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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 18 July 2012 Issue No.218



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

1 - Nancy Holt - Nancy Holt is one of the leading artists of her generation and a pioneer in site-specific art and film and video work. She is one of a group of important international artists who initiated the Land art movement in the late 1960s. This exhibition includes over one hundred photographs from 1967 onwards, many seen for the first time in public. The key themes throughout all her projects are memory, perception, time and space. She uses the natural environment as both medium and subject. Photography has always played a central role within her work, both as a way of engaging with the landscape and as a way of documenting site-specific projects. Until 25 August. www.haunchofvenison.com

2 - Proms in the Park - Join in the Last Night celebrations in Hyde Park headlined by pop icon Kylie Minogue and featuring a host of musical stars including operatic pop group and Classic Brits' 'Artist of the decade' Il Divo, English tenor Alfie Boe and the London Community Gospel Choir, with Proms in the Park favourites, the BBC Concert Orchestra. To get the musical party under way, presenter Tony Blackburn introduces a range of artists, including Björn Again, The Chicago Blues Brothers, the Gypsy Queens and BBC Big Band. 8 September. www.royalalberthall.com

3 - 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

4 - Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012 - The four artists shortlisted the Photography Prize 2012 are Pieter Hugo, Rinko Kawauchi, John Stezaker and Christopher Williams. This selection showcases diverse approaches to photography, from portraits taken in the toxic waste dumps of Ghana, to exquisite images of everyday moments and the conceptual use of found imagery. Until 15 September. www.photonet.org.uk

5 - The Bruce Lacey Experience - Bruce Lacey (born 1927) is one of Britain's great visionary artists. His lifetime pursuit of eccentric ‘making and doing’ has been a cathartic working-through of his experiences. This survey of a rich and diverse artistic production is a celebration of both his vibrant life (which includes working with Spike Milligan, The Beatles and Ken Russell) and his art which reveals telling links with the visual culture of the last 60 years. Co-curated by artist Jeremy Deller and art historian Professor David Alan Mellor, the exhibition charts Lacey’s artistic development in a career encompassing painting, sculpture, robotised assemblages, theatrical performances and installations, as well as community arts and ritual action performances. Until 16 September. www.camdenartscentre.org

6 - Maxim Vengerov and the English Chamber Orchestra - The English Chamber Orchestra celebrates five decades of international music-making in this concert with legendary violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov and guest soloists Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Behzod Abduraimov. The most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, the English Chamber Orchestra has enjoyed close relationships with Sir Colin Davis, Daniel Barenboim, Benjamin Britten (its first Patron), Pinchas Zukerman, Raymond Leppard, Mstislav Rostropovich and many other artists of world renown. 1 October. www.southbankcentre.co.uk

7 - 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. Until 7 October. www.royalcollection.org.uk

8 - The Unilever Series: Tino Sehgal - Tino Sehgal undertakes the annual commission for Tate’s Turbine Hall in 2012. Sehgal has risen to prominence for his innovative works which consist purely of live encounters between people. Avoiding the production of any objects, he has pioneered a radical and yet entirely viewer-oriented approach to making art. His works respond to and engage with the gallery visitor directly, creating social situations through the use of conversation, dance, sound and movement, as well as philosophical and economic debate. Having trained in both political economics and choreography, the resulting works are renowned for their high levels of interaction, intimacy, and critical reflection on their environment. From 24 July until 28 October. www.tate.org.uk/modern

9 - Julius Caesar - The die is cast once Pompey’s corpse sprawls headless in the sand and Julius Caesar straddles the earth like a colossus, the unrivalled ruler of the Roman world. Will he really risk losing all for love of Cleopatra, the seductive Egyptian queen? The triumphant climax of the composer’s Royal Academy years, and arguably the grandest, most sumptuously tuneful opera seria of them all, Handel’s Julius Caesar returns to ENO’s repertoire for the first time since its legendary 1979 staging first established the company’s reputation as London’s reigning ‘House of Handel’. Featuring Lawrence Zazzo, ‘the king of countertenors’ (Financial Times), as Caesar and Anna Christy – 2010’s ‘mesmerising’ (The Times) Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor – as Cleopatra, this new production is conducted by Baroque expert Christian Curnyn, whose previous ENO credits include 2011’s Castor and Pollux. Directing is the innovative Michael Keegan-Dolan, who returns to ENO with his own Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre following their sensational 2009 Olivier Award-nominated staging of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. From 1 October until 2 November. www.eno.org

10 - Digital Crystal: Swarowski at the Design Museum - Over the past decade Swarovski’s design and architecture commissions have served as an important experimental platform for leading figures in design to conceptualise, develop and share their most radical ideas. For this exhibition, the Design Museum and Swarovski are collaborating to challenge designers to explore the future of memory in the fast developing digital age. Working with some of Swarovski's previous commissions, alongside a new generation of designers, this exhibition examines the changing nature of our relationship with objects and even with time. From 5 September 2012 until 13 January 2013. www.designmuseum.org


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