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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 Malingue10 Oct - 15 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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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,…

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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Finnish Rooftop Sauna

London ,Queen Elizabeth Hall23 Nov - 30 Dec
The Queen Elizabeth Roof Gardens will be home to a Finnish sauna which overlooks the river and the London skyline, as part of Southbank Centre’s Wintertime festivities. Each 16-person session will last 70 minutes. There will also be changing and showering facilities and on hand sauna-experts as well as blankets and warming winter drinks at The Rooftop Bar for post-sauna sipping. Combining beautiful Nordic design with a bespoke artistic commission, the Finnish Rooftop Sauna is a striking collaboration with Aalto University…
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The Singing Tree

London,Victoria & Albert27 Nov - 6 Jan
Songs by human and machine voices and clouds of words donated by visitors blend in a digital projection to make this year’s tree for the V&A. The installation was conceived by Es Devlin, a designer best known for her light sculptures for Beyoncé, Kanye, Adele’s live shows and productions at the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre, and was created in collaboration by Luke Halls, a video designer for Adele, Rambert, the Barbican and the Almeida, as a way to create a sonic sculpture of words, poetry, music…
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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…
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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…

Happy End

London,Cine Lumiere1 Dec - 18 Dec
Film Screening in French and English with English subtitles. Duration: 108 mins FRA/AUT/DEU | 2017 | dir. Michael Haneke, with Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Mathieu Kassovitz Master auteur Michael Haneke (Amour, The White Ribbon, Hidden) returns with a biting satire on bourgeois family values set in the shadow of the European refugee crisis, and featuring a cast of top acting talents. When her mother falls ill under mysterious circumstances, young Eve is sent to live with her estranged relatives in…
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Danielle van Zadelhoff- Survivors

London ,City Hall4 Dec - 5 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…

Jean de Florette

London,Cine Lumiere4 Dec - 3 Jan
121 mins in French with EN subs FRA/CHE/ITA | 1986 | dir. Claude Berri, with Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Yves Montand In the mid-20s, hunchback tax collector Jean Cadoret inherits a farm in Provence. The map shows a valuable spring on his land, but his neighbours, the cunning Soubeyrans, have stopped it up. For a while Jean de Florette and its sequel, Manon des sources, were the most successful foreign films in British box-office history, and deservedly so. A two-part adaptation of Marcel…

French Literature Reading Group

London,Institut français in London7 Dec - 18 Jan
Join us for a literary discussion with a little French twist in a brand new season of discussing and reviewing French literature. Thu 7 Dec | Boussole (Compass) – Mathias Enard Thu 18 Jan | Au revoir là-haut (The Great Swindle) – Pierre Lemaitre Thu 8 Feb | Vernon Subutex 1 – Virginie Despentes Thu 15 March | Le voyage d’Octavio (Octavio’s Journey) – Miguel Bonnefoy Thu 19 April | Bel Ami – Guy de Maupassant Thu 10 May | Réparer les vivants (Mend the Living) – Maylis de Kerangal Thu 14 June | Le météorologue (Stalin’s Meteorologist) – Olivier Rolin…
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London,Cine Lumiere12 Dec - 11 Jan
Film screening in French with EN subs. Duration:102 mins FRA | 2017 | dir. Edouard Deluc, with Vincent Cassel, Pernille Bergendorff, Tuheï Adams 1891. Gauguin has exiled himself to Tahiti. He wants to rediscover his painting, as a free, wild man, far from the moral, political, and aesthetic codes of civilised Europe. Going deeper into the jungle, coping with solitude, poverty, and sickness, he makes the encounter of Tehura, who will become his wife, and the subject of his greatest…
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Farewell to Europe – Stefan Zweig Season

London,Austrian Cultural Forum London13 Dec
  Our year-long Stefan Zweig series draws to a close with the screening of Farewell to Europe. The film charts the Austrian writer’s years of exile from Buenos Aires to New York and Brazil, alongside his inner struggle for the ‘right attitude’ toward the events in war-torn Europe, and his search for a new home. The screening is presented in partnership with the Goethe-Institute London. (Austria, Germany & France, 2016, 106 mins, German, English, Portuguese, French, Spanish with English subtitles,…

Ponytail: Film Screening and Q&A Session

London,Yunus Emre Enstitüsü London14 Dec
PONYTAIL A Short Film Screening and Q&A session with the Directors: Samiha Khelifa and Hasan Ramazan Yılmaz The film, Ponytail, concentrates on Grace, a successful businesswoman, who is on a voyage to find release from the pain in her heart after the sudden death of her elderly mother. Her internal conflict stems from the regret of neglecting her mother in her final years. Samiha Khelifa completed her BA degrees in English and French languages. She taught Arabic Language and Literature at…
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Ice Music

London,Royal Festival Hall15 Dec
See pioneer of ice instruments, Norwegian percussion musician and composer Terje Isungset, perform live with these extraordinary feats of sculpture crafted from solid blocks of pure ice. Terje’s work takes jazz and Scandinavian music far beyond traditional boundaries with poetic use of timbre and colour. Norwegian vocalist Maria Skranes joins him for a set with his ethereal ice instruments including ice horns, an iceofon and ice percussion. The event is free.  More info here.  
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C’est Noël!

London,Institut français in London16 Dec
Join us on Saturday 16 December at the Institut français from 11am for a special Christmas celebration! The day will be packed with cultural delights and fun. Our storytelling sessions for babies and kids will recreate the magic of a wonderful winter holiday. Not to mention a very festive screening of the enchanting L’Hiver féérique and the good old classic, L’Enfant au grelot! But the party would fall short without a magnificent Christmas tree, gifts galore and… our beloved Santa…
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The Kurbel: Three Centimetres – Children’s Puppet and Object Theatre

London,Austrian Cultural Forum London16 Dec
  This month the ACF London launches a new strand of events for children and young people called ACF Junior. We kick off with an imaginative object theatre performance by Austrian puppetry group Die Kurbel Take a handful of yard sticks and watch them come alive to music. Three Centimetres is a story of friendship and the places Tiri and Tabiri discover – the lighthouse garden, the ship at sea, the spring meadow. This object theatre for children and adults…
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Night Light

London,Royal Festival Hall19 Dec - 31 Dec
The Danish theatre group, Theatre Refleksion based in Aarhus is in collaboration with Andy Manley performing a Christmas show for the very young at the Southbank Centre. The performance is called Night Light, and it is part of Nordic Matters. Night Light will be a little theatrical poem, set within an installation, about darkness and children’s relationship with light. Both Teater Refleksion and its collaborative partner Andy Manley are internationally regarded for their moving and poetic shows for a young…
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However Low the Sun

London,Greenwich Park21 Dec
On the longest day of the year, Danish artist Kirsten Bertelsen creates a lullaby inspired sound installation in Greenwich Park called “However Low the Sun”. It features five Nordic lullabies chosen by the Nordic ambassadors in London. From Finland, Denmark, Island, Norway and Sweden, each ambassador has chosen his or her favourite lullaby from home. The songs are performed by church singers from each of the countries. If you take a walk on the Greenwich Meridian on 21 December between…
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