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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…
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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…
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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…

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…

Czechia Now !

London,Embassy of the Czech Republic12 Feb - 18 Mar
Developed by fashion designer Kateřina Plamitzerová, fashion photographer Michaela Čejková and garden architect Lucie Králíková, Czechia Now! is a multifaceted fashion and photography exhibition resulting from an unconventional research trip around the Czech Republic. This exhibition has been specifically designed for the gallery of the Czech Centre and presents a collection of clothes, photographs, videos and objects taken from exhibitions around Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. The clothes reflect the contemporary reality of a particular place and its inhabitants and this…
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Andreas Gursky Talks Programme

London ,Hayward Gallery12 Feb - 9 Apr
The Goethe-Institut London is supporting Andreas Gursky’s exhibition with a talks programme at the Hayward Gallery. Gursky, known for his large-scale, often spectacular pictures that portray emblematic sites and scenes of the global economy and contemporary life, is widely regarded as one of the most significant photographers of our time. Driven by an interest and insight into ‘the way that the world is constituted’, as well as what he describes as ‘the pure joy of seeing’, Gursky makes photographs that…
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Launch Pad: Th-th-th-that’s all folks!

Manchester,Castlefield Gallery16 Feb - 25 Feb
An exhibition including works by the artists: Jamie Fitzpatrick, Maria Gondek, Amy Kim Grogan, Alfie Kungu, Millie Layton, James Lomax, Milly Peck, and Dominic Watson. For their first Launch Pad of 2018 Castlefield Gallery presents Th-th-th-that’s all folks! curated by Manchester-based collective Rhino. Guest judge Poppy Bowers, Exhibitions Curator at the Whitworth (Manchester) and Castlefield Gallery’s Curator Matthew Pendergast selected Th-th-th-thats all folks!  from CG Associate members’ submissions. Rhino is Emily Chapman, Liam Fallon, Tulani Hlalo (CG Associate member and Castlefield…

Blackbirds and Blue Helmets as part of Marchland Season

London,The Bridewell Theatre21 Feb
What does our reaction to war and division in another country say about us? Do we start to question our own nation, our own identity? In the former communist bloc, on the borders of Europe, one nation had a strong, progressive, shared identity. Then came nationalism and war in which 100,000 people were killed. A personal reflection of two journeys to the former Yugoslavia separated by 15 years, both before and after its disintegration. Blackbirds and Blue Helmets is a dramatised talk by…

A Celebration of Haydn and Mozart, European Union Chamber Orchestra

London,St John’s Smith Square21 Feb
A Celebration of Haydn and Mozart with BBC Young Musician finalist of 2016, Benjamin Goldscheider performing Mozart’s Horn Concerto no.4 in E flat.  Conducted by John Bowley, Gresham’s Schola Cantorum together with the National Youth Choir Fellowship sing Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus and Litaniae Lauretanae.  The concert concludes with EUCO’s regular director Hans-Peter Hofmann and Mozart’s Symphony no.29 in A.

Arnika as part of Marchland Season

London,The Bridewell Theatre21 Feb - 2 Mar
A village in a forest in the Vosges mountains of Alsace,1951. Rebuilding their lives after the horrors of the Nazi occupation, the Fischer and Seltz families struggle to live with a terrible secret. When a commissaire from Paris arrives to investigate the disappearance of a young resistance operative, the ties of tradition, family and community rapidly unravel. A new play by Strasbourg’s Théâtre Volière, based on real events, explores the shocking and tragic choices forced on a border community trapped…

Evocation as part of Marchland Season

London,The Bridewell Theatre22 Feb - 1 Mar
Fin de siècle Brighton. A young woman washed up on the beach is forced to revisit, time and again, her tragic history. Adult puppetry, poetry and drone noise in La Soupe’s Evocation, an experience that Edinburgh’s The Student described as truly life changing. In collaboration with poet Mick Wood and electro-acoustic composer Antoine Arlot, Alsace’s La Soupe have revisited the Pierrot Lunaire poems of Albert Giraud, creating from them a piece that takes an unflinching look at the cultural borders…
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Film screening and Q&A: Let the Corpses Tan

London,Cine Lumiere22 Feb
Laisser bronzer les cadavres 90 mins in French with EN subs FRA/BEL | 2017 | dir.s Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, with Elina Löwensohn, Stéphane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin During a beautiful Mediterranean summer, Rhino and his gang steal a cache of gold. They believe they have found the perfect hideout, an abandoned and remote hamlet now taken over by a woman in search for inspiration. Before long, a pair of leather-clad motorbike-riding gendarmes arrive on the scene, soon turning this…

Life Guidance – New Austrian Cinema

London,Austrian Cultural Forum London22 Feb
Ruth Mader’s fascinating, restrained dystopian drama depicts a society in which everyone is happy and fulfilled – just as long as they follow the rules. In the near-future, a state of perfect capitalism is sustained by a social class of high achievers. When one of them questions his situation, he comes to the attention of Life Guidance, an agency dedicated to the optimisation of humankind. The film was recently screened as part of the 2017 London Film Festival. Austria, 2017,…

Maiden in The Moor and Sefiroth as part of Marchland Season

London,The Bridewell Theatre22 Feb
A double bill of work setting the revived music of a vanished culture alongside the living, evolving traditions of a banished people. Maiden in the Moor reprise their Marchland programme of music from, and inspired by, the troubadours of Occitania, a kingdom that once straddled Southern France and Northern Spain. Later in the evening, Sefiroth once again give us their mesmerising take on the music of the Sephardim, Jews expelled from Spain in the 15th century, using acoustic and electric…
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A Flamenco Tales Trilogy: “Desde la Alhambra yo te los cuento”

London,Escuela de Baile24 Feb
The cantor and writer Antonio Campos has gathered in a book three very personal stories that, in addition to delighting adults and children, propose three different approaches to flamenco: its historical evolution, the flamenco longing of the emigrants and the sympathy and humour in the Flamenco characters.  Besides the three stories, the book features illustrations by Jesús Conde, a prologue by Juan José Tellez and the participation of great flamencologists such as José Manuel Gamboa, José María Velazquez Gaztelu and José Luis Ortiz Nuevo. Introduction video. In…

Retour Au Pays as part of Marchland Season

London,The Bridewell Theatre24 Feb
A companion piece to Théâtre Volière play Arnika exploring the multi-lingualism of border regions and its effect on their cultures. Like one of the characters in Arnika, the Alsatian poet Andre Weckmann was forcibly drafted into the Wehrmacht in WW2. After being wounded on the Russian front, he managed to desert and join the Free French. Weckmann’s poem Retour au Pays, written in three languages, is a meditation on his return to Alsace. Devised by three Alsatian theatre makers, taking…

The Gift

London ,Union Chapel24 Feb
The Gift return to London after a memorable performance at Bush Hall that included a very special participation of Brian Eno in Love Without Violins, producer of their new album Altar. This time around the Portuguese band will be presenting their album at the Union Chapel on 24 February with thousands of miles and hours under their belts. A unique venue receiving a unique band. The Gift is an indie band with a sound that ranges from pop rock to electronica using elegant arrangements…

Reminiscing the Greek Songs of the Past

London,The Hellenic Centre25 Feb
This concert will include famous songs by Theodorakis, Hadjidakis, Plessas, Sougioul and others in an operatic form and songs of famous classical composers influenced by Greek music and Cypriot traditional tunes, all in unique arrangements.    

Vincent and the End of the World + Q&A

London,Cine Lumiere25 Feb
Vincent BEL/FRA | 2016 | 121 mins | dir. Christophe van Rompaey, with Frédéric Epaud, Spencer Bogaert, Alexandra Lamy, Barbara Sarafian, Geert van Rampelberg | cert. tbc | in Dutch & French with EN subs Vincent (Spencer Bogaert) is a 17-year old suicidal ecologist who drives his family crazy with his attempts to reduce their carbon footprint and to prevent the end of the world. Vincent‘s giddy French aunt Nikki (Alexandra Lamy) takes him on a trip to France, convinced…
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Madrid-London, 1940s: Two stories of culture, diplomacy and espionage.

London,Instituto Cervantes London – new address off the Strand27 Feb
Madrid-London, 1940s. The Spanish capital faces a tough post-war era. The British capital resists Nazi bombings. Each of the two cities seems to be waging its own battle, but they both need one another. That is why they would go on to become centre stage to some of the most fascinating cultural diplomacy initiatives of 20th-century Europe. On one hand, the British Council would make efforts in Madrid to offset the Germanophile sympathies of the first Francoism. On the other hand, the…
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Music Rendezvous with Da Silva + Q&A

London,Institut français in London28 Feb
Always keen on experimenting with new sounds, Da Silva‘s music incorporates influences from blues, fado and electronic music. His tone is one of somber melancholy, making for captivating performances. The show will be followed by an intimate chat with the public. In French & English 
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