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LONDON FOR FUN Newsletter: 19 March 2013 Issue No.223



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

1 - David Nash at Kew Gardens - David Nash, one of the UK’s most productive sculptors, is exhibiting his work at Kew Gardens. The exhibition includes sculptures, installations, drawings and film in place throughout the Gardens, glasshouses and exhibition spaces. Until 14 April. www.kew.org

2 - Carsten Nicolai - Observatory - Observatory will present works exploring several kinds of particle phenomena, from the microscopic to the macroscopic, through three installations attempting the visualisation and embodiment of diverse physical occurrences. Through sculpture, photography, video and sound, Nicolai’s artistic investigation unfolds to address phenomena of scale increasingly removed from the lived experience, as the visitor ascends the different levels of the gallery. Until 19 April. http://ibidprojects.com

3 - Light Show - Light Show explores the experiential and phenomenalnature of light, bringing together sculptures and installations that use light to create specific conditions. The exhibition showcases artworks since the 1960s in which light itself is used as material to sculpt and shape space, often creating evocative environments and sensory works that operate at the edges of the viewer’s perception. Light has the power to affect our states of mind as well as alter our perceptions, and Light Show will include some of the most visually stimulating artworks created in recent years as well as rare works not seen for decades and re-created specially for the Hayward Gallery. Until 28 April. www.southbankcentre.co.uk

4 - Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 - It was the year that the ambitious nineteen-year-old launched his career in Paris with an exhibition that would set him on course to become one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 reunites major paintings from his debut exhibition with the influential dealer Ambroise Vollard. These works show the young painter taking on and transforming the styles and subjects of major modern artists of the age, such as Van Gogh, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec. In the second half of 1901, Picasso radically changed the direction of his art, heralding the beginning of his now famous Blue period. Inspired partly by the recent suicide of a close friend, Picasso produced a group of profoundly moving paintings of melancholic figures that are considered to be among his first masterpieces. The works show Picasso’s desire to take on and reinvent the styles of major modern artists, including Van Gogh, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec. The show was a success and launched Picasso’s career in Paris. Until 26 May. www.courtauld.ac.uk

5 - Designs of the Year 2013 - The Designs of the Year awards, ‘The Oscars of the design world' showcase the most innovative and imaginative designs from around the world, over the past year, spanning seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Transport and Product. Category winners and the overall winner will be decided by a jury and announced to the public on 17 April. From 20 March until 7 July. www.designmuseum.org

6 - Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life - In 2013 Tate Britain will present a major exhibition of landscapes by the much loved British painter L.S. Lowry (1887-1976). This is the first such show held by a public institution in London since the artist’s death. It results from an invitation extended to the distinguished art historians T.J. Clark and Anne M. Wagner to reappraise Lowry for a new and extended audience. This exhibition takes its title from T.J. Clark’s seminal book, The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers (1985). Bringing together around eighty works, including Tate’s own pictures Coming Out of School 1927 and The Pond 1950, alongside significant loans, the show aims to re-assess Lowry’s contribution as part of a wider art history and to argue for his achievement as Britain’s pre-eminent painter of the industrial city. From 26 June until 20 October. www.tate.org.uk

7 - La Bohème - Puccini’s gift for writing emotional music is brought to the fore in La bohème’s tale of doomed love in poverty-stricken Paris. One of the world’s most recognised and widely performed operas, it focuses on two central relationships: that of the poet Rodolfo, who falls in love with the pretty but consumptive seamstress Mimì; and the painter Marcello, who has a glamorous and popular on-off mistress, Musetta. Jonathan Miller’s production for ENO has quickly become a company classic and here receives its second revival since its 2009 premiere. Inspired by Brassaï’s photographs of the Paris Left Bank in the 1930s, Miller modernises the original bohemian setting to evoke the stark poverty of the day, creating a highly effective contemporary resonance, citing the film Withnail and I as an inspiration. From 29 April until 29 June. www.eno.org

8 - Life and Death - Pompeii and Herculaneum - Preserved under ash, their rediscovery nearly 1,700 years later provided an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire. From the bustling street to the intimate spaces of a Roman home, this major exhibition will take you to the heart of people’s lives in Pompeii and Herculaneum. From 28 March until 29 September. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

9 - Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert - Disney shares one of its crown jewels of feature animation showcasing selections from Walt Disney's original Fantasia and Disney's Fantasia 2000, featuring a selection of the magnificent repertoire from both films including Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite and, performed and screened simultaneously for the first time in the UK, Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours, the great ballet of hippos, elephants, ostriches, and alligators. Other iconic moments from Disney’s stunning footage, such as Mickey Mouse as he dabbles in magic in Dukas' The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the mythical unicorns and winged horses that accompany Beethoven’s 'Pastoral' Symphony, will also be shown in high definition on the big screen. With live underscore by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Ludwig Wicki, this is another chance to relive this timeless classic for a unique cinematic experience in the majestic setting of the Royal Albert Hall. 16 November. www.royalalberthall.com

10 - Lang Lang - Following his sold-out Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle in 2012, the Royal Albert Hall is delighted to welcome back Lang Lang for these exclusive recitals of Mozart and Chopin, performed in-the-round. 15th & 17th November. www.royalalberthall.com


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