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Josef Frank

London,Fashion and Textile Museum28 Jan - 7 May
Explore the work of designer and artist Josef Frank (1885-1967) in the first-ever UK exhibition of his textiles. The Austrian-born architect moved to Sweden in 1933, where he developed his colourful brand of modernism, working with Estrid Ericson on furniture, glassware, lighting and interior design ideas. Together they redefined what is regarded as Swedish Modern. This exhibition in association with Millesgården, Stockholm highlights Frank’s vibrant fabric designs for Svenskt Tenn alongside a number of his previously unknown watercolours.
Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty

Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty

Bath,The Holburne Museum11 Feb - 4 Jun
The Holburne Museum is proud to announce the UK’s first exhibition devoted to the Bruegel dynasty, including recent attributions for two paintings from the Museum’s own collection. Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty unravels the complex Bruegel family tree, revealing the originality and diversity of Antwerp’s famous artistic dynasty across four generations through 35 works, including masterpieces from the National Gallery, Royal Collection Trust, the National Trust, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. A key…
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Poetry Periscope

London,St Pancras International27 Feb - 30 Apr
St Pancras International welcomes the Poetry Periscope as it reaches the last stop of its year long, national tour! The Poetry Periscope will reside in St Pancras for the next three months, allowing commuters and visitors the chance to enjoy a host of poetry from Els Moors, Jackie Kay and Jan Wagner (among many more) as they pass through the station. The Poetry Periscope reminds us who we are and what we would like to be, regardless of where we come from, through the…
Michelangelo & Sebastiano

Michelangelo & Sebastiano

London,National Gallery15 Mar - 25 Jun
★★★★★ The Times, Mail on Sunday ★★★★ The Telegraph, The Guardian, Evening Standard Explore the extraordinary relationship between two great Italian masters, Michelangelo and Sebastiano del Piombo, who found common ground in the fiercely competitive world of High Renaissance Rome. Having met in Rome in 1511, as Michelangelo was finishing his decoration of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, Sebastiano and he became friends and began collaborating artistically. Their meeting sparked a remarkable 25-year friendship and partnership; yielding outstanding works of art that neither could have created without the other – against a backdrop…
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Seven Works for Mercy

London,Italian Cultural Institute15 Mar - 30 Apr
7 Opere PER la Misericordia is a unique project about solidarity and art and involves 33 international artists. Inspired by The Seven Acts of Mercy the artists kindly and generously donated their art works to the Pio Monte della Misericordia. The Pio Monte della Misericordia is a charitable institution funded in 1602 with the aim to provide assistance, support and solidarity to the poor. Caravaggio was commissioned an art work, resulting in the stunning, inspiring and touching painting The Seven Acts of Mercy, currently on display…
Geta Brătescu. The Studio: A Tireless, Ongoing Space

Geta Brătescu. The Studio: A Tireless, Ongoing Space

London,Camden Arts Centre7 Apr - 18 Jun
Visionary artist Geta Brătescu (b. 1926), a pivotal figure in the history of post-war Romanian art and Romania’s representative for this year’s Venice Biennale, is celebrated at the Camden Arts Centre with a major exhibition that spans a lifetime of creation through media as diverse as performance, textiles, collage, print-making, installation and film. The project, entitled ‘Geta Brătescu. The Studio: A Tireless, Ongoing Space’, is set up by the Camden Arts Centre in association with Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, with…
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An Islamic Art Exhibition: Love for the Prophet

London,Yunus Emre Enstitüsü London14 Apr - 5 May
  An Islamic art exhibition celebrating the Prophet Muhammad’s 1446th birthday with works by prominent Turkish calligraphers. Hilye-i Şerîf is an Islamic art form consists texts that describe the Prophet Muhammad physical as well as moral beauty in the best manner possible into superb works of art as calligraphy and illumination. The art collection features hadiths, verses from the Quran and quotes written in various calligraphy styles such as kufic, muhaqqaq, thuluth, diwani, rayhani, naskh and ta’liq. The event is…
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Best of BE FESTIVAL

,UK wide21 Apr - 8 May
‘It is difficult to imagine a more rewarding and enjoyable night out’ What’s On Stage “Ground-breaking new theatre from across Europe” The Guardian “ A bonanza of European performance” The Stage BEST of BE FESTIVAL’s tour showcases three of the festival’s favourite shows from Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Birmingham’s BE FESTIVAL features a genre-bending selection of European theatre, dance, comedy, circus, live music & DJs, food, visual and performing arts. Dates & Venues April 21 – Gulbenkian, Canterbury 23 –…
Shifting Landscapes

“Shifting Landscapes” at Sophia Contemporary

London,Sophia Contemporary Gallery28 Apr - 23 Jun
Sophia Contemporary is proud to present Shifting Landscapes, a group show of contemporary American artists exploring abstraction through painting, photography and sculpture. Featuring six artists – Afruz Amighi, Iva Gueorguieva, Herman Mejia, Amir Nikravan, Holton Rower and Hannah Whitaker – the exhibition reflects on the evolving nature of American art. Casting a light on the diversity of contemporary approaches to abstraction, the works explore the artists’ impact on the landscape of art and American culture, across generations and disciplines. Sophia…
Pavla and Lucia Sceranková: Surface Tensions

Pavla and Lucia Sceranková: Surface Tensions

London,Pump House Gallery30 Apr
The first major UK exhibition of new and existing pieces by Pavla and Lucia Sceranková brings together a body of work reflecting the constellations of visual, material and conceptual references that inform their practices. Highly responsive to context, the sister duo have developed the show in response to the unique architecture of the Pump House Gallery and its setting in Battersea Park. Pavla Scerankova’s sculptural installations and video-performances are characterised by minimalism, subtle humour and sensitive relation to their surroundings, playfully…
Lift to the Scaffold + Q&A

Lift to the Scaffold + Q&A

London,Cine Lumiere30 Apr
As part of the global celebrations for the International Jazz Day, Institut Français presents Louis Malle’s mesmerising debut film, “Ascenseur pour l’échafaud” (Lift to the Scaffold) featuring Miles Davis’s legendary score. ‘Nouvelle Vague’ before such a concept truly existed, this richly atmospheric thriller of murder and mistaken identity unfolds over one restless Parisian night. Preceded by live music by jazz multi-instrumentalist Julien Alour and followed by a Q&A with jazz specialists Selwyn Harris (Jazzwise Magazine) and Kevin Le Gendre (Jazzwise Magazine…
“Fiction’s Fallen Women: from page to stage – Violetta & Manon"

“Fiction’s Fallen Women: from page to stage – Violetta & Manon”

London,Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall2 May
Prévost’s L’Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut made an outrageous appearance on the literary scene in 1731 detailing the exploits of the young, beautiful, and morally incorrigible Manon. Banned in France for its scandalous depiction of this unrepentant libertarian of a woman the novel became very popular and pirated editions were widely distributed. Manon’s love, won and lost with the wheel of Fortune, is presented as capricious, addictive and impossible. Indeed, upon reading Prévost’s novel in Dumas’…
The Toad Knew by James Thierrée

The Toad Knew by James Thierrée

London,Sadler’s Wells3 May
James Thierrée, the multi-talented European performer and director with an impeccable theatrical pedigree, creates beautifully weird and undeniably wonderful theatrical productions. His latest, The Toad Knew,  is a spellbinding creation. Critically acclaimed, it is a seamless mix of mechanical marvels, seductive music, surreal humour and acrobatic finesse. From within an ever changing fairytale lair, six characters emerge to act out their bizarre world. A piano plays itself, plates magically appear and disappear, a red-hooded woman with a swooping voice transforms into a…
Arts & Culture Lecture Series: A. Tunc Sen

Arts & Culture Lecture Series: A. Tunc Sen

London,Yunus Emre Enstitüsü London4 May
Yunus Emre Enstitüsü – London presents a lecture in the Arts & Culture Series by Dr. A. Tunç Şen (Leiden University): “Why did Piri Reis call Christopher Columbus a ‘munajjim’? Exploring the Cultural History of Astrology in the Early Modern Ottoman World” In his Book of Navigation (Kitāb-ı Baḥriye) the famous sixteenth-century Ottoman cartographer and naval captain Piri Reis introduces Christopher Columbus as a Genoese “munajjim”, who possessed a legendary book that descended from the time of Alexander and comprised of…
'Enescu Concerts' Series: Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri

‘Enescu Concerts’ Series: Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri

London,Romanian Cultural Institute4 May
Characterised as “one of the most gifted pianists to move to New York in the past decade“ (Bruce Lee Galanter), enthusiastically  reviewed by major British jazz publications like Jazzwise and Jazz Journal, Romanian ground-breaking composer and pianist Lucian Ban and American Grammy nominee violist & improviser Mat Maneri debut at 1 Belgrave Square on 4 May with a programme inspired by the music of George Enescu as well as Romania’s ancestral soundscape. The concert is presented within our ‘Enescu Concerts’…
Alberto Giacometti at Tate Modern

Alberto Giacometti at Tate Modern

London ,Tate Modern10 May - 10 Oct
Tate Modern presents the UK’s first major retrospective of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti for 20 years Celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman, Giacometti’s distinctive elongated figures are some of the most instantly recognisable works of modern art. This exhibition reasserts Giacometti’s place alongside the likes of Matisse, Picasso and Degas as one of the great painter-sculptors of the twentieth century. Through unparalleled access to the extraordinary collection and archive of the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, Tate Modern’s ambitious and wide-ranging exhibition…
Alex Otterburn

The Golden Age of Russian Classical Music

London,Pushkin House10 May
From Glinka to Rachmaninov: Exploring the evolution of Russian Classical style. The 19th century provided a great outpouring of classical music. Inspired by Russian folk stories and a need for a nationalist musical identity, a new language of music was born. With Callie Gaston (soprano), Alex Otterburn (baritone) and accompanied by Maria Levandovskaya (piano).
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European Literature Night with A. L. Kennedy

London,British Library10 May
Contemplating European authorship in a post-Brexit context In response to the changes faced by Europe, literature can offer new views on our identity, history and diversity. European Writers’ Tour invites you to meet some of the most exciting writers from across the channel and to share their stories and experiences. Join us for the launch of the Tour at the British Library with a special evening with Scottish Author A. L. Kennedy and guests. She will give a keynote address reflecting on the future of…
Corniche Kennedy

Corniche Kennedy

London,Cine Lumiere12 May
As part of Beyond Words Festival, Institut Français presents a screening of the film “Corniche Kennedy”.  In this adaptation of the eponymous novel by renowned French author Maylis de Kerangal (Mend the Living, Birth of a Bridge), the young kids of Marseille defy gravity in the blue of the Mediterranean. Girls and boys dive, take risks to experience life to the fullest. From inside her chic villa, Suzanne envies their free bodies, their excess, and wants to be part of…
A Woman's Life

A Woman’s Life

London,Cine Lumiere13 May
Institut Français presents a screening of “A Woman’s Life”. Judith Chemla offers an unmissable performance in Stéphane Brizé’s compelling adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s classic, Une vie. She plays Jeanne, a young woman full of childish dreams and innocence who marries fresh out of the convent. Her husband Julien soon reveals to be a miserly and unfaithful man. Little by little, Jeanne’s illusions are stripped away. This screening is presented as a part of Institut Français’ Beyond Words Live French…
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The Hidden Composers: Women Who Dared to Write Music in a Man’s World

London,Kensington Central Library16 May
With Anna Beer, soprano & mezzo, accompanied by Natalie Burch, piano. Anna Beer is a cultural historian and writer as well as Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. She has recently published a long over-due book: “Sounds & Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music” celebrating the musical legacy and hidden histories of eight remarkable women composers. From 17th century Florence to 20th century London, they created their music in public and private; in the Courts of the Medici’s…
Screening & Talk: El laberinto de Octavio Paz

Screening & Talk: El laberinto de Octavio Paz

London,King’s College London18 May
Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with the Center for Mexican Studies of UNAM in London and the Center for Modern Languages ​​of King’s College, London, presents a screening of the documentary “El laberinto de Octavio Paz”, followed by a talk with the Spanish producer Adela Iriarte and the Mexican poet and expert on Octavio Paz, Pedro Serrano. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles, and the event is in Spanish and English. This new documentary reviews the work and trajectory of…
Screening followed by Q&A: Pa negre / Black Bread

Screening followed by Q&A: Pa negre / Black Bread

London,Birkbeck University of London1 Jun
  The film Black Bread is a 2010 Catalan-language drama written and directed by Agustí Villaronga, based on the homonymous novel by Teixidor with elements of two other works by him, Retrat d’un assassí d’ocells and Sic transit Gloria Swanson. Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with Instituto Ramon Llull, Catalan Observatory-LSE and CILAVS-BirkbeckIn Catalan, present a screening of Black Bread. The film is in Catalan and Spanish with English subtitles. After the screening, Prof. Paul Preston and translator Peter Bush will discuss…
Jenny Miller

Barefoot Opera and Opera Prelude’s Young Singers

London,Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall6 Jun
“A Sigh Becomes Song – Transforming Emotion” Jenny Miller, singer, director and founder of Barefoot Opera, returns to Opera Preludes to demonstrate the close relationship between instinct, emotional responses, everyday communication and the art of classical singing. With two brilliant young Opera Prelude singers, Jenny will take us through operatic examples from Monteverdi, Purcell, Mozart, Verdi and more to the present time, demonstrating how sighs, laughter, cries, and whispers translate into the gripping music-theatre that is the art of opera.…
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