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PUBLIC GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS IN LONDON
Camden Arts Centre
Fashion and Textile Museum (showing Latin American Art)
Gasworks (showing Latin American Art)
Institute of Contemporary Arts
National Portrait Gallery
The Royal Academy
The Serpentine Galleries (showing Latin American Art)
The Victoria & Albert Museum
87 Hackford Road, London SW9 0RE
3 May – 22 June
Saskia Olde Wolbers:
YES, THESE EYES ARE THE WINDOWS 2014
What traces of lives can a place contain? A blue plaque on the front of an innocuous terraced house in Brixton commemorates its past resident, a young man by the name of Vincent van Gogh, a tenant from 1873 until 1874.
Taking advantage of a postal strike in the 1970s, a local postman traced Van Gogh to this property, then occupied by a family. The ensuing plaque shielded not only the house but much of the surrounding area from demolition at the time, yet since 2012, the residents now departed, the house has stood empty. Every day people visit the street and can come no closer to the truth of time spent there by its most famous occupant than the front door.
Now Saskia Olde Wolbers opens this door to the public and invites them in to experience what lies beyond. Frustrating the desire to uncover a history of one man's time in the house, the artist weaves a fictional narrative from the accounts of oral histories, press archives and literary works, and presents visitors with one particular narrative that enables the space to speak its past.
Commissioned and produced by Artangel, with the kind permission of James Wang and Alice Childs, supported by the Mondrian Fund and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
020 7713 1400
£9 / 7 (booking essential).
12pm – 9pm, Wednesday – Saturday
12pm – 7pm, Sundays
Entry is timed and lasts for approximately 30 minutes.
Latecomers cannot be admitted.
Nearest London Underground stations are Oval and Stockwell
BARBICAN ART GALLERY
London EC2Y 8DS
9 April 2014 - 25 August 2014
The fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier:
FROM THE SIDEWALK TO THE CATWALK
In the first major exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier, we invite you to explore Jean Paul Gaultier's fashion world. With his avant-garde fashion creations and cutting-edge designs, Gaultier has shaped the look of fashion over the last 40 years. His reputation for witty and daring designs and a ceaseless interest in society, identity and a beauty borne of difference has earned him a place in fashion history.
Gaultier is fascinated by world cultures and countercultures, conceiving a new kind of fashion in both the way it is made and worn. Through twists, transformations, transgressions and reinterpretations, he not only erases the boundaries between cultures but also the sexes, redefining the idea of androgyny or subverting fashion codes.
This theatrically-staged exhibition brings together more than 165 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments including iconic costumes for film and performance from the early 1970s to the present day. The infamous conical bra and corsets Madonna wore during her 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour are showcased alongside stage costumes designed for Kylie Minogue as well as pieces created for the films of Pedro Almodóvar and Luc Besson's The Fifth Element.
Gaultier's rich collaborations with renowned artists and photographers such as Miles Aldridge, David LaChapelle, Pierre et Gilles, Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts, Stéphane Sednaoui, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol are also shown together with footage of catwalk presentations, concerts, music videos, films and dance performances.
Barbican Art Gallery
Nearest tube: Barbican
Standard: £10 online/£12 on the door
Concessions: £7 online/£8 on the door
Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
The Museum is free to all visitors except special exhibitions Open daily 10.00–17.30
BASELITZ AND HIS GENERATION
6 February 2014 – 31 August 2014 (Free)
Featuring over 90 extraordinary drawings and prints, this exhibition explores how six key post-war artists redefined art in Germany on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
All the artists in this exhibition came originally from eastern Germany and migrated to the West, the majority before the borders were sealed in 1961. Some had trained in East Germany, but it was in the West that their careers were established. As a generation, they came out of the experience of growing up in the aftermath of a Germany defeated in the Second World War, and its subsequent partition in 1949.
Much of their work is informed by the sense of collective guilt experienced by the German people over its recent past, the country's physical and psychological destruction, and the division of the country by two opposing ideologies – the democracies of the free West and the Communist system of the Soviet bloc.
How to get there
Tottenham Court Road (300m)
Russell Square (800m)
Goodge Street (800m)
1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242 Stop on New Oxford Street
10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390 Stop on Tottenham Court Road, northbound Stop on Gower Street, southbound
59, 68, X68, 91, 168, 188 Stop on Southampton Row
CAMDEN ARTS CENTRE
Arkwright Rd, London NW3 6DG
Tel. 020 7472 5500
Tue-Sun 10-6, Wed 10-9
Tube: Finchley Road Hampstead
LIFE WITHOUT SHEETS OF PAPER TO BE SCRIBBLED ON IS MASTERPIECE
11 April 2014 - 29 June 2014
Canadian artist Moyra Davey works across photography, film and writing to create intimate, flâneur-like visual essays on the everyday passing of time and her filtered relationship to literature. Davey's camera often turns towards the overlooked discards and detritus of daily life while she recounts narratives from her collection of novels and philosophy books, weaving these with anecdotes from her lived present and reflections on her relationships with family, literary influences, psychoanalysis, travels and her personal surroundings.
Four video works elucidate Davey's investigations into text, in particular her fascination with Mary Wollstonecraft, the Shelley sisters, Jean Genet and other literary and philosophical figures. The exhibition presents a major recent work in its entirety, Subway Writers. This series of photographs of commuters writing on the New York subway draws on the history of mail art; creased, stamped and scuffed after being posted directly to Camden Arts Centre, they retain a physical record of their journey.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication of Moyra Davey's writing, I'm Your Fan, co-published by Camden Arts Centre and Camilla Wills.
64 Chisenhale Road
London E3 5QZ
Tel. 020 8981 4518
Gallery Opening Times
Wednesday - Sunday 1 - 6pm
During exhibitions, the gallery will be open on the first Thursday of each month until 9pm.
Chisenhale Gallery is located halfway between Bethnal Green and Mile End. Walk from Bethnal Green underground station in 12 minutes or take No. 8 or D6 bus. Walk from Mile End underground station in 10 minutes or take No. 277, 425, 339 or D6 bus.
HOW TO WORK TOGETHER
2 May 2014 - 22 June 2014
Preview: 1 May, 6.30-8.30pm
Chisenhale Gallery supports the production and presentation of new forms of artistic activity and engages diverse audiences, both local and international. This expands on our award winning, 30-year history as one of London’s most innovative forums for contemporary art and our reputation for producing important solo commissions with artists at a formative point in their career.
The gallery produces up to five major exhibitions and intermittent major live events, Interim, each year. Artists are given a platform to make ambitious new work often in response to the gallery’s unique space, a converted factory of 2,500 square feet. 21st Century hosts a diverse range of artists, curators, theorists and writers in a range of interdisciplinary, research-based projects with outcomes presented in our studio space.
FASHION AND TEXTILE MUSEUM
83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF
T: 020 7407 8664 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm
Thursdays until 8pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing
Tickets: £8.80 adults
£6.60 concessions / £5.50 students
Children under 12 are free
THE REBOZO IN ART, CULTURE & FASHION
6 June – 30 August 2014
This summer the Fashion and Textile Museum stages the first-ever exhibition on the rebozo – the classic Mexican shawl made famous in 20th century culture by artist Frida Kahlo. Made in Mexico explores the key role textiles have played in promoting Mexican culture worldwide from the 17th century to the present day. Rebozos on display include major loans from: the Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City; the Museum of Textiles, Oaxaca; the British Museum and rebozos from private collections that have never been shown in public before. Contemporary Mexican and UK artists, photographers, fashion and textile designers also present new work created in response to the rebozo and Mexican textiles – including Francisco Toledo, Graciela Iturbide, Carla Fernandez, Zandra Rhodes and Kaffe Fassett.
UBM, 9th Floor, 245 Blackfriars Road, Southwark, SE1 9UY
By appointment only, please contact us to arrange a time to visit.
Christopher Bond, Ben Deakin, Haruka Hashiguchi, Inês Rebelo, Keith Roberts, Belén Uriel, Ross Walker
1 April 2014 – 15 January 2015
Full Circle brings together a selection of artists featured in previous See Think Different exhibitions as well as artists new to the project. Focusing on ideas of Continuity and Change, the exhibition will alter throughout the course of the year, introducing new elements and specially commissioned site specific pieces alongside existing works.
Part of See Think Different - collaboration between Drawing Room and UBM.
Full Circle is the fifth exhibition curated by Drawing Room in collaboration with UBM plc for the top floor of UBM's London headquarters building. Now in its third year, See Think Different aims to promote and support emerging artists within a local – and global – company environment. During the exhibitions, Drawing Room curators and participating artists give lunch time talks, enabling UBM staff to gain further insight into the exhibition and find out more about the artists involved. This collaboration also trains an emerging curator, providing them with the opportunity to support the professional development of emerging artists within Southwark and to gain invaluable practical experience of working collaboratively with both Drawing Room and UBM.
Full Circle is curated by Maria Evripidou (UBM Curatorial Intern) & Jacqui McIntosh (Project Leader, Drawing Room)
Tube: Southwark, London Bridge, Borough
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: LUISA UNGAR (Colombia)
16 April 2014 – 16 July 2014
Working across installation, text, workshops and performance, Ungar’s practice investigates how social and cultural norms are constructed and institutionalized. Working through archives, Ungar performs alternative readings and applies methodologies that destabilize a given history and hierarchies of knowledge. Through fiction and narrative she disrupts the everyday politics, suggesting alternative ways of thinking and working. In her recent projects, Ungar has focused on the animal or the animalistic as criteria of comparison, differentiation and representation in Western cultures. Using archival material she traces how the animal is used in forming notions of culture, politics and nationality. Based on extensive research, Ungar’s practice disrupts what seems common knowledge, proposing a pedagogy of un-learning.
At Gasworks Ungar will look at the import of exotic animals in 19th century London in relation to the politics of International Fairs and wider formation of cultural identity in Europe.
Ungar lives and works in Bogotá Colombia and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Recent exhibitions include “The compromise” at Fundación Cittadelarte, Turín, Italy (2013), “Guided zoo tour” at Cali Performance Festival, Cali, Colombia (2012), “sabot magazine” (with Fran Ilich) at Dokumenta 11, Kassel, Germany (2007) and “Grito y escuta” at 7 Bienal of Mercosur, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2009).
This residency is supported by TrAIN (University of the Arts Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation), University of the Arts, London.
TALK IS CHEAP
1 August 2013 – 31st October 2014
Talk is Cheap is the research strand of Gasworks’ long running Even Better Together programme encompassing research projects, commissions, residencies and specially convened conversations. It is a space within the programme for critical reflection and practice-based research into Gasworks’ participatory programming.
Talk is Cheap seeks to create visibility for the often hidden and invisible processes and rhythms within the programme by inviting different artist-led approaches that examine and articulate the shifting contexts that Gasworks’ participatory practice sits within, and the complexities and politics that surround this.
Informing Talk is Cheap is a durational focus to participatory programming that situates contemporary visual practice at the centre of a diverse range of long-term relationships which Gasworks has established over several years. Resulting from the long standing links present within Even Better Together is a wide network of local groups, organisations, schools, families, artists and local residents who participate in, and shape how the programme develops. Seeking to better understand existing links within this local network, create new connections, and build alliances the programme has more recently focused on initiating various meeting points between individuals within the network.
Belvedere Road, London
Open Daily: Sunday – Monday 10am – 6pm
Tuesday – Thursday 10am – 11pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 1am
COADE'S ELIXIR - AN OCCUPATION
1 April – 29 June (Free)
Coade's Elixir - an occupation (2014) presents new sculptural and performance works by London-based artist Candida Powell-Williams. The installation takes the history, materiality and mythology of the Southbank Centre site as a starting point. It draws on the narrative of an eighteenth-century local entrepreneur, Mrs. Eleanor Coade, whose factory was located where Royal Festival Hall currently stands.
Coade's Elixir - an occupation opens up a multi-layered narrative, as Powell-Williams plays with the effects of (re)telling stories, drawing from a myriad of reference points and adding red herrings along the way.
For all ticket enquiries call: 0844 875 0073
Switchboard: +44 (0)20 7960 4200
Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo and City underground lines) step-free access
Waterloo East step-free access
Embankment (Circle and District underground lines)
Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo underground lines)
ICA - INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS
Nash House, The Mall
London SW1Y 5AH
Tel. 020 7930 3647
Daily 12 - 7:30
3 April 2012 - 10 June 2012
THE NEW AMBIDEXTROUS UNIVERSE
16 April 2014 – 15 June 2014 (Free)
The ICA presents the first solo exhibition in the UK by San Francisco-born, New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach, who works in a wide variety of media including sculpture, photography, painting, weaving and book design. Auerbach takes a highly innovative approach to mechanical processes and colour. Her ICA show features newly created sculptures and photographs which take as their starting point the scientific principles of symmetry and reflection as a means to hint at an alternate, mirror universe.
THE YES NO QUALITY OF DREAMS
16 April 2014 – 15 June 2014
The ICA brings together a selection of paintings by London-based poet and painter David Robilliard in the first UK institutional exhibition for over twenty years. Born in 1952 on the Channel Island of Guernsey, Robilliard moved to London in 1976 to pursue his interest in art. He first met Gilbert & George in 1979 and they would become good friends. Robilliard would later model for Gilbert & George and appear in the film The World of Gilbert & George (1981). Robilliard was described by Gilbert & George as 'the new master of the modern person'.
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square, London
020 7747 2885
MAGNIFICENCE IN RENAISANCE VENICE
19 March 2014 – 15 June 2014
Veronese's paintings are magnificent visions of opulence, spectacle and colour. Having once adorned churches, palaces, villas and public buildings throughout the Veneto region, they are inseparable from our vision of Renaissance Venice.
The exhibition is a visual feast of around 50 of these works. It marks the most significant collection of masterpieces by the artist ever to be displayed in the UK, with some major loans travelling to London from across the globe.
Many of the paintings are enormous in size, and required a large-scale re-hang of the Gallery’s collection to accommodate, and some are reunited in the exhibition for the first time in hundreds of years.
Paolo Caliari (1528–1588) of Verona (hence ‘Veronese’) was one of the most renowned and sought-after artists working in Venice in the 16th century. A virtuoso and a craftsman, Veronese created works ranging from complex frescoes to altarpieces, devotional paintings, mythological, allegorical and historical pictures, and portraits.
It was in Venice, endorsed by Titian, and working alongside Jacopo Sansovino and Andrea Palladio, that Veronese was established as one of the leading artists in Europe. His posthumous reputation has been as consistently high as his influence has been strong. The work of Van Dyck, Rubens, Watteau, Tiepolo and Delacroix depend upon his example.
Booking fees and delivery charges apply: maximum 6 tickets per purchase. Tickets can be purchased up to 3pm the day before you visit.
Open daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5.15pm)
Late night Fridays until 9pm (last admission 8.15pm)
Advance booking recommended
Full price £14.00
Tuesday afternoon special offer 2.30 - 6pm (seniors only) £7.00
Under 12s Free with a paying adult. Ticket required.
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place, London
Underground: Charring Cross 230 metres, Leicester Square 195 metres, Embankment 490 metres.
Train: Charring Cross 320 metres
Bus: Bus numbers 24, 29 and 176 from Trafalgar Square stop C or Charring Cross Road stop K
THE GREAT WAR IN PORTRAITS
27 February 2014 – 15 June 2014 (Free)
In viewing the First World War through images of the many individuals involved, The Great War in Portraits looks at the radically different roles, experiences and, ultimately, destinies of those caught up in the conflict.
Setting the scene in 1914, the splendour and formality of portraits of national leaders are contrasted with a press photograph of Gavrilo Princip, the 19-year-old assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The narrative unfolds with power-portraits of commanders Haig, Foch and Hindenburg, asserting military authority, which are displayed together with dignified pictures of their troops by artists including Orpen, Sickert and Nevinson. Finally, images of heroes and medal-winners are shown alongside the wounded and the fallen, representing the bitter-sweet nature of a war in which valour and selfless endeavour were qualified by disaster and suffering.
From paintings and drawings to photography and film, the exhibition considers a wide range of visual responses to 'the war to end all wars', culminating in the visual violence of Expressionist masterpieces by Beckmann and Kirchner.
Please note that the exhibition can be busy at evenings and weekends.
Open daily 10:00-18:00
Open until 21:00
Thursday and Friday
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS
Burlington House Piccadilly London W1J 0BD
10am–6pm every day except Friday and Saturday
10am–10pm Friday and Saturday
MODERN ART OF SOUTH AMERICA FROM THE PATRICIA PHELPS DE CISNEROS COLLECTION
5 July – 28 September 2014
09 June – 17 August
Now in its 246th year, the Summer Exhibition remains the world’s largest open entry exhibition, showcasing works in all styles and media selected by a panel of experts.
How to get there
The closest tube stations are Piccadilly Circus (on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines) and Green Park (on the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines). Oxford Circus and Bond Street are the nearest tube stations on the Central Line. Both are approximately 5-10 minutes walk away.
THE SCHOOLS SHOW 2014
The RA Schools
13 June – 29 August (Free)
The annual exhibition of works by final year students at the RA Schools, the first art school in Britain. A rare opportunity to view and buy exceptional pieces from an emerging generation of new artists.
THE SERPENTINE GALLERIES
Kensington Gardens LondonW2 3XA
020 7402 6075
Open daily 10-6
SERPENTINE PAVILION 2014 DESIGNED BY SMILJAN RADIC
26th June - 19th October
Chilean architect Smiljan Radic has designed the fourteenth Serpentine Pavilion which will open in June.
Radic is the fourteenth architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion outside the entrance to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. His design follows Sou Fujimoto's cloud-like structure which was visited by almost 200,000 people in 2013 and was one of the most visited Pavilions to-date.
Smiljan Radic has completed the majority of his structures in Chile. His commissions range from public buildings, such as the Civic Neighbourhoods, Concepción, Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Santiago, Restaurant Mestizo, Santiago, and the Vik Winery, Millahue, and domestic buildings, such as Copper House 2, Talca, Pite House, Papudo, and the House for the Poem of the Right Angle, Vilches, to small and seemingly fragile buildings, such as the Extension to Charcoal Burner's House, Santa Rosa, The Wardrobe and the Mattress, Tokyo, Japan, and The Bus Stop Commission, Kumbranch, Austria.
Adriana Lara, Shortsighted
Sunday 15 June
Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, E8 1HE
Tickets available soon via Picturehouse Cinemas
The film and performance programme Shortsighted brings together a selection of films by Mexican artist Adriana Lara (b. 1978), produced over the span of her artistic career. Working with sculpture, film, painting and installation, Lara combines an acute eye for paradoxes and mind traps with a sense of the humorous, folding the spectator or onlooker into convivial situations that subtly reveal the complexities underpinning everyday processes and gestures. The programme of short films ranges from computer-generated animation to a black-and-white film influenced by Italian neorealism. Following the screening, Adriana Lara will be in conversation with Stella Bottai (Junior Curator, Fiorucci Art Trust) and Lucia Pietroiusti (Curator, Public Programmes, Serpentine Galleries). This will be Lara's first solo presentation in London, in conjunction with the launch of the latest issue of her fanzine, Pazmaker, hosted by Fiorucci Art Trust.
14 Wharf Road
London N1 7RW
Tube: Northern line to Old Street (Exit 1) or Angel.
Bus: 43, 205 or 214 via City Road
Monday: by prior arrangement
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am-6 pm
Sunday: 12-5 pm
First Thursday of every month, open until 9 pm
TATE BRITAIN COMMISSION 2014: PHYLLIDA BARLOW
31 March – 19 October 2014 (Free)
Sculptor Phyllida Barlow will unveil her largest and most ambitious work in London to date for the Tate Britain Commission 2014, supported by Sotheby's, on 31 March 2014. The annual commission invites artists to make work in response to Tate's collection of British and international art and to the grand spaces of the Duveen Galleries at the heart of Tate Britain.
For over four decades Phyllida Barlow has made imposing, large scale sculptural installations using inexpensive, everyday materials such as cardboard, fabric, timber, polystyrene, plaster, scrim and cement. Her distinctive work is focused on her experimentation with these materials, to create bold and colourful three-dimensional collages.
Phyllida Barlow has had an important influence on younger generations of artists through her work and long teaching career in London art schools. At the Slade School of Fine Art, her students included Turner Prize-winning and nominated artists Rachel Whiteread and Angela de la Cruz.
Millbank London SW1P 4RG
Open every day, 10.00–18.00 Last admission to special exhibitions at 17.15 Open as normal on Bank Holidays
Tickets: £ 12.50
Concessions: £ 10.90
How to get there: By Underground The nearest underground stations to Tate Britain are:
Pimlico (Victoria Line, 600 metres approx.)
Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle Lines, 750 metres approx.)
Vauxhall (Victoria Line, 850 metres approx.)
By bus The following buses stop near Tate Britain:
Route 87 stops on Millbank
Routes 88 and C10 stop on John Islip Street
Routes 2, 36, 185, 436 stop on Vauxhall Bridge Road
Kensington Gardens London, W2 3XA 020 7402 6075
Bankside London SE1 9TG
Sunday – Thursday, 10.00–18.00 Last admission to special exhibitions at 17.15 Friday – Saturday, 10.00–22.00 Last admission to special exhibitions at 21.15 Open as normal on Bank Holidays.
HENRI MATISSE: THE CUT-OUTS
17 April – 7 September 2014
Adult £18.00 (without donation £16.30)
Concession £16.00 (without donation £14.50)
Henri Matisse is a giant of modern art. This landmark show explores the final chapter in his career in which he began 'carving into colour' and his series of spectacular cut-outs was born.
The exhibition represents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see so many of the artist's works in one place and discover Matisse's final artistic triumph.
In his late sixties, when ill health first prevented Matisse from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors to make drafts for a number of commissions. In time, Matisse chose cut-outs over painting: he had invented a new medium.
From snowflowers to dancers, circus scenes and a famous snail, the exhibition showcases a dazzling array of 120 works made between 1936 and 1954. Bold, exuberant and often large in scale, the cut-outs have an engaging simplicity coupled with incredible creative sophistication.
The exhibition marks an historic moment, when treasures from around the world can be seen together. Tate's The Snail 1953 is shown alongside its sister work Memory of Oceania 1953 and Large Composition with Masks 1953 at 10 metres long. A photograph of Matisse's studio reveals that these works were initially conceived as a unified whole, and this is the first time they will have been together since they were made. Matisse's famous series of Blue Nudes represent the artist's renewed interest in the figure.
London is first to host, before the exhibition travels to New York at the Museum of Modern Art and after which the works return to galleries and private owners around the world.
How to get there:
By boat Tate Boat runs every forty minutes along the Thames between Tate Britain and Tate Modern. A Thames Clipper ferry service also runs from Embankment or Festival Pier to Bankside Pier.
By Underground The nearest underground stations to Tate Modern are:
Southwark (Jubilee Line, 600 metres approx.)
Mansion House (District and Circle Line, 1,100 metres approx.)
St Pauls (Central Line, 1,100 metres approx.)
By bus The following buses stop near Tate Modern:
Routes 45, 63 and 100 stop on Blackfriars Bridge Road
Routes RV1 and 381 stop on Southwark Street
Route 344 stops on Southwark Bridge Road
THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
London SW7 2RL
020 7942 2000
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Open 10:00 – 17:45 daily
10:00 to 22:00 Fridays
THE GLAMOUR OF ITALIAN FASHION 1945 - 2014
5 April 2014 – 27 July 2014
This major exhibition is a glamorous, comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to its reputation for quality and style. It includes both women's and menswear to highlight the exceptional quality of techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned.
M.F. HUSAIN: MASTER OF MODERN INDIAN PAINTING
28 May – 27 July (Free)
Maqbool Fida Husain, known as M.F. Husain (1915-2011), was one of India's most eminent artists. Born in Pandharpur, his early years were spent in Indore. Husain began his career as a painter of cinema hoardings after attending art school in Bombay (now Mumbai). Using freehand drawing and vibrant colour, he depicted Indian subject matter in the style of contemporary European art movements, particularly Cubism.
Indian Civilization is an ambitious series of eight triptych paintings, commissioned in 2008 by Mrs. Usha Mittal as a tribute to the richness of India's history. Each panel explores a different theme, together creating a personal vision of India, what Husain called 'a museum without walls'.
Interweaving religious and symbolic iconography with historic figures and events, the paintings also incorporate memories from the artist's own life. Originally envisaged as a series of 96 panels, Husain was still working on the paintings at the time of his death in 2011.
77-82 Whitechapel High Street London E1 7Q
Tel. 020 7522 7878
Enq. 020 7522 7888
Tue-Sun 11-6, Thur 11-9
Nearest tube: Aldgate East
CONTINUUM OF REPAIR: THE LIGHT OF JACOB'S LADDER
Until 23 November 2014 (Free)
A towering structure fills the lofty spaces, with seemingly endless shelves filled with centuries of accumulated human knowledge. Through the spaces between books and artefacts lies an inner sanctum, a warmly-lit cabinet of curiosities. Above, a vast mirror reflects a horizontal beam of light, transforming it into the rungs of a ladder to infinity.
This intriguing new work of art is by Kader Attia (b.1970), a French-Algerian artist now working in Berlin. He has been inspired by the religious story in which the prophet Jacob has a vision of angels ascending to heaven, as well as by the very walls of Gallery 2, steeped in its history as the former reading room of the Whitechapel Library, a crucible of British Modernism.
CHRIS MARKER: A GRIN WITHOUT A CAT
16 April - 22 June 2014 (Free)
Galleries 1, 8 & Victor Petitgas Gallery
Visionary French filmmaker Chris Marker (1921–2012) created vivid film-essays that lace realism with science fiction and lyricism with politics. Changing his name, declining to be photographed or interviewed, Marker was both enigma and legend. His influence extends across art, experimental film and mainstream cinema: his 1962 masterpiece La Jetée was the basis of Terry Gilliam's 1995 Twelve Monkeys.
A photographer and director of 60 films, Marker was an inveterate traveller - his camera was his eye. His astonishing range of footage can encompass a temple in Tokyo devoted to cats to frozen flowers in a Siberian science station. Marker pictures our cultural rituals, ancient and modern – visiting a shrine, playing video games, protesting on the streets. He splices his images with found footage including fragments of movies, cartoons, ads and newsreels. Musical scores are interwoven with the noises of everyday life; haunting commentaries are narrated as if from the future, meditating on history and memory. 'I compare dreaming to cinema and thinking to television'.
ARTISTS FILM INTERNATIONAL: BURAK DELIER, TEJAL SHAH AND MILICA TOMIC
16 April - 22 June 2014 (Free)
The global narrative of conflict, the rise of neo-liberalism and our relationship to nature are the themes explored through a trio of films from Belgrade, Istanbul and Mumbai.
An evocative film One day, instead of one night, a burst of machine-gun fire will flash, if light cannot come otherwise (Oskar Davičo), (2009) by fearless artist Milica Tomić explores how conflict has become part of the fabric of our everyday lives. Tomić's film follows the artist walking through the streets of Belgrade with a machine gun, passing civilians who are seemingly unfazed by her weapon.