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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 17 April 2012 Issue No.215



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

1 - Jeremy Deller: Joy in People - A hugely influential artist for much of the past two decades, Turner Prize-winner Jeremy Deller has helped to rewrite the rules of contemporary art in many respects. This mid-career survey – the first in the artist’s career – provides a fresh overview of his multi-faceted work. The exhibition incorporates almost all of his major works to date, including installations, photographs, videos, posters, banners, performance works and sound pieces. Until 13 May. www.southbankcentre.co.uk LAST CHANCE

2 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman - A programme of fascinating contrasts, juxtaposing the sunny temperament of Mozart with Shostakovich's haunting Symphony No.10. In his Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, Mozart sends flurries of notes bustling across the orchestra, sparkling with a melodic brilliance that cannot fail to delight. The Fifth Violin Concerto reveals other facets of Mozart's character - graceful delicacy, and an exquisitely wistful slow movement. Written after Stalin's death, Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony veers from brooding contemplation to the scurrying second movement - when, as in Mozart's Overture, notes fly across the orchestra at breakneck speed. 23 May. www.southbankcentre.co.uk

3 - Madam Butterfly - Hailed by the Sunday Telegraph as ‘the most beautiful show of the year in operatic London’ and later staged by the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the late Anthony Minghella’s Olivier Award-winning take on Puccini’s culture-clash tragedy returns. With its breathtaking mix of cinematic images and traditional Japanese theatre, its riot of colourful costumes, stunning sets and unforgettable use of puppetry, Minghella’s only opera production brilliantly delivers what The Independent called ‘the simplest and the most sumptuous thing we’ve ever seen in this theatre’. Mary Plazas, who played the title-role in Minghella’s original production, makes a triumphant return as the teenage geisha girl seduced by a Yankee sailor. From 8 May until 2 June. www.eno.org

4 - Remote Control - Remote Control surveys the enormous impact that television has had upon contemporary culture through a range of artistic engagement with the medium and offers a look at how the next generation are responding to digital convergence. The exhibition includes many important works that reveal the power and influence of television broadcasting on politics and society. Remote Control coincides with the digital switchover in the UK and marks the end of analogue broadcasting, representing a milestone in the evolution of the medium. The exhibition maps the continued influence and diverse potential of TV as a social tool and new art form. In the upper galleries the works challenge the themes of politics, propaganda and identity. Adrian Piper’s charged video installation Cornered (1988) confronts issues of racial identity whilst Harun Ferocki’s Videograms (1992) features edited TV footage of the Romanian revolution of December 1989 and the occupation of Bucharest’s television station. Richard Hamilton’s Kent State (1970) uses photographs of a news broadcast of a series of anti-Vietnam protests. Fredericke Pezold challenges notions of female identity with Mundwerk (1974-75), a work consisting of 21 gelatin silver prints of photographs of her own body captured in video stills. Until 10 June. www.ica.org.uk

5 - Nigel Kennedy - The title of Brahms' Academic Festival Overture has a rather studious ring to it, but in fact is one of his liveliest works, based on a series of student drinking songs and written to balance the more sombre style of his Tragic Overture. Brahms' Violin Concerto, performed by Nigel Kennedy, moves from a noble opening movement to the gorgeous Adagio, followed by an energetic finale. Sandwiched between these works is one of Elgar's best-loved creations, his glorious 'Enigma' Variations, with their mysterious 'hidden theme'. The variations sparkle with Elgar's finest melodic invention and orchestral flair, reaching great emotional depth in the profound nobility of Nimrod. 12 June. www.southbankcentre.co.uk

6 - Caligula - When his adored sister’s death awakes him to a realisation of life’s essential absurdity, the Roman emperor Caligula embarks upon an orgy of sexual depravity and sadistic cruelty in an apparently insane attempt to free himself from the shackles of mortality and morality. Based upon Albert Camus’s existentialist response to the rise of Hitler and Stalin, but as topical as ever in the era of Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi, Detlev Glanert’s 2006 opera – ‘perhaps the finest German opera of the 21st century’ (Tempo) – offers a disturbing insight into the self-destructive logic driving a decadent and dangerous dictatorship. Audacious young Australian director Benedict Andrews highlights the timeliness of the opera’s themes by setting his UK premiere production in a football stadium, the kind of vast public arena within which dictators habitually play out their political games. From 25 May until 14 June. www.eno.org

7 - Damien Hirst - Damien Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated Freeze, an exhibition in a disused warehouse which showed his work and that of his friends and fellow students at Goldsmiths College. In the nearly quarter of a century since that pivotal show, Hirst has become one of the most influential artists of his generation. This will be the first substantial survey of his work in a British institution and will bring together key works from over twenty years. The exhibition will include iconic sculptures from his Natural History series, including The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living 1991, in which he suspended a shark in formaldehyde. Also included will be vitrines such as A Thousand Years from 1990, medicine cabinets, pill cabinets and instrument cabinets in addition to seminal paintings made throughout his career using butterflies and flies as well as spots and spins. The two-part installation In andOut of Love, not shown in its entirety since its creation in 1991 and Pharmacy 1992 will be among the highlights of the exhibition. Until 9 September. www.tate.org.uk/modern

8 - Another London - Tate Britain will hold an exhibition of 180 classic twentieth-century photographs which take London as their key subject. In the years between 1930 and 1980, some of the best-known photographers from around the world came to London to make work about the city and its communities. This exhibition will bring together some of the biggest names in international photography, to explore the ways photographers, for whom London was a foreign city which they either visited briefly or settled in permanently, saw and represented the subject in their own unique and distinctive ways. From 27 July until 16 September. www.tate.org.uk

9 - Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist - This exhibition is the largest ever of Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of the human body. Leonardo has long been recognised as one of the great artists of the Renaissance, but he was also a pioneer in the understanding of human anatomy. He intended to publish his ground-breaking work in a treatise on anatomy, and had he done so his discoveries would have transformed European knowledge of the subject. But on Leonardo’s death in 1519 the drawings remained a mass of undigested material among his private papers and their significance was effectively lost to the world for almost 400 years. Today they are among the Royal Collection’s greatest treasures. From 4 May until 7 October. www.royalcollection.org.uk

10 - Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye - Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye is a major exhibition devoted to a reassessment of the works of the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863–1944). This exhibition proposes a dialogue between the artist’s pictorial work in the twentieth century and his interest in the most modern of representational forms: photography, film and the rebirth of stage production at that time. From 28 June until 14 October. www.tate.org.uk/modern


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