Diary May 2016Film, event, theatre & exhibition

2016-05-03
Culture

EVENT RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

The perennial late-spring spectacular is more of a must-visit than ever this year. A mechanical extravaganza by Diarmuid Gavin inspired illustrator W.Heath Robinson (with a touch of Wallace and Gromit) includes twirling trees and pop-up flowerbeds. Other highlights include a celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday and an acoustic garden by percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. From 24th to 28th May at the Royal Hospital

THEATRE Elegy

Having made an impression on both sides of the Atlantic by addressing love and quantum physics in the smart, playful Constellations, young English playwright Nick Payne again supplies rare intelligence to the interface between science and emotion. Elegy is set in a near future in which human life has been extended – but such advances may come at a heavy cost for three women, faced with a choice between love and existence. Zoë Wanamaker stars with Nina Sosanya and Barbara Flynn in this world premiere. Until 18th June at the Donmar Warehouse

FILM Our Kind of Traitor

TextWould an ordinary couple risk their lives to battle evil? That’s the quandary at the heart of this thriller, adapted from John Le Carré’s 2010 bestseller, Ewan Mc Gregor and Naomie Harris play an Oxford academic and his lawyer girlfriend who, on holiday in the Caribbean, are asked by a Russian billionaire to pass information about the Russian mafia to British intelligence. Damian Lewis stars as a secret agent who will stop at nothing to bring down the crime kingpins. Opens on 6th May in the UK

EXHIBITIONS

IN THE AGE OF GIORGIONE

The Royal Academy’s survey of the Venetian Renaissance during the early sixteenth century considers the influence of Giorgione, Titian, Giovanni Bellini and Giovanni Cariani, focusing on their expression of idealised beauty and sensuous use of colour. Until June 5

ART FROM ELSEWHERE

This touring show started life at London’s Hayward Gallery and now culminates at the Arnolfini in Bristol. Curator David Elliott brings together 70 recently acquired contemporary works by 39 internationally celebrated artists from six UK galleries. Until June 17

LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY

This exhibition at the John Martin Gallery in London showcases photographer Rory Carnegie’s animal images. The series was inspired by a George Stubbs painting of a zebra in English woodlands and explores ideas of relocation and belonging. All the creatures were photographed in a studio and then composited with landscapes. Until May 14

Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964-1979

The ‘60s and 70’s were a time in which everything in fashion and music was brilliantly reconceived, and art was no different. Comprising more than 250 works, this fascinating exhibition explores the radical innovators who so influenced today’s artists. Provocation and play are the watchwords for Roelof Louw’s Soul City (Pyramid of Oranges) – quite simply, a pile of fruit. From 12 April at tate Britain

Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964-1979

The ‘60s and 70’s were a time in which everything in fashion and music was brilliantly reconceived, and art was no different. Comprising more than 250 works, this fascinating exhibition explores the radical innovators who so influenced today’s artists. Provocation and play are the watchwords for Roelof Louw’s Soul City (Pyramid of Oranges) – quite simply, a pile of fruit. From 12 April at tate Britain

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