Tag: summer exhibitions

Adventures in Moominland @ Southbank Centre / until 20th August 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: from £13.75 book online

www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland as we explore the internationally renowned Moomin stories through the life of its author, Tove Jansson.

Created in Finland, the Moomin stories are set in the fictional land of Moominvalley and centre around several oddly-shaped characters, including Moominpappa, Moominmamma, little Moomintroll and their friends.

Join us on an enthralling journey through our wondrous Moominland – clamber through forests, huddle in caves or set sail on the high seas to try and find the Moomin family. Along the way you can learn how Tove Jansson created these unique landscapes, characters and stories, while uncovering some special original drawings.

Alex Katz: Quick Light @ Serpentine Gallery / until 11th September 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm (closed Mondays)

@ Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

Free entry

www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/alex-katz-quick-light

The Serpentine presents the work of renowned American painter Alex Katz (b. 1927, Brooklyn, New York). This exhibition brings together Katz’s extraordinarily productive output of recent years alongside works from across his career in an installation that responds and relates to the unique context of the Serpentine Gallery.

Coming of age as an artist in 1950s New York, Katz developed his unique approach to contemporary representational painting during the height of Abstract Expressionism.

Over the five and a half decades since his first exhibition in 1954, Katz has produced a celebrated body of work, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints. Establishing himself as a pre-eminent painter of modern life, he was influenced by films, billboard advertising, music, poetry and his close circle of friends and family. His portraits and landscapes are characterised by their flatness of colour and fluidity of line, reinventing both genres within the context of abstract painting and contemporary image-making.

The Serpentine exhibition takes landscape as its focus, bringing together Katz’s extraordinarily productive output of recent years alongside select works from the past two decades. Katz’s landscape paintings exemplify his life-long quest to capture the present tense in paint. Regardless of their scale, Katz describes these paintings as ‘environmental’ in the way in which they envelop the viewer. Defined by temporal qualities of light, times of the day and the changing of the seasons, these paintings respond and relate to the unique context of the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. The exhibition will also include a recent series of portraits.

Katz draws parallels between his approach to painting and his interest in poetry, both equally concerned with stripping away unnecessary detail to leave only the essential information. This relationship between language and the painting process is echoed in the work of painter, poet and filmmaker Etel Adnan, showing in parallel at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, whose landscapes are similarly defined by their bold colour and simplified form that is nevertheless rooted in keen observation of the world around her.

Yuri Pattison @ Chisenhale Gallery / until 28th August 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Wednesday-Sunday 12–6pm
First Thursday of the month until 9pm

@ Chisenhale Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ

www.chisenhale.org.uk

New commission by London-based artist Yuri Pattison. The exhibition comprises an entirely new body of work, including digital and sculptural elements that Pattison has developed over the past 18 months as part of his Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency (2014 -16), which is produced in partnership with Create.

For his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, Pattison imagines a speculative live/work environment drawing influence from Modernist architecture and science fiction, both of which imagine the future as a utopian space of fantastic social and political potential. Pattison is interested in ideas of transparency – from the open communication of data, to the transparent architectures of new models for shared live/work space, symptomatic of the increasingly flexible and permeable boundaries between life and work. Pattison draws on histories of architectural design and exemplary live/work spaces to examine the origins of these contemporary models.

The exhibition comprises an immersive installation occupying the entire gallery. A wall of industrial racking, often used in large global distribution warehouses, acts as a support structure for the installation. The racking system houses a bank of networked computers that control LED and natural light to create an artificially accelerated loop of a standard working day. The computers also synchronise and control playback across multiple device-sized screens, which display a series of new video works in which Pattison contrasts abstracted views of contemporary workspaces, with the interiors of experimental living spaces.

Throughout his residency, Pattison has been working within the evolving ecology of East London’s Tech City; a technology cluster also referred to as Silicon Roundabout, where new initiatives have emerged as popular sites of shared workspace for growing tech and creative start-up companies. Pattison has also been working within London Hackspace – a community run space for skill sharing and workshops – as a means to explore the politics of shared workspace representative of wider global trends in alternative hackerspace communities, the ethos of which is echoed in contemporary start-up companies and increased mobile working.

A series of new sculptures, which Pattison has installed at sites across east London including, Second Home, a workhub for creative companies; Campus London, a Google space for London’s start-up community; and London Hackspace, are incorporated into the installation at Chisenhale. Each sculpture contains active elements, such as a bitcoin mining rig that monitors online transactions and accumulates small amounts of capital.

Through this major new body of work Pattison examines the pervasive nature of new technologies, which increasingly influence both how, and where, we live and work. Contemporary start-up companies, particularly in the tech industry, often draw on the aesthetics of historical speculative environments and the values of progress and transparency are employed for enhanced productivity. Pattison questions the impact of transparency and how the blurring of lines between leisure, work and domestic space shapes an increasingly abstracted sense of time. In this work Pattison considers the failed potential of science fiction, as a means to critique the present by speculating on a utopian future, while we live within the reality of a future we’ve imagined.

A fictional text by Nora N. Khan, Contributing Editor at Rhizome, has been commissioned in response to Pattison’s new work. Commons centers on a fictional co-working space and reflects a current economic moment, in which digital labour and cognitive work are potentially endless. The text is available here and in the exhibition handout.

Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick @ Somerset House / until 24th August 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am-6pm (last admission 5pm)

@ Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Tickets: £12.50 book online

www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/daydreaming-with-stanley-kubrick

A new exhibition, curated by Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder, artist and musician James Lavelle, featuring a host of contemporary artists, film makers and musicians showcasing works inspired by Stanley Kubrick.

Participating artists have been invited to respond to a film, scene, character or theme from the Kubrick archives, shining new perspectives onto the cinematic master’s lifework. James Lavelle is collaborating with contemporary musicians and composers to produce a soundtrack to some installations creating a multi-disciplinary experience for the visitor.

Pioneering conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth will create an installation of text from Kubrick’s films based on the language of Kubrick’s work, while Britain’s foremost political artist Peter Kennard will juxtapose images of characters set in the War Room of Dr Strangelove with present day leaders of nuclear states, in a statement about the renewal of Trident. Inspired by the Stargate sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey, film maker Doug Foster will invite visitors to experience an endless, widescreen tunnel and referencing the same film, Mat Collishaw will make a spaceman’s helmet featuring otherworldly sights and sounds.

Doug Aitken will provide ‘Twilight’, a public pay phone bathed in a luminous glow, which will be reminiscent of the Dr Strangelove scene where Mandrake attempts to make a collect call to the President of the United States. Sarah Lucas will lend ‘Priapus’, a phallic sculpture suggestive of the iconic murder weapon in A Clockwork Orange.

The exhibition is supported by artist Christiane Kubrick, the director’s wife of 41 years, who will be exhibiting a painting and Jan Harlan, Kubrick’s Executive Producer for 28 years. It is additionally endorsed by Warner Bros. Pictures, who collaborated with Kubrick on all his films since 1971.

The exhibition is co-curated by James Putnam who was formerly founder curator of the British Museum’s Contemporary Arts and Cultures Programme and is currently Senior Research Fellow Exhibitions at University of the Arts, London (UAL) where the Stanley Kubrick archive is housed.

Serpentine Pavilion @ Serpentine Gallery / until 9th October 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm

@ Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

Free entry

www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/serpentine-pavilion-and-summer-houses-2016

Bjarke Ingels (born 1974) is a Danish architect. He heads the architectural practice Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), which he founded in 2005 with offices in Copenhagen and New York. The New York office was established in 2010 after working on projects in North America since 2006.

BIG is led by Bjarke Ingels (Founding Partner) with 11 additional partners:. BIG currently employs around 300 architects, designers, builders and thinkers who come from over 25+ countries representing Scandinavia, North America, Latin America, the Far East and Continental Europe. Since 2009.

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones @ Saatchi Gallery / until 4th September 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am-6pm, 7 days a week, last entry 4:30pm

@ Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY

Tickets:
Monday to Thursday £20.00 book online
Friday to Sunday and Bank Holidays £22.00 book online

www.saatchigallery.com

Taking over the entire two floors of the Saatchi Gallery with 9 thematic galleries, EXHIBITIONISM combines over 500 original Stones’ artefacts, with striking cinematic and interactive technologies offering the most comprehensive and immersive insight into the band’s fascinating fifty year history.

From never before seen dressing room and backstage paraphernalia to rare instruments; original stage designs, iconic costumes, rare audio tracks and video footage; personal diaries; poster and album cover artwork; and unique wraparound cinematic experiences that celebrate every aspect of their Careers. Centre stage is the musical heritage that took them from a London blues band in the early 1960s to inspirational cultural icons.

The Rolling Stones have shaped popular culture, often in their own image, and this exhibition will offer a unique perspective that only the band’s own archive can provide. Collaborations and work by a vast array of artists, designers, musicians and writers will be included – from Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, Alexander McQueen, and Ossie Clark to Tom Stoppard and Martin Scorsese.

Riviera Style: Resort and Swimwear Since 1900 @ Fashion and Textile Museum / until 13th September 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tue–Sat 11am–6pm (Thu until 8pm)
Sun 11am–5pm

@ Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF

Tickets: £8.80 book online

www.ftmlondon.org

From the English seaside to the Côte d’Azur and California, Riviera Style celebrates fashion at its most fun. With swimsuits and sarongs, brightly patterned beach cover-ups, boat neck Bretons and beach pyjamas, palazzo pants and playsuits, bikinis and burkinis, the exhibition features over 100 years of clothes for leisure. Riviera Style brings together a diverse range of clothing worn in and by the sea. A key feature of the items selected is the importance of fabric, from early examples to produce the perfect fabric that didn’t bag or sag when wet, to more recent technical developments designed to improve fit and increase speed in the water.

Bridget Riley The Stripe Paintings 1961-2014 @ David Zwirner / until July 25th 2014

Bridget Riley The Stripe Paintings 1961-2014 at David ZwirnerTIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00

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

Free entry

www.davidzwirner.com

Featuring paintings and studies selected from all periods of her career, from 1961 to 2014, the show will be installed throughout the three floors of the gallery, making it the artist’s first major survey in London since her 2003 retrospective at Tate Britain.

“Bridget Riley is undoubtedly one of the world’s most significant artists working today and her influence on present and future generations cannot be underestimated,” says David Zwirner. “I am honoured to be able to show such a definitive selection of her stripe work in my London gallery.”

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