Diary April 2017Art course, film, Music, theatre & exhibition

2017-04-01
Culture

EXHIBITION

The American Dream: pop to the present

Renowned for its matchless collection of antiquities, the British Museum is now putting on a vibrantly modern exhibition of more than 200 prints by 70 American artists, from the Pop era to the present day. Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Jasper John are among those featured, taking their cues from the fevered post-war culture and political landscape to create unforgettable works. These bold images translate multiple sources of inspiration – from billboard advertising to everyday objects – into powerful reflections of six tumultuous decades of US history. Until 18th June at The British Museum

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

When they released their first single, Arnold Layne, in 1967, no one could have imagined that Pink Floyd’s legacy would endure for half a century. But the group lasting influence has reached far beyond music to take in graphics, design, lighting and film, making their work an ideal subject for an immersive exhibition at the V&A. Curated in close consultation with members David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason, and gathering ground-breaking material from their tours and album covers, the show features a psychedelic assortment of 350 objects, plus copious concert footage – much of it previously unseen – and a specially designed laser light show. From 13th May at the V&A

America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s

For the US, the 1930s were blighted by economic catastrophe. But it was also an incredibly fertile era in art, as revealed by the 45 landmarks works shown in this compelling exhibition. These are snapshots of a society in flux, created by towering figues in 20th-century painting. Alongside works by Jackson Pollock and Philip Guston, Edward Hopper’s New York Movie features a woman bathed in light in a cinema auditorium, while Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses by Georgia O’Keeffe drips with symbolic meaning. And the depiction of a farming couple in the iconic American Gothic by Grant Wood is on show for the first time ever outside North America. Until 4th June at the Royal Academy of Arts.

FILM Neruda

In 1948, after being denounced for his left-wing politics, poet Pablo Neruda fled Chile in fear for his life. Around that historic chapter, director Pablo Larraín (Jackie) has constructed a drama rich in humour. Luis Gnecco is commanding in the title role, but this is just as much a showcase for the charismatic Gael García Bernal, who plays a bumbling detective trying to track down the elusive writer. Opens on the 7th April in the UK

MUSIC Yuja Wang

Her eye-catching designer outfits have made her stand out in the conservative world of classical music, yet such glamour is simply the icing on the cake. Yuja Wang is a superstar essentially for the virtuosity of her piano playing. Once a child prodigy, she has matured into a performer with a rare breadth of repertoire. For this concert, Wang will navigate the delicate romance of Chopin’s preludes, the stately elegance of Brahms’ variations on a theme by Handel and, finally, the brisk brilliance of Schubert’s Impromptus. 11th April at the Royal Festival Hall

COURSE: Introduction to Painting

They say the first brushstroke is the hardest. Now you can start to fulfil those long-nurtured dreams and realise your artistic ambitions by taking a weekend painting course for beginners at The Art Academy in central London. Over two days, you will be introduced to colour, shape and tone before applying these first elements of technique to both a still life and a life model, and then in a more abstract painting to give free rein to your imagination. Here is the foundation of a passion that may last a lifetime. 20th and 21st May at The Art Academy

THEATRE The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

All seems to be well in the lives of celebrated architect Martin (Damian Lewis) and his wife Stevie (Sophie Okonedo). Then, however, their world crumbles after he falls in love…with a goat. This black comedy by the late Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is subversive in the extreme – but also very, very funny. After Homeland and Wolf Hall, Lewis once again deploys his charisma to invite our sympathy against the odds and spark (nervous) laughter. Until 24th June at Theatre Royal Haymarket

PLAY: Don Juan in Soho

Moliere created serial seducer Don Juan to be the pivotal anti-hero in a scandalous satire of 17th-century French high society. This update by Patrick Marber (Closer) perform the same task for our era, lacerating modern Britain with scalpel-sharp precision. DJ (David Tennant) will stop at nothing to feed his insatiable appetite for women, a lust that can only be satisfied by three new conquests a day. Yet while he cuts a swathe through the parties and clubs of London in pursuit of pleasure, DJ is headed for a fateful rendez-vous with his come uppance. To indulge his wicked sense of humour, Tennant is perfectly cast as the remorseless libertine, alongside Gawn Granger and Adrian Scarborough. From 17th March at Wyndham’s Theatre

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