rego-daumier

Paula Rego/Honoré Daumier: Scandal, Gossip and Other Stories

This is the first exhibition to present Rego and Daumier’s work in dialogue, and although more than a century separates these two artists, their works reveal a wide range of common concerns and approaches.

Fri 14 Nov - Sun 22 Mar

The House of Illustration

Books, Visual Arts

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Women Fashion Power

Designed by the world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, this exhibition offers an unprecedented look at how princesses, models, CEOs, Dames and designers have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world.

Sat 29 Nov - Sun 26 Apr

Design Museum

Visual Arts

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Of Hearts and Minds: The Films of Eric Rohmer

The pursuit of happiness, according to a true original of the modern cinema. Don’t miss the BFI’s reassessment of one of film’s most consistently rewarding artists.

Fri 2 Jan - Tue 31 Mar

BFI

Talks

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Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015

The exhibition will re-stage Daniel Buren and Fernand Léger’s work – examining geometric abstraction around the world since the early 20th century – to ask how the universal visual language of geometric abstraction has been inflected by different societies.

Thu 15 Jan - Mon 6 Apr

Whitechapel Gallery, London

Visual Arts

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Isabelle Cornaro

The South London Gallery and Spike Island, Bristol, present a two-part solo exhibition by French artist Isabelle Cornaro. The SLG hosts an existing large-scale installation while the presentation at Spike Island focuses on new and recent work. Sat 24 Jan – 29 Mar (Spike Island) and 5 Apr (SLG).

Sat 24 Jan - Sun 5 Apr

Spike Island (Bristol) & South London Gallery (London)

Visual Arts

magnificent-obsessions

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector

This is the first major exhibition in the UK to present the fascinating personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists. It provides insight into their inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions. Featuring Bresson, Arman, or Gautier d’Agoty.

Thu 12 Feb - Mon 25 May

Barbican Art Gallery, London

Visual Arts

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Inventing Impressionism

This ground-breaking exhibition lifts the veil on art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel who discovered Monet, Pissarro, Degas and Renoir in the early 1870s, immediately buying their works when they were still largely ignored or ridiculed.

Wed 4 Mar - Sun 31 May

The National Gallery

Visual Arts

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Antigone

Celebrated Stage and Screen actress Juliette Binoche takes the title role in Sophokles’ tragedy, adapted in a new version by Anne Carson, directed by Ivo van Hove.

Wed 4 - Sat 28 Mar

Barbican

Performing Arts

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statement house (temporary title)

The RCA is presenting a group show with 4 emerging artists that consider material interventions into language. French artist Jean-Pascal Flavien has been invited to design and conceptualise a new house, alongside Anna Barham, Michael Dean & Ben Vida.

Thu 5 - Sun 22 Mar

Royal College of Arts, London

Visual Arts

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François Chaignaud & Cecilia Bengolea – “Twerk”

In this joyous exploration in grime music, Chaignaud and Bengolea delve into their personal history of clubbing with an unusual anthropological take, physically examining free styles such as Jamaican dancehall, 70s voguing and today’s twerking.

Thu 5 - Fri 6 Mar

Sadler's Wells, London

Performing Arts

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Scott McCloud: The Sculptor

Scott McCloud visits the British Library to discuss The Sculptor, his first graphic novel for nearly 10 years. Join him to learn how his understanding of the craft was put to use in the creation of this breathtaking, funny and unforgettable piece of fiction.

Fri 6 Mar

Conference Centre - The British Library - 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB

Books, Talks

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Pianist Alexander Melnikov performs Feldman

Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories, first performed at the ICA in London in 1981, was described by the composer as ‘probably the largest butterfly in captivity’, a wonderful metaphor for one of the most exquisite pieces in the contemporary piano repertoire.

Thu 12 Mar

Wigmore Hall

Classical Music

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Bernard Szajner & David Vorhaus In Conversation (Convergence Festival)

Bernard Szajner and David Vorhaus (of White Noise) are cult figures and electronic music pioneers who remain at the forefront of the latest developments in digital technology. These influential artists discuss the parallels and contrasts in their careers.

Fri 13 Mar

Rough Trade East

Contemporary Music

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Lulu Gainsbourg

Serge Gainsbourg’s son hasn’t tried to hide from his heritage – his first album consisted almost entirely of covers of his father’s songs. However, new album Lady Luck showcases Lulu’s own brand of sophisticated, funky pop, recorded with Jamiroquai.

Mon 16 Mar

Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall

Contemporary Music

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Boom Room (Convergence Festival)

French electronic artist Saycet features as part of Noise of Art’s inaugural Boom Room night, alongside legendary DJ Andrew Weatherall, Eat Lights Become Lights, White Noise Sound, Mental Overdrive, Ben Osborne and some specially designed echo chambers.

Mon 16 Mar

Village Underground

Contemporary Music

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Apollinaire and French poetry of the First World War

To mark the celebration of francophonie week, the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation presents an event that will explore French poetic responses to the war, both from the front line and on the home front.

Wed 18 Mar

Europe House - 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU

Books, Talks

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The Dø

The French-Finnish duo of Olivia Merilahti and Dan Levy are back in action in 2015 with the release of their sharply focused third album Shake Shook Shaken. It’s a concentrated burst of addictive pop hooks exemplified by lead track ‘Keep Your Lips Sealed’.

Thu 19 Mar

Koko

Contemporary Music

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The Folio Prize Fiction Festival

For the second year running, The Folio Society and the British Library host a festival devoted to the art of storytelling. The Folio Prize celebrates English fiction from every country, in every genre, in every form.

Fri 20 - Sun 22 Mar

Conference Centre - The British Library - 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB

Books, Talks

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Total Immersion: Boulez at 90

Composer Pierre Boulez is one of the most influential voices in post-war European culture. In 2015 the Barbican celebrates his 90th year with a BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion day and concerts by the London Symphony Orchestra and the pioneering Ensemble Intercontemporain.

Sat 21 Mar

Barbican

Classical Music

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“Columbidae” at the Cell Project Space

Conceived by Laura McLean Ferris, this group show will feature the work of Paris-based rising star Mélanie Matranga. TKTKTK takes bureaucratic labour as a starting point to address the physical and psychological impact of the office as a construct.

Thu 26 Mar - Sun 17 May

Cell Project Space

Visual Arts

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Colloquium: Les Immatériaux: towards the virtual

The exhibition curated principally by Lyotard at the Centre Pompidou is a pioneering combination of technological experiment, involving the first ‘personal’ computers, art works, a pick-up literary sound-track following the installation and electronic music.

Fri 27 - Sat 28 Mar

Courtauld Research Forum

Talks, Visual Arts

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Roland Barthes at 100

Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Roland Barthes, this two day symposium offers to tackle the work and legacy of the French mythmaker. The conference will be hosted by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University.

Mon 30 - Tue 31 Mar

School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University

Talks

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The Jerusalem Quartet at Southbank Centre

The Israeli String Quartet juxtapose the first of six quartets Mozart dedicated to Haydn with Janácek’s musical confession of a forbidden love and Schubert’s farewell to love in the wake of discovering his terminal illness.

Fri 24 Apr

Southbank Centre – Queen Elizabeth Hall

Classical Music

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European Literature Night

Presented in partnership with EUNIC London, the ELN will celebrate its 7th edition at the British Library with 6 of the best writers from around Europe. Among them is one of the giants of francophone writing of our time: Yasmina Khadra.

Wed 13 May

The British Library

Books, Talks