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Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

London,Victoria & Albert30 May - 18 Feb
Discover how Cristóbal Balenciaga’s exquisite craftsmanship and innovative designs shaped modern fashion This exhibition examines the work and legacy of influential Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, with over 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’ of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative tradition.  

Melancholia, a Sebald variation

London,King’s College London21 Sep - 10 Dec
An exhibition organised by John-Paul Stonard and Lara Feigel Albrecht Dürer’s 1514 engraving Melencolia I remains one of the foundational images of European art. The winged figure of genius slouches despondently; the hourglass shows time hastening to its end. Five centuries later, this became the mood of that archetypal melancholy European, W G Sebald. There is the rootlessness of exile and displacement in The Emigrants; the disappearance of old Europe in Austerlitz; the ruins of the bombed cities in On…

Basquiat: Boom for Real

London,Barbican Centre21 Sep - 28 Jan
The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988). Discover the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections. Engage in the explosive creativity of Basquiat who worked with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Blondie, among others. Featuring rare film, photography and archive material, the show captures…
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Leonor Antunes: the frisson of the togetherness

London,Whitechapel Gallery3 Oct - 9 Apr
Opening on 3 October 2017, the Whitechapel Gallery’s new site-specific commission by Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes (b.1972, Lisbon) is the artist’s first solo exhibition in a public gallery in the UK. Antunes creates sculptures that respond to the architectural and historical context in which they are presented. Her works often reference overlooked figures in the history of Modernism, particularly female architects, artists and designers including Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Lina Bo Bardi, Eileen Gray and Greta Grossman. Examples of traditional…

Laurent Grasso: The Panoptes Project

London,Olivier Malingue4 Oct - 9 Dec
Olivier Malingue has invited winner of the 2008 Prix Marcel Duchamp, Laurent Grasso, to present his one-off project The Panoptes Project, opening October 2017. Coinciding with the gallery’s first participation in Frieze Masters, Grasso takes advantage of Malingue’s extensive access to modern masters, presenting classics including Max Ernst, René Magritte and Francis Picabia alongside his original sculptures, paintings, neons and audio-visual. The Panoptes Project creates parallels between Grasso’s work and historical, academic, Surrealist, and materialist understandings of the eye. Known…
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Reading Group at the Institut Français

London,Institut français in London12 Oct - 7 Dec
The Reading Group is back at the Institute Français for a brand new season of discussing and reviewing French literature. Have a look here and join us for a literary discussion with a little French twist! All sessions start at 7.00pm | duration: 1h30 | in English and (easy) French Thu 12 Oct | Based on a True Story, by Delphine de Vigan (2017) – tr. G. Miller Thu 9 Nov | L’oeuvre (The Masterpiece) – Emile Zola Thu 7 Dec | Boussole (Compass) – Mathias Enard Thu 18 Jan | Au…
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Harry Potter: A History of Magic

London,British Library20 Oct - 28 Feb
Journey to where magic and myth began Have you ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and discover enchanting creatures? Now you can. We unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic which are at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Marvel at original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay, both on display for the first time. See the gargantuan…

Cézanne Portraits

London,National Portrait Gallery26 Oct - 11 Feb
This major international exhibition brings together for the first time over fifty of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK. Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) is one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century and his unique method of building form with colour and analytical approach to nature influenced the art of Cubists, Fauvists, and successive generations of avant-garde artists. Over a working life of some forty-five years,…
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Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge

London,Cine Lumiere7 Nov - 30 Nov
Film Screening on Marie Curie 100 mins (in French, German, English & Polish with EN subs) DEU/FRA/POL | 2016 | dir. Marie Noëlle, with Karolina Gruszka, Sabin Tambrea, Charles Berling Marie Noëlle depicts the most turbulent years in the life of a genious woman, Marie Curie. First woman to receive, not only one, but two Nobel prizes, she challenged France’s male-dominated academic establishment both as a scientist and a woman and changed the face of the world forever. The Preview screening…
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London,The Mill Co. Rose Lipman Building20 Nov - 25 Nov
The Romanian Cultural Institute is proud to support the world premiere of ‘The Unburied. The Saint of Darkness‘(2016), an unexpected take on Antigone’s myth by award-winning playwright and poet András Visky, one of Romania’s most notable theatre personalities. The play, skilfully transposed into English by Jozefina Komporaly, is produced by [Foreign Affairs] Theatre Company and performed by an all-female international cast made of Irene Panni, Isobel Pilkington, Megan Smith and Olivia Negrean, under the direction of Trine Garrett and Camila…

MODIGLIANI at Tate Modern

London ,Tate Modern23 Nov - 2 Apr
See some of the most memorable art of the 20th century at Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work. During his brief and turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable pictorial style. Though meeting little success during their time, his emotionally intense portraits and seductive nudes are now among the best-loved paintings of the 20th century. Modigliani’s nudes are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the…

33° 3′ 45” East

London,The Cyprus High Commission23 Nov
33° 3′ 45” East is the culmination of ongoing independent and joint research that visual artist Yorgos Petrou and ancient historian Dr Ersin Hussein have undertaken on the themes of geological stratification, borders and identity formation. In the process of preparing for this event they have also paused to consider the nature of their collaborative work . Yorgos and Ersin are both based in the UK and regularly travel to Cyprus to produce work and conduct research in their respective…
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UTOPIA – Portuguese Film Festival in the UK

London,King’s College London25 Nov - 8 Dec
Utopia, the UK Portuguese Film Festival is back for its 8th edition. This year, the festival will focus on the relationship between Portuguese cinema and literature, with a major conference at King’s College London, on November 13 and 14. The conference will welcome important speakers as the writer Helder Macedo and the film directors João Botelho, Margarida Gil and Luis Filipe Monteiro, amongst a varied pool of major Portuguese and international specialists. In partnership with Birkbeck’s Essay Film Festival, the festival…
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Garri Bardin: A Life in Animation

London,Cine Lumiere25 Nov
Collection of 4 short animation films |46 mins A master of detail, an experimenter and a minimalist, Garri Bardin has dedicated his life to making animation films stressing the theme of freedom (or lack of), from the Soviet times to this day. The Russian Film Week pays tribute to this 70-something enfant terrible in a series of short animation films from the last three decades. Followed by a masterclass with Garri Bardin Programme includes: Listening to Beethoven, 2016 Animation /…

Jules et Jim

London,Cine Lumiere26 Nov
Jules and Jim 105 mins in French with EN subs FRA | 1961 | dir. François Truffaut, with Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Marie Dubois Perhaps Truffaut’s most celebrated film, cited by Scorsese as a stylistic influence on Goodfellas, this offered Jeanne Moreau one of her most memorable roles as Catherine, a free spirit who captivates two close male friends in the early years of the 20th century. All three become involved in a triangular relationship that will change their…


London,Cine Lumiere28 Nov
Pele 102 mins in Portuguese with EN subs POR | 2006 | dir. Fernando Vendrell, with Daniela Costa, Francisco Nascimento, Manuel Wiborg Savagely depicting the dysfunctional state of post-Salazar Portugal, this gripping melodrama, infused with Almodovarian sensitivity and Pop-art visual invention, tells the story of Olga who struggles to fit in with her peers and society, being the progeny of a mixed-race and illegitimate romantic idyll.

Rage against the machine: a symposium on artists as activists

London,Barbican28 Nov
‘Rage against the machine’ departs from the 40th anniversary of Charter 77 – an open letter from key signatories from the cultural sphere, which criticized the then communist government of Czechoslovakia for failing to recognise basic human rights. In 1977, dissident writer Václav Havel and several others were arrested, imprisoned or forced into exile for signing the letter. In 2017 the majority of Europe is free of such open repression, despite the rise of nationalism and xenophobia in European politics.…
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London,Cadogan Hall28 Nov
As a celebration of Romania’s National Day and the Romanian Centenary and a tribute to towering pianist Dinu Lipatti, one of 20th century greatest performers who was born 100 years ago, The Romanian Cultural Institute joins forces with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a gala event hosted by London’s Cadogan Hall and featuring renowned conductor Cristian Mandeal and irresistible pianist Alexandra Dariescu. The event is prefaced by a pre-concert talk offered by writer and Lipatti enthusiast Orlando Murrin, who will…
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Muddy River

London,Cine Lumiere29 Nov
Rio Turvo | 90 mins |in Portuguese with EN subs POR | 2006 | dir. Edgar Pêra, with David Almeida, José Ananias, Vítor Correia Based on the homonymous hypnotic tale by Branquinho da Fonseca, Muddy River recounts the impossible love between an anonymous topographer, who has arrived in a marshland to plan an airport, and the beautiful marsh flower (Teresa Salgueiro, the ethereal voice of Madredeus). This tragic ballad reveals – to the sound of Fado music – parallel narratives of suspicion and…
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Antony & Cleopatra Royal Shakespeare Company

London,Barbican30 Nov - 20 Jan
One of Shakespeare’s greatest love stories, Antony & Cleopatra continues the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome season, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he neglects his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, his military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end. Known for his fresh and urgent interpretations of Shakespeare, Iqbal Khan directs Josette Simon and Antony…

Film screening and Q&A: Uncertain Glory

London,Lucas Theatre6 Dec
Screening followed by a talk with Prof. Paul Preston and translator Peter Bush (in English) Dir Agustí Villaronga. Spain, 2017, 115 min. In Catalan and Spanish with English subtitles. The novel Incerta glòria (Uncertain Glory) by Joan Sales (1912-1983) is for many the great novel of the Spanish Civil War. His refined plot interrogates at once the conventional clash between the fronts, the revolution of the rearguard and the existential conflict caused by the war and by the affective relationships between his characters. Incerta…

Unsound Dislocation Festival

London,Barbican8 Dec
Unsound – one of the world’s most adventurous music festivals – comes to the Barbican with three commissions and premieres, all exploring themes of dislocation. Dislocation. Whether it’s artists ‘dislocated’ from their homes or music dislocated from the very fabric of reality. NIVHEK (Liz Harris/Grouper) & MFO present After its own death, a paradoxically minimalist work – equal parts harsh and dreamlike – created in the isolated landscape of Murmansk, deep in the Russian Arctic. Halfway through his six-album project exploring…


London,Royal Albert Hall22 Feb
Our intimate Late Night Jazz series presents sensational music in the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room. Let the sultry sounds of vocalist Yvette Norwood-Tiger take you to a place where jazz was the most celebrated American music genre. Yvette Norwood-Tiger performs all manner of jazz standards from great composers such as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and the Gershwins. Her vocal styling and texture is often compared to that of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. She also performs songs in languages…
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