Jimmie Durham: Various Items and Complaints @ Serpentine Gallery / Sunday 8th November 2015


Doors: Tue- Sun 10am-6pm

@ Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

Free entry


Durham’s work explores the relationship between forms and concepts. He combines words within his sculptures and drawings to conjure images and uses images to convey ideas. His sculptural constructions are often combined with disparate elements, such as written messages, photographs, words, drawings and objects. The core of Durham’s work is his ability to explore the intrinsic qualities of the materials he uses, at times fused with the agility of wordplay and, above all, irony.

In the 1950s, Durham worked extensively with wood, in the 1960s he started combining it with other materials, investigating the inherent qualities of the mediums he selected. In the 1980s, his experimentations evolved from object-based artworks to sculptural assemblages. Durham started using everyday objects including a range of materials from wood to PVC piping, metal screws and TV screens, which would become central to his practice in the following decades. Though Durham is wary of iconic representation in his work, in the late 1980s and early 1990s he began experiments on the relationship between culture and man made objects through his extensive use of installations.

At the heart of Durham’s practice is a continuous exploration and production of hybrid and seemingly fragmented installations that invite the viewer to reconstitute or reconstruct the underlying signs embedded in his works. His work addresses the political and cultural forces, e.g. the forces of colonialism that constructs our contemporary discourses and challenges our understanding of authenticity in art. Since Durham moved to Europe in the early 1990s, his works often, but not exclusively, challenge the idea of architecture, monumental works and narration of national identities by deconstructing those stereotypes and prejudices on which the Western culture is based.

The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop @ Tate Modern / until 24th January 2016


Doors: £14.50 book online

@ Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG


Whaaam! Pop! Kapow! This is pop art, but not as you know it.

Tate Modern is ready to tell a global story of pop art, breaking new ground along the way, and revealing a different side to the artistic and cultural phenomenon.

From Latin America to Asia, and from Europe to the Middle East, this explosive exhibition connects the dots between art produced around the world during the 1960s and 1970s, showing how different cultures and countries responded to the movement.

Politics, the body, domestic revolution, consumption, public protest, and folk – all will be explored and laid bare in eye-popping Technicolor and across many media, from canvas to car bonnets and pinball machines.

The exhibition will reveal how pop was never just a celebration of western consumer culture, but was often a subversive international language of protest – a language that is more relevant today than ever.

Concrete Cuba @ David Zwirner / until 3rd October 2015


Doors: Monday–Friday 10AM–6PM

@ David Zwirner, 24 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EZ

Free entry


A comprehensive exhibition of paintings and sculptures by the Cuban group of abstract painters Los Diez Pintores Concretos (Ten Concrete Painters), which was active from 1959 to 1961 at the gallery’s London location.

Concrete Cuba is the first presentation in the UK to highlight the origins of concretism in Cuba during the 1950s and will include important works by the eleven artists who were at different times associated with the group.

Pedro Álvarez, Wifredo Arcay, Mario Carreño, Salvador Corratgé, Sandú Darié, Luis Martínez Pedro, Alberto Menocal, José Mijares, Pedro de Oraá, José Ángel Rosabal, Loló Soldevilla and Rafael Soriano.

Colombia Day @ Tower Bridge and Potters Fields Park / Sunday 6th September 2015


Time: from noon (7pm event)

@ Potters Fields Park, London SE1 2AA



The bascules of Tower Bridge will raise to allow ARC Gloria to pass in to the Upper Pool – her masts fully dressed with her crew.

Join the crowds celebrating Colombia Day on Potters Fields Park (as part of The Riverside Festival) with stalls selling delicious traditional dishes, Tall Ship themed workshops for children, Colombian music and dance.

There are around 150,000 people of Colombian descent living in London, and there may well be a few of them here. The ARC Gloria, the official flagship of the Colombian Navy, will hoist the national flag, while on dry land there will be music, dancing and delicious native food.

The Institute of Sexology @ Wellcome Collection and Library / until 20th September 2015


Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10:00 – 18:00
Thu 10:00 – 22:00
Sun 11:00 – 18:00

@ Wellcome Collection and Library, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Free entry


A candid exploration of the most publicly discussed of private acts. Undress your mind and join us to investigate human sexuality at ‘The Institute’, the first of our longer exhibitions. Featuring over 200 objects spanning art, rare archival material, erotica, film and photography, this is the first UK exhibition to bring together the pioneers of the study of sex.

From Alfred Kinsey’s complex questionnaires to the contemporary National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal), ‘The Institute of Sexology’ investigates how the practice of sex research has shaped our ever-evolving attitudes towards sexual behaviour and identity. Moving between pathologies of perversion and contested ideas of normality, it shows how sex has been observed, analysed and questioned from the late 19th century to the present day.

‘The Institute of Sexology’ tells the complex and often contradictory story of the study of sex through its pioneers, including Magnus Hirschfeld, Sigmund Freud, Marie Stopes, Alfred Kinsey, Margaret Mead, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, and the team behind Natsal. It highlights the profound effect that the gathering and analysis of information can have in changing attitudes and lifting taboos.

The show features contemporary artworks exploring sexual identity by artists Zanele Muholi, John Stezaker, Sharon Hayes and Timothy Archibald. A new commission by artist Neil Bartlett will revisit the sex survey, joining visitors with the hundreds of thousands of anonymous participants whose personal accounts underpin the study of sex.

Festival of Love @ Southbank Centre / until 31st August 2015


Doors: various

@ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Free and paid activities and exhibitions


A summer of love-themed activities, performances, music, exhibitions and free events as hundreds of artists, communities and partners come together to create an unforgettable summer.

Enjoy the Thames-side site transformed by several large-scale indoor and outdoor installations, interactive artworks and unique pop-ups to spend time in with your friends and loved-ones.

Women Fashion Power @ Design Museum / until 26th April 2015


Doors: 10am – 5.45pm

@ Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD

Tickets: £13 (entry to the museum, three exhibitions) book online


Designed by the world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, this exhibition brings together exclusive interviews, an immersive multimedia journey and unique historic pieces of clothing to form the most wide-ranging presentation of modern fashion ever to be shown in the UK. Discover how women from Dame Vivienne Westwood to Natalie Massenet and Princess Diana to Anne Hidalgo have used fashion as an important tool of self-expression and empowerment to build reputation, attract attention and assert authority.

Mac Conner: A New York Life @ House of Illustration / until 28th June 2015


Doors: Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm

@ House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH

Tickets: £7 book online


Featuring over 70 original works by McCauley ‘Mac’ Conner, one of the defining illustrators of America’s golden age of advertising.

This is the first time the work of one of New York’s original ‘Mad Men’ has been the subject of a major exhibition in the UK.

In the 1940s – 1960s, Conner’s captivating advertising and editorial illustrations graced the pages of major magazines and helped shape the image of postwar America. One of the influential group of commercial artists at the heart of Manhattan’s thriving advertising and publishing scene, Conner’s hand-painted illustrations capture the style and spirit of a pivotal era in American history.

Mac Conner: A New York Life will present Conner’s published work alongside reference photos and preliminary designs, a selection of fiction stories accompanied by illustrations from Conner and his contemporaries, advertising tearsheets for major clients such as Ford, United Airlines and AT&T, correspondence letters with editors and art directors and more – presenting a window on the dynamic world of the illustrators who created the look of a generation.

Ghosts: how we live in the future @ The Fine Art Society Contemporary / until 10th April 2015


Doors: Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm

@ The Fine Art Society Contemporary, 148 New Bond Street
London W1S 2JT

Free entry


A group exhibition of six contemporary artists whose practice looks at the social effects of urban regeneration.

Exploring the failed project of modernism with a special focus on London, through each of the artists’ own perspective and insight. Class and politics are bound up in architecture, and each of these artists explores the current social consequences of urban regeneration.

The title of the show refers to a London that never came to be, to the intentions of Modernism that never quite played out. The idyll of post-war renewal through architecture now leaves itself open to decay, overgrowth and unchecked development. Simply put, this isn’t what the Future was supposed to look like. These artists present the experience of living in the remnants, in a memorial to Modernism, as renewal is replaced by ‘regeneration’.

The subject of regeneration is particularly prescient; some of London’s treasured cultural markers are under threat from an apparently exponential building project.

The recent ‘destruction’ of the Paolozzi mosaics at Tottenham Court Road and closure of Soho’s cultural centres are examples that have raised debate around the threat of homogenisation, which London has always resisted.

These artists react to the phenomenon of the city with particular insight and erudition;it is only fitting that this conversation is carried out at the Fine Art Society, along-time resident at London’s cultural heart.

Royal Opera House live screening season @ May Fair Hotel / until June 2015


Doors: various

@ The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, London W1J 8LT

Tickets: from £29 per person for a performance ticket, programme and a glass of Prosecco in the interval book online


An enchanting evening of classical ballet or opera in the luxurious setting of The May Fair Hotel screening room.

The hotel is partnering with Royal Opera House to offer an unforgettable experience of watching The Royal Ballet Company or The Royal Opera Company perform one of the greatest classics.

Swan Lake (Tuesday 17th March)
One of the most classic love stories of all time for an enchanted night of romance and heartbreak, good and evil, reality and illusion.

La Fille Mal Gardèe (Tuesday 5th May)
Experience an evening of wonder and joy watching ‘La Fille Mal Gardèe’, a ballet of rural bliss laced with good humour that will put a spectacular spring in your step as summer approaches.

La Bohème (Tuesday 10th June)
An evening set in bohemian Paris filled with romance.

Guests are also invited to enjoy a two course set dinner at the May Fair Kitchen. Treat yourself to the dinner and screening package, which also includes a programme and a glass of Prosecco for £49 per person.