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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…
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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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The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile

London,Tate Britain2 Nov - 7 May
The story of the artists who fled to Britain to escape war in France. This exhibition presents captivating works by Monet, Tissot, Pissarro and their compatriots. In the 1870s, France was devastated by the Franco-Prussian war and insurrection in Paris, driving artists to seek refuge across the Channel. Their experiences in London and the friendships that developed not only influenced their own work but also contributed to the British art scene. The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in…

Physical Energy – Royal Academy of Arts

London,Royal Academy of Arts20 Nov - 20 Mar
The renowned equestrian sculpture by GF Watts, first displayed in the Royal Academy’s courtyard in 1904, returns 113 years later in a new bronze cast. In collaboration with Watts Gallery Trust, we’re presenting a new bronze cast of Physical Energy by George Frederic Watts RA, cast at the foundry of Pangolin Editions. Royal Academician George Frederic Watts OM (1817–1904), is widely considered to be one of the greatest artists of the Victorian age. A sculptor, portraitist and creator of classic…

Laurent Grasso: The Panoptes Project

London,Olivier Malingue21 Nov - 26 Jan
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…

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…
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Lessing Presents Lessing

London,Austrian Cultural Forum London30 Nov - 23 Feb
Erich Lessing is among Austria’s most celebrated photographers. He is a chronicler of the post-war era, has documented major political events, capturing the protagonists with his camera in an inimitable manner. As a Jewish child in Vienna, Lessing experienced persecution and the expulsion of his family from their home. After his return to Austria in 1945 he became a photo reporter for Associated Press and a member of Magnum Photos. This unique exhibition, curated by the photographer’s daughter Hannah Lessing…
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Danielle van Zadelhoff- Survivors

London ,City Hall23 Dec - 24 Jan
Celebrated artist Danielle van Zadelhoff was commissioned to create portraits of long-term survivors of HIV. The result is this City Hall exhibition, which marks World AIDS Day 2017, as part of the AIDS Since the 80s Project. Her pictures show some of the people who have given in-depth interviews to the AIDS Since the 80s Project. The complete interviews will be left in the London Metropolitan Archives. They will form a valuable resource for generations to come. Danielle says: “This project is close to my…
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Tomas Jefanovas & Christopher Brett Bailey: RATED X

London,Yard Theatre22 Jan - 27 Jan
Mind-bending sights, electronic sounds, ear-serrating free jazz and machine gun poetry converge in this new collaboration: RATED X. Tomas Jefanovas pulls futuristic visuals out of retrograde video technologies to sculpt a psychedelic vision of space and time. Christopher Brett Bailey rages and croons. He is an end of days prophet, a lunatic out on a day pass, a jazz poet crash landed from a distant planet. Tomas’ mesmerising visuals have been seen at Field Day and Houghton Festivals and Christopher’s…

Dash Café: Lviv on the borders of Europe.

London,Rich Mix24 Jan
Following an epic foray into the Post Soviet space for the past five years, Dash Arts embark on a new journey: EUTOPIA, investigating what it means to be European. We will highlight and celebrate Europe’s diversity and hidden marvels; confront generalization and encourage new insights and fierce debate. Through Cafes, Gigs, and other events, we will focus on different cities across wider Europe, investigating ideas, trends and artists. For our first café in January, we are bringing into focus Lviv…
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Peeping Tom “Mother” at Barbican Centre

London ,Barbican Centre24 Jan - 27 Jan
This surreal, Lynchian performance by Peeping Tom is an unsettling reflection on motherhood. Director Gabriela Carrizo and a cast of physical theatre performances stage an abstract series of scenes, set in a studio, a museum, a maternity ward. As their bodies contort, they evoke the subconscious emotions of motherhood with eerie wit.Peeping Tom evoke a dreamlike universe, at once disturbing and oddly humorous, to explore an archetypal figure familiar to us all, in a production of astonishing physicality that defies…
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Night of Ideas

London,Institut français in London25 Jan - 26 Jan
Launched by the Institut français in 2017, the Night of Ideas is a global project staged simultaneously in Paris, London and worldwide. For this year’s edition, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, the Scientific Department and the Cultural Department of the French Embassy have put together a thought-provoking programme inspired by the Power to the Imagination slogan of the Paris May 1968 protests, crossing French, British and European perspectives and exploring the latest ideas behind issues central to our times. Check…

Is it all about time?

London,Embassy of the Czech Republic25 Jan
A talk by Dr Barbara Havelková on Gender Equality in Czech Law and Practice.  While EU directives on anti-discrimination law have been transposed into Czech law, their implementation has been overwhelmingly ineffective in promoting the cause of gender equality. Dr Havelková examines why this should be so in her recently published book Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of State Socialism. Looking back at the history of gender equality in law in the Czech Republic, her work traces the roots…
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Music Rendezvous with Laura Cahen

London,Cine Lumiere25 Jan
The subtle songs filled with poetry of upcoming French singer-songwriter from Nancy, Laura Cahen, will resonate in our Art Deco listed library during the Night of Ideas. Discover the haunting and romantic songs of her debut album, Nord, powered by her playful reinvention of the French language with an encapsulating dream-pop spirit. Check Night of Ideas for more details.
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Makala: Film Screening and Q&A

London,Cine Lumiere30 Jan
96 mins in Swahili & French with EN subs FRA | 2017 | dir. Emmanuel Gras, with Kabwita Kasongo, Lydie Kasongo | doc In this existential documentary, French director Emmanuel Gras follows the steps of a young charcoal-maker as he struggles to offer a better future for his family. When he sets out on an exhausting and perilous journey to sell the fruit of his labour of love, he discovers the true value of his efforts and the price of…
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Baroque Castle Theatres in the Czech Lands

London,Embassy of the Czech Republic30 Jan
A talk about Baroque Castles and Theatres in the Czech Republic The Czech Republic has managed to keep a plenty of historic theatres and their unique equipment alive. To celebrate this exploit, The Friends of Czech Heritage in collaboration with the Embassy of Czech Republic are organising a talk about the theatres in Český Krumlov, Litomyšl, Valtice, Kačina, Mnichovo Hradiště and Žleby, in attendance of the founder of CORA (Centre for the Preservation and Restoration of Architecture, Daniel Spicka. After explaining…

Toneelhuis/FC Bergman: 300 el x 50 el x 30 el

London ,Barbican Centre31 Jan - 3 Feb
Bergman combined theatre and film ingeniously in a wordless production that follows the inhabitants of a small village community gripped by the fear of an impending disaster – a flood. Part of London International Mime Festival 2018. Get your tickets here.
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The Triumph of Arturo Barea

London,Instituto Cervantes London – new address off the Strand7 Feb
With Paul Preston and Michael Eaude The entrust of the Arturo Barea archive to the Bodleian Library in Oxford closes an episode of one of the most important figures of Spanish exile in the United Kingdom. Arturo Barea (Badajoz, 1897 – Faringdon 1957) was a Spanish writer and journalist, author of The Forge of a Rebel, a trilogy published first in English and included by critics among the best of the narrative of exile caused by the Spanish Civil War…
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Literally Swiss

London,The Tabernacle9 Feb
“LITERALLY SWISS” is an exciting new concept showcasing some of the best writing in English featuring some of the best Swiss and British writers with literary Swiss links. This event is the first of many “LITERALLY SWISS” events in London, curated and hosted by Rosie Goldsmith for Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council. “LITERALLY SWISS” is supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Embassy London and the European Literature Network, eurolitnetwork.com. Participating writters: ALAIN DE BOTTON MONIQUE SCHWITTER PETER STAMM DEBORAH LEVY PEDRO LENZ XIAOLU GUO…
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Verso a verso: Carmen Linares sings Miguel Hernández

London,Instituto Cervantes London – new address off the Strand15 Feb
Carmen Linares, one of the greatest voices of flamenco, is to visit us at the Instituto Cervantes on the occasion of the London Flamenco Festival to launch her book/CD set dedicated to the great Spanish poet Miguel Hernández (Orihuela 1910-Alicante 1942). Verso a Verso is a musical tale of the poet who died prematurely, both as an artist and a man, in one of Franco’s prisons. The album exudes intimacy, with Pablo Suarez’s elegant piano, Salvador Gutiérrez’s flamenco guitar, Josemi Garzón’s contrabass swing and Karo…
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