the New York Times, 27-year-old Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world. In 2008 over 5 billion people viewed his performance in Beijing's opening ceremony for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad and the following year he was named as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people. Following his sold-out in-the-round performance at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010, Lang Lang returns to the Hall in March 2012 to perform his complete Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle for the first time ever in London. He will be joined by the acclaimed conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra. From 20 March until 23 March. www.royalalberthall.com

6 - Swan Lake - Praised by critics and audiences alike, English National Ballet’s Swan Lake brings the romance and high drama of the grand Russian ballet tradition alive. Set to Tchaikovsky’s memorable score played by English National Ballet’s full Orchestra, this traditional version of the timeless classic is sure to capture the heart of everyone who sees it. From 22 March until 8 April. Buy tickets

7 - Susan Hiller - Born in the United States in 1940, Susan Hiller has lived and worked in Britain for over 30 years and is one of the most influential artists of her generation. This major survey exhibition will provide a timely focus on a selection of her key works, from assembled postcard images made in the 1970s to her pioneering mixed-media installations and video projections. The exhibition will focus on Hiller's interest in the subconscious or unconscious mind, whether in the form of dreams and memories or as supernatural or visionary experiences. Highlights include the menacing video installation An Entertainment 1990 and the compelling audio-sculpture Witness 2000, alongside many other examples of her extraordinary and diverse practice. Until 15 May. www.tate.org.uk

8 - Placido Domingo and Angela Gheorghiu - Plácido Domingo earned his place in opera’s history books with a stellar career spanning some fifty years. As an artist in his own right and as a member of The Three Tenors, he became one of the most revered names in classical music, winning countless accolades including nine Grammy Awards. Right from the beginning, Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu’s calling as a global superstar was assured, and she has established herself as a brilliantly agile vocalist whose performances command attention from the very first note, with an enviable roll-call of lead roles in appearances at the world’s major opera venues and a string of best-selling recordings. 29 July. www.theo2.co.uk

9 - Miró - Joan Miró's works come to London in the first major retrospective here for nearly 50 years. Renowned as one of the greatest Surrealist painters, filling his paintings with luxuriant colour, Miró worked in a rich variety of styles. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy more than 150 paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints from moments across the six decades of his extraordinary career. Miró is among the most iconic of modern artists, using a language of symbols that reflects his personal vision, sense of freedom, and energy. The exhibition includes many of the key works that we know and love. It also shows that, behind the engaging innocence of his imagery, lies a profound concern for humanity and a sense of personal and national identity. Extraordinary works from different moments of his career celebrate his roots in his native Catalonia. From 14 April until 11 September. www.tate.org.uk/modern

10 - Dutch Landscapes - This exhibition brings together 42 remarkable works from the ‘golden age’ of Dutch painting, including landscapes by Jacob van Ruisdael, Aelbert Cuyp and Meyndert Hobbema. The fine detail and meticulous finish of Dutch landscapes appealed to British taste. The ability of Netherlandish artists to depict mood and emotion through the landscape of their homeland or the Italian countryside influenced the great British painters John Constable and JMW Turner. On seeing a seascape by Willem van de Velde the Younger, Turner remarked, ‘Ah! That made me a painter’. From 15 April until 9 October. www.royalcollection.org.uk


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