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Lee Bul at Hayward Gallery until 19 August 2018

Lee Bul transforms Hayward Gallery into a spectacular dream-like landscape featuring monstrous bodies, futuristic cyborgs, glittering mirrored environments and an exquisitely surreal monumental foil Zeppelin. 👀 😊 🇰🇷

Bringing together more than 100 works from the late 1980s to the present day, this exhibition explores the full range of Lee Bul’s pioneering and thought-provoking practice, from provocative early performances to recent large-scale installations that attempt to get our body and our brain ‘working at the same time, together’.

For the past three decades, Lee Bul has drawn on diverse sources that include science fiction, visionary architecture and personal experience, whilst making use of deliberately clashing materials that range from silk and mother of pearl to fibreglass and silicone. At the core of her most recent work is an investigation into landscape, which for the artist includes the intimate landscape of the body, ideal or fictional landscapes and the physical world that surrounds us.

www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/hayward-gallery-art/lee-bul

Location:
Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Times:
11am – 7pm every day (Thursday until 9pm)
Closed on Tuesdays

Tickets:
From £13 book online

Hex sunrise summer workouts on the Roof at John Lewis Oxford Street until 31st August 2018

Unfortunately this event is cancelled

HEX founders, Chris Timmins and Phil Wilkins have collaborated with ex-army fitness blogger, Olivia Cox to create a workout that will ensure you start the day with an energised hit. All classes take place on the roof! 🥊 🌇

The energising classes will help you blitz body fat and boost your metabolism, while set against the breathtaking panoramic backdrop of the capital’s skyline on one of the city’s biggest landscaped rooftops.

www.hexlife.co.uk/johnlewis

www.johnlewis.com/our-services/roof-garden

Location:
John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street, London W1C 1DX

Times:
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 7.30am – 8.15am

Price:
£10 per class, book online (last bookable session Friday 29 June)

Juno Calypso: What To Do With A Million Years at TJ Boulting until 23 June 2018

Known for her iconic photographic series of self-portraits in ‘The Honeymoon Suite’, for this new body of work Calypso discovered a surreal and unique location – an underground house in Nevada, USA. 📍 💣

Built by Avon cosmetics founder and director Jerry Henderson in the 1960s, with the advent of the cold war he had decided to take the premise of a bunker in the back yard one stage further. The multimillionaire moved 26 feet underground into a 16,000 square foot luxury space, designed to withstand virtually any disaster and protect from almost any intruder. Above ground the original entrance is a cave-like hole but down below, as befits a Vegas home, there is an all-pink bedroom, crystal and gold fixtures in the bathrooms, a swimming pool, waterfall and hot tub, and hand-painted murals of outdoor scenery on the perimeter of the home and garden. As the interior had never been exposed to sunlight or outside air it was perfectly preserved, with no dust or sun damage on the furniture and wallpaper, and today the home remains in tact and as Henderson and his wife Mary built it. A computerised lighting system simulates daytime, sunset, dusk and night, complete with stars and the moon.

After Jerry died Mary moved to a newly built house directly above ground but died herself shortly after. The underground house is now unoccupied but kept in immaculate condition by a caretaker living alone above ground. As Calypso began her stay, sleeping and working alone downstairs, she immersed herself in the surroundings of the underground house and staged self-portraits in the different rooms. Whilst there she became aware that the current owners were in fact a mystery group with an enthusiasm for immortality. A stash of pamphlets found in the house detailing the latest innovations in cryonics from the 1960s to the present day served as inspiration, adding to the spirit of preservation running through the location’s past and present. What began as a house built off the fortune of a well-known cosmetics company, incorporating the pursuit of beauty and preservation of the living, had since taken a disturbing detour to become an eerie trophy of those who were more concerned with eternal life.

www.tjboulting.com/exhibitionspage/506/what-to-do-with-a-million-years

Location:
TJ Boulting, 59 Riding House Street, London W1W 7EG

Times:
Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm

Price:
Free entry

Katharina Grosse: Prototypes of Imagination at Gagosian until 27 July 2018

Widely known for her spectacular in situ paintings, in which explosive color is rendered directly onto architecture, interiors, and landscapes, Grosse embraces the events and incidents that arise as she works, opening up surfaces and spaces to the countless perceptual possibilities of the medium. Approaching painting as an experience in immersive subjectivity, she uses a spray gun, distancing the artistic act from the hand, and stylizing gesture as a propulsive mark. 🎨

In Prototypes of Imagination, Grosse reveals the ways in which painting catalyzes the unfolding of multiple dimensions on a single surface. Following Wunderbild, the imposing processional installation at the National Gallery in Prague, at the center of the exhibition is a single painting of oceanic scale on loose cloth. Working on huge expanses of flat cloth enables Grosse to execute very large-scale works in the studio in response to specific architectural conditions beyond it, in this case the Britannia Street gallery. This new approach creates a bridge between the studio canvases and the in situ paintings that she has been making over the last decade. In this abstract phantasmagoria, with its aqueous layers of vibrant, pulsating color, Grosse’s painterly gestures, and the inverted chromatic zones arising from her use of stencils of vaguely biomorphic form, assert entirely new spatial and temporal transformations.

Grosse continues this approach in works on stretched canvas, many of which contain rectangular fields that slide and tessellate like the windows and tabs of a browser, or dissolve into each other, creating ghostly organic silhouettes. Spatial tensions rise through shifts in chromatic temperature, and with stencils, folds, and other tools she allows for new patterns to emerge. Using stencils to either filter or completely block out areas of negative space, she creates opaque fields to be interrupted by solid geometries and ambiguous transparencies. The result sometimes recalls photograms wherein individual objects are placed on photosensitive paper to produce images using light alone. Here, paint replaces light, as Grosse saturates the exposed fabric with blazing, spectral mists. Each composition bears intimate traces of its creation, such as the smudges of paint where a stencil has been removed, or showers of drips suddenly severed in their resistance to gravitational pull. Surpassing the limits of pictorial logic, Grosse’s paintings are paradigms of vision; just as forms seem to materialize, their edges effervesce, pulling the viewer into their kaleidoscopic force field.

www.gagosian.com

Location:
Gagosian, 6-24 Britannia Street, London WC1X 9JD

Times:
Tue – Sat 10am – 6pm

Price:
Free entry

Picturing Forgotten London at London Metropolitan Archives until Wednesday 31 October 2018

London is a restless city, ever changing and evolving. Cranes and building sites crowd the landscape as new buildings rise. Yet traces of our forgotten past peep through on almost every street, whether intentionally preserved or incidentally left behind. Our exhibition uncovers London’s lost buildings, places that were once the toast of the capital or an important part of everyday life, left behind by successive generations of Londoners. Drawings, engravings, photographs, maps and films sit alongside contemporary recollections and bring together a surprising record of the capital, from the 1500s to the twentieth century. 📷 🗺

Picturing Forgotten London will take you on a journey of discovery through the capital’s past. Meet us at the shot tower next to Waterloo Bridge and travel across the river to The Devil’s Acre, a notorious neighbourhood next to the Palace of Westminster. In the East End we’ll visit the gothic magnificence of Columbia Market in Bethnal Green and encounter London’s first Chinatown in Limehouse. In the west we’ll shop at the Soho Bazaar and ride on the Great Wheel in Earl’s Court, before a night of entertainment at Wyld’s Monster Globe in Leicester Square.

From coaching inns to horse markets, riverside mansions to ragged schools, images created by a wide variety of artists, antiquarians and organisations will appear together for the first time to tell the story of London’s forgotten buildings.

www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/news-events/Pages/picturing-forgotten-london

Location:
London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB

Times:
Various check online for details

Price:
Free entry

Print! Tearing It Up at Somerset House until 22 August 2018

Explore the history and impact of the British independent magazine scene today in Print! Tearing It Up. This exhibition charts the evolution of polemic and progressive print publications and celebrates the current diverse industry of innovative independent magazines. 📖 📚

Beginning with BLAST, the Vorticist journal produced in June 1914, the exhibition traverses through the pacifist Peace News of 1930s, the biting satire of Private Eye (first published in the 1960s and still Britain’s best-selling current affairs magazine), the seminal feminist magazine founded in the 1970s Spare Rib, the cult-pop phenomenon of The Face in the 1980s and 90s and the D.I.Y zines created by teenage feminist collectives into the new millennium.

www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/print-tearing-it-up

Location:
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Times:
Mon, Tue, Sat and Sun 10am – 6pm
Wed – Fri 11am – 8pm

Tickets:
Free

Sweatlife lululemon athletica at Tobacco Dock from 23 until 24 June 2018

Sweatlife is back – and this year it’s bigger and better than ever. Taking over the Tobacco Dock in east London for two days of sweaty, stretchy, thought-provoking fun. 🧘🏽‍♀️ 🧘🏾‍♂️

Join for 48 hours of the best workouts the Capital has to offer, yoga with local and globally renowned teachers and inspiring panels with thought leaders from the fitness and wellness community.

Studio partners including Frame, Heartcore, Kobox, Psycle, UN1T, Xtend Barre and Third Space are scheduled to host classes for all levels. Classes will range from Psycle’s ‘Ride Intro’ for first timers who want to learn their ‘tap backs’ from their ‘dips’ to yoga with Kirsty Gallagher, whose uplifting and playful practice based around the yoga goddess Durga will invite guests to find their true inner grit and strength.

For the first time ever, they have designed exclusive Sweatlife prints on two of the most-loved training pieces, the women’s Speed Wunder Tight and the men’s Pace Breaker Short with liner.

www.lululemon.co.uk/sweatlife

Location:
Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF

Times:
Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday 9am – 4pm

Tickets:
From £30 book online

OPEN STUDIOS series 2018 at Netil House on Thursday 14 June 2018

Eat Work art invites you to join an annual series of Open Studios events across Netil House, Hackney Downs Studios and Old Paradise Yard. 🏢👩🏽‍💼🎵🍺

Open Studios season kicks off with Netil House opening the doors to the iconic building on the edge of London Fields.

For one night only, visit the studios of over 100 residents of Netil House, from Grammy winning music producers to fashion labels, to architect, production companies, jewellery makers and more.

Venture through the studios, chat to our inspiring residents and get stuck into workshops at The Experimental Perfume Club, luxury furniture showroom viewing at Espasso, exclusive sample sales at The Acey and Klements, enjoy live screenings with free popcorn from Powster.

Netil Market will be providing the best tasting street food to enjoy on the sunny terrace with tunes provided by Netil Radio. Enjoy an exceptional selection of live music curated by Noatune Studios and Netil Radio. Afterwards head to Netil360 rooftop to watch the sun go down over East London and party into the night at NT’s Bar.

RSVP on Facebook

www.eatworkart.com/netil-house

Location:
Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL

Times:
6pm – 1am

Price:
Free tickets, order online

Maison St-Germain and Henry Holland popup from Friday 15 June until Saturday 16 June 2018

Maison St-Germain returns to London for its second year with an immersive installation by Henry Holland! 🍸 💃

St-Germain, the French elderflower liqueur, in partnership with House of Holland, will bring a flurry of joyful decadence to the heart of the capital with the return of Maison St-Germain.

You will be guided through the Wild Harvest Walkway where the ephemeral story will be brought to life through surprise and delight moments by London florists June in March. You’ll then take a journey through an endless, abstract meadow of 1,000 elderflowers. Emerging into one of two cocktail bars, guests will be able to enjoy the classic St-Germain Spritz, along with a new collection of St-Germain cocktails including Henry’s personalised drink The Free Lane which will combine St-Germain with Grey Goose La Poire, lime juice, rhubarb bitters, grapefruit bitters and finished on the rocks with Pear Sassy Cider.

Maison St-Germain will serve two further exclusive cocktails; Thé Rouge, a mix of St-Germain and BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro, Roobis Tea and a dash of lemon essential oil; and the Brin Vert which combines St-Germain with Oxley gin, Tio pepe, absinthe and celery.

Don’t miss this free curated sensory experience by Henry Holland as well as delicious St-Germain cocktails to celebrate the ephemeral elderflower harvest and honour the 1,000 hand-picked flowers in each bottle!

www.stgermain.fr

Location:
38 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 2HW

Times:
From 12:30pm – 9:30pm

Price:
Free, get tickets online

Circolombia at Underbelly until 14 July 2018

Circolombia returns to the UK after taking Edinburgh by storm with their critically acclaimed show.

Witness the explosive power of thirteen performers, showcasing mind-boggling circus skills whilst taking terrifying risks live on stage. Coupled with live music and singers, Circolombia delivers world-class, gravity defying performances that you’ll never forget. 🎟 🎪

www.underbellyfestival.com/whats-on/circolombia

Location:
Underbelly Festival, Belvedere Road Coach Park, London SE1 8XX

Times:
Various times

Price:
Tickets from £21.50 book online

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