Diary January 2017 Book, exhibition, opera & theatre

2017-01-03
Culture

EXHIBITION The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from The Sir Elton John Collection

Taken between the 1920s and the 1950s, the often surreal modernist photographs in Sir Elton’s collection mark the era in which the medium first became recognised as art. The jewel of the exhibition is the series of Man Ray portraits including those of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Igor Stravinsky and Georgia O’Keeffe are among those captured on camera by other photographers, and works by Alexander Rodchenko also feature. Until 7th May 2017 at Tate Modern

THEATRE Buried Child

First performed in 1978, Buried Child earned Sam Shepard a Pulitzer Prize. Now, after rave reviews on Broadway, this revival transfers to London for a limited run. Hollywood star Ed Harris (Dodge) and his wife Amy Madigan (Halie) are a couple eking out a living on their farm, burdened by two ne’er-do-well sons and mourning the loss of a third. Their lives are turned upside down when their grandson unexpectedly arrives in town and dark family secrets emerge. From 18th February 2017 at Trafalgar Studios

OPERA Der Rosenkavalier

Der Rosenkavalier takes us back to an era when wealthy aristocrats were more concerned with their busy love lives than matters of state. The high-born and beautiful Marschallin has a younger lover, Octavian. She knows their relationship will soon end, and looks fondly upon his future with a woman his own age, Sophie. The problem is that Sophie is pledged to marry the thoroughly unlovable Baron Ochts – but the cunning Marschallin has a plan. Superstar soprano Renée Fleming takes the lead in a sublime new production of Richard Strauss’ operetta, set amid the imperial luxury of Vienna just before the First World War. Until 24th January 2017 at the Royal Opera House

BOOK 20th Century World Architecture

From homes to skyscrapers, 20th Century World Architecture: The Phaidon Atlas covers it all. The illustrated compendium highlights 1900 and 1999. Divided into six world regions and 29 subregions, over 80 countries are represented, and worldwide data illustrates how changing economic and political climates have influenced architectural design. More than 150 specialists were consulted for the volume, which places the work of celebrated architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright alongside that of unsung heroes of contemporary design.

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