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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 22 November 2011 Issue No.210



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

1 - Gerhard Richter - This will be the first major retrospective of the work of Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) in London for over twenty years. The exhibition will be a chronological display grouping works into important phases of Richter's career.  It will include his photo-paintings (1962–7), early experiments with landscapes and cityscapes (1967–9), October 18 1977 (1988), a sequence of paintings based on images of the Baader-Meinhof group, and his squeegee paintings of the 1990s. The show will be punctuated by three glass constructions made in 1967, 1976 and 2002, and a room will be devoted to photographs, editions, prints, over-painted photographs and book spreads, showing the full variety of media in which Richter has worked. The exhibition will end with a room bringing together his most recent paintings, including September 2005, based on an image of the 9/11 attack. Until 8 January 2012. www.tate.org.uk/modern

2 - Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011: In the Presence - Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011: In the Presence opens a window onto the future of contemporary art, bringing together some of the best work currently emerging from the UK’s art schools by 40 recent graduates. The exhibition shows the range of materials and processes employed by artists today – appropriation, traditional studio practice, spatial interventions, digital production, collaboration and the use of chance and found objects, and offers an indication of what audiences may encounter in art galleries in the coming years. From 23 November 2011 until 15 January 2012. www.ica.org.uk

3 - John Martin: Apocalypse - 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 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 2012. www.tate.org.uk

4 - Nigel Kennedy - Following the staggering success of his UK performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in 2010, including a stunning, sold out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Nigel Kennedy has announced that he will be returning to the UK this January for an extensive tour of the UK, again performing his exhilarating and unique take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as well as his own brand new composition, the Four Elements. This marks the world premiere of the Four Elements. Composed for the Orchestra of Life and voices, the Four Elements is a highly descriptive composition, inspired by the elements of earth, water, air and fire, which takes the listener on a journey of exhilaration, contemplation and celebration. 21 January 2012. Buy tickets

5 - La Traviata - The touching story of the self-sacrificing courtesan of the title – has long been one of the most consistently loved of all operas across the world. Verdi’s music is instantly appealing, with a wealth of famous melodies that allow operatic voices to soar and thrill. The traditional style of Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera in Bob Crowley’s period designs has made this particular staging acclaimed and popular every time it returns. It is an opera that sweeps everyone along from the lively opening party and the instantly recognizable and tuneful toast to indulgence, through dramatic confrontations both private and public, and to the most heart-rending of tragic endings. This Season there are fabulous casts to hear in the central roles of Violetta, her young lover Alfredo and his father Germont in a company that has the Royal Opera Chorus and dancers to bring alive the indulgent social whirl of 19th-century Paris. With Verdi’s music under the batons of three expert conductors and with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, this Season’s performances will again show just why this opera and this production have become such surefire successes with audiences every time. Until 25 January 2012. Buy theatre tickets

6 - William Morris: Story, Memory, Myth - The inaugural exhibition looks at how William Morris told stories through pattern and poetry. It examines the tales that were most important to him, such as the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Norse saga, Arthurian legend and Greek myth. Morris returned to the same stories throughout his artistic career, and this exhibition explores his continued fascination by arranging the works according to the tale they tell rather than their medium. For example, five rarely seen panels of the embroidered frieze 'The Romaunt of the Rose' are exhibited together with editions of 'The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer', elaborately illustrated by Morris and Edward Burne-Jones and printed by Morris' private press. Until 29 January 2012. www.twotempleplace.org

7 - Tosca - A fast-moving story of torture, murder and attempted rape, Puccini’s Tosca is a tense political and sexual thriller set in Rome at the time of Napoleon’s invasion of Italy. Directed by celebrated American soprano Catherine Malfitano – herself one of the leading Toscas of recent decades – this production is conducted by Stephen Lord, following his acclaimed ENO performances in revivals of Jonathan Miller’s Rigoletto and La bohème. Recently singled out as ‘the only British soprano with all the requisite vocal thrills and spills for Tosca’ (Sunday Times) and praised earlier this year for her ‘glorious display of bel canto’ (Daily Telegraph) as ENO’s Lucrezia Borgia, Claire Rutter assumes the role of the temperamental diva, alongside Anthony Michaels-Moore as the sadistic police chief Scarpia. From 26 November 2011 until 29 January 2012. www.eno.org

8 - Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan - ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan’ is the most complete display of Leonardo’s rare surviving paintings ever held. This unprecedented exhibition – the first of its kind anywhere in the world – brings together sensational international loans never before seen in the UK. While numerous exhibitions have looked at Leonardo da Vinci as an inventor, scientist or draughtsman, this is the first to be dedicated to his aims and techniques as a painter. Inspired by the recently restored National Gallery painting, The Virgin of the Rocks, this exhibition focuses on Leonardo as an artist. In particular it concentrates on the work he produced as court painter to Duke Lodovico Sforza in Milan in the late 1480s and 1490s. Until 5 February 2012. www.nationalgallery.org.uk

9 - OMA/Progress - Founded in 1975 as the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, OMA is one of the most influential global creative practices working today. From their controversial projects to their curiosity about contemporary life, OMA’s global offices generate critical ideas and extraordinary buildings that anticipate our rapidly changing world. OMA/Progress is the first major presentation of OMA’s work in the UK and opens up the west entrance to the Gallery for the first time in the Barbican’s history. Take part in a lively programme of events, talks and masterclasses, browse OMA images, drawings, collages and plans to print on-demand in large format, and enjoy a specially-curated OMA shop. Until 19 February 2012. www.barbican.org.uk

10 - Memory Remains: Francesc Torres - Marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11 these photographs, by Francesc Torres, explore Hangar 17 at JFK Airport which became a storehouse of memories when it was filled with material cleared from the World Trade Center site. Until 26th February 2012. london.iwm.org.uk


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