Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

The great abstract painter whose works have absorbed and sometimes befuddled art lovers for more than half a century may be a surprising choice for a National Portrait Gallery exhibition, but Howard Hodgkin has found his own distinctive way of depicting his friends. Many of the paintings’ subjects are themselves renowned artists – among them Peter Blake, David Hockney and RB Kitaj – even if their facial features may not be immediately recognisable. Instead, Hodgkin evokes memories and feelings through pure colour and bold brushstrokes to challenge the conventions of portraiture. Until 18th June at the National Portrait Gallery

Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution

Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, this exhibition explores Moscow as it was envisioned by a bold new generation of architects in the 1920s and early 1930s; it outlines an idealistic vision of the Soviet capital that was never realised, focussing on six unbuilt architectural landmarks located near Moscow’s Red Square. There are also drawings and propaganda posters, such as Valentina Kulagina’s To the Defence of the USSR. Until 4th June at the Design Museum


My Cousin Rachel

Passion, intrigue and – perhaps – even murder lurk behind the niceties of Victorian society in My Cousin Rachel, a lavish costume drama based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. The husband of Rachel (Rachel Weisz) has died suddenly and his dashingly handsome cousin Philip (Sam Claflin) harbours suspicious about what happened. However, as he attempts to find out the truth, Philips finds himself increasingly beguiled by Rachel – is this true love or is she casting a spell of seduction to hide her crime? Weisz lights up the screen in a Hitchcockian thriller, directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill), that will keep you guessing. Opens on 9th June in the UK


Angels in America

A sprawling tale encompassing the AIDS epidemic, high-level politics, heaven and hell, and the iniquities of much-feared anti-communist lawyer Roy Cohn, Angels in America has been lauded as a masterpiece since it was first produced on Broadway in the 1990s. Now the two-part work (Millennium Approaches and Perestroika) by Tony Kushner is being revived at the National Theatre with a stellar cast. Nathan Lane, who won a Tony Award for his stage performance in The Producers, takes on the crucial role of Cohn, while Andrew Garfield, recently seen in Martin Scorsese’s Silence, plays Prior Walter, a young man at the centre of New York’s gay community. Until 19th August at the Lyttleton Theatre


Tema e Variazioni: The First Series I-100

When it comes to era-defining names in 20th-century classicism, Piero Fornasetti is one of the greats. In his lifetime, he worked as a painter, interior decorator, sculptor and engraver. His most notable works are products featuring the many interpretations of the face of opera singer Lina Cavalieri, which he compiled under the heading tema e variazioni – themes and variations. His son Barnaba (who now runs the Fornasetti business) has created a collector’s design book featuring the first 100 illustrations of Cavalieri’s face. The book itself is handbound using white and red linen thread, and is limited to just 100 copies.

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